The CEO Business Alliance’s services complement the efforts of partner organizations in Volusia County. As a fully-private economic development entity, the Alliance is not subject to public record requests and can offer entirely confidential consultation, all at no cost. If you are a business considering a move to Volusia or to grow your existing business here, we work with you as an objective source of information in the site selection process. And Alliance Members are active participants in projects so clients have access to a wealth of business insights. The CEO Business Alliance does not provide equity investments or angel funding; however, we can make referrals to small business development centers and technology incubators.
“I moved to Ormond Beach, Florida, in 2004 to be president of Hudson Technologies, a manufacturer of deep drawn stampings for the medical, semiconductor, and aerospace industries globally after 28 years working in manufacturing in the Midwest. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the support I received from both the City of Ormond Beach and Volusia County. The relationships developed with other local manufacturers, as well as the VMA, our local manufacturing alliance of businesses, was invaluable to both me and Hudson Technologies. I highly recommend anyone wanting a business-friendly environment to investigate the advantages this area has to offer. “Mark Andrews President, Hudson Technologies (retired)
According to Aaron Howell, CEO of Northwest Lineman College, “Tens of thousands of critically important utility linemen and related positions will be retiring in the near future. The electrical industry will need top notch power professionals and Northwest Lineman College will provide those professionals. ”Edgewater is a great place for Northwest Lineman College’s fourth campus,” said Mr. Howell. “The officials in Edgewater are great. We are grateful to Mayor Michael Ignasiak, Edgewater City Council, Tracey Barlow and Samantha Bishop. We appreciate the efforts of J. Hyatt Brown, Kent Sharples and Mary Garvin of the CEO Business Alliance as well as Gerry Glass and Dick McNerney. The excellent work of these individuals led to our decision to locate in the Daytona area, specifically the city of Edgewater. They believe in the purpose of Northwest Lineman College.
Dear Dr. Sharples,After several months of headaches, a few moments of feeling like we should retire to the islands and lots of leg work researching a large move to South Carolina, we are finally under contract at the Coronado Paint building in Edgewater.We admire your drive and knowledge and greatly appreciate your willingness to help us through this process. The time you, Mary and Random spent with us was invaluable. We are convinced that, if not for the CEO Business Alliance, we would have thrown in the towel, packed up and left the state. We realize this was not a “normal” transaction; however, without you as a mediator the deal would have never happened.It is refreshing to be around like-minded business people who just want to get things done. We appreciate you and your team’s attention and support. We look forward to growing our new business here in Volusia County and adding many more jobs!Again, thanks to you all for really making this happen!Sincerely,Sarah Dougherty Dougherty Manufacturing