CareerSource is designed to be the premier organization for employment and training solutions to the businesses and workforce of Volusia and Flagler Counties. The goal is to provide innovative customized employment and training solutions to support economic prosperity. CareerSource links more than 1,000 Flagler and Volusia businesses to over 20,000 job seekers each year.
The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce & Affiliates is a community-based not for profit organization serving and supporting the business community of Flagler County, Florida since 1962. Part of Flagler County’s foundation, the Chamber is a principal advocate for local businesses with approximately 1,000 members.
Flagler County Public Schools is a premiere K-12 school system implementing a diverse and progressive educational options to meet the diverse needs of area students to include the Flagship Schools Program, focusing each of the area schools in a specific target industry and school choice, allowing students to attend the school in the county that best addresses their area of interest. Through these programs the schools system is proactively addressing workforce readiness and preparing students for the future through practical experience as well as traditional classroom learning.
The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is a regional economic development intitative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF) whose mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today, GrowFL has assisted more than 700 companies through our Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 150 successful entrepreneurs through our annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch.
JAXUSA Partnership, a private, nonprofit division of the JAX Chamber, is Northeast Florida’s regional economic development initiative. This regional marketing, prospecting and international trade partnership offers a variety of services for businesses that are considering corporate relocation or expansion in the Northeast Florida region. JaxUSA’s professional economic development team assists company executives and site consultants in the site selection process.
The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center was started in 2011 through a unique partnership between the City of Palm Coast and the University of Central Florida Small Business Development Center. The Center’s mission is to help grow local businesses. The Center offers personalized services that can be accessed simply by making an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (386) 986-2499, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE 12,400 counselors volunteer their time and share their years of experience to small business owners.
The African American Entrepreneurs Association (AAEA) was formed on January 1, 2018, to develop and create economic development through entrepreneurship within the underserved African American community through education, mentoring, workshops, group economics, and micro-financing opportunities. AAEA members and partners include a wide range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in creating and expanding their businesses.
The Virtual Entrepreneur Center Web portal is a free one-stop shop library for entrepreneurs who are looking for resources on starting, growing or relocating a business. As an initiative of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, flvec.com/flagler offers a free catalog of local, regional, state and global business resources, as well as a directory of businesses that offer services catering to entrepreneurs and small business owners.