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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 5 years ago

BIZ BUZZ: Ormond Beach ranks as a Top 10 city for auto mechanics

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A data-analysis website ranked Ormond Beach the eighth-best place in the country for auto mechanics; the chamber brings on new members, hosts a ribbon-cutting; and, more.

BY THE OBSERVER STAFF

Ormond Beach: A top city for auto mechanics?

Value Penguin, a website that specializes in “deep diving into data and analysis,” has rated the Ormond Beach-Daytona Beach-Deltona metro area as the nation’s eighth-best location for auto mechanics.

Beating out 400 other cities, the region was top-ranked for its median annual salary of $36,570. There are currently also 1,030 mechanic jobs in the area, according to the report, mined from Bureau of Labor Statistics research and other sources. Cost of living in the area was rated an 86 out of 100.

Considering all factors, the region was rated an overall 76 out of 100, with the Texarkana-Texarkana region of Texas and Arkansas ranking first, at an overall score of 93 out of 100.

Visit valuepenguin.com/2013/08/best-cities-auto-mechanics.

Chamber report: New members, events

New member to the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, as of July, are listed as follows:

360 Ormond Beach.com

Arena LAN Center

Avenues 12 Inc.

Emily's Gift Shop

Jimmy Johns

The companies that donated door prizes to the chamber’s July Business Sparkler, hosted by AlphaPros, at 1230 N. U.S. 1, are also listed as follows:

Amazing You Day Spa

BizCard Express

Florida Gun Exchange

Harley-Davidson Museum

Hawaiian Tropic-Energizer

Hilton Hotel

House of Hot Yoga

Platinum Health, Fitness & Yoga

Stonewoods Grill & Tavern

Aligned Integrative Health

Gentle Balance

The Flower Market

A Floral Boutique

The Plaza Ocean Club Hotel

Mary Kay Cosmetics -Kelly Ceiler

The chamber is also still seeking volunteers for its Sept. 28 King of the Grill event. Grillers currently include 24 amateurs and eight local restaurants.

And a  ribbon-cutting will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, for Emily’s Gift Shop, at 159 E. Granada Blvd., as well. Call 677-3454.

Dunn’s Attic to host benefit auction

The Hometown Business Alliance is partnering with the American Advertising Federation of Daytona Beach and Bids 4 Kids to host a silent auction fundraiser 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday Aug. 15, at Dunn’s Attic & Auction House, 136 W. Granada Blvd. All proceeds will benefit local education.

The event is $5. Call 547-6946.

New speaker added to marketing expo roster

John Gagne, from First Data Independent Sales, has been added as a speaker at the Sept. 11 Marketing NEXT Expo, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave. He will speak about making the most of your credit card merchant account.

Tickets to the Expo are $99 until Aug. 30, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting first-responders. They increase to $129 after that.

Call 538-1083.

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