Ron Rice to speak at first Hometown Business Alliance meeting
Hawaiian Tropic founder Ron Rice is scheduled as the featured guest speaker at the first meeting of the Hometown Business Alliance, a new small businesses networking group, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Lucky’s, in Daytona Beach. Rice will share stories of his perseverance and success leading to his founding of Hawaiian Tropic, which, since being acquired by Energizer, is now Ormond’s top employer.
According to HBA Director Sean Donovan, more than 125 local entrepreneurs were expected to be in attendance.
“When I moved to Ormond, I started to realize there were certain segments of disconnect,” Donovan said, of local business and political groups. “Let us be the bridge between those political gaps.”
The HBA’s next monthly event will take place Oct. 9, in Ormond Beach.
Chamber: two days, 42 new members
The Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce welcomed close to 50 new members to its organization in August. A two-day membership drive, Aug. 29 and 30, brought in a bulk of the new members, with 42 signed on and a residual 20 expected by Tony Capozzi, chamber director.
Those companies that signed on prior to the drive are listed as follows:
Axiom Administrative Services, LLC
Dog Dayz Inn
Florida Marketing & Public Relations
H&H Insurance LLC
Monique Dilling, The Callan Group
Ormond Beach Observer
Volusia Parent Magazine
Wind, Deb, The Callan Group
Four chamber businesses also held ribbon cuttings last month. Those companies are as follows:
Florida Gun Exchange, owned by John Kieser, is located at 1050 S. Nova Road.
Barkle and Shine self-serve dog wash, owned by Cathy and Dennis Sciortino, is located 1370 N U.S. 1.
My Goomba's owned by the Collazo family, is at 298 South Nova Road.
And Pamper Me Pure, owned by Carol Goss, is at 46 E. Granada Blvd.
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