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January 16

Palm Coast BAC offers new Business Guide, Business Navigation Services, business-friendly website

  Palm Coast - The Palm Coast Business Assistance Center (BAC) is ringing in the New Year by offering new and expanded tools to aid local businesses - including the launching of a business-friendly website, a step-by-step Business Guide to assist business owners and entrepreneurs alike, and Business Navigation Services to provide technical and permitting assistance. These free resources are available online at www.PalmCoastBAC.com. Print copies of the new BAC Business Guide are also available at the BAC office at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave. The updated website makes it easy for anyone to request a consultation from the BAC. The center provides expert advice and business tools at no cost - on topics such as business start-up, sources of capital, marketing and sales, financial analysis/cost control, inventory control, accounting and records, business liquidation, government procurement, international trade, and more. The new Business Guide is an easy-to-use resource to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in understanding the municipal processes in Palm Coast and to save them time and money by following a defined process with expected results. The guide explains how to get a business started in Palm Coast and provides detailed information on permits and licenses needed for different businesses. Through its Business Navigation Services, the BAC assists business owners in the process of securing development project approvals, such as federal, state and local permitting and licensing requirements. This new service allows the BAC to be a one-stop shop source and advocate when dealing with the sometimes cumbersome and technical process when growing or expanding a business. The new BAC website, Business Guide and Business Navigation Services are part of the Palm Coast City Council's ongoing effort to improve processes and services, including helping businesses navigate across City departments as their projects develop, businesses are expanded and new business concepts become a reality. "We recognize that starting a business is a complex process, especially if it's your first venture and you're trying to navigate the required permitting and licensing on your own," said Ray Peter, Area Manager for the Palm Coast BAC, which is a partnership with the Florida SDBC at the University of Central Florida (FSBDC at UCF). "The Business Guide will be your roadmap on this journey, and the BAC staff will be there to guide you through it." With the new website and guide comes a new look and logo for the Palm Coast BAC. The logo features a "Palm Coast palm tree" design element and modern block lettering. In addition to offering the Business Guide, the new BAC website has dozens of free resources, including videos, to help businesses get off the ground and grow. The site has a calendar of upcoming business-related events and shares success stories from previous clients of the Palm Coast BAC. It is designed to be a comprehensive resource providing everything a small business owner or entrepreneur would need. "We hope that our business community will take advantage of these free resources to make their businesses a success," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. "When our local businesses thrive, our entire City and County benefit." For more information, contact the Palm Coast BAC at 386-986-2499 or visit www.PalmCoastBAC.com.

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January 02

Your voice, your future: Take Palm Coast's Citizen Survey now through Feb. 2

City of Palm Coast residents are invited to give input to help shape the future of Palm Coast by taking the 2018-2019 Citizen Survey from Wednesday, Jan. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 2.   The survey can be taken online at www.palmcoastgov.com. Residents can also take the survey in person during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave.; at the Palm Coast Utility Office, 2 Utility Drive; and at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE.   "You can complete the survey in the time it takes for a cup of coffee - about 10 to 15 minutes," said City Administration Coordinator Denise Bevan. "The survey is anonymous, and you can answer just the questions you choose to answer."   The City is conducting the survey as part of its annual Strategic Action Planning process. The survey covers a variety of topics related to quality of life; City services such as stormwater drainage, street maintenance, garbage, recycling and streetlights; recreational programs and events; amenities such as parks, trails; economic growth and development; traffic flow; and crime prevention and public safety. It also allows residents to provide comments on any subject they'd like to share with the City.   "I ask all Palm Coast residents to take this year's Citizen Survey - we want to hear from you," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. "The City Council carefully considers survey responses and comments and uses the input to improve City services."   Responses received from residents will be presented to the Palm Coast City Council on Feb. 26 and will be used by Council Members for strategic planning and to set priorities for the coming months and years. "The City Council and staff evaluate the survey results and use them to guide future City priorities and budget decisions," Bevan said. "This is a great opportunity to voice your opinion on matters related to the future of Palm Coast." To review past years' Citizen Survey results, visit www.PalmCoastGov.com/about/citizen-survey. For more information, contact Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications & Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708 and clane@palmcoastgov.com.

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November 09

'Be Local Buy Local' on Small Business Saturday this Nov. 24

Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast is a 'Be Local Buy Local' kind of community! To support local retailers and restaurants as the holiday shopping season kicks off, the City is participating in the national celebration of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24. The Palm Coast City Council is planning to proclaim Nov. 24 - the Saturday after Thanksgiving - as Small Business Saturday in Palm Coast. "When our community shops locally, businesses thrive, jobs are created and it boosts our local economy," said Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland. It also has the added benefit of generating money for amenities and projects for the community, because a portion of the sales tax collected returns back to Palm Coast to fund projects such as the new Palm Coast Community Center and Holland Park renovations, road repaving and street lights. "I want to encourage all of our residents to get out with their family and friends on Small Business Saturday this November 24th and enjoy the local shops and restaurants you love," Mayor Holland said. "If every resident of Palm Coast were to spend $25 at a local business on Small Business Saturday it would infuse $1.462 million into our local economy!" Let Small Business Saturday encourage everyone to shop small all year long! For more information, visit the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center website at www.PalmCoastBAC.com.

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September 16

News-Journal story: Bedtops Mattress and the BAC

Gary and Judy Lemay sought out advice from the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center when they opened Bedtops Mattress Clearance Center on Hargrove Grade in Palm Coast. The business has been a big success, and now the Lemays have opened a second store in Ormond Beach. Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal story about their business model and their journey to success.

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