PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY TWO SOURCES OUT OF MANY — The federal government and the State of Florida are just two of the many sources available to help businesses in Volusia County grow and prosper. Volusia Business Resources can also steer business owners to help through the county, cities and Chambers of Commerce throughout Volusia County.

Volusia Business Resources (VBR) is in need of a logo, and what better way to engage the business community than to tap into local design talent?

The competition started earlier in January, but there is still almost a week to submit design entries by the deadline.

As a way to involve small businesses and elevate local brands, VBR is seeking local designers to submit a logo for consideration.

Interested designers and design firms must enter their submissions by Wednesday, Feb. 2. The entry form, prize details and complete competition rules can be found at https://bit.ly/VBRlogo.

Businesses interested in participating in the competition must be located in Volusia County; be licensed to operate in the state of Florida, Volusia County and the municipality in which the business is located; and not be operating in violation of any local, state or federal laws.

Along with bragging rights, the business with the winning design will receive a $500 cash prize, a dedicated feature business profile in a future Volusia County Economic Development Quarterly publication, and recognition at a future Volusia County Economic Development “Q” meeting.

Part of Volusia County Economic Development, headed by Director Helga van Eckert, VBR is a countywide collaborative public-private partnership among government economic-development agencies, cities, chambers, universities and colleges, and countywide business organizations.

Originally formed to assist businesses during the pandemic, the organization is now working collaboratively with all economic-development stakeholders to help new and existing businesses grow within Volusia County.

From startups and second-stage and maturing businesses, VBR’s website — VolusiaBusinessResources.com — compiles resources from a collaboration of strategic partners, economic-development practitioners, and other business organizations to assist with the process to “Start, Grow, Fund and Expand.”

The VBR website can help businesses navigate the multitude of programs and funding sources in federal coronavirus-relief programs through various agencies; state resources for emergency loans, business damage surveys, unemployment, employer short-term compensation programs, and information related to essential businesses and services, among others; Volusia County government’s public information network; and job-seeker services from CareerSource Flagler Volusia, and links to employment search sites. The website can also steer businesses to programs in cities and towns in all corners of the county, and link to information and resources available through the eight Chambers of Commerce around Volusia County.

As the collaboration moves forward to address priorities, there is a need to establish a brand for VBR within the community. And that’s where the need for a logo comes in.

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