Palm Coast - If you are looking to start or grow your business, now is the time! Palm Coast has many local resources and partners right here in our community at no cost to you.

Join the City of Palm Coast, the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center, Volusia/Flagler SCORE and CareerSource Flagler/Volusia for a free, one-stop-shop session to explore and learn about opportunities designed to help you succeed - no matter what stage your business is at. The 'Leveraging Local Resources to Grow Your Business' expo will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, from 8-9 a.m. at Palm Coast City Hall Council Chambers, 160 Lake Avenue. Topics covered will include business planning, mentoring and consulting, financial planning, loan assistance, workforce solutions and contracting and bidding. RSVP today at the following link: bit.ly/growlocalbiz

"We're excited to showcase the unique opportunities our local partners provide to businesses each and every day,' said Wynn Newingham, Head of Innovation and Economic Growth at the City of Palm Coast. "This event will provide an overview of all that is available, right here in our community."

Business has been booming in Palm Coast throughout the last 10 years. From looking at Palm Coast's business tax receipt data, there has been a 332% increase in new businesses opening - from 135 in 2009 to 583 in 2018. With the upward trend pointing toward a positive outlook for this year, this event will further our business and economic growth.

Month

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

135

140

145

165

169

179

208

252

342

583

290 *to date

Some of the new businesses that have opened this year are Twisted Minds Escape Rooms and Clean Eats Kitchen. 

"Local businesses are the engine that drives our community and continues to make it a thriving place to live, work and play," said Mayor Milissa Holland. "It's a priority to the City to ensure that these businesses are supported and able to grow our local economy. With new businesses on the rise, that fosters an even greater environment for our residents and visitors to shop local, ultimately strengthening the City in the years to come."

Last year, the amount of sales tax returned to the City amounted to $8.1 million, up from $7.6 million in 2017. This kind of money helps pay for important community projects such as the Community Center and Holland Park. If every Palm Coast resident spent $25 at a business in Palm Coast on any given day, it would infuse $1.462 million into the local economy.