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Biz Buzz: Free leadership program to prepare area business leaders for political engagement

Also in the Observer: Robotic-guided dental surgery introduced to Flagler County; Awards, promotions and new hires.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

The Flagler Volusia Public Leadership Institute, a joint program of the Daytona Regional Chamber and the Flagler County Chamber, is
seeking applicants for a nonpartisan, free training program to teach local business-minded leaders strategies on how to engage in the policy and political process and to promote a robust local economy and vibrant quality of life.

The FVPLI, which has had success training aspiring candidates who became elected leaders, is expanding its curriculum beyond candidacy to teach participants how to use their business experience, skills and talent to advocate for pro-business policies, engage in political campaigns, land appointments to influential government boards and commissions or explore a future run for elected office.

“Our decision to move beyond a candidacy program is in response to local business leaders who wanted to learn strategies for becoming
effective advocates on pro-business policies," said Jorge Gutierrez, president of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. "We view this new version of PLI as a tremendous opportunity to expand on the program’s success and strengthen the voice of small business in public affairs to promote a strong regional economy as the foundation for an outstanding quality of life.”

Robotic-guided dental surgery introduced to Flagler County

The first system for robotic-guided dental surgery in the U.S. is now in Flagler County, according to a news release. Yomi brings a new level of care for dental implants to Florida Oral and Facial Surgical Associates.

Yomi is the first and only FDA-cleared, robot-assisted dental surgery system in the country. It allows oral maxillofacial surgeons to plan the implant surgery virtually using a C.T. scan of the patient to create a 3D image. The computerized navigational system then gives dental surgeons real-time visual and audio feedback during surgery and also provides physical cues that guide the surgeon’s hand to the precise angle and location for the planned dental implant.

Courtesy photo

Awards, promotions and new hires

  • Ken Belshe, senior sales director for SunBelt Land Management, announced that Deb Barnes has joined the sales team for the company’s Marina del Palma development. Barnes has been a licensed real estate professional since 2000, having begun her real estate career for a national custom luxury home builder in Michigan.

  • Chris Marlow, of The Golden Lion Cafe, announced the donation of $3,000 to Florida Food Pantries. This donation will provide nearly 12,000 meals to feed those in need throughout Florida. In addition, The Key Lime Tartar Sauce and Datil Pepper Cocktail Sauce is sold in Publix Supermarkets, online and at Golden Lion/Green Lion Cafe' Restaurants. The Marlow family donates 50% of all profits to food pantries.

Chris Marlow. Courtesy photo
  • The following agents with Coldwell Banker Premier Properties have been named the "Top Agents" for May 2019: Anna Medeiros was the top sales/listing agent, and Rose Scharer was the top producer.

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