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The L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurial spirit thrives at Daytona State College, thanks in part to an endowment by L. Gale Lemerand, one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Through the Center for Entrepreneurship that bears his name, a valuable resource is available, not only for Daytona State students, but also for anyone in our community who wants to learn what it takes to start a business from the ground up.

The Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

At heart of The L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship is the prestigious Entrepreneurial Speaker Series, which features advice and inspiration from some of the nation’s leading business owners.

Wednesday, March 27, 9:30-11 a.m.
Daytona State College, Hosseini Center
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach

Free and open to the public To reserve a seat call (386) 506-4723 or email

picture of CHARLES CLARK CEO of Charles Clark International

CEO of Charles Clark International

Charles Clark is a world-class athlete, international keynote speaker, writer, success coach, business consultant and entrepreneur, and CEO of the business consulting firm Charles Clark International.

Charles fought his way academically and physically to earn a spot on the Florida State University track team, achieving 3 – time NCAA national championship status. Although he initially struggled to get admitted to FSU, he didn't let go of his dream and went on to excel as a student and an athlete earning a degree with a 3.2 GPA.

He suffered an injury while training and never really recovered to be fully competitive again. While his plan of continuing as a world-class athlete was crushed, he never gave up.

It was a pivotal time in Charles' life and he made the decision to give back to the community. He founded the Charles Clark What Matters Foundation with a mission "To be a resource that advocates and teaches essential methods to prepare youth and young adults for the next level in their career through education, fitness, and health." He leveraged his formal education and personal "drive" in order to help others succeed while simultaneously becoming a successful businessman.

Charles' expertise in leadership, passion, grit, and psychology has allowed him to effectively deliver speeches and trainings to an extensive range of organizations. He has provided over 500 event presentations over nine years for companies including Frontier Communications Corporation, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nike, iHeart Radio, Raymond James Financial, Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society, and NCAA college sports teams.


Scholarship Criteria: The L. Gale Lemerand Entrepreneurial Speaker Series Scholarship will be awarded to students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Up to three $1,000 scholarships may be given, based on the following criteria:

  • One to a Volusia or Flagler County high school student who plans to attend DSC
  • One to a DSC college-credit student; and
  • One to a DSC Adult Education student.

The scholarship application window will be open through March 1.
Please visit to submit your application by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

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