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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.

Monday, April 19, 2021
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Join Live Event
Free and open to the public.

2021 Speaker Series with Josh Hudson, CEO of Hudson's Furniture

Retailer of the Year - 2017

Most Charitable Young Professional of the Year - 2018

Born the same year as the opening of his father’s first furniture store, Josh literally grew up inside a Hudson’s Furniture store. A native Floridian, Josh attended Seabreeze High School and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business. While Josh’s main focus was his education, he also took advantage of attending Officer Candidate School with the US Marine Corps (2002).

Josh has acquired a vast knowledge of the home furnishings industry as he has held every position from warehouse, delivery, service tech, delivery manager, operations manager, general manager, President, and now CEO. Under Josh’s leadership, overall sales for Hudson’s Furniture Stores has grown exponentially from around $35 million in 2009 just before he took over in March of 2010, to today’s number of around $72 million and counting.


Josh Hudson


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

Please visit to submit your application by April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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