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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, April 15, 9:30-11 a.m. - CANCELED
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



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 to Florida, Josh attended Seabreeze Hiigh School and would go on to graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Business. While Josh’s main focus was his education, he took advantage of attending Officer Candidate School with the US Marine Corps (2002) and even took an internship at City Furniture.

Josh’s knowledge of the entirety of Hudson’s empire is vast as he has held every position from warehouse, delivery, service tech, delivery manager (West Coast), operations manager, general manager, President, and now CEO. Under Josh’s reign, overall sales for Hudson’s Furniture Stores has grown exponentially from around $35M in 2009 just before he took over in March of 2010, to today’s number of around $90M and counting.


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 April 6.
Please visit to submit your application by 6 p.m. on April 6, 2020.

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