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.
Thursday, October 18, 9:30-11 a.m.
Daytona State College, Hosseini Center
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach
M. Jayson Meyer, CEO, Synergy Billing
Synergy Billing, a leading revenue cycle management firm that works exclusively with community health centers, is set to be named to the Inc. Magazine 5,000 fastest growing companies list for the second year in a row after reaching more than $6 million in revenue for 2015. Jayson built Synergy Billing to this stature by reverse engineering the revenue cycle to determine exactly which data points insurance companies required to pay claims. "We make sure that each claim gets paid the first time," he said. "And we provide our clients with a written guarantee of the increase in revenue they will see. While most centers recover 71.4 percent of what they bill, Synergy Billing's clients recover about 95 percent."
Jayson is actively involved with both the access to health care issue and in supporting entrepreneurship in his hometown region of Daytona Beach. "Synergy Billing is proud to announce the establishment of the Synergy Foundation for Health Care Justice," he said. "The Foundation's mission will be to seek ways to expand access to primary care across the nation." To support entrepreneurs, Jayson speaks at such entrepreneurship events as 1 Million Cups Daytona Beach and Startup Weekend Daytona Beach.
Jayson urges entrepreneurs to never lose sight of their dreams and be persistent. "I've learned that there are no shortcuts and even if you spot one on the journey it isn't worth it," he said. "Life is a marathon, not a sprint. To build a sustainable business we must take a step by step approach and do things the right way, always. And, never, ever give up."
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 from Sept. 12 through Oct. 5.
Please visit DaytonaState.edu/scholarships to submit your application by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018.