Serving St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]

Treasure Coast Business News 5.11

Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center [SBDC] Network and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19. Read more...

Publisher's Note

Strong leadership, a collaborative spirit made recovery possible for small businesses

Esther Chin

The past year has certainly been one of the most difficult in the modern history of business. No one could have predicted the scope and depth of the challenges encountered by small business owners and operators. Fortunately, but not surprisingly, regional economic development organizations, educational institutes, business organizations and municipalities responded to assist with the hardships and create a path forward for Treasure Coast small businesses... Read more...

Three workers at Pursuit Boats in Fort Pierce

BOATING INDUSTRY

Wave of newcomers joins Treasure Coast’s expanding boating industry

Explosive growth in the marine industry in the past decade has made the Treasure Coast the third-largest area in the United States in terms of the economic impact of recreational boating.

The area’s two largest builders, Maverick Boat Group and Pursuit Boats, now with the same corporate parent, each employ more than 400 full-time workers in neighboring plants in Fort Pierce.

The area’s boating strength is expected to continue... Read more...

artisan pasta

SMALL BUSINESS

IRSC center teams with regional groups to help small businesses navigate covid aid

In the spring of 2020, the full extent of COVID-19 was becoming alarmingly apparent on a daily basis.

Positive cases of COVID-19 soared from a handful statewide in early March to almost 1,000 by March 22. Less than a month later, by mid-April, the toll stood at 21,019 and 499 deaths.

Many businesses were forced to close or... Read more...

St. Lucie Battery & Tire’s signature location

CELEBRATION

St. Lucie Battery & Tire hits half-century mark

There is an adage in business: “If you take care of your community, success will follow.” Today, the world has changed. Small corporations can be crushed under the weight of the modern world. With a global change in how business works, local businesses have shifted their focus to the areas they serve. They are growing from the inside of communities and pushing out for success.

The Treasure Coast is an example of a place that loves to... Read more...

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL]

FLSBDC

SBDC, Rubio to host virtual conference to help owners navigate pandemic challenges

Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center [SBDC] Network and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19.

This multiday virtual conference will equip Florida’s small businesses with the strategies and resources needed to... Read more...

Roy Lambert

IRSC NEWS

IRSC remembers Roy Lambert, entrepreneur, visionary and friend

More than 25 years ago, Roy Lambert, an entrepreneur from Vero Beach, approached Indian River State College president, Dr. Edwin Massey, about honoring local entrepreneurs. His idea was to recognize established business leaders in hopes of also inspiring budding entrepreneurs... Read more...

Veteran student

IRSC NEWS

Grant to enhance services for veterans enrolled at IRSC

Indian River State College has received a $449,966 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the IRSC Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.

The college was one of only 16 higher education institutions nationwide selected for the award. The grant will help the college connect student veterans with additional academic, financial, physical and social support services through a new Veterans Center of Excellence set to open later this year on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie. Read more...

Clare Dreyer

BEST PRACTICES

New leaders need to be effective in today’s work environment

COVID-19 will forever transform the landscape of today’s work environment.

Business owners, leaders and managers have had to adapt their leadership and management styles and models to accommodate today’s different work models: working full time in the office; hybrid — working in the office as well as remote; working remote full time.

Employees have also changed their views. They are keenly aware of how ...Read more...

The Marriott Hutchinson Island Beach Resort

TOURISM

Proximity to undeveloped beaches, wide-open spaces and metropolitan areas help local businesses

Christy Heskel was in a tough spot when COVID-19 hit in March and many people who had reservations at her 12-cottage resort on the Indian River in Sebastian canceled because of health concerns.

It had been just a little more than two years since Christy and her husband, Neil, bought the long-in-the-tooth Ferndale Lodge, which they closed, gutted, and renovated. Each cottage got a separate interior, giving each a different vibe, Christy said. They even changed the name to Island View Cottages... Read more...

Michael Hageloh

IRSC NEWS

Hageloh to head IRSC’s strategic initiatives

Indian River State College has hired technology and education veteran Michael Hageloh as executive vice president of strategic initiatives. Hageloh, who has spent his professional career at the nexus of business and academia — including 22 years at Apple — assumes a newly created, key leadership role within the college. Read more...

Gerri Detweiler

FLSBDC

Here are guidelines on how to qualify and apply for new PPP loans

Updated Jan. 20: The SBA has released guidance for new PPP loans available under the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act [the Economic Aid Act]. This article includes the latest guidance from the Small Business Administration along with the new application forms.

What are Paycheck Protection Program Loans?
The Paycheck Protection Program [PPP] loan is a type of SBA loan designed to provide funds to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to keep their workers on payroll. These loans may be completely forgiven if... Read more...

Commissioner Thomas Epsky

FLSBDC

Tips to help working from home be a success for management and employees

Large and small businesses are finding interesting ways to keep employees engaged and feeling like they are part of the team while they are working from home. And amid the new reality, workers are expressing a desire to make the new arrangement work, even beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Is remote work here to stay? The jury is still out on what the post-COVID world will be like, but some workers already are asking for... Read more...

Gerri Detweiler

FLSBDC

Qualifying requirements outlined for second round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan program

Update Jan. 20: The Economic Aid Act, signed Dec. 27, includes additional funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This article includes information about the targeted EIDL grant application process provided by the Small Business Administration.

Congress has allocated another $20 billion in EIDL grants [advances] in the new stimulus bill. Read more...

Nichole Mooney

BEST PRACTICES

Do employers have the authority to require vaccinations?

Recent announcements regarding the availability of vaccines for the COVID-19 virus have been both exciting and concerning for some employers and employees.

Employers need to consider how they will address questions and concerns with respect to the vaccination and its effects on the workplace.

One question is whether employers may require employees or new hires to be vaccinated. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission confirmed that ...Read more...

Cheryl Kirby

BEST PRACTICES

Florida small businesses are resilient, even in face of hurdles presented by pandemic

Small business owners are nothing if not intrepid. They demonstrate their flexibility no matter what situation arises. Their resiliency has never been more apparent than in recent months as they encountered setbacks related to COVID-19.

To determine the specific challenges owners have and continue to face, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, recently partnered with the Florida Chamber Foundation and the University of West Florida Haas Center to survey nearly 5,000 business owners about the effects of the pandemic. The results were telling...Read more...

Patty O'Connell

RETAIL

Treasure Coast business owners improvise during pandemic shutdown

For about a decade, Patty O’Connell has had an informational website for Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, her downtown Stuart home accessories shop. But none of the store’s eclectic collection of goods were for sale online. The plan was to eventually gin up the website for e-commerce, but there was no hurry. Most all her customers were loyal locals. All sales were in-store, just as it had been since its opening in 2008.

That was all BC — Before COVID... Read more...

FLORIDA SBDC

Community banks benefit from willingness to approve PPP loans for small business owners

Clifton Vaughn

In South Florida as well as around the nation, small business owners applying for the Paycheck Protection Program often struck out with big lenders — even when they had been loyal customers. They had better luck with smaller, community banks that were less deluged with applications and nimbler.

According to the Small Business Administration, about 52% of the loans and 44% of the PPP program dollars were approved by local community banks and specialty lenders... Read more...

FLORIDA SBDC

SBA approves record number of loans designed to help business owners

Katherine Culhane, Associate Director for the Florida SBDC

At a time when small businesses across the country are struggling to stay afloat, some business owners are investing in business growth by expanding their facilities or buying equipment. In fact, a record number may be, according to some very recent loan data.

With Small Business Administration 504 loans, businesses are able to purchase land, buildings, or other major assets such as large equipment. Besides low interest rates and long payback periods, what makes them attractive to small business owners is... Read more...

Treasure Coast Business named best new magazine in state

Treasure Coast Business Magazine, a publication of Indian River Magazine Inc., has been named the best new magazine in the state by the Florida Magazine Association.

The general excellence award was announced July 24 during the FMA’s annual awards ceremony. Read more...

RESTAURANTS

Restaurants balance reopenings with ever changing COVID-19 guidelines

The coronavirus pandemic didn’t take away our love of food but it did challenge our access to the food we love.

As Florida relaxed its stay-at-home guidelines, we yearned for the luxury of once again dining at our favorite restaurants — a good thing. According to the National Restaurant Association, “The restaurant industry, more than any other industry in the nation, has suffered the most significant sales and job losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began.”

It’s been a roller coaster ride. Restaurants, bars and beaches were... Read more...

AGRICULTURE

Local citrus, cattle industries holding own against pandemic

The two big agricultural industries on the Treasure Coast, citrus and cattle, have so far weathered the impact of COVID-19, even as cattle prices plunged in March and April and as growers and packers are on guard for the pandemic’s affect once the citrus season resumes in October, industry participants said.

Day-to-day life for citrus growers and cattle ranchers and their workers has not changed much since the virus began to... Read more...

NONPROFITS

Pandemic forces nonprofit organizations to find alternate ways to fund services

Nonprofit organizations typically rely on one major event to raise the bulk of funds needed to support their services for the upcoming year. And the month of March is the most popular time to hold those events. But March of 2020 will forever be remembered as the year the world shut down due to COVID-19. Businesses were closed, events were canceled and people were asked to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus.

As the state reopens, businesses implement new pandemic policies and apply for government loans to... Read more...

DEVELOPMENT

St. Lucie County launches Port of Fort Pierce master plan update

The central question facing St. Lucie County as it updates the Port of Fort Pierce master plan is how the port will handle future economic and social opportunities.

The port, which is one of Florida’s 14 deepwater seaports, was initially created as a maritime freight and logistics center to ship agricultural products and cargo from the Treasure Coast. It now functions as a hybrid of working waterfront elements and community infrastructure. It is unlike most traditional cargo- and cruise-dominant seaports in Florida. Read more...

FINANCE

Nonprofit fund provides loans and mentoring for Black business owners

Trey Alston, BBIF

Established in 1987, the Black Business Investment Fund of Florida is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution that has successfully developed, capitalized and trained minority and underbanked businesses statewide for 30 years.

A Black business and investment corporation, BBIF was created through the Florida Small and Minority Business Act in 1985. This act was a response to the reality that Black business owners were being overlooked by large, traditional lenders, making it nearly impossible for them to obtain financing for their businesses. Read more...

FLORIDA SBDC

Spike Schultheis

Absence of a succession plan could be costly and put company future in jeopardy

 

Succession planning isn’t just for family businesses and large corporations. Many small business owners don’t plan for what will happen to their companies during a prolonged illness or after their deaths. Unforeseen circumstances could put their businesses at risk of shutting down. Read more...

Chauncelor Howell

BEST PRACTICES

Tips to help small businesses in today’s tumultuous world

Owning a small business during the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest is extremely challenging for any small business owner and its employees. Unlike technology companies, most small businesses do not have the technical infrastructure to support virtual business operations during a complete shutdown.

Small business owners had no idea how disruptive a pandemic would be — literally destroying businesses and livelihoods overnight. How does a small business survive during a deadly pandemic? Here are five suggestions to help save small businesses. Read more...

FLORIDA SBDC

Guide to business resiliency in times of disaster

• Cash Management • Pricing and Cost Containment • Supply Chain Management • Marketing Read more...

COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY

Small business guide to Covid-19

Tips to Do Right Now to Stay Afloat. SBA Loan Programs explained. Read more...

 

Tom Kindred, right, regional director for Florida SBDC at IRSC, interviews Melissa Roberts, managing director of operations, Jim Moran Institute, and Michael Myhre

Florida Small Business Development Center

STAY TUNED FOR ALL THINGS BUSINESS

Want to be in the know about Treasure Coast business? Then tune in to WPSL and WSTU for Startup Talk, a weekly business talk show entering its fifth year of broadcasting.

Startup Talk has broadcast more than 175 live episodes of the program. The show was designed and created to promote and create awareness regarding the business assistance and resource programs available at Indian River State College under the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Development Institute. Read more...


Treasure Coast Business Magazine Summer 2019

Interview

Interview on Aug. 16, 2019 with Indian River Magazine Publisher Gregory Enns about the company’s new business publication, Treasure Coast Business Magazine, on Tom Kindred’s “Startup Talk’’ show on WPSL radio. Read more...

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HEALTHCARE/HOSPICE CARE
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INSURANCE/FINANCES
Post Insurance
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State Farm/Bill Knight
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INTERIOR DESIGN/FURNISHINGS
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LANDSCAPING
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LAW OFFICES
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PRINTING/SIGNS
Fast Signs of Vero Beach
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RADIO
WQCS
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REAL ESTATE
Oceanside Realty Partners
772.418.4420
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SHOOTING RANGE
St. Lucie Shooting Center
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Miller's Central Air
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NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating
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nisair.com

Sea Coast Air

772.466.2400
seacoastair.com

South Florida Crane & Cooling
772.208.0146
sfccooling.com

ART DEALER & FRAMING
Frank’s Hang Up
772.567.7692
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ART GALLERIES/ARTISTS/
FRAMING

A.E. Backus Museum
772.465.0630
backusmuseum.com

Vero Beach Museum of Art
772.231.0707
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ATTRACTIONS
Okeechobee County Tourist Development Council
863.763.3959
visitokeechobeecounty.com

AUTO DEALERS
Bev Smith Automotive Group
772.464.8440
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Sunrise Ford
772.461.6000
sunrise-ford.com

AUTOMOTIVE
St. Lucie Battery & Tire
800.432.1064
slbt.com

BANKING
Center State Bank
772.460.2242
centerstatebank.com

BEVERAGES
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.
800.FRESHHH
oijc.com

BOATING/WATERSPORTS
Marine Connection
772.222.7850
marineconnection.com

BUILDERS
GHO Homes
772.532.3630
ghohomes.com

Richard K. Davis Construction Corp.
772.461.8335
rkdavis.com

BUTCHER SHOP
A Butcher Shoppe & A Bit More
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CANDY/ CONFECTIONARY
Bruno’s Chocolate
772.466.4222
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CAR WASH

Wash-N-Go Express Car Wash
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CASINOS
Seminole Brighton Casino
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CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce
772.595.9999
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CITRUS/PRODUCE
Nelson Family Farms
772.464.2100
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CLOTHING/SHOPPING
Florida Classics Books & Gifts
772.546.9380
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Kemp’s
772.221.9973
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Vero Beach Hardware & Gifts
772.564.8838
verobeachhardware.com

CREDIT UNION
Mid-Florida Credit Union
866.913.3733
midflorida.com

DIVE & WATERSPORTS
Deep Six
772.562.2883
deepsix.com

EDUCATION
Indian River State College
866.792.4772
irsc.edu

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
772.461.7689
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St. Lucie County Schools
772.429.3600
stlucieschools.org

EYEWEAR/OPTICAL CARE
C.R. Lait
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Taylor Creek Optical
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FINANCE
Rehmann
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FURNITURE
Danish Furniture Inc.
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Sunshine Furniture
772.569.0460
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GOLF
Champion Turf Club at St. James
772.336.4653
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Indian Hills Golf
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GOLF CARTS
Total Golf Cart
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GOVERNMENT
City of Fort Pierce
772.467.3000
Cityoffortpierce.com

Saint Lucie County Property Appraiser
772.462.1000
paslc.org

GRILL CLEANING
Florida Native Grill Cleaning

772.285.2726
floridanativegrill.com

HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER
Palm City Nursing & Rehab Center
772.288.0060
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Palm Garden of Port St. Lucie
772.335.8844
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HOME HEALTH CARE
Indian River Home Care
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HOME IMPROVEMENT
Artistic Closets
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Energized Electric LLC
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Kurbing LLC
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McMow Art Glass
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P & S Gutters Inc.
772.241.4181
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HOSPITALS
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health System
772.345.8100
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Sebastian River Medical Center
772.581.8003
sebastianrivermedical.org

INDEPENDENT/ASSISTED LIVING
The Palms of St. Lucie West
772.344.7441
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Symphony at Stuart
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INSURANCE
McCall Insurance
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Post Insurance
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State Farm/Bill Knight
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INTERIOR DESIGN/FURNISHINGS
Decor Envy
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Dow Decorating
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H. Allen Holmes, Inc.
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Karen Kane Interiors
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JEWELRY
Diamonds by Terry
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LAW OFFICES
Fee, Yates, & Fee, P.L.
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LUMBER & HARDWARE
East Coast Lumber
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MEDICAL
Ocean Chiropractic & Health Center
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Orthopaedic Center of Vero Beach
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South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
772.288.2400
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Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology
772.569.2330
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MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health Association Indian River
772.569.9788
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MUNICIPALITIES
City of Port St. Lucie
772.871.5225
cityofpsl.com

NON-PROFITS
Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County
772.408.1100
cscslc.org

Family Meals
772.210.0900
familymealsinc.org

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation
772.466.9876
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Project Lifesaver
772.446.1271
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Treasure Coast Food Bank
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Treasure Coast Hospice
772.403.4500
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OPHTHALMOLOGY
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PAWN & JEWELRY
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PERFORMING ARTS
Vero Beach Theatre Guild
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PLASTIC SURGERY
Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery
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RADIO
WQCS
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REAL ESTATE
Jermiah Baron & Co. Real Estate
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John’s Island Real Estate Co.
772.231.0900
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REAL ESTATE
Keller Williams/AnnMarie Napolitano
Cell: 954.675.2804
Office: 772.236.5700
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Mark Walters & Company
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Oceanside Realty Partners
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Cafe Martier
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Casey’s Place
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Crabby's Dockside
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Ocean Grill
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Sharkys
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SENIOR CARE
Oasis Senior Advisors
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SHOPPING
Best Value Jewelry & Pawn
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SHUTTERS/WINDOW TREATMENTS
Just Shutter It
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