Announcements

Rodger Pridgeon receives 2022 South Florida district SBA Small Business Person of the Year

Rodger Pridgeon receives 2022 South Florida district  SBA Small Business Person of the Year

 

Rodger Pridgeon accepts the award for 2022 South Florida District SBA Small Business Person of the Year from Lonnie Koyama of the U.S. Small Business Administration during a ceremony held on May 10.
Photo credit: Scott Finney

Rodger Pridgeon has been named the 2022 South Florida District SBA Small Business Person of the Year. The award was announced in April by U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards, and Pridgeon accepted his award on May 10 in Melbourne during the 2022 National Small Business Week Summit.

Pridgeon is the owner and president of Corporate Air, Inc., a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) that provides fuel, aircraft maintenance, hangar space, and charter jet services at the Vero Beach Regional Airport.

According to Richards, the National Small Business Week Awards celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of small business owners and their significant contributions to our economy and our communities.

“America’s entrepreneurs are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback,” said Richards.  “Many small businesses were able to successfully pivot and with tenacity and resilience have not only survived the pandemic but have thrived. Corporate Air, under the leadership of Rodger Pridgeon, is a perfect example of such resiliency. These awards honor those in our community who have excelled in business ownership, demonstrating these virtues that are among the hallmarks of successful entrepreneurship.”

Judging criteria included staying power, demonstrated by sustained growth and expansion in services or square footage occupied, as well as growth in number of employees; increase in sales, net worth and net profit from 2017 to 2019; response to adversity, be it financial, physical, legal or other crisis; and contributions to community-oriented projects, such as the contribution of time, money and resources to charitable causes, as well as membership and personal involvement in local organizations that serve the community.

Debbie Petrell, Senior Vice President & Sales and Marketing Manager, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, nominated Pridgeon for the award.

“As one of many in our portfolio of exceptional small business owners, Rodger Pridgeon of Corporate Air soars as a trendsetting entrepreneur and community advocate,” said Petrell. “His leadership, innovation and commitment to the local community, both in the business and nonprofit sectors, is exemplary, and we are delighted he is this year’s award recipient.”

An Aircraft Maintenance Technician by trade, Rodger Pridgeon grew up in Western New York State and moved to Vero Beach in 1980, working for Chautauqua Airlines as Director of Maintenance. Anticipating the airline’s withdrawal from the community, Pridgeon started an aircraft maintenance business on the side, transitioning into working full time for himself when Chautauqua Airlines officially closed their Vero Beach office in 1987. What began as a oneman show has grown to an award-winning, thriving business with 15 employees.  

Running a successful and growing business wasn’t the only criteria considered for the award, however. Being an active contributor to the community was also a factor. Just as Pridgeon is passionate about his business, he is equally as passionate about his community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society of the Treasure Coast for 10 years, including as Board Chair for two years. He regularly provides hangar space to local nonprofits in need of a large venue to host fundraising events, at no cost to the organization. American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Home Society, Jake Owens Foundation, and Women’s Refuge and are some of the charities served in this way.

He is also a strong supporter of veterans. In fact, the last two times the Vero Beach Air Show was in town, the Pridgeon family hosted a hangar party for friends and clients to watch the show up close, asking for donations to benefit the Veteran’s Council of Indian River County. Upwards of $20,000 has been raised for veterans as a result.

“Of course I’m honored to be recognized as the 2022 South Florida District SBA Small Business Person of the Year, but whether I am recognized or not, I will always continue doing what I love to do: invest in my business, including the people who help make it happen, and in my community, which I love,” said Pridgeon.  

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Jun. 11, 2022|

The Sanctuary Spa welcomes Lickstein Plastic Surgery

The Sanctuary Spa welcomes Lickstein Plastic Surgery

 

Sanctuary Spa, the upscale and esteemed destination for relaxation that has been located in Tradition for 17 years, has entered into an exciting professional relationship with Palm Beach County’s acclaimed Lickstein Plastic Surgery.

The medical team from Lickstein Plastic Surgery is now working onsite at Sanctuary Spa every Monday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., offering Botox, fillers, eye enhancements, and consultations for both surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, including Sciton Halo Laser and body sculpting treatments such as Coolsculpting Elite and Emsculpt Neo.

This tranquil venue is the perfect place for you to experience the skilled services of one of the professionally-trained experts from Lickstein Plastic Surgery for the first time or to reevaluate the program you’ve been using in the past.

Many local residents who have previously traveled to one of Lickstein Plastic Surgery’s two locations in Palm Beach Gardens (where they offer complete plastic surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, facelifts, and tummy tucks just to name a few) can now enjoy the convenience of visiting them in the booming town of Tradition.

As a tribute to its superb reputation, the practice has earned national recognition by Newsweek (for breast and face surgery) and MedAesthetics (America’s Top 100 Aesthetic Injectors for 2021 and 2022).

The philosophies of the owners of Sanctuary Spa and Lickstein Plastic Surgery are identical: to offer the finest state-of-the-art services to clients, ensuring they have a positive and rewarding experience.

Sanctuary Spa is located at 10799 SW Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie.

For information about their services, call 772-345-7727 or visit www.sanctuaryspatradition.com.

For information about Lickstein Plastic Surgery, call 561-220-4475 or visit www.licksteinplasticsurgery.com.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

 

May. 26, 2022|

Florida SBDC Network to host inaugural Small Business Success Summit

Florida SBDC Network to host inaugural Small Business Success Summit

 

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, will host the inaugural Small Business Success Summit on June 27-28, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The summit, themed “Contracts, Capital and Connections” will provide opportunities for small business owners from across the state to learn strategies to access capital, win contracts, and make valuable connections.

The summit will feature keynote speakers, over 12 breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that will help small businesses take their business to the next level.

“I am very excited for the Florida SBDC Network to come together to host the first Small Business Success Summit,” said Greg Britton, Florida SBDC Network State Director. “Our team of professionals, along with our partners from across the state, look forward to the event to help our state’s small businesses start, grow and thrive.

The summit will kick off with a welcome reception Monday, June 27, and conference programming will occur Tuesday, June 28. The standard registration fee is $199, with a discounted, early-bird rate of $175 available until May 29.

The Florida SBDC Network extends its gratitude to this year’s sponsors and partners: Florida Power & Light, United Midwest Savings Bank, Thryv, Intuit Quickbooks, CareerSource Florida, and the Florida Economic Development Council.

For more information about the Small Business Success Summit, and to register, please visit www.floridasbdc.org/success_summit.

 

About the Florida SBDC Network:

For more than 45 years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. In 2020, the Florida SBDC Network delivered more than 162,500 hours of consulting to more than 24,000 small businesses, resulting in 38,797 jobs impacted, $7.4 billion in sales generated, $553.5 million in capital accessed, and $488.1 million in government contracts acquired. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

May. 23, 2022|

Pulte Announces New Community in Martin County, Highpointe

Pulte Announces New Community in Martin County, Highpointe

 

Pulte Homes is continuing its push into Martin County, announcing a new 284-single-family community called Highpointe on 321 acres acquired from Christ Fellowship Church. Pulte will donate a portion of the land to Operation 300, a local nonprofit that supports the families of fallen military personnel.

Highpointe is located on the east side of Pratt Whitney Road, approximately two miles north of SW Bridge Road in Stuart. It is 10 miles from downtown Stuart and about a 15-minute drive from Jupiter.

The gated community will feature consumer-inspired homes with open-concept floor plans, flexible living spaces, gourmet kitchens and large outdoor living spaces.  Home sizes will range between 1,850 to 3,820 square feet with prices starting from the $500s.

Owners will have access to a robust amenities package including a state-of-the art clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool and sports courts.

As a company that prides itself of giving back to the community, Pulte will donate 20 acres of land to Operation 300, a nonprofit organization that operates outdoor camps and provides mentorship for children of fallen service members.

“We are very excited about our newest project in Martin County,” said Brent Baker, president of PulteGroup’s southeast region. “Not only are we addressing a housing shortage in the area, but we also have the privilege of helping children who lost a parent serving our country in the name of freedom.”

Pulte recently started land development.  Interested buyers can visit pulte.com/highpointe or call 772-208-6939 to sign up for Highpointe’s VIP list to receive updates and more information.

PulteGroup is becoming one of the most active builders in Martin County. It is currently building luxury townhomes at its boutique Stuart community called Ocean Cove near downtown Stuart.  Further south, near the Palm Beach County line, DiVosta, is actively selling in Bridgewater that is planned for 107 estate homes on one-to-five-acre lots.

In Southeast Florida, PulteGroup builds under the Pulte Homes, DiVosta and Del Webb brands. New communities are under construction from Vero Beach south to Broward County with home prices that range from the mid $300s to over $2 million.

Rendering of a home design that will be built in Highpointe, a new Pulte community in Martin County.

 

About PulteGroup:

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods and American West, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.

About Pulte Homes:

Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM).  Pulte Homes builds consumer-inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer the best quality of life.  Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of innovative Life Tested Home Designs® with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail.  For more information about Pulte Homes, visit www.pulte.com.

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
May. 16, 2022|

New Midas opens in Vero Beach

New Midas opens in Vero Beach

 

Midas, one of the world’s largest providers of automotive services, is announced the opening of its newest location in Vero Beach, Florida located at 1365 US-1.

A grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 2 pm with food trucks, OneBlood’s Big Red Bus, the Humane Society of Vero Beach, and special discounts.

Business owner Jimmy Linus is no stranger to the automotive industry with his Linus Cadillac Buick GMC dealership just south of the new Midas location. He is excited to extend quality auto care to all manufacturer makes and models offering new tires, brakes, air conditioning, and scheduled service.

“We are pleased to continue to serve our community,” Linus said. “From our grand opening on, our neighbors are our most important priority.”

Bill Paine, store manager with over 40 years of experience, stated, “Our soft opening has been extremely successful and we pride ourselves on giving our customers the quick and efficient five-star customer service for which Midas is known.”

Services will include new tires, factory-recommended maintenance visits, routine oil changes, repair services on brakes, suspension, air conditioner, and any other mechanical or electrical components of an automobile.

 

About Midas

Midas is one of the world’s largest providers of automotive services, offering brake, tire, maintenance, exhaust, steering and suspension services at over 2,000 franchised and licensed Midas stores in 16 countries, including nearly 1,200 in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit midas.com.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

May. 16, 2022|

2022 award winners announced during celebration of Environmental Stewardship in Martin County

2022 award winners announced during celebration of Environmental Stewardship in Martin County

 

 

Zoe Glover and Asher Glover representing River Kidz.

More than 40 nominees including youth groups, individuals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, were honored at the 2022 Keep Martin Beautiful Environmental Stewardship Awards ceremony on April 28 at the beautiful oceanfront clubhouse at Sailfish Point Country Club. An enthusiastic and diverse crowd of more than 200 guests attended the event to recognize the nominees’ outstanding efforts in community beautification and revitalization, litter and marine debris removal, recycling and other environmental initiatives. Serving as the organization’s key fundraiser, the event raised more than $40,000 to support its mission to improve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County.

“Each year we continue to be impressed by the creative and impactful ways our nominees show their commitment to and stewardship of our natural environment,” said Craig Ahal, president of Keep Martin Beautiful. “Their projects and initiatives give us great hope for the future of Martin County and our planet.”

Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres while engaging in a friendly bidding competition for silent auction items focused on the environment, including an array of nature-themed paintings from local artists and a signed Guy Harvey print.

Fifteen awards were presented during the event. Highlights included the Youth Group Champion award, which was presented to the River Kidz. Created in 2011 by two 10-year-olds, today this group is made up of more than 500 students in Martin County. They participate in numerous environmental activities from creating a workbook that’s now in its fifth edition as part of Martin County School District’s curriculum to lobbying at the local and state level against potentially harmful issues that affect our waterways. The Community Enrichment Award was presented to the Jensen Beach Garden Club for the gardens they create and care for throughout Jensen Beach and Rio.

Two dozen sponsors provided financial and in-kind support, for which the organization is grateful: Presenting Sponsor, Sailfish Point Country Club; Champion Sponsors, Sunrise Grove Commerce Center and Three Lakes; Steward Sponsors, Martin County Board of County Commissioners District Five Edward V. Ciampi and Waste Management; Sustainer Sponsors, AHS Residential, FPL, Meritage Homes, and van Vonno Consulting; and Supporter Sponsors, Bonnie Landry & Associates, Camo Farms, Captec Engineering, Circular Recycling, City of Stuart, ColorLength, Ecological Associates, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Goldasich Environmental, Illustrated Properties, Jenkins Landscape, Lucido & Associates, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, The Mil-Cor Group; The Pulte Group, Shearwater Marine, the Stull-Wise Family, Treasure Coast Urgent Care; Program Partners, Crown Trophies, The Firefly Group and Steven Martine Photography.

To view a complete list of Environmental Stewardship Award nominees, as well as images from the event, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful.

 

2022 Environmental Stewardship Award Winners

  • Community Cleanup Award - Live Love Local Hobe Sound Cleanup
  • Community Enrichment Award - Jensen Beach Garden Club
  • Community Impact Award - Paula Smith, Indiantown Garden
  • Community Improvement Award - City of Stuart, Shepard Park
  • Community Revitalization Award - Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Hobe Sound Scrub Preserve
  • Conservation Steward Award - Loxa-Lucie Initiative
  • Environmental Education Award - Florida Oceanographic Society, Ocean EcoCenter
  • Innovation Award - House of Hope, Traveling Nutrition Garden
  • President's Award - Students4H2O & Martin County School District
  • Remarkable Recycler Award - Project LIFT
  • Riley Jackson Award - Kathy Fitzpatrick
  • Trailblazer Award - Maggy Hurchalla
  • Youth Engagement Award - Jackie Brownie
  • Youth Group Champion Award - River Kidz
  • Youth Impact Award - The Pine School

 

About Keep Martin Beautiful

Keep Martin Beautiful (KMB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization founded in 1994 as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Martin County through litter prevention, the promotion of recycling, improvement of solid waste management practices, and beautification and community revitalization activities. KMB signature events and programs include the Environmental Stewardship Awards, the International Coastal Cleanup, the Great American Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road and Adopt-A-Street programs, and other educational and outreach activities. Find KMB on Facebook at facebook.com/KeepMartinBeautiful, follow KMB on Twitter at twitter.com/KMBmartin, visit KeepMartinBeautiful.org or call 772-781-1222.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
May. 9, 2022|

President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health joins Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Board of Directors 

President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health joins Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Board of Directors

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County welcomes Rishi P. Singh, MD, to its Board of Directors. President of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, North and South Hospitals, staff surgeon at the Cole Eye Institute, and professor of ophthalmology at Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Dr. Singh is a towering figure in medicine and highly regarded for his many achievements inside and outside of the operating room.

“Dr. Singh is an extraordinarily gifted, and successful individual and we’re incredibly excited to welcome him to our board of directors,” says Keith “Fletch” Fletcher, CEO of BGCMC. “Already dedicated to the Boys & Girls Clubs movement from his involvement in Cleveland, he’ll find himself in good company among many other diverse and vastly accomplished fellow board members such as incoming Board Chair Kathryn Parsons and Diana Brooks, Immediate Past Board Chair, both of whom have made—and continue to make—an immeasurable difference in the lives of thousands of Martin County children.”

Ellen Libby Ph.D. also joins the Board. Dr. Libby, an author, lecturer, and psychotherapist with more than 35 years of experience has devoted her professional life to the social and emotional well-being of individuals and families. Other transitions include the advancement of Kathryn Parsons to Board Chair, and Diana Brooks will now be Immediate Past Board Chair following years of service distinguished by record-setting fundraising for the organization despite challenges and interruptions caused by the pandemic and launching Building Great Futures- an exciting and comprehensive campaign for the youth of Martin County.

“So many of the children we serve are still enduring tremendous hardships due to various circumstances, including the pandemic,” adds Fletcher. “We should all feel very blessed that our Club members have in their corner such highly successful, respected, and generous leaders committed to ensuring the children get the encouragement, care, and opportunities they so deserve and dream of.”

Henry Saxon, regional service director of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, notes key qualities in the leaders on the Martin County chapter board of directors that exceed even their most celebrated professional achievements. “It’s not just about their resumes; it’s about their character,” Saxon says. “These people could be doing just anything, yet they are dedicating their time and effort to serving children in need of safety, patience, acceptance, knowledge, and opportunity. Drs. Libby and Singh will fit in well and we look forward to what they will accomplish together next.”

 

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County  

For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County has provided award-winning programs designed to guide and inspire young people ages 6-18 to learn, grow and mature in route to becoming successful adults. Each of the four clubs enjoys strong partnerships with local schools and communities. Such cohesion ensures that Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs complement and enrich the curriculum our members learn in class as well as remain attuned to the challenges and opportunities they face on a day-to-day basis. The clubs offer opportunities for fun, fitness, and S.T.E.A.M. activities, and certified teachers collaborate with club members on everything from tutoring and homework help to specialized courses that prepare them for careers in a variety of trades.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
May. 9, 2022|

Former Martin County growth management director opens new Treasure Coast planning firm

Former Martin County growth management director opens new Treasure Coast planning firm

 

Nicki van Vonno, owner of van Vonno Consulting LLC

Nicki van Vonno, a respected municipal planner with deep roots in growth management in Martin County and the Treasure Coast, has opened her own planning and management firm, van Vonno Consulting LLC.

Van Vonno worked for Martin County for 35 years, starting out as a planner in the Growth Management Department and serving as the department’s Director for 20 years.  She led a team of highly qualified professionals in representing the county’s best interests in all aspects of growth management.

Her new firm offers planning services to local governments, landowners, private sector clients, and citizen groups in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. Areas of expertise include comprehensive planning and community development, planning studies, land development regulations, impact fees, and housing. She will also use her passion for the arts, culture and literacy to help organizations in search of strategic planning and management consulting.

“I’m a firm believer that both the natural environment and the built environment have to be valued and work in harmony to create a quality place where people want to live,” van Vonno said. “I’m eager to bring my skills and experience to prospective clients who share my values.”

Van Vonno holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in West Virginia and a Master’s in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, has spoken at national training events, and provided expert testimony during administrative hearings on land use decisions.

Currently van Vonno is a member of the Library Board of the Martin County Library System and a volunteer at the Friends of the Library’s Book Depot. She is active with Martin Arts and is a supporter of the Martin Arts Stuart High School Arts Center Project. In addition she is a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as the Chairman of the National Chapter Literacy Promotion Committee and the Halpatiokee Chapter Book Club Committee Chair, and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

Van Vonno can be reached through her website vanvonnoconsulting.com or 772-529-5738.

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

 

 

 

May. 9, 2022|

Florida SBDC Network, FloridaMakes Announce Partnership to Aid State’s Small Manufacturers

Florida SBDC Network, FloridaMakes announce partnership to aid state's small manufacturers

 

L-R: Greg Britton, state director of the Florida SBDC Network, and Kevin Carr, CEO of FloridaMakes, with the MOU

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network and FloridaMakes have formalized a strategic partnership to support Florida’s small manufacturers.

The partnership will provide greater access to and awareness of Florida SBDC Network and FloridaMakes training and resources for small manufacturers in Florida. The agreement will foster greater communication, cross-referrals, understanding of each other’s services, and collaboration on training and programs for small manufacturers across the state.

"FloridaMakes’ long commitment to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy by improving the productivity and technological performance of small manufacturers compliments our mission of ensuring our state’s small businesses have the expertise and resources to succeed,” said Greg Britton, state director of the Florida SBDC Network. “We look forward to partnering with FloridaMakes to help more of our state’s small manufacturers grow and create more jobs for Florida’s families.”

FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturers associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms.

"Florida is home to over 23,000 manufacturers, of which about 80 percent have 20 or less employees," said Kevin Carr, Chief Executive Officer of FloridaMakes. "This partnership will allow us to expand the breadth of services we offer the industry in order to help grow and retain small manufacturers in Florida."

Through this agreement, Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations (RMAs), allied through the FloridaMakes network, may enter into local partnerships with Florida SBDC regional offices to support small manufacturers through local programs and initiatives.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the organizations in Jacksonville during the Florida Chamber’s Transportation Growth and Infrastructure Summit this week.

About the Florida SBDC Network:

For over 45 years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. In 2020, the Florida SBDC Network delivered more than 162,500 hours of consulting to more than 24,000 small businesses, resulting in 38,797 jobs impacted, $7.4 billion in sales generated, $553.5 million in capital accessed, and $488.1 million in government contracts acquired. According to an economic impact study conducted for the Florida SBDC, it was estimated that for every $1 invested in the Florida SBDC $60 is returned to the state in tax revenue and our services resulted in a $3.9 billion impact on Florida's economy. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

About FloridaMakes:

FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida's regional manufacturer associations and organizations that serve manufacturers. FloridaMakes’ sole mission is strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principal value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes is the representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network in the state of Florida, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information, visit www.FloridaMakes.com.
Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected] 
May. 2, 2022|

EDC promotes Jenn DuBey, welcomes new business manager

EDC promotes Jenn DuBey, welcomes new business manager

 

Jenn DuBey, EDC director of business development 

Rachel Savela, EDC business manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) announced the promotion of Jenn DuBey to the position of director of business development, and the addition of Rachel Savela as the organization’s business manager.

DuBey joined the EDC in 2019 as business manager and added incentives management to her responsibilities in 2021. She previously held administrative and managerial positions at CareerSource Research Coast, National Vision, and the Business Development Board of Martin County. In her new role, DuBey will help manage business attraction and retention activities for the EDC.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen Jenn juggle financial statements, board meetings, ready-to-work boot camps, complex incentive programs, business outreach and so much more, often all at once. During the pandemic shutdown and aftermath, Jenn’s tireless efforts to assist our county’s business community were unparalleled,” said EDC President Pete Tesch. “We look forward to her continuing contributions toward helping economic development thrive in St. Lucie County.”

Savela joined the EDC in April as business manager. She has an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and more than eight years of experience in operations management. Savela also worked for St. Lucie Public Schools for 17 years, initially teaching first grade and most recently as a career and technology education teacher at Northport K-8 in Port St. Lucie.

“I’m very happy that Rachel has joined our team; she comes highly recommended,” said DuBey. “As for me, I am excited to take the next steps in my career development.”

“I am so excited to join the EDC, where I can help to bring opportunity and growth to the community I grew up in and love,” said Savela.

Both DuBey and Savela live in Port St. Lucie. Savela has two daughters, ages 15 and 5.

 

 

About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

The EDC is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic vitality in St. Lucie County through the attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in the community.  The EDC works in partnership with local governments and the private sector to advance its goals of creating more and better-paying jobs for residents, broadening the tax base and improving St. Lucie County’s economic quality of life.  Contact the EDC at 772.336.6250 or www.youredc.com.

 

 

 

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
May. 2, 2022|