Business Education

What you should know before you sign a business lease

What you should know before you sign a business lease

The City of Port St. Lucie is hosting a free workshop dedicated to educating business owners on the ins and outs of signing a business lease, and how to prepare and protect your business while working towards expanding. Before You Sign the Lease is a quarterly workshop for new and expanding businesses that guides entrepreneurs on the City’s requirements and factors when selecting a business location. Speakers will include staff members from the City of Port St. Lucie Planning & Zoning, Building Department, Business Tax Division, Office of Economic Development and the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce.

Location is one of the essential aspects of developing your business. Whether you’re planning to buy, build, lease or expand your organization, this free Lunch and Learn workshop helps with the process. Business owners will learn integral parts of developing their business, such as understanding government regulations, occupancy and zoning requirements, Florida building codes and reviewing the business tax and approval process. Lunch will be provided at no charge, thanks to our workshop sponsor, Engineering Design and Construction.

The program will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You may pre-registration at is required for attendees. Space is limited. The session will be held at the City of Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Building B, Training Room.

Offered through the City’s Office of Economic Development, Before You Sign the Lease is among several programs designed to prepare business owners to launch and build new companies in Port St. Lucie. For more information, call 772-873-6374 or email [email protected].



About the City of Port St. Lucie

The City of Port St. Lucie is proud to be a hometown where people live, learn, work and play, and celebrate all of life’s opportunities. With 217,523 residents, Port St. Lucie is Florida’s seventh largest city by population (South Florida’s third largest city). The City occupies an area of 120 square miles in St. Lucie County on Florida’s east coast, about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, halfway between Miami and Orlando. The City provides most traditional municipal services including law enforcement, water and sewer and public works. For more information, please visit



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Jun. 23, 2022|

Florida SBDC IRSC holds Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Florida SBDC IRSC holds Digital Marketing Bootcamp


The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) is conducting a pilot for their Digital Marketing Bootcamp kicking off on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 8 a.m. on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West.  

This is a three-day program offered to participants at no-cost. The class will take place on three Mondays starting January 31 2022 and runs up until Monday, February 14 2022. The FSBDC at IRSC does plan to bring this program to other counties throughout 2022.

This program is designed for Treasure Coast business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing students and others wanting to strengthen their digital marketing strategy. The focus will be on creating a positive digital presence on social media and establishing a digital marketing strategy. 

In this course participants will learn: 

  • What a buyer’s persona is and how you can create one for your service or product
  • Drafting a marketing plan 
  • Implementing your marketing plan on social media 
  • Defining your target market 
  • Tailoring your marketing message
  • Creating a call to action
    & more!

To register or inquire about this program please visit: 

These courses will be facilitated by FSBDC at IRSC Digital Media Consultant, Leanna Haag, who earned her Bachelors of Science & Administration with an emphasis in Marketing at the University of Central Florida. She garnered valuable marketing experience working for such corporations as Jeppesen and Allstate Insurance, primarily working in the roles of Marketing Coordinator to develop and execute tactical marketing plans at the regional and national level. With a desire to become an entrepreneur, Leanna started See Level Marketing in 2009 to service local businesses on the Treasure Coast struggling to manage their online presence. She has had the privilege to work with businesses of all types, including local government, to improve their search engine ranking with website development and search engine optimization, internet advertising, email marketing, online directories and development of tactical internet marketing plans. She is proud to recently take on the role of Digital Consultant with the FSBDC to begin the recovery process for local businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact your local Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285 with questions regarding this program and others.


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Jan. 25, 2022|

Martin County Business Accelerator Program Returns

Martin County Business Accelerator Program Returns


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The Business ACCELERATOR Program (BAP) provides business counseling, technical assistance and training for small business owners, and the opportunity to attain an allocation of grant funding for small business growth.  The purpose of the BAP is to enhance entrepreneurial skills and activities, create jobs and assist in the expansion and growth of our existing business community.

Applications must be received by February 4 for 50% savings on Program Fee.

How to apply?

  • The business must be in Martin County and hold a current Martin County Business Tax Receipt
  • Complete the Business Accelerator Program online application found below. (no fee to apply)
  • Upon your acceptance, Pay the $250 Program Fee.
    For Early Registration: $125 Program Fee (Early Registration Fee Ends February 4)
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program via email from Program Coordinator.

What if I am accepted into the program?

  • If accepted into the program, participants will be required to attend ALL the ACCELERATOR business training program classes, except for emergencies or previous communication with the organizers.
  • The program consists of one (1) weeknight class for 3 hours for a duration of 10 weeks.
  • The first 9 classes will be held at Comfort Suites in the Sailfish Meeting Room.
  • The last class (week 10), is the Grant Presentations and will be held at Indian River state College at the Chastain Campus in Stuart.
  • Applicant who are accepted into the program will be notified via email along with the REGISTRATION form for Program Fee.
    • The Program Fee for EARLY Registration is $125 – Deadline for Early Registration Fee is February 4.
    • Regular Program Fee is $250 – Last day to Register is February 11.
  • The New Cohort for Spring 2022 BAP will be announced February 14.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will be eligible to apply for a MICRO GRANT through the ACCELERATOR program.

Questions? Contact Jaymie Sardo, Program Coordinator at 772.221.1380 or [email protected]

Learn more and submit your application by visiting the Martin County Business Development Board website.


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Jan. 25, 2022|

FAU Schmidt Family Complex



Schmidt Family Complex

(From left): Christopher J. Delisio, vice president, institutional advancement at FAU; Dan Gropper, Ph.D., dean, FAU College of Business; FAU President John Kelly; Michelle Maros; Barbara Schmidt; Dick Schmidt; Anthony Barbar, chair, FAU Board of Trustees; and Brian White, vice president and director of athletics at FAU.


Florida Atlantic University celebrated the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence yesterday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The event marked a major milestone for the transformational facility that plays a central role in elevating FAU's academic and athletic standing while helping students reach their greatest potential.

FAU President John Kelly; FAU benefactors Dick and Barbara Schmidt; Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees; and other university leaders, community officials and FAU supporters participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony among an audience of more than 200 guests, officially opening the building to the public.

President Kelly said the complex is a landmark on FAU’s Boca Raton campus that will serve the entire community.

“We are extremely grateful to all of the generous donors who have supported the construction of this outstanding facility on our Boca Raton campus,” said President Kelly. “Our journey to complete this state-of-the-art facility started with the Schmidts’ vision to build a complex that would benefit all our students. Today, this vision is a reality for FAU and the community we serve.”

The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence received initial funding of $16 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation, the largest single gift in FAU's history.

“FAU has demonstrated excellence in the arts, engineering, the sciences, business, education and medicine,” said Dick Schmidt. “We all know about it, and in the coming years as we demonstrate our athletic excellence, the whole world will know about it.”

Located next to FAU Stadium, the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence houses several centers of learning and athletics. In addition to locker rooms and outdoor practice fields, the complex’s elements include:

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Approximately 52,000 square feet of the new complex is dedicated to classrooms, conference-style study rooms and an expansive atrium for networking and studying for students pursuing the college’s executive, professional and sports management MBA programs. The complex also houses 60 offices for the executive education faculty and staff members.

Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center

The 12,000-square-foot Academic Success Center provides FAU student-athletes with a comprehensive support program focusing on academic, personal and professional excellence. The center includes nine tutor suites, a career center, computer laboratories and two study hall rooms to create an environment that fosters well-balanced development and reinforces the highest academic standards and performance while providing the resources to prepare them for careers beyond collegiate athletics.

Avron B. Fogelman Sports History Museum

A permanent exhibit featuring artifacts from the former Kansas City Royals owner and longtime Boca Raton resident’s private collection, this 3,500-square-foot space showcases the museum’s more than 1,200 pieces in exhibits that offer visitors an intimate and visual progression of American sports alongside vignettes of the country’s growth. The museum is free to visit and open to the public.

The Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center

Lynn, a long-time and dedicated benefactor of FAU, named the center to provide FAU student-athletes with an environment in which preventative treatment and post-competition healing are at the forefront. The center includes specially designed areas for pre-habilitation, rehabilitation and hydrotherapy treatments, as well as offices for training staff.

Eleanor R. Baldwin History and Tradition Hall

As one of FAU's "Football Founders," Baldwin has been one of the university's strongest supporters and has helped grow and develop FAU Athletics, and in turn, the student-athletes. The hall continues to do that as it brings together the Owls' finest moments and helps foster the connection between the student-athletes and FAU.

FAU gratefully acknowledges the lead donors of the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence:

  • Barbara and Dick Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation
  • Eleanor R. Baldwin and the Baldwin Family Foundation Trust
  • Barbara and Bobby Campbell
  • Wendy and Avron Fogelman
  • Christine E. Lynn and the E.M. Lynn Foundation
  • Debbie Lindstrom and Bob Sheetz
  • Cathy and Abdol Moabery

FAU selected Orlando-based HKS Architects Inc. as the architectural and engineering firm and West Palm Beach-based DPR Construction as the construction management firm for the complex.

FAU Athletics is comprised of 21 intercollegiate teams involving more than 450 student-athletes, including cheer and dance. The Owls’ 29,419-seat football stadium opened in October 2011. Since then, the stadium’s field was named in honor of legendary coach and “father of FAU football” Howard Schnellenberger. FAU Stadium also hosts the Boca Raton Bowl in December.


Dec. 6, 2021|

Collegiate DECA chapter prepares members for success in the business world

Collegiate DECA is an internationally recognized organization that prepares students for careers in business. The Collegiate DECA Chapter of Indian River State College is heavily involved in the community. Participation in community projects provides an opportunity for members to develop a better understanding of the role civic activities have in society.
May. 15, 2020|