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Port St. Lucie Business Women Award grants to local nonprofits

Port St. Lucie Business Women Award
grants to local nonprofits

 

Every year the Port St. Lucie Business Women awards grants from money raised in the organization's annual spring Fashion Show. Although the Fashion Show has been canceled for the past two years, the Business Women Community Action & Grants committee proceeded with plans to present grant awards in light of the desperate situation non-profits have encountered as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Sarah’s Kitchen received a grant of $1,000 to purchase food and supplies. Sarah’s Kitchen has been serving our hungry neighbors since June 2009. The organization is the largest soup kitchen operation in St. Lucie County, with five feeding sites located in churches throughout St. Lucie County and a mobile feeding program that feeds the homeless. Last year, more than 70,000 hot nutritious meals were served to those who were hungry, including senior citizens and families. “Our goal is to never have to turn someone seeking a meal away,” says Executive Director Julie Summers.

St. Lucie County Education Foundation received a grant of $1,000 for its kindergarten structured play program called “Play with Purpose”. This new program for St. Lucie public schools is targeted at early intervention and is designed to enhance the early literacy skills of kindergarten students. “Play is critically important in developing the skills of a typical 5-year-old,” says President Thom Jones.

The grant will go towards the purchase of custom themed kits and will be doubled by the State of Florida Matching Grant Program. Each kit contains themed play sets. The Education Foundation was founded by the School Board and civic leaders to advance public education by connection community to classroom.

The Port St. Lucie Business Women's Community Action & Grants Committee will continue studying critical community needs to make decisions for future funding.

Sep. 26, 2021|

Big Taste of Martin County Returns

The Big Taste of Martin County Returns

The Big Taste of Martin County is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, as an annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Stuart Jet Center located at 2501 SE Aviation Way.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties celebrates their 35th Anniversary. To honor the nonprofit, the return of this signature is a great way to celebrate. They are excited to announce, “The Big Experience”, with honorary Chair Willie Roaf. Willie will be on site to take photos, sign autographs and participate in “The Big Experience” to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties during the Big Taste event.

Guests will experience the new layout at the Stuart Jet Center making the event socially distant and outside. Enjoy culinary treats as local restaurants, craft breweries, taste and samples of wine will create an event like no other for a good cause. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase VIP tables, silent auction, and to participate in the voting process to select their favorite menu items from area restaurants.

“The Big Taste of Martin County is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of their vision to empower youth to graduate with a mission and a mentor for a lifetime” said Yvette Flores, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters said Yvette Flores, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Sep. 26, 2021|

City of Port St. Lucie Partnering for Better Business Program

City of Port St. Lucie Partnering for
Better Business Program

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College and the City of Port St. Lucie have partnered to bring business owners and entrepreneurs five nights of specialized training on the various operations involved with small business.

This program provides business counseling, technical assistance and training for small business owners and merchants. The purpose is to enhance business and entrepreneurial skills, create jobs and assist in the expansion and growth of our existing business community. Participants will gain:

Business Engagement and Consulting
The FSBDC and its resources will assist St. Lucie businesses in establishing one-on-one mentoring relationships with the most experienced business development professionals in the region.

Regional Connections
The FSBDC at IRSC will introduce participants to Local, State, and Federal partner agencies and organizations that are ready to assist with their business development needs.

Opportunities for Growth
Gain access to training programs like Profit Mastery and connect with local resources to promote participants best practices.

There is a fifteen-dollar registration fee for the program. Sessions begin Tuesday, October 19, 2021 and run every Tuesday night through November 16, 2021 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Community Center [2195 SE Airoso Blvd. Port St. Lucie Fl 34984].

The program is open to any and all types of entrepreneurs no matter the stage of business, start-up, established, or student.

Sep. 26, 2021|

Executive director of Hobe Sound Early Learning Center announces coming retirement

Executive director of Hobe Sound Early Learning Center announces coming retirement

 

For nearly 30 years Mary King has dedicated her career to ensuring the care and healthy development of thousands of children across south Martin County. Now, the executive director of Hobe Sound Early Learning Center will get to enjoy even more of the same with her own grandchildren when she officially retires early next year.

“From Day One I’ve just loved working for this amazing organization,” says King. “Such incredible colleagues, loving families and the children—the joy the children have brought into my life—is beyond what I could possibly describe. I’ve cherished being a part of the Hobe Sound Early Learning Center. But I’m sensitive to the importance of timing and I recognize that this is the season in my life to spend even more time with my children and grandchildren.”

King says timing is perfect to announce her retirement. Hobe Sound Early Learning Center is currently undergoing capital expansions and investment in personnel and equipment to further build upon its pioneering role as a regional leader in the realm of early childhood programming. She plans to remain in her position through February and help onboard her successor.

Caring for 1- to 4-year-olds, the independent nonprofit was founded in 1962 and stands among the oldest businesses in Hobe Sound and among the most sought-after child development programs in the region.

Activities emphasize pre-reading, pre-writing, social and emotional skills as well as physical activities to develop motor skills. The center is acclaimed for its enrichment programs, creative atmosphere and emphasis on early development long before broader public awareness of such initiatives emerged, a vision that Rob Kloska, president of the center’s board of directors, credited King for implementing.

“Mary deservedly enjoys an iconic status in our community and in this field,” says Kloska. “Her impact is immeasurable. She was implementing practices to nurture children’s growth and brain development decades ago. She’s worked tirelessly to provide strong foundations for the children so they’re able to enjoy success and happiness as they grow up.”

The center also attained a $1.5 million grant from the Hobe Sound Community Chest for additional classrooms and teachers, parking, transportation options and upgrades to the kitchen. Forthcoming renovations include remodeling and creation of facilities for infant care—an underserved area. That’s fitting, as the center is in such demand many local moms sign up their children shortly after learning they’re pregnant.

“The impeccable reputation Hobe Sound Early Learning Center forged, the deep  and enduring connection it has to generations in our community, and the countless fond memories children harbor of their childhood—that’s Mary’s legacy,” says Tom Weber, CEO of the center. “While she certainly will leave some very big shoes to fill, we’re thankful that she’ll remain with us for months to come to maintain continuity and make sure the next director is the ideal fit.”

Sep. 26, 2021|

Vero Beach City Council Approves New Distillery & Tasting Room in Historic Downtown Vero

Vero Beach City Council Approves New Distillery & Tasting Room in Historic Downtown Vero

 

The Vero Beach City Council has approved plans for a new craft distillery to open in historic downtown Vero Beach. 21st Amendment Distillery was granted acceptance during the council’s Tuesday meeting to open its distillery and tasting room at 2055 13th Avenue directly across from the downtown Vero Beach post office. 21st Amendment Distillery, which was created to celebrate quality hand-crafted spirits and American perseverance, will begin off-site tastings in late 2021 and will open an on-site distilling operation and tasting room in 2022.

Founded by Vero Beach resident, Jeff Palleschi, 21st Amendment Distillery will be the first modern-day distillery in downtown Vero Beach.

“We are thrilled to be coming to the downtown area,” said Palleschi. “We explored spaces all around Indian River County, but ultimately, the vibrant downtown area was where we wanted to be.”

Site plans include a tasting room, private tasting area as well as distillery tours outlining the full distillation process. There will also be a floating warehouse (Rickhouse) where whiskey will be aged directly on the Indian River Lagoon. This process enables constant motion throughout the aging process which enhances the taste profile of the contents inside the barrel. It will be impossible to replicate this whiskey.

In addition to whiskey, 21st Amendment Distillery will also produce bourbon, vodka, gin, rum and a cello series
(lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit) to honor Indian River County’s citrus history. All spirits will be products of locally sourced materials using American-made equipment.

“Vero Beach is a small community and I feel it is important to keep everything local. Aging our whiskey on the Indian River and creating a citrus-themed cello series using local citrus groves makes our spirits special – something that can be enjoyed by the hard-working people of our beautiful community,” said Palleschi.

Palleschi, a United States Marine Corps Veteran, was inspired by his father to create a business that honors hard-working Americans. The name of the distillery reflects a time in history when the people of the United States stood up to lawmakers resulting in an end to prohibition. Palleschi aims to continue this tradition by creating a space where people can gather after a long day of work to unwind and enjoy a drink and conversation.

As a Veteran owned and operated business, 21st Amendment Distillery will partner with local Veterans organizations, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and other charitable organizations in Indian River County.

Sep. 26, 2021|

Kings Logistics Center receives county approval

Kings Logistics Center receives county approval

 

 

The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners on Sept. 21 approved the site plan for a new cross-dock warehouse facility on Kings Highway at Interstate 95 and Orange Avenue.

Seefried Industrial Properties, the company currently developing the 1.1-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center on Midway Road in Port St. Lucie, plans to construct Kings Logistics Center warehouse facilities from 300,000 to 658,000 square feet. The facilities on the 65-acre site in the unincorporated county will be available for long-term lease.

While end users for the project have not yet been identified, a U.S. Energy Information Administration survey estimates 1,500 square feet per employee for this type of facility, for a total of approximately 439. The site plan includes 770 car parking spaces and 354 trailer spaces.

“We were very pleased to have been able to assist a developer of the caliber of Seefried Industrial Properties with acquisition of this light industrial site, as well as expedited site plan review and approval,” said Pete Tesch, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. “These attractive Class-A facilities will serve as the commercial gateway to the Kings Highway corridor.”

As part of the site plan approval process, $230,277 will be provided by the developer to the county’s Environmental Resources Department toward the pending purchase of environmentally significant lands along Ten Mile Creek.

The Kings Logistics Center location in northern St. Lucie County complements other major new distribution/logistics projects underway in south county at Legacy Park at Tradition and mid-county at the Interstate Commerce Business Park.  St. Lucie County is located equidistant between Miami and Orlando.

Sep. 26, 2021|

Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy Create Industry Leading Program

Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy Create Industry Leading Program

 

 

Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy announced  a joint program to provide Piper with the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals.

The aviation industry relies on professional maintenance technicians to ensure aircraft are built to the highest standards, but demand for qualified maintenance technicians will outpace supply as early as 2022. Current industry forecasts indicate that 739,000 technicians are needed globally, with 192,000 needed in North America alone.

To help meet Piper’s need for skilled team members, the company is collaborating with International AeroTech Academy to create a pipeline for qualified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics for Piper’s Vero Beach manufacturing facility.

“We are excited about the new business relationship that we are forging with International AeroTech. We are in a unique position to help strengthen the talent pipeline by providing job opportunities at the beginning of the student’s education, which we believe will help attract additional candidates to the program and to Piper Aircraft”, said Greg Wendel, Senior Director of Manufacturing.

Students at International AeroTech Academy will have the opportunity to interview with Piper prior to beginning Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic training. Following graduation, selected candidates will begin employment at Piper’s aircraft production facility. In addition, graduates will receive a $3,000 signing bonus and an annual tuition reimbursement stipend of $2,400 per year for up to ten years.

“We are very excited to partner with Piper in our new Airframe & Powerplant maintenance training academy. The aviation industry is now and will continue to experience a severe shortage of qualified maintenance professionals. Our new partnership creates a defined career path at one of the most recognized names in aviation. The availability of tuition financing coupled with Piper’s signing bonus and annual stipend creates a unique opportunity to attract, train and retain the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals,” said Steven Markhoff, President & CEO of International Aero Tech Academy.

Sep. 21, 2021|

Treasure Coast Business Newsletter 9.14

Your Treasure Coast Business News Report

East Coast Lumber recognized for
century of membership

Fort Pierce-based East Coast Lumber & Supply Co., Florida’s oldest lumber and building supply company, received a 100-year member award from the Florida Building Material Alliance. Read More>>

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County serve appreciation to first responders

Teens on BGCMC’s new food truck, “Fork in the Road,” cooked and served meals at Martin County Sheriff’s Office at 800 SE Monterey Road. They invited Martin County Sheriff’s deputies, Martin County firefighters,
Read More>>

Photographer Clyde Butcher opens
St. Lucie Cultural Alliance season

On October 1, 2021, St. Lucie Cultural Alliance opens its 2021-2022 season with the legendary landscape photographer Clyde Butcher Read More>>

Guardians for New Futures Child Summit 2021

Gain valuable insight on the topic of child abuse and how to better protect our children on September 29 and 30 during the 9th Annual Child Summit at Baron Real Estate. Read More>>

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Elliott Museum
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St. Lucie Battery & Tire
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SouthState Bank
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Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co.
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Marine Connection
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Seminole Brighton Casino
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St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce
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Nelson Family Farms
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Florida Classics Books & Gifts
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Mid-Florida Credit Union
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Deep Six
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Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
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Indian River State College
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
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Sep. 19, 2021|

Florida SBDC IRSC recognized National Small Business Week

Florida SBDC IRSC recognized
National Small Business Week

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) recognizes National Small Business Week (NSBW) and welcomes the opportunity to highlight regional success.

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of the country’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. We celebrated the 2021 NSBW Monday, September 13, 2021 through Wednesday, September, 15, 2021!

The FSBDC at IRSC recognizes Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Port St. Lucie and DragonFly Graphics as part of National #SmallBusinessWeek!

Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Port St. Lucie has undergone tremendous growth over the course of 2020 and 2021.  With the help of the FSBDC at IRSC the organization has expanded its business and taken over a larger facility in a more central location to better serve homeowners across the Treasure Coast. View their story here à https://youtu.be/hyb4VkCMT7g

Started as a family owned business, DragonFly Graphics has grown to employ over twenty individuals; proudly serving the Treasure Coast by providing branded material for a variety of organizations. We commend this great team for their dedication to community and look forward to assisting them with their growth plan. View their story here à https://youtu.be/fUjrNUH1uvA

“It is an honor to work with and serve innovative Treasure Coast small businesses such as Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and DragonFly Graphics”, said Tom Kindred Jr., Regional Director Florida SBDC at IRSC. “I encourage the region’s small business community to leverage all the tools and resources provided by the Florida SBDC at Indian River State College”.

Sep. 19, 2021|

IRSC names Andrew Treadwell Pruitt Campus president

IRSC names Andrew Treadwell
Pruitt Campus president

Indian River State College has named Andrew Treadwell campus president for the IRSC Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie. Treadwell succeeds Dr. Harvey Arnold, Pruitt Campus president, who retired from the post in June. Treadwell was selected from among more than 50 candidates who responded to a national search.

"IRSC Campus presidents serve in our communities as lead ambassadors of the college,” said Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC president. "I look forward to seeing the tremendous impact Andy will have as the Pruitt Campus president—he brings a wealth of insight and experience essential to this vital role at IRSC."

Treadwell joined IRSC in 2009 as part of the president's executive leadership team working with fellow Cabinet members to advise institutional decision-making and action. He most recently served as the President's chief of staff while overseeing two key college departments and managing many legislative activities, including the coordination of local and statewide governmental relations and the development of annual legislative priorities and budget requests to lawmakers. Treadwell is a crucial adviser to the president and the District Board of Trustees and liaison to dignitaries, business leaders, and elected officials.

As Pruitt Campus pPresident, Treadwell will lead efforts to grow the college’s largest branch campus, create innovative partnerships in the community, and enhance economic and business development endeavors—particularly in the areas of health care and nursing. He will continue to coordinate IRSC legislative activities.

“Port St. Lucie is my home and IRSC is my passion,” said Treadwell. “It is a tremendous honor to take the helm of our Pruitt Campus at a time when the future of St. Lucie County is so bright. Our doors will be wide open to the needs of our students, local businesses and the community.”

A St. Lucie County resident, Treadwell serves on the United Way of St. Lucie County, Roundtable of St. Lucie County, and St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce boards. He volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties, and the American Cancer Society Treasure Coast Chapter. Many accolades recognize Treadwell's community service, including 40 Gators Under 40 (2020, University of Florida), the Bob Graham Distinguished Service Award (2018, Florida College System Student Government Association), Big Brother of the Year/Match of the Year (2015, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties), and Unsung Hero Award (2015, Association of Fundraising Professionals Treasure Coast Chapter).

Treadwell holds his master of education degree in higher education/higher education administration from Florida Atlantic University and his bachelor of arts degree in political science and government from the University of Florida.

 

Sep. 19, 2021|