Port St. Lucie

Florida SBDC IRSC brings Financial Literacy to PSL Business Owners & Operators

Florida SBDC IRSC brings Financial Literacy to PSL Business Owners & Operators


The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will hold another round of Profit Mastery, a six-week financial training program, on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West starting Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

With financial support provided by local lenders, including Bank of America and SouthState Bank, this program (valued at $499) is offered to participants at no-cost. The Florida SBDC at IRSC is encouraging business owners to register not only themselves, but their bookkeepers, payroll executives and others who may benefit from strengthening their budgetary knowledge.

Business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, business advisors and others whose decisions have an impact on a company’s financial performance should consider participating. The Profit Mastery program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business managers.

The Port St. Lucie program runs the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon


Interested individuals may register themselves or their designees on the FSBDC at IRSC website or contact [email protected] |  (772) 336-6285

Once registered, participants are required to attend 5 out of 6 trainings in order to graduate from the program. A $25 deposit must be made to secure your seat and reserve your book for the course, deposits can be made via check mailed or dropped off to:

ATTN: FSBDC at IRSC  500 NW California BLVD, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Memo: Port St. Lucie Profit Mastery

Steve LeFever, Founder and Chairman of Profit Mastery is a national leader in the development of practical financial programs and training for the independent business community. His dual role as a successful entrepreneur and as a commercial banker gives him a unique perspective on financial analysis, business management, and practical business decisions.

Sessions held in Port St. Lucie are facilitated by FSBDC at IRSC business analyst Michael Bernard. Michael Bernard’s consulting experience comes from his work with several International accounting firms in their Management Consulting Departments working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. He has also worked for several local and regional Accounting Firms as both a Manager and Principle in charge of their Consulting Operations in the South Florida area before opening his own Management Consulting Company in Miami, FL. Michael serves the City of Port St. Lucie area as a full-time consultant in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie and The Florida SBDC at IRSC.

To learn more about the program itself please visit www.profitmastery.net To register or inquire about future sessions in other counties, contact your Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285.



About the Florida SBDC Network:

For over forty 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 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started.  With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, 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.


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Apr. 11, 2022|

City of Port St. Lucie acquires City Center property

City of Port St. Lucie acquires City Center property


In a monumental development for one of the City’s most long-awaited projects, the City of Port St. Lucie has officially purchased 22 City Center parcels to carry out a new vision for the eastern part of Port St. Lucie.

“This is a huge leap forward for City Center, residents will finally see new momentum now that the City has possession of this property,” said City Manager Russ Blackburn. “City Center has been at the heart of Port St. Lucie’s vision for the redevelopment of its eastern side for nearly two decades.”

Aft­er a thorough analysis and years of legal issues, the City Manager and City Council determined in late 2020 that the City of Port St. Lucie was the entity best suited to redevelop City Center. Staff has been working diligently for the past year to acquire the parcels.

“This is a significant milestone for the City of Port St. Lucie, and especially our eastern side,” said Mayor Shannon Martin. “With our residents’ input and engagement, this acquisition gives the City an opportunity to create a new plan to carry out our community’s vision for this very important property.”

The City Center property has a long and complicated history, and the City Council voted to authorize a purchase and sale agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Receiver for the purchase of 22 City Center parcels.

The City was able to close on the parcels after settling outstanding taxes with several taxing authorities and negotiating all certificates associated with the property representing a multi-agency, coordinated and unified approach to the City of Port St. Lucie’s acquisition.

City leaders believe the acquisition is a turning point for the City Center project. The timing is right for the City to step in and bring positive change and needed stability for this project and subsequently revitalize the entire eastern side of Port St. Lucie.

Taking ownership of the parcels gives the City control over the development of these parcels and will allow it to come together according to the community’s vision. Because City Center is in a designated redevelopment area, it is appropriate for the City to become the master developer and bring the stability needed to make this project successful.

With the acquisition now finalized, the City will partner with Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to initiate a master planning process that will help determine the best uses and how to place the parcels on the market for individual sales.  This planning process will include significant input from residents and community members. We encourage those interested to sign up for email notifications about this project at www.cityofpsl.com/citycenter. That website also has a detailed FAQ section that can answer more detailed questions about this project’s history and events that lead to the City’s acquisition of this property.


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Mar. 21, 2022|

Robert Lord Jr. honored with Pete Hegener Leadership Award

Robert Lord Jr. honored with Pete Hegener Leadership Award


Robert L. Lord Jr. was presented with the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award Feb. 10. Photo by MaryAnn Ketcham

Robert L. Lord Jr., president of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, retired, was presented with the prestigious Pete Hegener Leadership Award by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) at its eighth annual leadership dinner on Feb 10, 2022.  

The award is presented annually to a dedicated business leader who has made significant contributions to St. Lucie County’s economy and quality of life.  The annual dinner and celebration, held at the MIDFLORIDA Event Center and attended by approximately 200, was sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company (FP&L).  

Former Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt, the EDC’s sixth annual Pete Hegener Leadership Award winner, presented the award to Lord, who had received multiple nominations.

Lord moved to the Treasure Coast when he was 11 years old and grew up with a love of the outdoors. After graduating from Stetson University with a degree in law, he moved to South Florida before returning to Martin County. Initially, Martin Memorial Hospital was a client of his civil legal practice but in 1998 he became the hospital’s first chief legal officer, in 2014 he became Martin Health System’s vice president and in 2016 its president. Lord retired at the end of 2021.

At the time Tradition Hospital was proposed, the state of Florida required a Certificate of Need before any new hospital could be built. Lord spearheaded the years-long legal and political campaign which ultimately led to the construction of Martin Health System’s Tradition Hospital. He then, as Tradition Campus leader, oversaw the construction process and the hospital’s subsequent expansion. To serve the western Port St. Lucie population, the health system also opened a freestanding emergency room in St. Lucie West. 

Lord was at the center of the initiative to position Martin Health System for the future by joining it with the renowned Cleveland Clinic and played an instrumental role in bringing Cleveland Clinic’s Florida Research and Innovation Center to Port St. Lucie.  He’s taken highly visible and principled public health stands during the COVID emergency and regarding the threat to public health and the environment of algae-laden water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

“Rob has lived on the water most of his life and always enjoyed the beauty and recreational activities he was afforded. In recent years, as discharges from Lake Okeechobee threatened public health and the marine ecosystem on the Treasure Coast, Rob spoke out publicly about this critical environmental issue. His genuine concern for the health of our community and for the future of one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the country made him a trusted and knowledgeable advocate,” read one nomination.

“During the COVID pandemic, in addition to overseeing the operation of three acute care hospitals on the Treasure Coast caring for many of the sickest COVID patients, Rob has also been an important resource for the community… He has routinely provided updates at press briefings and public meetings regarding the status of the community as well as the Clinic’s recommendations for our wellbeing. Throughout the pandemic, he has been a strong advocate for the healthcare professionals who are the frontline soldiers in this battle with a deadly, persistent enemy,” read another nomination.

Lord has also served the community through volunteer positions with the EDC, Hands Clinic, Hibiscus Children’s Center, St. Lucie County Roundtable, CORE, United Way, American Heart Association, Florida Oceanographic Society and others. 

The EDC leadership selection committee selected Lord as the nominee who most embodies the leadership and community mindfulness of the award’s namesake, Pete Hegener, from a field of 13 nominees and five other semi-finalists: Philip Busch, Southern Eagle Distributing; Frank McShane, TAMCO Florida; Marygrace Sexton, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company; Upendo Shabazz, Allegany Franciscan Ministries; and Howard Tipton, St. Lucie County. 

In addition to FP&L’s presenting sponsorship, other leadership dinner award sponsors were Hi-Tide Boat Lifts; MIDFLORIDA Event Center; OCULUS Surgical; PGA Golf Club; Apfelbaum Law; Bank of America; Cleveland Clinic Martin Health; Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Dean Mead, Indian River State College, Jungle TV, Keiser University, Broward, Palm Beaches, St. Lucie REALTORS®; Seacoast Bank; HBK CPAs & Consultants; Leighton Farms, Dragonfly Graphics; and Manpower.


About the award

The recipient of the Pete Hegener Leadership Award exemplifies the qualities of a visionary, a trusted role model and leader whose inspiration and achievements impact the quality of job creation, economic vitality and small business growth.

Pete Hegener, the man whose actions inspired this award, was a founding member and integral partner of the EDC, served on the Board of Directors, and was an Executive Committee member.  Pete was a pillar of the St. Lucie County community, having played a key role in the development of western St. Lucie County and Tradition.  Friends and colleagues described him as “honest, visionary, and caring.”  He passed away in March 2012, but his legacy is recognized through this award. 


About the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County

The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (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, [email protected] or www.youredc.com. 


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Feb. 14, 2022|

Producer of Conductors arrives at Tradition

 Producer of Conductors arrives at Tradition


Accel rendering

Rendering of Accel International’s new manufacturing facility in the Tradition Center for Commerce.


Accel International Holdings, Inc., a producer of high-performance conductors, broke ground on December 9, 2021 at the Tradition Center for Commerce in Port St. Lucie for the company’s newest manufacturing facility.

At least 125 new jobs will be created by the company’s capital investment of $55 million for its new 150,000-square-foot facility and manufacturing equipment. Average annual earnings per worker at the Tradition facility are estimated to be $47,000 plus benefits, 16% higher than St. Lucie County’s average wage.

Originally established in a garage in 2002 and now headquartered in Meriden, Connecticut, Accel currently operates three manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Connecticut.  The company produces and distributes high-performance wire and cable products for use in aerospace, medical and telecommunications equipment.

“We are excited to expand our footprint into Florida and tap into the great resources that the city of Port St. Lucie has to offer. We also look forward to becoming an important part of the community,” said Accel Chief Financial Officer Tim Cummings.

“Accel will be a wonderful asset for our community.  The company’s manufacturing jobs are exactly the type of higher-wage jobs we have been wanting for our county’s dynamic workforce,” said St. Lucie County Commission Chair Sean Mitchell. “Accel is also planning on training partnerships with our schools and that is a great opportunity for students throughout our county.”

“Today’s groundbreaking on Accel International’s 40 acres in the Tradition Center for Commerce is another milestone in the ongoing diversification of the city’s economy,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor Shannon Martin. “In addition to higher-wage jobs, investment by companies like Accel make it possible for the city to continue to provide a high level of services and amenities for our residents while also reducing tax rates.”

“We began our relationship with Accel over two years ago by initially searching for an exciting facility to renovate.  Not being able to find a viable option, we considered many alternatives within the southeastern U.S. for a ground-up facility and finally chose Port St. Lucie,” said Malcolm Sina, executive chairman of Sina Companies, the project’s developer. “Having developed projects in over 30 states, it has been a real pleasure working with everyone in the city of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, and the state of Florida.”

“This is what we do. It’s exactly what we need to be focusing on, in particular a focus on manufacturing,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce Mark Adler, who attended the Accel International Dec. 9 groundbreaking in his first official appearance following his appointment to the position of commerce secretary and interim president/CEO of Enterprise Florida on Dec. 8. “Florida is open for business.” The state funded $3 million in 2017 toward the development of road the facility is located on.

“Our focus on recruiting clean, high-paying manufacturing jobs to St. Lucie County continues to pay off,” said Pete Tesch, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.  “We are very proud that Port St. Lucie was selected for Accel’s expansion over two sites in Connecticut and one in North Carolina.”

The company’s vice president of sales, Kyle Senk, told the approximately 100 groundbreaking ceremony attendees that Accel’s manufacturing equipment is expected to arrive at the new facility in June or July. Senk said the project is the company’s largest capital investment to date, and will be its most technologically advanced.


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.

About Accel International Holdings

Accel is a premier manufacturer of high-performance conductors serving the aerospace, medical, industrial and computer marketplace with silver-plated, nickel-plated and tin-plated copper and copper alloy products. Established in 2006, Accel is a privately owned company with three manufacturing locations in Connecticut and Indiana, serving the domestic marketplace with international activity in Canada, Mexico and China.


Groundbreaking Photo by Maureen Saltzer

Local officials and representatives from Accel International and Sina Companies break ground Dec. 9 at the Tradition Center for Commerce.


Dec. 13, 2021|

PSLBW Install New Board

Port St. Lucie Business Women Install New Board At Holiday Gathering


Photo Credit: Diane Gallagher, Diane S. Gallagher Photography

Past President (2006-2008) Marilyn Lawless, Vice President Devon Dwyer, President Jessica Parrish, Secretary Elaine Anderson, Treasurer Stephanie Morgan, Past President (2003-2004; 2011-2012) Marsha Thompson


The Port St. Lucie Business Women (pslbw.com) ended their 41st year with the Installation of new Board members at its holiday party on December 2 at Meating Street Seafood & Steakhouse in Tradition. Outgoing President Donna DeMarchi  welcomed members and their guests to celebrate the remarkable women of the organization.

Snowflakes were the theme of this year’s Installation because, “Each snowflake is unique, intricate and beautiful, like all of us,” said President DeMarchi. “And when snowflakes join together, they provide greater coverage, just as the Port St. Lucie Business Women members who accomplish so much more when they join forces and work together for our community,” she added.

The evening’s highlight was a candle-lighting ceremony, led by long-time members and past presidents Marsha Thompson and Marilyn Lawless. “We take great pride in the accomplishments of our organizations and all of our members,” said Thompson. “We look to next year’s officers to lead us wisely and with distinction.”

Each newly elected Board member lit a candle after Thompson and Lawless rotated reciting the responsibilities of their particular positions. A red candle was given to incoming president Jessica Parrish because red symbolizes courage, long life and good health. “It is the strongest color of all hues – a quality needed for unwavering determination to succeed,” said Lawless. She continued, “The office of the President is one of great responsibility because the success of this organization depends to a great extent upon the attitude and skills of the presiding officer.” After lighting the candle, Parrish placed the red candle on top of the candelabra.

From this candle, all other candles, which were lit by incoming Board members Devon Dwyer, vice president; Elaine Anderson, secretary;  and Stephanie Morgan, treasurer. Each officer pledged to faithfully perform all duties belonging to their elected offices. “Your candles are a symbol to burn bright for the coming year,” said Thompson.

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 41-year-old, 501 (c) (6) non-profit professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community. For more information, visit www.pslbw.com. Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.

Dec. 6, 2021|

City named to Bloomberg high economic growth list

Bloomberg Business has named Port St. Lucie to its list of 18 cities that will see the most economic growth the next year.

The magazine said that retirement communities in Florida that are buoyed by a surge in baby boomers top the list of fast growing cities. The study was conducted analyzing data in a […]

Jul. 7, 2015|