Day of Caring at New Vision Eye Center
Indian River State College's newest building will be named for engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Richard H. Eastman and his family. The naming comes after Eastman pledged one of the largest gifts in IRSC history—$2 million—in support of the forthcoming Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex. The purpose-built facility, scheduled for a 2023 opening, will link advanced technology and leading-edge industry training in specialized technical career fields such as advanced manufacturing; automotive, aviation and marine technology; welding; heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; and more.
"IRSC is grateful for Mr. Eastman's generosity and leadership," states IRSC District Board of Trustees Chair Sandra Krischke. "His gift ensures that our region can produce highly skilled labor to meet current and future needs. The advanced learning environments that comprise the Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex are critical for closing the regional skills gap and preparing our residents for high-wage, in-demand careers. "
It is Eastman's philosophy that by supporting the building, he is supporting IRSC students, which in turn benefits our community for generations to come.
"The Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex and the programs and services it will offer will help people of all ages find great opportunity in today's complex society," shares Richard H. Eastman. "It is my honor to join with President Moore and his team to help all students, no matter what circumstance they are in, and give them the skills they need to make a good living to provide for themselves and their families."
The IRSC Foundation continues to work with corporations and individual donors like Eastman to raise funds to equip the facility with the advanced technology apparatus needed to train students for these highly skilled positions.
"The Foundation continues to attract unprecedented support for its mission," says Michael Hageloh, Interim Vice President for Advancement. "As we work with donors to advance critical projects like this one, we also reaffirm our goal to meet 100 percent of qualified need for all students seeking life-changing educational opportunities at IRSC."
Construction of the 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Eastman Advanced Workforce Complex is underway. It is supported by Florida Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds obtained with the assistance of the Treasure Coast Legislative Delegation (more than $21 million from 2016 through 2021) and $2 million secured through a federal Economic Development Administration grant.
For more information about the Eastman Advanced Workforce Training Complex or to donate to the project, contact Julia Keenan, Director of Development for the IRSC Foundation, at 772-462-7244.
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College announces its participation in Small Business Saturday, which will be held on November 27. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and strengthening communities across the country.
Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.
“We’re excited to get involved with our business communities,” said Katie Muldoon, administrative and outreach specialist for the Florida SBDC at IRSC. “Our center recognizes the importance and value of our small businesses. I am excited to see people out and about supporting our marketplace.”
The FSBDC at IRSC invites all Small Business owners to promote themselves at no-cost via their local radio show, Small Biz Florida. Those wishing to be featured on Small Biz Florida are encouraged to reach out to your local FSBDC and schedule an interview: [email protected] | (772) 336-6285
The Florida SBDC Network encourages small businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday and urges consumers to support small businesses during this day and throughout the holiday season.
The Florida SBDC at IRSC is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network of more than 40 centers. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network provides consulting, training, and information to help aspiring and existing small businesses.
Small businesses and consumers may learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com
St. Lucie County St. Lucie County Human Resource Association, along with Personnel Dynamics Consulting celebrates 20th Annual Best Places To Work in St. Lucie County.
The program focuses on educating for improvement in the workplace and recognizing the Best Places To Work in St. Lucie County. This year the program recognized twelve employers:
Clear SEM Solutions
St. Lucie County Property Appraiser
Treasure Coast Food Bank
ABC Home Medical Supply, Inc.
Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County Clerk and Comptroller
St. Lucie County Tax Collector
A-1 Roof Trusses
City of Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
St. Lucie County Fire District
City of Port St. Lucie
St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners
St. Lucie County Public Schools
Walmart DC 7038
The St. Lucie County Human Resource Association has been commissioning Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Fort Pierce, to calculate turnover rates, growth percentages, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages, and retirement plans; a total of 37 different measurements to determine the St. Lucie County’s Best Places To Work.
This program is free to all St. Lucie County employers. Participating companies were required to answer a 40-question survey about their organization. Every company will receive a detailed personalized report documenting the results of the survey and samples of some of the best practices used in St. Lucie County to attract and retain their workforce. If you would like a copy of the survey or would like to inquire about participating next year, please contact St. Lucie County Human Resource Association at (772) 200-6610.
The St. Lucie County Human Resource Association is the local chapter for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The association became an affiliate chapter of SHRM in 1986 with the purpose of bringing together human resources professionals. The goal of the association is to promote a high standard of excellence for human resources practitioners in the St. Lucie County area through the following activities: professional development, networking opportunities, current events, and community involvement. To learn more about the St. Lucie County Human Resource Association visit the website at http://stluciehr.com
The City of Fort Pierce announced the launch of the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency (FPRA) Commercial Façade Grant. The pre-application period is now open until November 24, 2021. The intent of the Commercial Façade Grant Program is to support the revitalization of the commercial corridors in the FPRA district by stimulating private investment in improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards. This program is designed to encourage redevelopment of the FPRA by enhancing its visual aesthetics which will lead to increased property values, tenant occupancy, economic development, and job creation.
The grant is a reimbursable dollar-for-dollar matching grant up to $25,000. To be eligible the building must be located within the FPRA District and be commercially zoned. To apply and for a complete list of eligibility requirements, please visit:
This will be the first of several grants that were recently approved by the FPRA Board.
To request a paper application in person or in the mail, or for more information about the Commercial Façade Grant program, please call 772-465-4170 or email [email protected]
On October 29, 2021, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced they have reached $44.8 billion in funding to small businesses through more than 61,000 traditional loans for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
“In the midst of a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the SBA’s mission-driven team delivered a record number of SBA’s traditional loans to our nation’s small businesses – in addition to more than $1.1 trillion in COVID-related relief since the start of the pandemic,” said SBA Administrator Guzman. “While progress has been made, our data also tells a deeper story: historic inequities in accessing capital persist, and we must do more to lower the barriers of entry to opportunity for all our entrepreneurs. We will continue to build on our impactful programs to meet small businesses where they are and connect them with the resources needed to thrive.”
“The SBA continues to make headway in helping small businesses access much-needed capital, but much more work remains to be done,” said Patrick Kelley, Associate Administrator for the Office of Capital Access. “Our flexible, low-interest 504 loan program grew in loan volume by 41%, and the SBA team is already at work for the fiscal year 2022 to support job and entrepreneurial growth across the country.”
Despite significant progress in its traditional lending programs, the agency is acutely aware of gaps that persist for certain communities in accessing capital. The SBA’s existing loan programs serve an important role in credit markets for small businesses, particularly those with collateral and demonstrated revenue that are denied a loan by a commercial bank or often lack relationships with established lenders.
Over the past five years, loans issued to the smallest borrowers through the SBA-backed 7(a) loan, Express, and Community Advantage decreased by over 45%. However, the decline in the proportion of small-dollar loans is not unique to SBA loan portfolios. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data on commercial small business lending by regulated banks shows an overall 3% decline (translating to over 600,000 loans) in the proportion of loans under $100,000. This lack of small-dollar loan appetite from lenders has led to disproportionate impacts on minority business owners. Firms with non-Hispanic Black ownership and firms with $100,000 or less in revenues were only half as likely as firms with non-Hispanic white ownership to obtain bank funds (23%, 24%), and Latino-owned firms were similarly lower (34%).
Addressing the systemic gap in access to capital for the smallest and underserved businesses has been Administrator Guzman’s north star and will continue to be a top SBA priority in FY 22 and beyond.
For more information about SBA’s loan programs, financial assistance, and other services, visit www.sba.gov.
Treasure Coast Food Bank will hold its inaugural Out Run Hunger 5k, a family-friendly event to support programs for children, families and seniors. It takes place on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce.
As part of Hunger Action Month, Out Run Hunger provides another way for people to help those often facing impossible choices to make ends meet.
“September is Hunger Action Month. It’s a time when we ask everyone to think about our neighbors who often have to make impossible choices, such as buying food or paying the electric bill,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Out Run Hunger is one more way that adults and children can take action against hunger.”
The race site offers a flat and fast course, perfect for runners of all levels. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. The race will be managed and chip-timed by Southern Timing LLC., and awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and top finishers by age-group.
Dunkin’ Brands is the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Out Run Hunger. Packet pick-up takes place the night before the race at Cobb’s Landing, which is partnering with Treasure Coast Food Bank for the event. Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company and ReadyRefresh® will be providing drinks for the event. Learn more or register at stophunger.org/event/out-run-hunger/.
United Way of Martin County has a 22-member board of directors. As United Way enters its 50th year of caring for the Martin County community, the organization welcomes its 2021-2022 executive officers and board members.
Kherri Anderson, deputy of elections outreach, Martin County Supervisor of Elections Office, will serve as chair of the board of directors. Anderson has been a United Way board member since 2015.
Geoff Lieberman, vice president store manager, Macy’s, will serve as board chair-elect, and Bryan Garner, director of communications, NextEra Energy Resources, will serve as campaign co-chair.
United Way welcomes two new members to the board of directors, Kathryn (Muffin) Adamiak, Tocqueville Society chair, and George Stokus, assistant county administrator, Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
All board members are heavily involved with advancing United Way of Martin County’s strategic plan and its goal to lift the community through programs that give children the skills to succeed, help residents gain access to care and adopt healthy lifestyles and help adults achieve long-term financial stability so they can support themselves and their families.
“We are fortunate to enjoy the partnership of such an accomplished, passionate group of business leaders who lend their support and guidance to this community,” said Carol G. Houwaart-Diez, United Way of Martin County president and CEO. “Their insight and leadership is invaluable in creating real and lasting community change.”
2021-22 United Way Executive Committee
Ex Officio Member:
Robert Tweeddale, Wells Fargo
The St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce has announced that due to multiple exposures to COVID-19 over the past few weeks all in-person meetings or events for the foreseeable future have been canceled. The staff will be working remotely and the office will be closed to visitors until further notice.
“As the health and safety of our staff and members is of the utmost importance, we have decided we can no longer conduct any in-person gatherings,’’ said chamber President & CEO Terissa C. Aronson. "This includes all currently scheduled events, ribbon cuttings and committee meetings.”