Being resilient will help companies survive during economic challenges
Even if all you had to worry about were the quality of your company’s products or services and continued growth of its customer base, running a business would be challenging enough.
However, companies are also subject to economic and environmental forces beyond their control. A change in the economic cycle could disrupt cash flow, tighten access to credit, rattle customers and suppliers and even threaten the survival of your organization.
No one can precisely predict changes in the economy. As Treasure Coast businesses have experienced with the coronavirus outbreak, they can come out of nowhere, which has made companies of all sizes throughout our community rethink their short- and long-term plans.
Weathering ever-evolving conditions involves keeping up with trends and forecasts for your specific industry, following broader assessments of the economic outlook, ensuring the safety of employees and, most importantly, taking a close look at operations.
A careful review of internal processes and key relationships may prompt you to make changes that could make your business more efficient, flexible and resilient under any circumstance. As you respond to current conditions, here are some challenges and key steps to keep in mind... Read more ≥≥
Local Kiwanis Club Awards Scholarships
VERO BEACH —The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast awarded college scholarships to Indian River county high school graduates Joey Dominguez, Valerie Fodor, Victoria Fodor, Katherine Garafalo, Luke Sammartino and Jennifer Studsill.
The scholars all achieved honors at their schools and also averaged more than 300 hours of community service. Nearly all participated in Kiwanis Youth in Action county-wide service initiatives as well as in Kiwanis-sponsored beach and island clean-up projects.
Over the years, The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast has given out more than $200,000 in scholarships. For more information about Kiwanis go to www.verokiwanis.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast mission in our community is to help support children’s education, activities and charities. Besides giving annual college scholarships, our club actively sponsors Key Clubs in Vero Beach High School, Indian River County Charter High School, and Sebastian River High School. Since 1998 Kiwanis Youth in Action has performed community service work days involving teenagers from schools and churches. Since 1991, we have sponsored the Annual Take-a–Kid-Fishing Tournament.
Kiwanis of Vero-Treasure Coast also sponsors an Aktion Club for children with special needs.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and is dedicated to serving children. Today, there are nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries. The first Kiwanis Club in Vero Beach was organized in 1935 and today serves Indian River County children with programs, scholarships and events to serve their needs and goals.
For more information about Kiwanis, its programs and events, contact Doug Vitunac at 772-231-4343 or [email protected]
City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department receives state Innovation in Health award
PORT ST. LUCIE — City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation department was recently selected to receive the state’s 2020 Innovative Programming award by the Florida Recreation & Park Association (FRPA). The department’s Opioid Epidemic Awareness Trainings & Public Forums won this year’s prestigious award in the Innovative Programming category.
FRPA’s Innovative Programming Award recognizes the importance of creative, trend setting ideas as the cornerstone of expanding community participation in leisure programs. The Innovative Programming Award honors agencies that have demonstrated leadership in successfully developing and executing programs or events that support and advance public knowledge of the role of parks and recreation in health, community building, economic impact and development, and environmental resiliency and sustainability.
Not only on a global and national front, our local community has been significantly impacted by the Opioid Epidemic. Recognizing this, the department committed to increasing the awareness of this trending public health crisis. The department developed several staff trainings and ultimately hosted the City’s first-ever Public Forum on Opioid Epidemic Awareness.
“We are very proud to be on the cutting edge in providing programming and awareness on the subject of Substance Misuse Disorder that is so dramatically impacting our community and society at such a detrimental level,” said Sherman Conrad, Director, City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department. “Our department strives, through innovative programming such as the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Trainings and Public Forums, to increase the quality of life in the City and enable its residents, and ourselves, to “learn, grow and serve…everyday!”
The program’s goal is to continue to provide staff and members of the public with critical information to aid in understanding the devastating effects that an opioid substance misuse disorder begets on a personal level, as well as its ruinous impacts throughout our very own community. In discussions with those “boots on the street” staff who were witnessing its impact within our very own parks and facilities, and, upon one staff member’s family who was devastated by a loved one’s death due to an opioid overdose, the department led this program to increase awareness to the opioid substance misuse disorder throughout the department first.
Once the department held mandatory trainings for Parks & Recreation employees, the City’s Human Resources recognized the value of the message and brought the mandatory training to the City level, requiring all City employees to attend the Opioid Epidemic Awareness Training.
The most recent development in the program brought, through the support and advocacy of the Port St. Lucie City Manager, the City’s first-ever Opioid Epidemic Awareness Public Forum, which was held in January 2020.
A second Public Forum is scheduled for Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd. Residents can RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 772-878-2277. Space is limited to 50 in order to accommodate CDC social distancing guidelines.
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Remember Treasure Coast nonprofits
If you are in a position, consider a gift to a Treasure Coast nonprofit affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Find the needs of many area nonprofits and how to give at treasurecoastnonprofits.com
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