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A-1 Industries celebrates 45 years of excellence with day of appreciation for employees
A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (A-1), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the launch of a new corporate video and a special day of appreciation for its employees.
"What sets us apart from other manufacturers is our people," says John Herring, A-1's President and CEO. "We use state-of-the-art software and have amazing facilities, but our team is truly our company bedrock. They are the reason we have been in business for more than four decades." ... Read More>>
St. Lucie County Public Safety partners with Recovery Sports Grill for "Dine to Donate" event benefitting 2022 chili cook-off
St. Lucie County’s Public Safety Department is partnering with Recovery Sports Grill on a Dine to Donate event on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. These donations will go toward St. Lucie County’s efforts to raise money for the 2022 Chili Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clover Park.
Residents must present a voucher, which can be downloaded from St. Lucie County’s website and/or Facebook page and present that to their server on Sept. 20 when ordering inside the Recovery Sports Grill –Tradition, 10350 SW Don Led Duke Dr., Port St. Lucie, between 4 and 8 p.m ... Read More>>
Sunshine Kitchen partners with Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC
The National Restaurant Association estimates that one in three restaurants won’t survive their first year in business. To combat that static, St. Lucie County’s Sunshine Kitchen is partnering with Indian River State College’s Small Business Development Center to provide free consultation to clients at the kitchen.
Starting in October, the Small Business Development Center will have a full-time consultant located at the Sunshine Kitchen to provide advice and direction to small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs on topics such as creating marketing plans, developing new clients and navigating local, state and federal regulations... Read More>>
City of Fort Pierce receives $2.7 million state infrastructure grant
Governor Ron DeSantis presented the City of Fort Pierce with a $2.7 million Florida Job Growth Grant on Aug. 30. The grant will help fund infrastructure improvements in the city’s historic downtown.
The improvements to critical infrastructure include water, wastewater, electric, fiber, natural gas, roadway and sidewalk improvements... Read More>>
Chemical Technologies opens flagship facility in Fort Pierce
Fort Pierce will be home to Chemical Technologies Holding Corporation’s (ChemTech) flagship facility, a one-of-a-kind lumber treatment plant created to showcase the company’s ground-breaking TechWood product.
Production at the Techwood facility will begin in late August. This first phase, 8,000 square feet on Commercial Circle, will employ approximately eight people and has been third-party qualified and certified to produce and apply ChemTech’s protective, environmentally friendly treatments to soft wood lumber, plywood and engineered wood... Read More >>
A-1 announces appointment of Michael Fagan as director of marketing
A-1 Industries of Florida, Inc. (“A-1”), a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses, announced that Michael Fagan has joined A-1 as its new director of marketing.
Bringing an abundance of marketing experience to A-1, Michael has held various roles, including Corporate Marketing Communications Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Events Manager, and Videographer, over his 25- year tenure at Alpine, an ITW Company. Jan S. Beck, A-1’s Executive Vice President and CFO, said, “We are very excited about Michael joining our team. His diverse experience in Marketing communications and strategies will be an asset in expanding A-1’s position in the market.”... Read More >>
Inaugural Treasure Coast Women Who Rock awards
To be held Oct. 11th & 13th in celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) has partnered with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business and presenting sponsor PNC Bank to host the Inaugural Women Who Rock Awards of the Treasure Coast on October 11th and 13th in honor of National Woman’s Small Business Month.
“The Florida SBDC at Indian River State College is excited to partner with weVENTURE Women’s Business Center to elevate the profile of successful women in business and recognize the economic impact they have on our community,” said Katherine Culhane Associate Director of the SBDC at IRSC”... Read More >>
The Grove, Cucina & Wine earns Wine Spectator restaurant award in 2022, third year in a row
The Grove Pizza Cucina & Wine Bar was honored for the third year in a row for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2022 Restaurant Awards, which celebrate the world’s best restaurants for wine.
“I want to congratulate all 3,169 restaurants that earned one of Wine Spectator’s three awards for their devotion to all things wine,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher, Wine Spectator. “These awards not only guide our readers to dining establishments with impressive wine lists and outstanding service but also serve to honor restaurants for their achievements and commitment to maintaining pristine cellars. We are thrilled to reveal our 2022 Dining Guide, which points to places where wine drinkers are warmly welcomed.”.... Read More >>
IRSC’s use of Blockchain Technology featured at Florida Technology & Innovation Solution Summit
The upcoming Florida Technology & Innovation Solution Summit, presented by The Florida Chamber Foundation, features Indian River State College (IRSC) Vice President of Institutional Technology and CIO Tim Marshall. Marshall will present a session titled “Block Chain Examples in Education and Other Industries.” The daylong Summit takes place on Aug. 31 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street.... Read More >>
Daniel and Shelly Hammer become license partners of Engel & Vőlkers Franchise in Stuart
Treasure Coast real estate advisors Daniel and Shelly Hammer have joined longtime Florida broker John Gonzalez as license partners in the Stuart franchise of luxury real estate firm Engel & Vőlkers®.
The husband-and-wife team has successfully sold real estate as The Hammer Property Group through Engel & Vőlkers Stuart since it opened in 2017, with Gonzalez as sole license partner. The Hammers bring extensive global business, marketing and luxury real estate background to their new ownership roles, while continuing to serve as real estate advisors... Read More >>
Salvation Army welcomes new officers
The Salvation Army of Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties welcomed new leaders this month, Captains Nathan and Deanne Jones. The couple, who have served in the Army for 13 years, relocated with their three children to Jensen Beach from their previous appointment in Dothan, Alabama.
“It is exciting to get to meet the people of the Treasure Coast and to discover the many opportunities for ministry, said Captain Deanne... Read More >>
Old Evinrude Site in Stuart revived with incoming Atlantic Point Marina
The marine industry is one of Martin County’s “Hubs of Excellence” and vital to its history and economic strength. A new marina was proposed for downtown Stuart to replace the inactive site that was once a bustling hub of somewhat mysterious marine activity. The Business Development Board supported the proposed Atlantic Point Marina, whose principals include Jeff Hardin of Straticon... Read More >>
Florida SBDC IRSC nominates professor for statewide award
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) announced the nomination of Dr. Herb Ricardo of the IRSC School of Business for the Florida SBDC Network Volunteer of the Year award. Ricardo accepted the regional award at a meeting with IRSC president, Dr. Tim Moore, in early June. The regional award automatically entered Ricardo in for the statewide award, in which he took home the title for on Monday, June 27, 2022 where FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director, Tom Kindred, accepted the statewide award on Ricardo’s behalf at the FSBDC Network annual conference in Tampa Bay, Florida... Read More >>
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... Read More >>
Indian River County awards incentives to local firm
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Office announced that the IRC Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a Local Jobs Grant incentive application for Lemnature AquaFarms. Lemnature AquaFarms is a business-to-business plant-based food ingredient supplier to the food, beverage, and nutrition markets, currently expanding its operations in Indian River County.
The Indian River County Local Jobs Grant is a performance-based incentive program that pays up to $7,000 per new job created, based on the average wages paid to new hires... Read More >>
Rodger Pridgeon receives 2022 South Florida district SBA Small Business Person of the Year
Rodger Pridgeon has been named the 2022 South Florida District SBA Small Business Person of the Year. The award was announced in April by U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards, and Pridgeon accepted his award on May 10 in Melbourne during the 2022 National Small Business Week Summit.
Pridgeon is the owner and president of Corporate Air, Inc., a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) that provides fuel, aircraft maintenance, hangar space, and charter jet services at the Vero Beach Regional Airport... Read More >>
St. Lucie County releases 2022 estimated tax property values
St. Lucie County Property Appraiser, Michelle Franklin, officially released the 2022 estimated taxable value of real estate and personal property to the 24 Taxing Authorities within St. Lucie County. The estimated taxable values are working numbers that are due to the taxing authorities by June 1 annually per statute. The estimates provide assistance to our Taxing Authorities as they develop their operating budgets and determine proposed millage (tax) rates.... Read More >>
Stonemont Financial Group breaks ground for St. Lucie County’s largest building
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on May 25 for what will be, at 1.1. million square feet, the largest building in unincorporated St. Lucie County.
Stonemont Financial Group, a private real estate investment firm specializing in industrial development and net lease assets, is constructing the South Florida Logistics Center 95, a two-building, Class-A, 1.3-million-square-foot speculative industrial development on Orange Avenue at South Kings Highway. In addition to the 1.1.-million-square-foot cross-dock building, the company is also constructing a 245,300-square-foot rear-load facility in the park.... Read More >>
PSL Business Women raise a treasure chest of riches at 30th annual fashion show
The Port St. Lucie Business Women (PSLBW), dressed in swirling colors of turquoise, aqua and ultramarine, and in sea-themed patterns, welcomed guests at the sold-out 30th annual Fashion Show on April 30 at the Santa Lucia River Club in Ballantrae. More than $20,000 was raised for their Community Action Grants which are awarded to local nonprofit agencies that benefit women and children, and provide scholarships for women who have chosen to continue their education at Indian River State College. Awards and scholarships will be presented later this year.... Read More >>
New Midas opens in Vero Beach
Midas, one of the world’s largest providers of automotive services, is announced the opening of its newest location in Vero Beach, Florida located at 1365 US-1.
A grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 2 pm with food trucks, OneBlood’s Big Red Bus, the Humane Society of Vero Beach, and special discounts.
Business owner Jimmy Linus is no stranger to the automotive industry with his Linus Cadillac Buick GMC dealership just south of the new Midas location.... Read More >>
Former Martin County growth management director opens new Treasure Coast planning firm
Nicki van Vonno, a respected municipal planner with deep roots in growth management in Martin County and the Treasure Coast, has opened her own planning and management firm, van Vonno Consulting LLC.
Van Vonno worked for Martin County for 35 years, starting out as a planner in the Growth Management Department and serving as the department’s Director for 20 years. She led a team of highly qualified professionals in representing the county’s best interests in all aspects of growth management.... Read More >>
EDC promotes Jenn DuBey, welcomes new business manager
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) announced the promotion of Jenn DuBey to the position of director of business development, and the addition of Rachel Savela as the organization’s business manager.
DuBey joined the EDC in 2019 as business manager and added incentives management to her responsibilities in 2021. She previously held administrative and managerial positions at CareerSource Research Coast, National Vision, and the Business Development Board of Martin County.... Read More >>
Construction begins for Cheney Brothers distribution center
Cheney Brothers, Inc. broke ground April 20 on its distribution center and food service warehouse in Legacy Park at Tradition.
The first phase of the family-owned Florida broadline food distributor’s facility will be a 367,427-square-foot warehouse with refrigeration and freezer space, test kitchen, ancillary offices, 46 loading docks and a fueling station. At completion in mid-2023, the $65 million project’s first phase will bring at least 275 jobs to Port St. Lucie with wages that are 145% of the average earnings per worker in St. Lucie County.... Read More >>
Treasure Coast Hospice earns 2022 Great Place to Work Certification
Treasure Coast Hospice is Certified™ by Great Place to Work® for the third consecutive year.
The prestigious award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at Treasure Coast Hospice. This year, 88% of employees said it’s a great place to work compared to 57% of employees at a typical U.S. -based company....Read more >>
House of Hope hires Mike Meier as Growing Hope Farm manager
Mike Meier, an active proponent of sustainable urban farming and an advocate for community service, joins House of Hope this month as farm manager at Growing Hope Farm.
Growing Hope Farm in Palm City is House of Hope’s innovative answer to providing fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in need throughout Martin County.... Read More >>
Bank of America names Susan Rabinowitz president of Treasure Coast
Bank of America has named Susan Rabinowitz as president of Bank of America Treasure Coast. Rabinowitz succeeds Doug Sherman, who has led the market the past nine years and announced his decision to retire from the company last month.
As president, Rabinowitz will be responsible for connecting the... Read More >>
The Gift One Year Later
One year ago, author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott pledged $45 million to Indian River State College (IRSC), the largest individual donation in the College's 60-year history. Read More >>
Burlington Stores announces new location
Burlington’s new store will be located at The Landing at Tradition & 10648 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987. It will feature an updated design making it easy for customers to navigate and find merchandise. Interested candidates can learn more about joining the Burlington Stores team. Read full newsletter >>
Indian River Magazine takes home four statewide awards
Indian River Magazine took home four awards during the annual Florida Magazine Association gala ceremony held Friday night in Sarasota. The magazine received an overall best writing award that cited the works of, from right, Donna Crary, Kerry Firth, Bernie Woodall and Mary Ann Koenig. Crary also won a best writing public service award. Publisher Gregory Enns, left, won a a best column-writing award. The magazine also won a best special section award for its annual Best of the Treasure Coast competition. Read full newsletter >>
Allegiant announces new nonstop service to 3 cities from MLB
Allegiant announced new nonstop service from Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) to three destinations: Pittsburgh, Pa.; Nashville, Tenn. and Concord, N.C. beginning in November. Read full newsletter >>
EDC of St. Lucie County brings on a new communications director
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) announced Maureen Saltzer as its first director of communications and outreach. Saltzer’s responsibilities will include external and investor communications, media relations, and marketing. Read full newsletter >>
Cheney Brothers distribution center welcomed by City of Port St. Lucie
The Port St. Lucie City Council on June 14 welcomed Cheney Brothers, Inc. to the city, adding to the project approval the broadline food distributor received from the St. Lucie County Commission on June 1. Read full newsletter >>
Fast-growing Florida food service company coming to Tradition
Cheney Brothers, Inc., has chosen Legacy Park at Tradition in Port St. Lucie as the home for its newest distribution center.
The proposed 427,000-square-foot, $55 million facility will bring 380 new jobs to the area. Estimated wages per employee will exceed $55,000 plus benefits, approximately 35% higher than St. Lucie County’s average wage. Read full newsletter >>
Melbourne airport adds Orlando to name
The Melbourne Airport Authority unanimously voted May 26 to change the name of Melbourne International Airport to Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB). The airport is located within the heart of Melbourne and is 62 miles east of Orlando International Airport (MCO). Read full newsletter >>
Awards announced at Indian River County Chamber of Commerce celebration
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 99th annual awards ceremony with 10 winners and special recognitions. The night was celebrated with a warm welcome, state of the chamber address and a remembrance poem of Alma Lee Loy by Sean Sexton in addition to the awards. Read full newsletter >>
More commercial construction planned for Port St. Lucie’s Tradition
EBB Enterprises and Banyan Development plan to bring additional retail and other commercial space to Port St. Lucie’s master-planned Tradition, a community exploding with residential growth. The frequent joint venture partners have a contract to acquire nearly 15 acres for the future construction of the Shoppes @ the Heart of Tradition. Read full newsletter >>
SBDC, Rubio to host virtual conference to help owners navigate pandemic challenges
Florida’s small businesses are invited to register for the Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference: Sustain the Pivot, a no-cost event hosted by the Florida Small Business Development Center [SBDC] Network and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The event will take place May 18-19. Read full newsletter >>
Wave of newcomers joins Treasure Coast’s expanding boating industry
Explosive growth in the marine industry in the past decade has made the Treasure Coast the third-largest area in the United States in terms of the economic impact of recreational boating. Read full newsletter >>
Florida small businesses are resilient, even in face of hurdles presented by pandemic
Small business owners are nothing if not intrepid. They demonstrate their flexibility no matter what situation arises. Their resiliency has never been more apparent than in recent months as they encountered setbacks related to COVID-19. Read full newsletter >>
Indian River State College awarded $100,000 to support entrepreneurship education and training
Indian River State College (IRSC) has received a $100,000 Perkins grant from the Florida Department of Education’s Entrepreneurship Education and Training program to establish the IRSC Entrepreneurial Acceleration Revenue Network (E.A.R.N.). Read full newsletter >>
Piper Aircraft to host information sessions for 2021 Apprenticeship Program
VERO BEACH — Piper Aircraft announced today that it will host a series of virtual information sessions for the 2021 Apprenticeship Program. The information sessions will provide program details, answer questions and guide potential applicants through the application process. Read full newsletter >>
Kathy post, owner of Post Insurance, named in nation’s top 25 Insurance agents of the year
The Insurance Journal recently named Kathy Post, owner of Post Insurance in St. Lucie West, as one of the nation’s Top 25 Insurance ‘Agents of the Year’ for 2020. Read full newsletter >>
Piper Delivers First Pilot 100i Trainer Aircraft
Piper Aircraft announced Dec. 15 that it has received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Pilot 100. The Pilot 100, which was announced during Sun-n-Fun in 2019, is the value priced addition to Piper’s trainer-class line. Following certification, Piper began deliveries to its launch customer, American Flyers, who will be taking delivery of eight Pilot 100i aircraft by the end of 2020. Read full newsletter >>
Legacy Park at Tradition is site location of interest for new FedEx Ground facility
PORT ST. LUCIE — FedEx is working on plans for a new ground service regional sortation facility at Legacy Park at Tradition. The project is slated for a new 245,000 square-feet facility situated on 22 acres along Interstate 95 in the city’s job corridor. Read full newsletter >>
In today’s market, it’s important to be prepared when starting a new job search
Whether new to the workforce and in search of an entry-level position or a seasoned professional searching for a new opportunity, navigating the job market can prove challenging for any job seeker. This is especially true during poor economic conditions like those that have resulted from COVID-19. With limited job openings in hard hit industry sectors and high unemployment, it is more important than ever for job seekers to... Read full newsletter >>
Employers might need to deal with underperforming employees, social isolation as remote working increases
We’re not sure yet that the newly remote workforce is here to stay in a big way after the pandemic is behind us. Yet, recent surveys and studies point out that the trend is not going away anytime soon.
A survey by Harvard Business School economists found that 1 in 6 workers is projected to continue working from home or co-working at least two days a week after the pandemic is over.
What’s more, a survey of hiring managers by the freelancing platform Upwork found that 1 in 5 workers could be... Read full newsletter >>
Constant communication is vital when dealing with customer retention
In the best of times, customer retention is critical to small business success. But these days, with marketing dollars being slashed and customer acquisition budgets going down the drain, it is more important than ever to hold onto your customers.
Acquiring a new customer is five times more expensive than retaining one. Consider the well known 80/20 rule, which states that... Read full newsletter >>
Examination of cash flow will help avoid problems during slow times
High water covers all stumps is a great visual to describe a business owner’s way of thinking when sales are strong and cash is flowing, according to Michael Bernard, certified business consultant with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College.
To effectively manage cash flow, the business owner will need to... Read full newsletter >>
Community banks benefit from willingness to approve PPP loans for small business owners
In South Florida as well as around the nation, small business owners applying for the Paycheck Protection Program often struck out with big lenders — even when they had been loyal customers. They had better luck with smaller, community banks that were less deluged with applications and... Read full newsletter >>
New college program gives students a head start when deciding on a career
Indian River State College Career and Transfer Services has launched a new opportunity for area employers to connect with IRSC students.
The IRSC Employer Residency Program provides a professional development platform where students gain real-time feedback from business and community leaders as they build interviewing, networking and job search skills. At the same time, the program... Read full newsletter >>
Treasure Coast business owners improvise during pandemic shutdown
For about a decade, Patty O’Connell has had an informational website for Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, her downtown Stuart home accessories shop. But none of the store’s eclectic collection of goods were for sale online. The plan was to eventually gin up the website for e-commerce, but there was no hurry. Most all her customers were loyal locals. All sales were in-store, just as it had been since its opening in 2008.
That was all BC — Before COVID.
O’Connell said she was fortunate to have the website up and running before protective protocols for the virus forced all stores like hers deemed non-essential to shutter from mid-March to early May.
The pandemic came on like a Category 5 hurricane in its ability to shape-shift the landscape for Treasure Coast merchant retailers, just as it has most aspects of life in this memorable year many wish to forget.
The start of e-commerce for Gumbo Limbo was pushed up overnight and sales immediately switched from in-person to order, pay online and then.... Read full newsletter >>
Bank of America Charitable Foundation grants IRSC $20,000 in support of area small businesses
The Indian River State College Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to bolster professional consulting for emerging and growth businesses through the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC). The funding will be used to provide additional hours to Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Certified Business Consultants who help eligible businesses — without cost — to certify as Minority-, Women- and Veteran-owned businesses, and gain access to.... Read full newsletter >>
The Navy SEAL Museum is proud to announce that Grant Mann has been named the new executive director of the nonprofit. Mann succeeds Rick Kaiser, who held the position for the last eight years.
Mann joins the museum following retirement from NSWDG in Virginia Beach, VA. Kaiser, who dynamically transformed the museum from its humble beginnings into a museum of national eminence, will transition into the role of chief operating officer. This will allow him to.... Read full newsletter >>
Indian River State College's Career and Transfer Services has launched a new opportunity for area employers to connect with IRSC students. The IRSC Employer Residency Program provides a professional development platform in which students gain real-time feedback from business and community leaders as they build interviewing, networking and job search skills. At the same time.... Read full newsletter >>
Derecktor has announced key milestones achieved in the development of its new Fort Pierce shipyard.
Despite a global pandemic and the slow pace of government permitting, Derecktor has been moving forward with the transformation of the one-hundred-year-old Port of Fort Pierce and aging Indian River Terminal into a modern facility capable of.... Read full newsletter >>
Expert training and up to $5,000 available for small businesses
When business is tough, tough small business owners get better.
Now, a trusted initiative — the result of a partnership among the Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC), Indian River State College (IRSC) and the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) — is returning in time to help them do just that.... Read full newsletter >>
Even amid loss, hurts and hardships, people across our community have remained determined, hopeful and optimistic.
And now they have even more reasons to look up — literally.
The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies November 7 and 8. Celebrating its delayed 30th anniversary, the beloved regional event — sidelined last year by heavy flooding, which proceeded the tragic pre-show crash of a performer — will highlight performances from more elite military fighter jets than ever before.
Not all the action will take place exclusively in the air. The event will debut a... Read full newsletter >>
Educator and musician James Jordan has joined the board of the Gifford Youth Orchestra, Crystal Bujol announced Aug. 25. Dr. Bujol, the GYO’s chair and artistic director, said Jordan “will focus on strengthening the organization’s performance and teaching capacities.” Read full newsletter >>
Gregory M. Benedict, M.D., has joined the South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team and is seeing patients at the practice’s Stuart and Tradition office locations.
Benedict is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with fellowship sub-specialized training in... Read full newsletter >>
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... Read full newsletter >>
VERO BEACH — Bluedog Business Services LLC of Vero Beach and Fortis Payment Systems of Novi, Mich., both providers of payments technology and merchant services, have announced the two companies are merging.
The business will expand rapidly, leveraging Zeamster, FortisPay’s proprietary commerce platform, which creates integrated experiences for software and ERP providers, and BLUEDOG’s technology and scalable business development machine. With the support of Lovell Minnick Partners, which made a significant investment in FortisPay in late 2019, the newly combined company will further accelerate its growth in technology-led payment solutions.
Ron Dichter, founder and CEO of Bulldog, will join the Board of Managers and will... Read full newsletter >>
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — With the goal of providing some economic relief and a rapid infusion of capital to smaller businesses that were hardest hit in St. Lucie County during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new program is being launched that offers grants to local businesses. Business with up to 3 employees will be eligible for grants up to $5,000 and businesses with 4 to 10 employees will be eligible for grants up to $7,500. Read full newsletter >>
Treasure Coast Business Magazine, a publication of Indian River Magazine Inc., has been named the best new magazine in the state by the Florida Magazine Association.
The general excellence award was announced July 24 during the FMA’s annual awards ceremony. Treasure Coast Business Magazine, which launched in July 2019, is produced through a unique partnership between Indian River Magazine Inc. and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College. The magazine is published quarterly: in January, April, July and October. Read full newsletter >>
After closing their doors for nearly two months during Florida’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, retailers are rolling out the red carpet with CDC safety precautions for returning customers. While the general public appears to be eager to get out and shop, some are still hesitant to spend too much time lingering and browsing inside the stores.
As he makes presentations from his office in Tallahassee to virtual audiences asking about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Florida economy and unemployment rate, Jerry Parrish always gets two questions: What signs do we look for to show life is returning to normal, and, when will be normal?
Since the end of last year, Florida and the rest of the world have been caught up in the throes of the coronavirus scare. While health is obviously the primary concern, COVID-19 presents just one more challenge for small businesses in the state.
FORT PIERCE — In light of the escalation of positive cases of COVID-19 infections, the Manatee Observation and Education Center closed the Exhibit Hall and Gift Shop to the public effective June 29. This decision was made as a precaution for the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff.
During the closures, the Gift Shop will remain open for... Read full newsletter >>
Florida’s economy may run on tourism, but agriculture is next in line. Fellsmere, in northern Indian River County, is home to citrus groves, farms and cattle ranches. It is also the home of Ecotone Farm owned and operated by Jerry and Tamara Renick.
In business since 2012, its name gives a clue to its philosophy — Ecotone’s mission is to produce a high quality, nutritious product that has little to no impact on the natural environment, is pesticide free and non-GMO (genetically modified organism).
Over the years, Ecotone has expanded to produce 20,000 units of hydroponic lettuce as well as several varieties of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more. Ecotone supplies local restaurants, country clubs and grocers and features an on-site fresh market at... Read full newsletter >>
Taxable property values in St. Lucie County increased 6.5 percent to an estimated $23.4 billion, according to Property Appraiser Michelle Franklin’s estimated taxable property values submitted to taxing authorities.
The values are required to be submitted by... Read full newsletter >>
The new Gander RV & Outdoors in Fort Pierce officially opens at 9 a.m. Friday. The newly constructed dealership at 2121 S Jenkins Road is the largest Gander RV & Outdoors facility in the country. The 90,000 square-foot building sits on approximately 35 acres.
“We are excited to bring Gander RV & Outdoors to the wonderful community of Fort Pierce... Read full newsletter >>
The Burlington store in Port St. Lucie, 1363 St. Lucie West Blvd., is reopening at 8 a.m. Friday. Prices will be marked down 50 percent.
“We have been looking forward to safely re-opening our store locations and providing extraordinary values on our wide assortment of merchandise to area residents,” said Michael O’Sullivan, CEO of Burlington Stores. “These are challenging times for all of us and the need for value is greater than ever. We look forward to welcoming our customers and associates back into our stores.”
Burlington officials said the 50 percent discount is... Read full newsletter >>
Coronavirus testing of people on the Treasure Coast broke the 10,000 mark today as the growth in case numbers continued to decline. Meanwhile, the Treasure Coast remained free of reports of coronavirus deaths for St. Lucie, Martin or Indian River for the eighth consecutive day.
St. Lucie, double the size of Martin or Indian River, has reported 5,336 people tested with 284 people (5.3 percent) having positive results. In Martin, 2,561 people have been tested, with 261 people (10.2 percent) having positive results. In Indian River, 2,343 people have been tested, with... Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast hasn’t had a coronavirus death on the Treasure Coast reported for five straight days, the longest stretch since the first death was reported March 27.
The deaths for the three counties has remained at... Read full newsletter >>
An additional 22 cases of coronavirus were reported on the Treasure Coast today, the highest number since April 7.
The report comes a day after just two additional cases were reported. If the two days are averaged for 11 cases each they are in line with more recent daily reports.
Sixteen additional cases were reported today in... Read full newsletter >>
Just two additional coronavirus cases were reported today on the Treasure Coast.
St. Lucie County reported 259 cases after being readjusted downward from Monday’s report of 260. Indian River County remained at 99 cases while Martin County had... Read full newsletter >>
The deaths from coronavirus of two people on the Treasure Coast were reported over the weekend while growth in case numbers continued to decline from their peaks.
St. Lucie County reported both deaths: a 73-year-old man whose case was first reported April 22 and a 76-year-old man whose case was first reported April 29. The Treasure Coast has had... Read full newsletter >>
Two more people died while nine more people tested positive on the Treasure Coast for coronavirus, according to today’s statistics from the Florida Department of Health.
The deaths occurred in St. Lucie and Indian River counties and were reported on the state’s COVID-19 digital dashboard. The Department of Health by 1:30 p.m. had not released its morning report which would have provided details about the victims such as age and sex.
As of today, the Treasure Coast has had... Read full newsletter >>
About half of the 35 coronavirus deaths that have occurred on the Treasure Coast have been associated with longterm care facilities. The average age of the people who have died in the three counties is 81.
The Florida Department of Health on Thursday also reported an additional death in... Read full newsletter >>
The deaths of three more people, one in Indian River County and two in St. Lucie County, were reported today by the Florida Department of Health.
Information about the deaths was not available by early afternoon. So far, 33 people on the Treasure Coast have died from coronavirus: 22 people in St. Lucie County, six people in Indian River County and five people in Martin County.
The region saw an additional... Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast today hit the 500 mark in coronavirus cases today while the documented spread of the virus in the region continues to slow down.
Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed St. Lucie with 236 cases, Martin with 174 and Indian River with 90 cases. The new numbers represent just an additional 26 cases for the weekend.
Also over the weekend, St. Lucie County had an additional coronavirus death... Read full newsletter >>
Treasure Coast cases of coronavirus continued their slowdown today while cases overall in the state returned near peaks reached in early April.
A comparison of daytime reports from the Florida Department of Health showed that Florida’s cases peaked at 1,575 cases April 3, but cases are returning near that range, with 1,342 new cases reported today. The trend for Florida is reflected in the accompanying chart provided by the Florida Department of Health. That chart, and the accompanying ones for Treasure Coast counties, are based on statistics released in the department’s nighttime reports.
Meanwhile, the Treasure Coast continued to... Read full newsletter >>
Three more deaths from COVID-19 were reported over the last day on the Treasure Coast, where two of the region’s counties have a higher mortality rate than the state and national averages.
The deaths occurred in all three counties: an 83-year-old Indian River County man; an 83-year-old Martin County man; and a 94 year-old St. Lucie County woman.
Florida has a mortality rate of... Read full newsletter >>
The increase in coronavirus cases stayed in the single digits for the third day in a row on the Treasure Coast, according to the Florida Department of Health statistics released this morning.
Treasure Coast cases increased by six from yesterday. The previous daily increases had been four on Tuesday and five on Monday. The last three day increase in single digits for the Treasure Coast had not occurred since March 26.
Martin County had an additional... Read full newsletter >>
Although COVID-19 cases continue to decline on the Treasure Coast, an additional eight deaths in the region were reported over the weekend.
Six of the deaths were in St. Lucie County. Those who died from the virus were two men, both 86, another man 82, and women ages 92, 82 and 71. The other deaths occurred in... Read full newsletter >>
Two 91-year-olds in longterm care facilities, one a man in Indian River County and the other a woman in St. Lucie County, are the latest victims of COVID-19.
The deaths were reported Thursday night. Of the Treasure Coast’s 419 cases of coronavirus, 64 have been confirmed at longterm care facilities. Longterm care patients account for four of the nine people who have died on the Treasure Coast from coronavirus.
Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed an additional 13 cases of coronavirus for St. Lucie County, bringing its total to 192, four more cases for Indian River County, bringing its total to 85, and two more cases for Martin County, bringing its total to 142. Forty-four of St. Lucie’s cases are in longterm care facilities while 11 of Martin’s cases are in longterm care facilities and nine of Indian River’s cases are in longterm care facilities.
With 132 cases, Port St. Lucie... Read full newsletter >>
While the trends aren’t consistent or rapid, statistics of coronavirus cases show a decline of additional daily coronavirus cases since the highs of early April.
The decline can be seen in the accompanying charts.
Today’s report was no exception. An additional 17 cases were reported today for... Read full newsletter >>
While the Treasure Coast continued its slow increase in cases, statistics released today showed record one-day increases statewide in deaths and the third-highest in increase in hospitalizations.
The Treasure Coast reported two more deaths from COVID-19, a 77-year-old Martin County man whose case was first identified Monday and a 65-year-old St. Lucie County woman who had recently been to New York and... Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast today reported an additional 16 cases and one death caused by coronavirus.
Martin County had 10 additional cases, St. Lucie County had five and Indian River County two. St. Lucie County Monday night also reported the death of 76-year-old man, the seventh death in St. Lucie from the virus.
The increase in cases... Read full newsletter >>
Cases of coronavirus on the Treasure Coast continued their slow climb, with an additional dozen cases reported today, off the high of 51 additional cases reported a week ago.
St. Lucie County reported seven additional cases for a total of 156, Martin County reported four new cases for 124, and Indian River County reported just one new case for a total of 75. Martin County Friday night also reported the death of an 81-year-old woman. Martin now has three deaths from the virus while Indian River has one and St. Lucie has six.
In terms of population, Martin County has the most cases, with... Read full newsletter >>
Although the numbers of additional cases continued to decline, two more deaths were reported today on the Treasure Coast because of coronavirus.
Indian River County reported its first death, an 88-year-old woman, and Martin County reported its second death, a 79-year-old woman. State records showed that the cases were not related to travel and that neither person had been in contact with another known case. Six people in St. Lucie County have died from the virus.
An additional 14 cases of coronavirus were... Read full newsletter >>
Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed the Treasure Coast continuing to come off its high of additional cases achieved four days ago.
The three counties this morning reported a total of 15 additional cases, with Martin adding 8 cases, St. Lucie adding 2 cases and Indian River adding five cases. Martin County reported its first death, a 77-year-old man. Six people have died in St. Lucie County while no deaths have been reported in Indian River County.
In a comparison of daytime reports from the Department of Health, the Treasure Coast had the highest number of cases, 51, on April 6, but has reported fewer additional cases since then.
Port St. Lucie leads Treasure Coast cities in case numbers, with... Read full newsletter >>
After a four-day run of an additional 30 or more cases of coronavirus per day, the number of new cases on Treasure Coast fell to 16, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.
Because reporting methods for hospitals, health care providers and county health departments vary, it can’t be determined whether today’s report is a trend, and health officials emphasize that repeated declines over time can only determine that. Today’s comparison is based on daytime reports from the Department of Health, which also releases nightly reports.
Twelve of the new cases came from... Read full newsletter >>
Two more people have died from COVID-19 in St. Lucie County, according to the daytime report issued by the Florida Department of Health.
The latest death is that of an 82-year-old man, whose case was first reported on April 5. The death of a 74-year old man was reported last night.
The death of one other man, 77, had appeared in yesterday’s daytime report. The report showed that the 77-year-old had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicios. St. Lucie’s other deaths include a 59-year man and two women, ages 31 and 95.
St. Lucie County is the only county with COVID-19 deaths... Read full newsletter >>
The number of coronavirus cases in St. Lucie County hit 100 today as the death of a fourth person was reported, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health. Details of the person who died were not immediately available.
The report shows that 80 of the St. Lucie County cases are in Port St. Lucie, with 17 in Fort Pierce and the other three in unspecified locations. The total number of cases reported for St. Lucie County represented a 19-case increase from the day before. The four deaths in St. Lucie County are ... Read full newsletter >>
The daily report from the Florida Department of Health showed an additional 31 cases for the Treasure Coast today. Fourteen of the cases were in St. Lucie County, 14 in Martin County and three in Indian River County.
Records show 24 people have been hospitalized in St. Lucie, 11 in Martin and nine in Indian River for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms. With 60 cases, Martin has the most cases adjusted for population, one for every 2,683 people. Indian River has 52 cases, or one case for every 3,075 people. St. Lucie has 81 cases, or one case for every 4,053 people. The Treasure Coast has ... Read full newsletter >>
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida jumped to 11,111 today, up 1,526 cases from the day before. On the Treasure Coast, the number of cases rose to 162, with 67 in St. Lucie County (up from 48), 49 in Indian River County (up from 44) and 46 in Martin County (up from 37).
Adjusted for population, Indian River County has the most cases, with one for every 3,263 people, followed by Martin with one for every 3,500 people and St. Lucie County with one for every 5,899 people. St. Lucie County is ... Read full newsletter >>
As Florida edged closer to the 10,000-case mark, a third person, a 31-year-old St. Lucie County woman, has died from COVID-19 on the Treasure Coast, according to the Department of Health report released today.
Two other St. Lucie County people, a 59-year-old man and 95-year-old woman, died from COVID-19 on March 26. The three deaths are ... Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast today had its biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases, with 18 additional cases, half of them in St. Lucie County.
In today’s Department of Health daytime report, St. Lucie County showed 47 cases, up from 38 Wednesday. The county has the largest number of cases on the Treasure Coast and 17 hospitalizations because of the virus. Two deaths have been reported in St. Lucie County. Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast reached 100 coronavirus cases today, up by nine the day before, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.
St. Lucie County reported 38 cases, up from 33 the day before. Indian River County reported 33 cases, up from 30 the day before. Martin County reported 29 cases. Hospitalizations in St. Lucie County because of the virus increased to 12 from 8. Martin and Indian River reported no additional hospitalizations. Read full newsletter >>
Eleven additional coronavirus cases, including an 8-year-old Indian River County boy, were reported today for the Treasure Coast, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.
The boy is the Treasure Coast’s youngest case. Previously, the youngest person reported with the virus on the Treasure Coast was an 18-year-old St. Lucie County man. Read full newsletter >>
Florida today had its first plus-1,000 case gain in coronavirus cases, increasing by 1,227 cases over Sunday, according to a comparison of daytime reports released by the Florida Department of Health. The state reported a total of 5,473 positive cases, and a jump of more than 10,000 people tested, for a total of 54,182 tests taken in the state. The death toll increased by 7 statewide to 63, with a total of 652 hospitalizations. Read full newsletter >>
The Treasure Coast on Sunday reported 66 cases of coronavirus, up from 59 the day before. One of the region's cases included a 95-year-old St. Lucie County woman who died from the disease.
Martin County has the most cases on the Treasure Coast, 26, up just one case from the day before. St. Lucie County has 23 cases, up four cases from the day before. Indian River County has 17 cases, up two cases from the day before. Read full newsletter >>
With Martin County adding eight more cases, the number of coronavirus cases on the Treasure Coast rose to 59 today, according to the Florida Department of Health’s daytime surveillance report. The Treasure Coast cases are up from 44 the day before.
Martin County, with 25 cases, has the most cases on the Treasure Coast, followed by St. Lucie County with 19 and Indian River County with 15. Indian River’s cases showed no changes in the number of cases from Friday. Martin reported 17 cases on Friday and St. Lucie reported 16 cases. The Treasure Coast cases have required five hospitalizations, including three in St. Lucie, one in Martin and one in St. Lucie. One person in St. Lucie County, a 59-year-old man, has died of the disease. Read full newsletter >>
A 59-year-old St. Lucie County man became the first person to die from coronavirus on the Treasure Coast, according to a report released today by the Florida Department of Health.
Details regarding the death were not available at the issuance of this newsletter. Today’s report brings the total number of cases in St. Lucie County to 14, up from 10 yesterday. Of those cases, two have required hospitalization. Read full newsletter >>
Florida reported 673 additional cases of coronavirus today while the Treasure Coast reported an additional seven cases, according to today’s report released by the Florida Department of Health.
Four new cases were reported in Martin County, a 47-year-old woman and three men, ages 50, 75, and 80; two in St. Lucie County, a 26-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man; and one new case was reported in Indian River County, an 81-year-old woman. Read full newsletter >>
The number of coronavirus cases on the Treasure Coast rose to 21 today, up from 13 reported during the Florida Department of Health’s daytime report released yesterday.
So far, Indian River County has 11 cases out of 100 people tested, St. Lucie County has six cases out of 113 people tested and Martin has 4 cases out of 81 people tested. The average age of those testing positive on the Treasure Coast is 57. Eight males tested positive while 13 females have tested positive. The youngest case is a 19-year-old woman and the oldest is an 84-year-old female. Only one of the cases, in Indian River County, has required hospitalization. Read full newsletter >>
The number of COVID-19 cases on the Treasure Coast has risen to 13, with 8 cases in Indian River County, three cases in St Lucie County and two cases in Martin County, according to a report released this morning by the Florida Department of Health. Only one of the cases, in Indian River County, has involved a hospitalization, the report showed.
All of the St. Lucie County cases occurred in Port St. Lucie and three of the Indian River cases occurred in Vero Beach. The report did not show which other cities in Indian River and Martin the cases occurred. Read full newsletter >>
St. Lucie County has reported its first case of coronavirus, according to test results released by the Florida Department of Health this morning.
The report is of a woman whose case is not believed to be related to travel. The report showed 74 people have been tested in St. Lucie County, with 67 negative results and six results still pending.
The number of cases rose in Indian River County from two on Friday to four this morning. Fifty-six people have been tested in Indian River County, with 43 negative results and nine results still pending. Read full newsletter >>
Two Treasure Coast counties are now reporting cases of COVID-19, with two cases in Indian River County and one in Martin County.
The Florida Department of Health’s report released at 11 a.m. today showed a total of 520 cases in the state and 10 deaths from the disease.
The report showed that one man and one woman tested positive for the disease in Indian River County. One case is that of a 69-year-old male who recently traveled to Egypt and Germany. The other case is of a 77-year-old female with no history of recent travel out of the country. Read full newsletter >>
Florida’s total cases of COVID-19 rose to 314 today, an increase of 45 percent over Tuesday’s numbers, while no Treasure Coast counties have reported cases. Seven deaths in the state have been reported from the disease.
Today’s report showed that 2,493 people have been tested. Besides the 314 with positive results, 1,225 had negative results and results are pending for another 954 people. Tuesday’s report showed that 216 people had tested positive for the disease. Read full newsletter >>
No COVID-19 cases yet reported on Treasure Coast
As of 11:33 a.m. today, no cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Florida Department of Health on the Treasure Coast. St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties reported 0 cases. Social distancing recommendations remain in effect and health officials caution that the scope of the outbreak won’t be better known until more testing is done.
Florida is reporting a total of 173 known cases of the 4,661 cases reported in the United States. Another 19 people from out of state who are in Florida also tested positive. Florida has reported six deaths from the disease.
Neighboring Okeechobee County reported 0 cases of COVID-19 while Palm Beach County reported 9 and Brevard County reported 1. Read full newsletter >>
IR Hospital announces online platform for coronavirus screening
If you live in Indian River County and are concerned you may have COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital recommends you seek care first from Cleveland Clinic’s virtual visit platform, Express Care Online at clevelandclinic.org/ECO or by contacting your primary care physician.
If you meet the Florida Department of Health guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel and exposures, you will be advised as to how to proceed with testing.
Hospital officials say they also plan to have the capability of drive-through testing. Read full newsletter >>
FORT PIERCE — In response to the latest guidance issued by Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College will deliver all classes in an online format when it returns from spring break next week until further notice.
Classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled on March 23.
Hybrid classes (blend of online & face-to-face) will be delayed for one week and shift to completely online on March 30. Read full newsletter >>