Dr. Jerry Parrish, the chief economist and director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation

Catching up on all things business around the Treasure Coast region, Dr. Jerry Parrish, the chief economist and director of research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, reads a copy of Treasure Coast Business.

Happy New Year and welcome to a new year of Treasure Coast Business, the publication dedicated to all things business across the Treasure Coast. As the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College begins a new year of operations and Treasure Coast Business prints its January 2020 issue, it is time to reflect on and review 2019 performance.

For its part, the Florida SBDC at IRSC provided more than 4,000 hours of credentialed consulting to the regional business community and assisted clients in accessing more than $60 million in additional capital through revenue growth, government contracting and access to bank financing. In 2019, the center partnered with Bank of America, the St. Lucie County Economic Development Council and the law firm of Dean, Mead to conduct the 7th annual Small Biz and Entrepreneurship Conference. The Florida SBDC at IRSC continued its partnerships with Treasure Coast SCORE, the BDB of Martin County and the City of Port St. Lucie to co-host and support numerous business training workshops and seminars across the region. The center also collaborated with CenterState Bank to conduct a series of Profit Mastery workshops, a financial training program that helps business owners potentially improve and better manage financial performance.

In 2019, Treasure Coast Business began its Pioneer role as the region’s premier business publication. Business leaders, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, small business owners and operators now have a go-to publication dedicated to covering and celebrating their success and work within the marketplace. More than just a pretty cover, Treasure Coast Business leveraged the experience of professional business writers to provide in-depth coverage of the region’s manufacturing, housing, retail, agriculture and research sectors. Regional business acumen was leveraged to assemble and present best practice articles on topics including business law, banking, real estate, operations and government contracting.

Because of the innovative thinking, vision and work of regional municipalities, Indian River State College, the regional EDOs, non-profit business organizations such as Treasure Coast SCORE and the Florida SBDC Network and our regional legislative delegation, a powerful and valuable entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem exists along the Treasure Coast. This ecosystem can help to create unimaginable possibilities for small businesses, yielding economic prosperity for the entire region.

However, if business owners and operators are unaware of this network of support then all the resources provide no benefit. Treasure Coast Business Magazine is the single collection point and suggestion box for all things business along the Treasure Coast. This important publication exists for you and because of you.

THANK YOU for your past and continued advertising support of this innovative entrepreneurial publication and remember — The Well-Informed Read Treasure Coast Business.

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