Boys & Girls Club receives donation

In a time when hundreds of children and teens in St. Lucie County are not receiving the guidance they need to graduate from high school, to avoid the effects of violence, gangs and drugs, or to become responsible adults, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is there to help children and young adults.

The Boys & Girls Club relies on individuals and businesses to assist in its mission of helping kids succeed. The Club recently received a $1,000 contribution from the Treasure Coast Business Summit.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit was held on May 11 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The summit featured keynote speaker Former Senate President Ken Pruitt, as well as other local, state and national speakers, and included breakout sessions and workshops.

The Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the youth of the community. By providing a safe place to learn and grow, as well as life enhancing programs and character developing experiences; the club strives to inspire and enable all members, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

With 19 locations throughout the county, the Boys & Girls Club programs serve a diverse group of kids age 5-18. The more than 3,000 members come from a variety of backgrounds. Reach the Club by calling 772 460-9918 or visit www.bgcofslc.org or www.facebook.com/bgcofslc.

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Business summit participants pleased with turnout

PORT ST. LUCIE — More than 100 businesses from Melbourne to Boca Raton gathered to network at the fourth annual Treasure Coast Business Summit.

“It’s just a spectacular turnout,” said Pharus Group President Chris Morhardt, whose company organized the event. “We’ve grown 50 percent since last year. There were 82 exhibitors last year and there’s 120 this year.”

Businesses ranged from banks to independent representatives for Friday’s event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Businesses paid $49.95 for a booth for one person, with additional costs for more people.

Those who attended had the opportunity to network or listen to presentations and speeches from public officials and business leaders about the state of the economy and how to improve business.

Participants were generally optimistic about the economy.

Local SUNDEK owner/manager Michael Widner said he attended the event to network and build clients. The Port St. Lucie-based franchise resurfaces patios and driveways, among other services, and serves the Treasure Coast.

“The first quarter of 2012 was my best quarter in three years,” Widner said. “I have a substantial backlog right now, and we’re doing very well. It’s been a great year so far.”

Participants were impressed by the improved turnout.

“It’s very nice to get out into the community,” Oculina Bank Marketing Representative Crystal Jordan said.

Speakers included St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Ken Pruitt, Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella, and TD Bank Regional President Kevin Gillen, among others.

Hobe Sound resident Amy Zwimer started working as a independent consultant for Scentsy as a way to make some extra cash. The company sells scented candles.

“I’m blown away because it’s affordable, but it’s such an array of businesses,” Zwimer said. “Everybody’s so friendly, and it’s great that there are still events like this that exist that are affordable for small businesses without paying a huge expense.”

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Vendor space limited

The fourth annual Treasure Coast Business Summit has fewer than 20 tables remaining for the event on May 11.

The Emerald Room at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center will be transformed into an exhibit hall to feature more than 100 businesses from the Treasure Coast.

The cost for the Business Builder Vendor Package is $100.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, visit tcbizsummit.com or call 772-224-2898.

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City of Port St. Lucie supports TCBS

PORT ST. LUCIE – The Port St. Lucie City Council voted unanimously to partner with Pharus Group, LLC. and DLF Media as hosts of the fourth annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. The Summit will be held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 11.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is designed to combine current and relevant real-world information and resources with some of the nation’s best motivational speakers. It was created by a group of local business owners who banded together and combined their collective talents, reaching out to other business owners and managers throughout the Treasure Coast to help stimulate the economy by sharing ways to make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses strong in a challenging economy.

This event is open to all business types and was created especially for small to mid-sized business owners / managers and entrepreneurs. The fundamentals of business and economic discussions will cross industry lines and prove to be extremely valuable for all in attendance.

In order to survive in the fast-paced world of small business, it’s necessary for business owners to come together as a single body, uniting their efforts to better understand and overcome the barriers to success that face us all.

At the Treasure Coast Business Summit, regional business and community leaders will meet to discuss the issues, obstacles and trends facing entrepreneurs today.

Ken Pruitt, former Senate president and current St. Lucie County property appraiser, will be the keynote speaker.

Other commitments include Douglas Muir, credit industry expert; Greta Schulz, CEO of Schulz Business SELLutions; Kevin Gillen, regional president for TD Bank’s Florida Market; and Michael Altshuler, a sales and marketing leader who will share his powerful, proven and profitable social media tips and tricks with one goal in mind: to help your business grow.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, visit tcbizsummit.com or call 772-224-2898.

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Business Summit to benefit Boys & Girls Club

The Treasure Coast Business Summit will be held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 11.

The summit will feature local, state and national speakers. Breakout sessions and workshops will be offered. Proceeds of the event will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

TCBS has been expanded to accommodate more than 100 vendors and sponsors. Former Senate President Ken Pruitt is the keynote speaker.

Sponsorship, vendor space and tickets are available at tcbizsummit.com.

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Business Summit coming to civic center

The fourth Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit returns to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 11.

The event, sponsored by TD Bank will feature an exhibit hall and a variety of speakers. Ken Pruitt will be the keynote speaker. Pruitt served as president of the Florida Senate from 2006 to 2008 and is a 20-year veteran of state and local politics. He currently serves as the elected property appraiser in St. Lucie County.

The exhibit hall will showcase up to 120 business-to-business vendors, featuring a variety of business-related products and services. It’s an opportunity for business owners and managers to learn about what’s new and available in the area.

The event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, visit tcbizsummit.com or call 772-224-2898.

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Vendors invited to display services

The 9th annual Treasure Coast Business Summit is coming to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 25, 2017.   Reservations are being taken for vendors planning to display their products or services in the exhibition hall. Each vendor will be provided with one 8-foot display table and two chairs.  The company’s name will […]