Murphy to Speak at TCBS

PORT ST. LUCIE – Rep. Patrick Murphy will be a guest speaker at the 5th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit (TCBS). The focus of this year’s TCBS is Business Growth, Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Murphy represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which includes Martin, St. Lucie, and northern Palm Beach counties. He was sworn into Congress at the age of 29, becoming the youngest Member of the 113th Congress. He currently serves on the prestigious House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Small Business, where he serves as the ranking member on the Agriculture, Energy, and Trade Subcommittee.

Given Murphy’s background as a CPA and operating a small business, he knows firsthand the importance of bringing smart, efficient rules of the road to protect taxpayers from reckless behavior and the need to work together to find new ways to support small business growth. Serving on the Small Business Committee, he will work to promote smarter regulations rather than more regulations and to create a predictable and globally competitive tax code that will help small businesses to spur economic growth through job creation.

The TCBS continues to be the single largest business to business event of the year on the Treasure Coast and has participation from businesses from as far north as Jacksonville and as far south as Boca Raton. There has also been an increased awareness of local business to business activity helping to stimulate local economic recovery.

Based on reports from attendees and participants, we have estimated the annual financial impact of the summit is in excess of $200,000 and an unknown number of jobs created each year. However, we estimate the total to be approaching 100-110.

For more information on the 5th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, visit http://www.tcbizsummit.com.

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Business Summit announces sponsors, panelists

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Business Summit announces sponsors, panelists

The Treasure Coast Business Summit announced that Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal and the law firm of Crary Buchanan have partnered as title sponsors. The fifth annual summit will return to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 3.

An list of panelist also was announced for the summit. Their discussion will focus on business growth, continuity and disaster recovery.

The panel includes: Jim Arrigo, president of Arrigo Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep; Gordon Proctor, partner with Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA; Ken Pruitt, St. Lucie County property appraiser; and Paul Seldes, CHS III, FPEM -NTB Group. The panel will be moderated by David Bernstein, CEO of Pharus Group, a Port St Lucie based management advisory firm.

The Business Summit is open to all businesses and was created especially for small to mid-sized business owners/managers and entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit tcbizsummit.com.

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Panelists announced for TCBS

PORT ST. LUCIE – An impressive list of panelists has been announced for the 5th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. Their discussion will focus on business growth, continuity and disaster recovery. The panel includes Jim Arrigo, president of Arrigo Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep; Gordon Proctor, partner with Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, CPA; Ken Pruitt, St. Lucie County property appraiser; and Paul Seldes, CHS III, FPEM -NTB Group. The panel will be moderated by David Bernstein, CEO of Pharus Group, a Port St. Lucie-based management advisory firm.

“We are very pleased with our group of panelist,” said TCBS partner Doug Farrell. “They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to this discussion. Those in attendance will gain valuable insight on how businesses grow, maintain and recover.”

The TCBS continues to be the single largest business to business event of the year on the Treasure Coast and has participation from businesses from as far north as Jacksonville and as far south as Boca Raton.

There has also been an increased awareness of local business to business activity helping to stimulate local economic recovery. Based on reports from attendees and participants, the estimated annual financial impact of the summit is in excess of $200,000, with an unknown number of jobs created each year that could be approaching 100-110.

For more information on the 5th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, visit tcbizsummit.com.

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Business Summit scheduled for May 3

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Business Summit scheduled for May 3

The Treasure Coast Business Summit returns to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on May 3.

This event is designed to provide educational information, professional resources, economic news and reports, and professional motivation to keep business on track and moving forward on the path to success for the entire region.

The summit is open to all businesses and was created especially for small to mid-sized business owners/managers and entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit tcbizsummit.com.

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Treasure Coast Business Summit is May 3

PORT ST. LUCIE – The fifth annual Treasure Coast Business Summit will be at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday, May 3. Reservations are now being taken for vendors planning to display their products or services in the exhibition hall.

Basic vendor packages will be available with one 8-foot display table, two chairs, two admission tickets to the event, and your company name will be listed in the program. The cost for the General Vendor Package is only $100.

In addition, Bronze, Silver and Gold packages are available offering greater branding and exposure, with prices ranging from $750 to $2,500. New this year is the sponsorship for a Wine & Cheese Networking Reception. Details are available on the website tcbizsummit.com.

A video from the 2012 Treasure Coast Business Summit is also posted on the website. It shows the floor activity with some of the vendors, sponsors and the crowd.

This will be the largest event to date. The theme is Business Growth and Continuity with some focus on disaster recovery. It will feature an exhibit hall and a variety of dynamic speakers.

For additional sponsorship information, please call 772-224-2898 or email info@tcbizsummit.com for more information.

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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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