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The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit Celebrates Success!

 

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Dana Trabulsy 772-475-3883

Lynette Marraffa 772-359-6984

 

The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit

 

 

St. Lucie County, Fla. -The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit will be held at the Port St Lucie Civic Center on Thursday, May 27th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Local business leaders Dana Trabulsy and Lynette Marraffa are producing this year’s Summit and Expo in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation. The Summit is endorsed and sponsored by The City of Port St. Lucie. Outreach and representation from city governments and businesses in all four counties is expected for a wonderful attendance turnout.

 

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is the Treasure Coast’s largest business-to-business summit and expo, providing a networking and educational experience which will include a unique opportunity to meet other business leaders and professionals, learn about current opportunities, and establish relationships. This combination of information and networking will help business owners and entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths, and provide the tools and resources necessary to implement positive growth in their business. The TCBS will offer a comprehensive agenda of regional and local speakers. In addition, attendees will benefit from small panel group discussions facilitated by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

 

The theme of this year’s summit is A Celebration of Growth, as this 10th year marks a strong economic recovery period after the 2008 fallout. Peter W. Busch is the keynote speaker.  He will share his captivating family business story and inspirational experiences.  As you may know, Peter Busch opened his business Southern Eagle Distributing here on the Treasure Coast in 1984 and has been a community supporter, activist, and philanthropist for many years.  He is a business champion in many ways.

 

The St Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council have partnered with us this year to produce the highly educational annual “Area Update Luncheon” wherein business community members will learn and understand how recent developments in manufacturing, tourism, business procurement and selection processes have stimulated the local economic environment.  They will also provide updates on the Ft. Pierce Port, Treasure Coast Airport, Citrus Grove development, and upcoming business ventures on the Treasure Coast.

 

Proud Sponsors Include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Dyer Chevrolet, Bank of America, The EDC of St. Lucie County, The Pharus Group, DLF Media, Tobacco Free Florida, Two Men and a Truck, UBU Brands, Post Insurance, Mid-Florida Credit Union, Traxx Entertainment and All Things Treasure Coast.

 

Sponsor, Dyer Chevrolet, will present their monthly Dyer Difference Award for Indian River and St Lucie Counties in an exciting fashion at the summit. The Dyer Difference Award salutes a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization making a difference. For more information on the Dyer Difference Award or to nominate an outstanding nonprofit visit:  http://www.dyerdifference.org.

 

Sponsorships as well as vendor packages are currently available and will sell out quickly!  Act now to reserve your space today for the 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. www.tcbizsummit.com

 

Thank you,

Dana Trabulsy / Lynette Marraffa

Treasure Coast Business Builders

772-475-3883 / 772-359-6984

 

 

The 9th Annual TCBS addresses Growth & Expansion

The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit Addresses Growth On The Treasure Coast

 

The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit will be held at the Port St Lucie Civic Center on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. This year’s Summit and Expo is hosted by local business leaders Dana Trabulsy and Lynette Marraffa, and in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation. The Summit is also recognized as a City of Port St. Lucie endorsed event.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is the Treasure Coast’s largest business-to- business summit and expo, providing a networking and educational experience which will include a unique opportunity to meet other business leaders and professionals, learn about current opportunities, and establish relationships. This combination of information and networking will help business owners and entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths, and provide the tools and resources necessary to implement positive growth in their business. The TCBS will offer a comprehensive agenda of regional and local speakers. In addition, attendees will benefit from small panel group discussions facilitated by local leaders on the Treasure Coast.

The theme of this year’s summit is “Growth & Expansion on the Treasure Coast. Keynote speaker, Jeff Manley of the Cathy Family Foundation / Chick-fil-A Corporation, General Manager of The Rock Ranch, and past president of The Georgia Agritourism Association will speak about values, self-sustainability and going the second mile; which is the premise behind their one of a kind customer service.

Proud Sponsors include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Martin Health Systems, Dyer Chevrolet, Dex Media, The St. Lucie Mets, CPA firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram f.k.a Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., Tobacco Free Florida, St. Lucie County Schools, Bank of America, St. Lucie EDC, Bonner Mobile Bar, Traxx Entertainment, All Things Treasure Coast along with founding Summit Partners DLF Media and The Pharus Group.

Sponsor, Dyer Chevrolet, will present their monthly Dyer Difference Award for Indian River and St Lucie Counties in an exciting fashion at the summit. The Dyer Difference Award salutes a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization making a difference. For more information on the Dyer Difference Award or to nominate an outstanding non profit visit:   Dyer Difference Award

Sponsorship and vendor packages are currently available and will sell out quickly! Act now to reserve your space today for the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit. www.tcbizsummit.com

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.

This story is contributed by a member of the community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with TCPalm.

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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.

This story is contributed by a member of the community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with TCPalm.

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Reserve your space

STUART – Port St. Lucie, Fla- The 3rd Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit is coming to the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday, May 20. Reservations are now 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, 2 chairs and your company name will be listed in the program. The cost for the Business Builder Vendor Package is only $100.

In addition, Gold, Silver and Bronze packages are available with prices ranging from $750 – $2500. Details are available on the websitehttp://www.tcbizsummit.com.

The theme of the TCBS is Education and Economic Development. It will feature a variety of speakers including Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System, Economic Development Officials from the Treasure Coast and the area’s top educators.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit is sponsored by TD Bank and the Law Firm Greenspoon Marder.

For more information regarding registration, sponsorship or tickets, please visit http://www.tcbizsummit.com or call 772-224-2898.

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Port St. Lucie mayoral candidates debate

PORT ST. LUCIE — Seven of the 10 candidates for mayor squared off Thursday for their first public debate and most agreed the major issues facing the city are budget woes, city spending, declining property values and job creation.

The debate, sponsored by the second annual Treasure Coast Business Summit at the Civic Center, was moderated by Charlie Neeld of WPSL 1590 AM. About 50 people attended the debate, which was a question and answer format.

The candidates unable to attend Thursday’s debate were Albert Hickey, Kurt Hoyer and JoAnn Faiella. During a telephone interview last week, Hoyer said he would withdraw from the race because he didn’t have the help or the finances to run an effective campaign. However, it’s unclear whether Hoyer has officially withdrawn his candidacy.

CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR

Christopher Cooper: 50, city councilman and Palm Beach County firefighter

Shirley Copenhaver: 46, Realtor at Bradley & Associates Real Estate

Joe Edge: 51, owner of the Tax Shoppe

JoAnn Faiella: 46, records specialist at the Port St. Lucie Police Department

Albert Hickey: 48, retired New York City police detective

Kurt Hoyer: 66, formerly employed by L&M Botruc Co. out of Galliano, La., delivering supplies to oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico; laid off in April

Victoria Huggins: 55, political activist and former research specialist at a Palm Beach County lobbying firm

Frank Lillo: 56, sales agent and instructor for Keller Williams Realty

Timothy Neely: 26, general manager of a national restaurant chain

James Rich: 46, vice chairman of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board and account executive for a direct mail marketing firm

GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING CITY?

Candidates were asked a series of questions. Here are the candidates answers to the question: What do you consider as the greatest challenge facing the city of Port St. Lucie?

Chris Cooper

“While obviously the biggest challenge is this year’s current budget, and with my leadership, hopefully we’ll be able to make our way through these trying times. It’s very easy to sit back right now and say what you will do for this year’s budget when you don’t have to do it. I actually have to step up to the plate and make these decisions this year. The City of Port St. Lucie could not grow and could not take on projects of this nature without having to incur some debt. No city operates without debt. We geared up for the boom. This budget will fall back on us. While people are demanding more services and wanting to pay less taxes, it’s very difficult to handle that situation. It’s very difficult to make that happen.”

Shirley Copenhaver

“The greatest challenge facing Port St. Lucie is an economic depression. At one point we were one of the fastest growing cities, and tax revenue was pouring into our city coffers. The City Council saw all of this money and couldn’t resist showboating themselves to the public. City government grew beyond the ability of the city to support it, and personnel services, the employment pay budget for the city, grew from 16.6 percent in fiscal year 2006-2007 to the year 2008-2009. Growth like this with what was looming on the horizon at that time was unacceptable and certainly did not show proper stewardship of anyone sitting on the City Council.”

Joe Edge

“Identifying the challenge is easy. It’s the budget. Solving the problem is the actual challenge. Unemployment is the culprit, and expanding the job base at every possible level is the solution. Jobs create revenue and allow the economy to grow. Add in over 20 years of business experience in budgeting and finance, thinking outside the box is as critical as taking the emotion and politics out of reducing the budget.”

Victoria Huggins

“I think there are two great challenges facing the city of Port St. Lucie. One is our city’s massive long-term debt, which we have been saddled with by the previous administration. The second challenge is jobs creation. We cannot pay off the $2,051,953,337 long-term debt (including interest) with a 14 percent unemployment rate. This long-term debt figure includes the interest due on our outstanding balance. I believe to hold down our future debt the citizens must have a voice in the amount of expenditures that can be approved by the council.”

Frank Lillo

“Our biggest challenge is that we need to continue to make the transition from a local service economy to a broad-based service economy with good industrial (jobs). We’ve already started with the biotech industry and the digital media industry. We cannot afford during this down period to lose the momentum that we’ve started and that many people have worked very hard for to attract those kinds of industries because that’s the only way ladies and gentlemen that we’re going to have real organic job and career growth.”

Timothy Neely

“The greatest challenge, in my opinion, is the overhead of the city. How can we help grow the businesses here if we can’t even keep our city in black? (We need to make) drastic changes to the way the city works, to what we spend our money on to the way we operate everyday, Until that’s fixed, how are we going to attract business here? The city is running the city like they don’t know how.”

James Rich

“The greatest challenge immediately to the city is the budget. We heard earlier this year that we were going to have a deficit of $4.5 million. I heard earlier today the projected ad valorem tax that does fund the general revenue fund is lower than expected. We’re going to have a $10 million projected deficit. That’s huge.”

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