Business growth expo
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first Business Growth Expo on March 28, according to Cynthia Dale, marketing manager.
The event will be held at the Hilton Rialto from 6-9 p.m. and will also include a silent and live media auction where companies can purchase print, broadcast, outdoor, radio and online advertising at a fraction of the cost.
The event is designed to help business startups looking for information rapidly on how to get their company up and running quickly.
Vendors and speakers will be on hand to educate the small business owner on the latest trends, technologies and products to get their business rolling.
The event is also geared toward existing businesses that want to re-brand and refresh their company image.
Among some of the planned vendors include ad agencies, marketing agencies, business development, employment agencies, computer services, caterers, graphic designers, photographers, event planners, florists, hotels, local media, public relations, tax preparer/financial advisors, technology services, training/coaching services, commercial interior designers, internet marketing and social media strategists.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the exhibits and cocktail hour, followed by the silent and live auctions at 6:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will be held in adjoining rooms and feature prominent speakers from the area who will cover a number of subjects for new or struggling businesses.
The cost to host a booth is $50 for Palm Bay Chamber members, nonprofits and home-based businesses, and $75 for non-members.
Cost to attend is $15 per ticket and includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
Interested companies wishing to participate in the Business Expo may contact Ms. Dale at (321) 951-9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found on the website at www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com or by calling (321) 951-9998.
Local companies selected for new marketing efforts
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has selected two local companies that will create the new tourism marketing materials for 2013, according to Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.
Each year, the Tourist Development Commission of the Space Coast approves grant applications for qualifying chambers of commerce. The funds are to be used to attract and promote the Space Coast to visitors from outside the area.
Brandt Ronat Company of Merritt Island has been selected to create a brochure about the city of Palm Bay that showcases local hoteliers, attractions and other city amenities and information geared toward visitors and those new to the area. Brandt Ronat Company is also creating a flier to target golf weekend groups, showcasing the four county golf courses.
In addition, Brandt Ronat Company will create a one-of-a-kind eco-tourism book to contain information about the eco-tours that the Chamber developed specifically for the out-of-area customers of Embraer.
The Chamber has also announced that Melbourne-based ndtArtemis is the website company contracted to create new tourism pages on the chambers website. The new website pages will feature local attractions, hoteliers, restaurants and the parks and recreation activities that Palm Bay is becoming known for. They will also feature the new brochure, the golf package flier and promote eco-tourism.
The Palm Bay Chamber's mission is to be the voice for the business community and to help guide new businesses in their early growth years. The Palm Bay Chamber assists companies in locating resources and helps guide their staffing and marketing needs and find solutions to workplace issues.
For more information, call (321) 951-9998, email email@example.com or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
New marketing director announced
FirstWave Financial has announced a staff addition to its Satellite Beach office.
The independent wealth management company welcomes long-time area marketing expert Dawn Clough as the new company marketing director.
Ms. Clough will develop marketing strategy and oversee branding, print, digital and social media, as well as manage the firm's business development process.
The former marketing consultant and creative director comes to FirstWave with a decade of executive experience as vice president of advertising for a top 20 national homebuilder.
For more information about FirstWave Financial, call (321) 773-7773 or visit www.FirstWaveFinancial.com.
New members at the Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced the following new members.
They are: Mo-Bay Restaurant on U.S. Highway 1, Ocean Riders, Florida Air Academy, Brandt-Ronat, Gator Boosters, Space Coast Gator Club, Brevard Police Testing & Selection Center and Catering Two You Janitorial Services LLC.
For more information about joining the Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.
Chamber board of directors and officers
The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 officers and board of directors.
Executive committee: Danny Timothy, chairman; Jeff MonteLeon, incoming chairman; Cindy Forstall, immediate past chair; Nancy Domonousky, treasurer; Tari Fazekas, secretary; George Geletko, vice chair; Javier Monlinares, vice chair; Puneet Kapur, vice chair; Joe Raley, vice chair; and Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.
Directors: Lynda Weatherman, Howard Tipton, Art Becker, Donn Miller-Kermani, Daniel Perez, Vaughn Holeman, Vicki Mays, Jennifer Crumpler and Olivia Walker.
Founders: Ray Grady and Skip Allgood.
New vice president at Aging Matters
Aging Matters in Brevard has announced that Jeanne Hakkila-Wills has been appointed vice president of mission advancement.
She comes with a broad background, having spent eight years in advancement services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of its network and in raising capital to expand the program's second campus.
A former Harris program manager, her background includes broad-based experience in all phases of telecommunications and network operations.
She has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Established in 1965, Aging Matters in Brevard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Area Agency on Aging as the Lead Agency for senior services in Brevard County.
Aging Matters in Brevard services are funded by federal, state and local grants (eligibility requirements may apply). Private pay services are also available.
Aging Matters in Brevard offers a wide variety of services to enable seniors to live safely and independently in their own homes.
For more information, call (321) 806-3767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporation to designate centers
Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced that the company is designating five centers of excellence across the country, two of which will be in Florida.
Northrop Grumman announced that it is creating these centers of excellence to improve its strategic alignment with its customers' need for increasingly innovative and affordable products, services and solutions.
It will establish a Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence in Melbourne, which will include work currently being done at other company locations. Northrop Grumman also announced that it will establish an Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com.
Top producers for February named
Prudential Sterling Properties has named its top producers for February.
They are: Top sales associates Josie Rekab and Toie Crespi, and top listing associates Lynn Raymond and Alicia Lozeau.
Prudential Sterling Properties is at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.
For more information, call (321) 308-3259 or visit www.prucentialsterling.com.
Real estate agent keeps a community guessing
Joette Davis, of Prudential Sterling Properties, hits the ground running with a terrific campaign in the South Beaches!
Her "Where Am I?" promotion keeps residents guessing!
Postcards with glimpses of local landmarks have residents rushing to email the correct response to Ms. Davis in hopes of receiving a $100 gift card to a local restaurant!
The latest recipient, Bill Hogsed, received his $100 gift card to David's Steak and Seafood. Mr. Hogsed was the first to correctly identify the photograph of the whale skull at the Barrier Island Center in South Melbourne Beach, the image featured in Ms. Davis' January mail out.
You can reach Ms. Davis at (321) 961-4719.
Attorney board certification
In 1983, a modest number of Florida attorneys were granted board certification by The Florida Bar. This year, those legal certification pioneers are celebrating their 30-year anniversary.
The Nance Cacciatore Law Firm is proud to claim its founder, Jim Nance, and Sammy Cacciatore as members of this prestigious assemblage.
The Florida Supreme Court approved the Florida Bar's board certification program in 1982, and in 1983 Mr. Nance was among the first attorneys to be certified in civil trial law.
However, The Florida Bar was not the first legal organization to bestow the honor of certification upon him. One year earlier, in 1982, the National Board of Trial Advocacy granted Mr. Nance his first certification in civil trial law, and Sammy Cacciatore in 1983.
The NBTA was founded in 1977 by Theodore Koskoff of Bridgeport, Conn., who was a trailblazer in the field of legal specialization.
Mr. Koskoff's mission for founding the organization was to substantially advance public interest by establishing a genuine trial advocacy certification program. In Koskoff's view, the lack of such programs up until that point had caused the low estate of trial advocacy in the United States, and contributed to the overall diminished state of the justice system.
Therefore, the achievement of board certification is not only an extremely prestigious honor; it also serves as proof that an attorney has upheld the virtues of the legal profession for a significant amount of time. Attorneys must practice law for a minimum of five years, have substantial involvement in the specific field in which they are trying to obtain certification, tried 10 cases in which they are lead counsel, and pass a written examination for civil trial certification.
In Florida, an attorney cannot claim to be a specialist in any form of law without achieving board certification.
Only 6 percent of the Florida Bar eligible attorneys are board certified.
Mr. Nance recognizes that the board certification exam can be very beneficial to an attorney.
Since founding his Melbourne law firm in 1966, James Nance served as president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is an invitation-only national organization group of the top 100 plaintiff attorneys, who have obtained million-dollar verdicts in the United States.
Mr. Nance, along with his law partner, Sammy Cacciatore, are the only two personal injury attorneys listed in the 2013 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" for the Melbourne area.
The Nance Cacciatore firm is very active in various charities in Brevard County and Florida.
For more information about James Nance and the Nance Cacciatore Law Firm, visit NanceLaw.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Business Growth Expo and Media Auction: 6-9 p.m. Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce at Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 951-9998.