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Business News - Beaches
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Posted: 2014 Mar 21 - 06:17

Another record year for Florida tourism

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced that, according to preliminary estimates from the state's official tourism marketing corporation, 94.7 million visitors came to Florida in 2013, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012.

This represents a record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 91.5 million in 2012.

The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high, with 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry - up 2.9 percent from 2012.

VISIT FLORIDA estimates that 11.5 million overseas visitors and 3.7 million Canadians came to Florida in 2013, both of which are record highs and represent 11.1 percent and 4.1 percent increases over 2012 respectively.

Estimates reflect a 2.5 percent increase in domestic visitors to Florida in 2013 and show that Floridians took a record total of 20.1 million in-state pleasure trips.

To view additional Florida visitor data, go the Research page on VISIT FLORIDA's media website.

Brevard County agent honored

Gloria Yanes, an insurance agent with the Melbourne office of AmeriLife & Health Services insurance agency, was named to the prestigious President's Club of AmeriLife, the largest insurance marketing group in America.

Ms. Yanes, an agent with AmeriLife & Health Services of Brevard County, LLC, wrote $306,561 in new business annualized insurance premiums in 2013.

Life and health insurance agents, who write at least $150,000 in premiums annually, qualify for AmeriLife's President's Club inclusion.

AmeriLife has 35 career agency affiliates in six Southeastern states.

Founded in 1971, Clearwater, Florida-based AmeriLife represents more than 30 national insurance carriers; has 16 individual marketing organizations; 35 career agency branch locations; and works with hundreds of thousands of independent insurance agents across the country.

For additional information about Gloria Yanes or the 1921 Alma Drive Melbourne office, contact AmeriLife Administrative Assistant Kacey Whitlock at (321) 951-1111.

Top five producers for 2013

Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties would like to congratulate their top producers for 2013: Rae McCabe, Deanna Davis, Lynn Steffen, Josie Rekab and Alicia Lozeau. Congratulations for all your success.

Prudential Sterling Properties, which is independently owned and operated, became a member of the Prudential Real Estate Network in 1992.

Prudential Sterling Properties was founded in September of 1982.

Prudential Sterling services all of Brevard and Indian River Counties.

Offices are located in both Indian Harbour Beach and Vero Beach.

You can reach the award-winning agents at (321) 768-7600.

February Better Business of the Month

The Melbourne Regional Chamber and its Better Business Council has recognized Shein and Wente, LLC, as the February recipient of its Better Business of the Month Award.

The firm was awarded this recognition at the Chamber's monthly Business Breakfast event, held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.

The award, sponsored monthly by Chamber Trustee Member Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn Marriott, was presented to business owner Brent Wente.

Shein and Wente, LLC, is a combination of two experienced professionals, David Shein and Brent Wente. Together, they posses more than 80 years of experience in the accounting industry.

Shein & Wente, LLC, offers a full range of accounting, tax and small business consulting services at affordable fees.

Shein and Wente, LLC, is located at 2627 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., in Melbourne.

For more information, call (321) 394-1300.

Free monthly seminars

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a free monthly seminar series.

The monthly series will be on the third Thursday of every month. It will start at 7:45 a.m., with networking and breakfast.

The keynote speaker and sponsor will present from 8-9 a.m. at the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island. The public is welcome to attend.

The lineup of speakers scheduled for the monthly series includes Brevard County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Stephen T. Binggeli; Stephen Johnson, CEO, Health First; Lynda Weatherman, President/CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast; Tim Cerullo, CEO, Wuesthoff Health System; and Winston Scott, Senior Vice President, Office of External Relations and Economic Development, Florida Institute of Technology.

For more information or to register to attend, please contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber at (321) 459-2200 or www.CocoaBeachChamber.com.

Brevard County agents honored

Bradley and Michael Hardin, insurance agents with the Melbourne office of AmeriLife & Health Services insurance agency, were named to the prestigious President's Club of AmeriLife, the largest insurance marketing group in America.

Bradley Hardin, an agent with AmeriLife & Health Services of Brevard County, LLC, wrote $265,876 in new business annualized insurance premiums in 2013; his brother Michael wrote $256,256 in 2013.

Life and health insurance agents, who write at least $150,000 in premiums annually, qualify for AmeriLife's President's Club inclusion.

AmeriLife has 35 career agency affiliates in six Southeastern states.

For more information about Bradley and Michael Hardin, or the 1921 Alma Drive, Melbourne, office, contact AmeriLife Administrative Assistant Kacey Whitlock at (321) 951-1111.

Chamber installation dinner

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce held its Installation Dinner and Awards Banquet Feb. 21 at the Palm Bay Hospital.

Health-First was the major sponsor for the event, Melbourne Airport and Brevard Nature Alliance were gold sponsors and Port Canaveral was the designated awards sponsor.

The 2014 Board of Directors was installed, with the Honorable Judge Michelle Vitt-Baker officiating.

Mr. John Walsh, CEO for Port Canaveral was the keynote speaker for the evening and spoke about the importance the Port has on the business community throughout the entire county.

Winners of the Large Business of the Year was a tie this year, with the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast and Community Credit Union both receiving awards.

The Small to Medium sized business of the year was presented to Horizon Broadcasting, 98.5 The Beach. The Distinguished Service award was given to Susan Hann, city manager for Palm Bay and a Special Recognition award was presented to the Melbourne International Airport.

The Crystal Palm award presented to Jennifer Crumpler was for her work in restructuring the Ambassador Committee; and the Platinum Palm, given to an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty, was awarded to Olivia Gladnick.

For the third year, Rob Medina, legislative aide for Congressman Bill Posey, awarded a congressional certificate to each of the award winners. A surprise certificate was also awarded to chamber president Victoria Northrup for her years of leadership of the chamber.

For more information about the Chamber, call (321) 951-9998 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.

Mayor's Breakfast

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 2014 Mayor's Breakfast is scheduled for March 31 at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Malabar Road, in Palm Bay.

The area's elected officials have been invited to speak about their respective cities or districts and invite you to attend to learn what's on the horizon.

For more information or to sponsor this event, call (321) 951-9998, fax (321) 473-8904 or visit www.greaterpalmbaychamber.com.

Creative group adds new local clients

TNT Creative Group, a local strategic marketing, social media and public relations agency, is diversifying its client base by providing marketing communications services to Hart Clinical Consultants and the Women's Business Center at FIT.

TNT Creative Group will assist these new clients in promoting their brands through strategic social media and public relations programs.

The addition of these clients helps diversify the TNT portfolio, adding medical and business accelerator accounts to the agency's growing client base.

Hart Clinical Consultants consists of an experienced team of medical professionals that manage a wide range of medical device clinical trials across the nation, from the pre-clinical phase to human trials and post-market surveillance.

The Women's Business Center at FIT accelerates growth for local entrepreneurs and second-stage businesses by providing customized coaching programs, business education courses, and mentorship services to its clients.

TNT Creative Group is a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency serving a wide array of clients across Florida. TNT specializes in public and media relations, marketing and social media strategy, as well as the development of organizational communications and crisis plans. The agency is a certified Women-Owned Small Business and a Minority Business Enterprise.

To learn more about TNT Creative Group, visit www.tntcreativegroup.com or follow TNT on Twitter (@floridaPRjunkie), Facebook and LinkedIn.

Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce events

Wednesday, March 26: CVB Meeting. Located in the Chamber Boardroom, 400 Fortenberry Road, Merritt Island.

Thursday, March 27: CVB Power Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: TBD.

Friday, March 28: 8 a.m. New Partner Orientation. Located in the Chamber Boardroom. Breakfast will be sponsored by Exit 1st Class Realty - Jason Lande.

Monday, March 31: Ambassador meeting, 5-6 p.m., in the Chamber Board Room.

Tuesday, April 1: Chamber Website 101, 10-11 a.m. at the Chamber. Come learn how to set up your Chamber webpage. Bring your laptop or iPad and play along.

Wednesday, April 2: Wednesday Friendsday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., hosted by LaQuinta Inn, Cocoa Beach. This is the largest networking event in Brevard.

For more information, call (3212) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

Ribbon-cutting to mark opening of Brevard Zoo Linear Park

Brevard County District 4 Commissioner Mary Bolin Lewis, the South Area Parks Advisory Board and the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will host the grand opening of the Brevard Zoo Linear Park on Friday, April 4.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Brevard Zoo Linear Park is located at 8215 N. Wickham Road, in Melbourne. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, call Greg Minor at (321) 255-4400.

Thinking of starting a business?

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce is organizing the first "New Venture Workshop" to target residents, contemplating starting a new business, according to Victoria Northrup, president and CEO.

The free two-hour workshop, scheduled for April 17, will be held at the Community Center in Palm Bay City Hall from 3-5 p.m. and is open to all Brevard County residents.

Each year, hundreds of new businesses are started in Palm Bay alone, and more than 50 percent fail in their first year, according to statistics. Palm Bay has seen a marked increase in business tax receipts since 2011, prompting the city and Chamber to offer help to those contemplating starting a business to help guide them through the early years.

Those interested in learning more about how to begin, where to start and what to research prior to spending money are encouraged to attend.

The Palm Bay Chamber will direct those individuals, who have already developed a business plan, and are ready to launch, to the many resources within Brevard County that are designed to assist companies.

Attendees must R.S.V.P. by April 10 by calling (321) 951-9998 or emailing vnorthrup@greaterpalmbaychamber.com.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Friday, March 21: Ribbon cutting for Wyland Galleries of Florida, 5-7 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. Located at 610 Glen Cheek Drive, Port Canaveral, inside of Fishlips.

Wednesday, March 26: 5:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting for Sage Financial, located at 1550 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. This is a joint Ribbon cutting.

Thursday, March 27: Ribbon Cutting for Effex Agency, 4:30-6:30 p.m., with R/C for 5:30 p.m. Location: 907 E. Strawbridge Ave, Suite 102, Melbourne.

For more information, call (3212) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

New Solid Waste Vehicle Maintenance Facility

The Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department has announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, for the new Solid Waste Vehicle Maintenance Facility located at the Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Road, in Cocoa.

The old Vehicle Maintenance Building was more than 40 years old and was constructed, as part of the initial development of the Central Disposal Facility in the late 1960s. As part of the Capital Improvement Plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, a new Vehicle Maintenance Facility was constructed on the site.

This pre-engineered, energy-efficient, $2.6 million state-of-the-art facility has more than 19,000 square feet, three 110-foot-deep maintenance bays, with rolling service doors, a 7.5-ton capacity overhead bridge crane system, tire storage area, a fully automatic fire protection alarm and sprinkler system and a parts stock room.

For more information, contact Euripides Rodriguez, director of Solid Waste, Brevard County Solid Waste Department, at (321) 633-2042.




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