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Business news - Beaches
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Posted: 2012 Nov 02 - 00:23

New and renewed Cocoa Beach Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes the following new and renewed Chamber partners: DaVinci Teeth Whitening, Billboard Connection, Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, Barbershop Harmony Society, Foosaner Art Museum, Essentials Spa Viera, RE/MAX Elite, SAIC, Lowe's, Cocoa Kennels, Alpha-Omega Training, Space Florida, Rockledge Christian School, Honeymoon Hill Constructors, Columbia College, Help 2 Insure, Central Brevard Computers, Palm Tree Café, Twin Rivers Communications, UBS Financial Services - Laughlin McCarthy Group, and Books N Billing LLC, U.S. 1 Golf Center, Casino Party Planner, Porter World Trade Inc., Craig Technologies, Wal-Mart, Florida Memorial Gardens, Island Therapeutic Massage, Florida Air Academy, AAA Auto Club Group, QuikDat, Rodan & Fields Dermatologist Independent Consultant, Send Out Cards, Sabe Spa and Wellness, Sea Esta Villas, Boston Beef & Seafood, Beyond Organic, Rapid Prototyping Services, Chicks for Flicks, PNC Bank, Beach Happenings.com, Suntree Internal Medicine, Oceanbreeze family Chiropractic, Rubber Duckees Pool, Florida Weekly and Outdoor Fitness Florida.

To join the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, call (321) 459-2200 or visit www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

Melbourne Regional Chamber Better Business of the Month

The Melbourne Regional Chamber and its Better Business Council has recognized Heron Financial Partners as the September recipient of its Better Business of the Month Award.

The firm was awarded this recognition at the Chamber's recent monthly Business Breakfast of Champions event at the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera hotel.

The award, sponsored monthly by Chamber Trustee Member Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn Marriott, was presented to Brian Spatola and Maureen Fasanella of Heron Financial Partners by Julie Braga of the Residence Inn Marriott.

Heron Financial Partners is a comprehensive wealth management and multi-generational estate and retirement planning firm. They are a full-service stock and bond broker with access to institutional and independent research utilizing active investment management for hands on clients.

Heron is also a full service provider of life insurance, including variable, fixed and long-term care insurance solutions and investment advisory services featuring mutual funds, alternative investment products, unified managed accounts and qualified plan designs for businesses and corporations.

For more information, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com.

A Healthy Pond on Merritt Island

A Healthy Pond of Orlando, which designs and installs custom ponds in Central Florida, has announced its new location on Merritt Island.

The business will be offering the same services it has in Orlando now here in Merritt Island, plus a retail boutique.

The boutique has more than 10 local artists for all of your outdoor beautification needs: from one-of-a-kind metal art, to custom birdhouses, stained-glass pieces, furniture, custom tikis and indoor/outdoor fountains.

A Healthy Pond is at 1870 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island.

For more information, call (321) 663-4628.

Take Stock in Children Council welcomes new leaders

Brevard's Take Stock in Children Leadership Council has announced the election of two new officers.

Ben Buchanan, a council member for 13 years, will assume the role of chairman. Mr. Buchanan is a vice president at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, with the Gear Buchanan Group, located in Melbourne.

Bill Zoby, who has served on the Council for seven years, is the new vice chairman. Mr. Zoby, a Melbourne resident, is a marketing and sales consultant for consumer products.

Take Stock in Children provides a unique opportunity for low-income, at-risk students in Brevard County to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The program offers students college scholarships, mentoring services and hope for a successful future.

Volunteer mentors meet with their students each week at school throughout the school year.

To learn more about Take Stock in Children, participating on the council, or to become a mentor or supporter, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 415 or visit www.takestockinchildren.org.

Prudential Sterling Properties top producers

Barbara C. Wall and Nancy R. Taylor, broker/owners of Prudential Sterling Properties would like to congratulate their "Top Producers for September:" top sales associate Rae McCabe and top-listing associates Carole Gonzalez and Toie Crespi.

Congratulations for all of your success!

Prudential Sterling, founded in 1982, services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.

The office is located at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.

For more information or to reach an agent, call (321) 768-7600.

Private Case Management has new guardian, manager and counselor

Barbara Whitley of Private Case Management has announced that Candice Kilbourne has joined the staff at Private Case Management as a registered guardian, case manager and counselor.

She has been employed as a social worker for more than six years in Brevard County, counseling various clients and populations. She is knowledgeable of resources and programs available in the community for those in need of services and offers conflict resolution for families.

Ms. Kilbourne can be reached at (321) 674-6070 for assistance or more information.

New associate attorney at Sigman Law Firm

Sigman Law Firm, P.A., has announced the addition of Sean Harnage as a new associate attorney with the Brevard and Indian River county-based practice.

Mr. Harnage will be expanding upon the firm's practice areas of foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, estate planning, family law and Home Owners Association disputes by handling general civil litigation cases, as well as criminal defense cases in Brevard County.

Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Harnage was a local law enforcement officer for 16 years and has earned various instructor certificates from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Sigman Law Firm, P.A., is at 1627 U.S. Highway 1, Suite 205, Sebastian.

For more information, call (772) 228.8696 or (321) 285-6582 (Brevard County office number).

New Cocoa Beach Chamber partners

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes new Chamber partners.

They are: Freedom Sailing Adventures, Outdoor Fitness Florida, Florida Property Center, A Health Pond, Interagency Council of Brevard/LEAP and Insurance Assurance.

To join the Chamber, call (321) 459-2200.

New sales professionals

Prudential Sterling Properties has announced its newest sales professionals, Carolyn Rocco Grande and Nancy Quinn.

Prudential Sterling Properties services all of Brevard and Indian River counties.

Its Brevard County office is located at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.

For more information, call (3210 768-7600 or visit www.prudentialsterling.com.

Andy Ziegler Joins NdtArtemis

NdtArtemis has announced that 30-year IT veteran, Andy Ziegler, has joined the company as an account manager and Virtual CIO.

Mr. Ziegler is a longtime resident of Brevard County since graduating from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science.

He began his career as a software engineer for Harris Corporation, also working for Scientific System Services and Paravant.

He specialized in communication software development and enterprise system management until starting his own IT business with his wife, Patty.

He has earned a wide range of technology certifications, and his experience includes an in-depth knowledge of IT that spans legacy systems, enterprise architecture, local area networks, wide area communications and a variety of technology platforms.

NdtArtemis is a multifaceted, end-to-end IT solutions and managed services provider.

The company helps drive client success, productivity and profitability by solving business-critical challenges through proven processes and innovative uses of technology paired with comprehensive support.

Services include computer network design, installation, monitoring and support, computer product sales, hosted cloud solutions, website and software development, phone systems, structured cabling, fire and alarm systems and more.

The company is headquartered in Melbourne with customers throughout the United States.

For more information, visit www.ndtArtemis.com.

New board of directors' member at The Children's Hunger Project

Stephanie Franklin was recently elected to The Children's Hunger Project board of directors.

As a member of the board of directors, Ms. Franklin will be involved in strategic planning, while advising and helping to direct fundraising activities and implementation of the organization's goals. These goals are summed up in the local charity's nine-word business plan: See a hungry kid. Buy food. Feed the kid.

Ms. Franklin brings her shared passion and expertise to help address the problem of young children coming to school hungry.

Ms. Franklin, director of membership for the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce of East Central Florida, has been dedicated to helping the business community since moving to Brevard in 2004.

She is the co-chair on the Advisory Council for Space Coast Volunteers in Medicine, is a 2010 Lead Brevard graduate and has served as the co-treasure for the Women's Center Guild of South Brevard and a board member for Friends for Animals Sanctuary.

The Children's Hunger Project is a Brevard County 501 (c) (3) charity that provides packages of food for hungry children so that they can get basic nourishment each weekend during the school year.

To date, the program includes 14 elementary schools in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Rockledge, Cocoa, Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. Further expansion is planned in the near future.

Nutritious packages of food are discreetly slipped into the backpacks of children that teachers know are undernourished on the weekends.

For more information, visit http://.thechildrenshungerprojec.org, call (321) 373-7083 or email bob@thechildrenshunger project.org.

'Wednesday Friendsday' hosted by Courtenay Springs Village

The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly networking event, Wednesday Friendsday" on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Courtenay Springs Village, 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island.

Additional sponsors include Hayes Meat Gourmet Foods & Produce, Hobbs Pharmacy and Osler Geriatrics.

Admission is $10 for Chamber partners.

The event is open to the business community.

All interested attendees should contact Darlene Montano at (321) 454-2036.

"Wednesday Friendsday" is the largest monthly networking event on the Space Coast, bringing in 200-300 people every month.

Admission includes hot and cold hors d'oeurves and two complimentary beverages with cash bar.

There will be a 50/50 card draw, sponsored by Club 52 in Melbourne. Raffle tickets cost $1 each.

For more information or to register, please contact the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at (321) 454-2036 or www.cocoabeachchamber.com.

CONTEC of Japan to buy local company

The board of directors of DTx Inc. has announced that it has agreed to sell DTx to CONTEC Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. The acquisition is expected to close on Dec. 31.

DTx provides embedded systems to leading manufacturers of medical devices, industrial automation and defense applications. CONTEC is a leading provider of industrial control technology, testing and communication electronics.

DTx is headquartered in Melbourne, employs 72 people in the Melbourne area and has sales offices in California, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

The company has excelled in designing, manufacturing, maintaining and providing long-life logistics support for high reliability systems that are embedded into sensitive and regulated environments, such as medical devices.

For more information, email kevin.manuel@DTx.com or call (321) 821-7052.

Fine Homes International Specialist designation

JoAnne Infurna of Prudential Sterling Properties has earned the Fine Homes InternationalSM Specialist professional designation, conferred by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services Inc., a Brookfield Residential Property Services company.

Ms. Infurna received the designation for meeting the professional standards set by Prudential Real Estate for sales professionals who successfully list, market and transact sales of fine homes.

Prudential Real Estate defines a Fine Home as a residence valued within the top 10 percent of its respective marketplace that is in top show-quality condition.

To qualify for the designation, Prudential Real Estate requires that a sales professional must have listed at least two fine homes or closed one fine homes transaction during the past year; earn five personal elective points based on criteria set by Prudential Real Estate and Relocation Services; and meet standards for professional sales experience, including at least one year of full-time real estate sales.

Ms. Infurna has seven years of experience in real estate. During the last two years, she has worked at Prudential Sterling Properties, concentrating on upper-tier properties in Lansing Island and Tortoise Island.

Prudential Sterling Properties is at 2000 Highway A1A, Indian Harbour Beach.

For more information, call (321) 308-3259 or visit www.prudentialsterling.com.

BUSINESS CALENDAR

FRIDAY, NOV. 2

. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.

MONDAY, NOV. 5

. Power Hour Leads Club meeting: 6 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Cara Mia Riverside Grill, 11 Riverside Drive, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

TUESDAY, NOV. 6

. Small Business Council meeting: 8-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call 724-5400.

. You Got To Eat Leads Club meeting: Noon. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Red Lobster, 215 E. Merritt island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7

. Unique Opportunities Leads Club meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Café Unique Restaurant, 607 Florida Ave., Cocoa Village. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Rising Stars meeting: 8:30 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. B2B meeting: 11 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Amici's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 7700 N. Wickham Road, Suite 120, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. 'Wednesday Friendsday:' 7:30 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Courtenay Springs Village, 1200 S. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

THURSDAY, NOV. 8

. Beach Referral Group leads Club meeting: 7:45 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 Highway A1A, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 750-3233.

. Network$ meeting: 8:15 a.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lazy Bean Café, 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. Women of Excellence Committee meeting: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Cost is free for members and $10 for potential members. RSVP at www.melbourneregionalchamber.com. For more information, call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.

. Surfside Stars meeting: 6:15 p.m. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Lobster Shanty, 2200 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

UPCOMING EVENTS

. Sam's Club 'Morning Mingle:' 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce at Sam's Club Cocoa, 450 Townsend Road, Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 459-2200.

. SCORE Small Business Counseling: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1005 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.




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