Friday, March 26, 2021

United Economic Leadership

Brought to you by |
Business Development Board
of Martin County

“One of my agents put a home on the market in Heritage Ridge, Hobe Sound. He got seven offers in 24 hours. ...It’s the busiest market I’ve ever seen."-- Andy Spears, president of Martin County REALTORS of the Treasure Coast and broker/owner of RE/MAX IMPACT in Hobe Sound,, Feb. 11.
Wide range of opportunities available in April Stuart job fair
If you're looking for "Help Wanted" signs, we've got some good news: Help wants you!

A variety of local career opportunities will be availed to the public at the Stuart Job Fair.

Held 4-7 p.m. April 15, the event takes place at the City of Stuart Public Safety Complex, 830 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Stuart.
The in-person component is intentional to reach the broadest group of those most in need, explains Stuart Vice Mayor Merritt Matheson, who helped organize the event put on by the CareerSource Research Coast, Gertrude Walden Care Center, NAACP and the BDBMC.

“This is a good, old-fashioned, in-person event, no technology needed,” says Matheson. “We’re trying to help as many people as possible, especially those who didn’t adapt as well during the crisis.”

The job fair unites a large group of employers in fields as diverse as healthcare, construction, manufacturing, government, transportation, aviation, marine, skilled trades and food services. Participating companies include, among others:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Triumph
  • Armellini Transportation
  • Shearwater Marine/Shearwater Boat Works
  • RennTech
  • AEgen Construction
  • Martin County BOCC
  • Martin County School District
  • City of Stuart Human Resources
  • AACES of East Stuart
  • Walmart
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle

“This is part of our Covid rebound, yes, but it even goes beyond that,” says Matheson. “We’re looking at the extremely important issue of affordable housing, and one way we can assist in that effort is by focusing on the economy and job creation, so people can afford to live here.”
Elevate your game:
Next-level your business through the Martin County Accelerator
Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned CEO, there’s always a way to do business better.

If you’re looking to operate more proficiently and position your business to increase profitably, the Business Accelerator Program (BAP) is just the place.

A partnership with the BDBMC, IRSC, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Corporate & Community Training Institute, BAP —which provides business counseling, technical assistance, training and the chance to attain grant funding—kicks off its Spring 2021 cohort on April 5 at IRSC’s Chastain Campus in Stuart.

Participants meet at 6 p.m. every Monday for a three-hour class over an 11-week session facilitated by subject-matter experts.

Subjects covered include, among others, Internet marketing, social media, small-business finance, public speaking, time management, managing legal issues, even “Dealing with Difficult People,” ensuring lively and beneficial discussions.

BAP provides tremendous value to upstart business owners eager to elevate their knowledge and market strength.

"As a young person who's becoming an entrepreneur, (BAP) really gave me the confidence and made me feel prepared to take on this challenge," says Hillary Hassell of Hassell Free Tile & Window of the Treasure Coast.

Experienced business owners attest to BAP’s benefits as well.

“I had already been in business for over six years,” says Candace Lopes, president of Skin Serenity Spa (pictured above and left, next to Beth Gaskin, campus president, Chastain, Indian River State College.

“However, I feel that there is always something new to learn… it was worth the time I put into the program, and I highly encourage anyone who owns a business, large or small to take part in the Business Accelerator Program.”

Cost is $25. Sign up today. Call 772.221.1380.
Rail recruiting event through March 30
SR Constructors is seeking candidates to fill multiple positions on the Brightline Phase 2 Expansion project extending passenger service between Orlando and West Palm Beach.

Pay starts at $16 per hour. Positions include laborers, point of contacts, equipment operators, foremen, truck drivers, and more. HSR representatives will conduct interviews with qualified applicants now through March 30.

Visit this site, click on the link, "View all open positions," filter by division: "HSR Constructors" and submit your application under "General Applications."
Stuart-MC Chamber Launches SAIL
Want to find out if Martin County's economy is growing or shrinking? Gain insights into the causes? Learn what we need to do next to enhance our economic quality of life?

Then make sure you attending the presentation by acclaimed economic development consultant William H. Furth at 8 a.m. April 23 at the Hutchinson Island Marriott, 555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Register at
Business owners: Martin County School District want to connect you with student talent
The Martin County School District (MCSD) is reaching out to the business community to connect "student talent with local businesses and organizations" and help benefit the local economy.

Opportunities for students could include on-the-job training, internships, full/part-time employment and volunteering.

MCSD invites business owners to first take the Business/Industry Opportunities for MCSD Students Survey to communicate any available opportunities. Submissions will be shared with guidance counselors and made public for student placement.

The District may also allow volunteers to assist in matching students with business/industry opportunities that have been submitted via this form.
Numbers to know - Martin County home prices
Median sale price of single-family homes, 12.9% increase.*

Average sale price of single-family homes, 14.4% increase.*

Median sale price of townhouses and condos, 30% increase.*

Average sale price of townhouses and condos, 16% increase.*

*Increases over February 2020.
BDBMC available to help businesses
The Business Development Board of Martin County, a public-private partnership for economic development is proudly funded and supported by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, City of Stuart, American Stairparts, Bank of America, FPL, Indian River State College, Council of Chambers, Economic Council, key industry leaders and regional organizations. The BDBMC helps business owners, entrepreneurs and executives to start, grow, stay, invest and create in Martin County, Florida. To learn more, visit or call 772.221.1380.