Friday, June 4, 2021

United Economic Leadership

Brought to you by |
Business Development Board
of Martin County

"We're so yearning for applause and for laugher. It's kind of like when the toy's taken away, and then all of a sudden it's given back. How the change of excitement occurs--that's just where we are," Kia Fontaine, CEO of Lyric Theatre on reopening in fall afters its $1 million renovation., June 4.
Local business leaders shining as guest speakers at Side Hustle to Main Gig
The inaugural Side Hustle to Main Gig class is equipping entrepreneurs for success through compelling, comprehensive courses and the wisdom of established peers.

The partnership with Martin County, the City of Stuart, NAACP of Martin County, Indian River State College and the Small Business Development Center and the BDBMC is currently underway at the 10th Street Community Center in Stuart.

Stay tuned for details on the next class so you can sign up.
Martin tourism office wins national award
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has selected the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing as a 2021 Bronze Anvil Award Winner in the “Best Tactical Pivot” category.

This is the first Bronze Anvil win for the team, which was awarded for the success and creativity of their “Missed Milestones” campaign.

“The PRSA Bronze Anvil is one of the premiere awards within the public relations industry and it is such an honor to be recognized by our peers,” said Nerissa Okiye, Tourism Director of Martin County.

For more than 45 years, the PRSA’s Bronze Anvil Awards have celebrated the best of the best in public relations tactics and strategies. Judging is performed by teams of PRSA members and other professionals with expertise across the 33 different award categories. This year’s competition drew hundreds of entries from various industries, including tourism, finance, education, healthcare, entertainment, and more.

The Hershey Company was named a runner-up in the Best Tactical Pivot category, and additional Bronze Anvil Award winners in other categories included Southwest Airlines, AT&T, The Home Depot, MUCINEX, Chase Bank, 3M, and other leading companies.

“To see Martin County recognized alongside world-renowned brands, with major marketing departments and advertising budgets, was very exciting for our small-but-mighty team,” said Ian Centrone, Tourism Public Relations and Community Liaison for Martin County. “Bringing home the top prize in the Best Tactical Pivot category was especially meaningful, considering the fact that virtually every industry was affected by the pandemic.”

The Best Tactical Pivot category was specifically created to celebrate organizations that successfully implemented creative campaigns to overcome unexpected challenges. The Martin County Office of Tourism submitted their recent “Missed Milestones” campaign, which was part of their ongoing tourism rebound efforts developed in response to COVID-19.
Young people: 'Ready to Work'? If not, TCBA will help get you there
Treasure Coast Builders Association is offering a FREE "Ready to Work" Skilled Trades Book Camp June 7-11 at Project LIFT, 1330 SW 34th St., Palm City.

Participants will get introduced to potential careers in the construction industry. For more, call 772-336-8222.
Help your local economy
Opening available on BDBMC board of directors
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals interested in being considered for appointment to fill the Board of County Commissioners' representative position on the Business Development Board.

All individuals serve without compensation and are requested to submit an Application for Appointment to Martin County Administration by June 18. For an Application, please call Martin County Administration 288-5756 or send email to

The following are the purposes for which this Corporation has been organized:

  • To promote the economic and business welfare in Martin County and the cities therein by increasing employment opportunities.
  • To solicit support and aid of the general public in this work.
  • To promote and conduct economic programs designed to retain existing businesses and to strengthen and expand the income potential of businesses within Martin County in accordance with the Economic Element of the Martin County Comprehensive Plan.
  • To engage in activities seeking to bring qualified businesses and industry into Martin County.
  • To develop and carry out activities for the purposes of raising the money to meet the expenses and establish funds and otherwise create and support the purposes of the Corporation and to manage, invest, and disburse such monies in accordance with the non-profit purposes of the Corporation.
  • The Corporation shall have such corporate powers as are granted in Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes and all amendments subsequent thereto, together with such other additional powers as shall be reasonably co-existent and appropriate and necessary for the full use and upper management of the Corporation of any of its purposes; provided, however, that this Corporation in exercising any one or more of its powers, shall do so in furtherance of the exempt purposes for which it has been organized, and as described in the Internal Revenue Code, and provisions herein, which conflict with those purposes and would render the Corporation non-exempt, shall be treated as void and of no effect.

This two-year term will begin October 1, 2021.
Florida law prohibits an advisory board member from doing business with its agency (the County). Section 112.313(3) and (7), Fla. Stat.
Business Development Board meetings are typically held monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 AM at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.
Marine industry event to connect members with leading prospects
Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties have an array of resources available to assist in the recruitment, training and education of new and existing employees to assist marine industry businesses.

Join us to hear from our resource partners and engage in an informational session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. June 22 at IRSC Pruitt College, William and Helen Thomas STEM Center (Building S), 500 N.W. California Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

  •  Career and Technical Education: Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties
  •  Post-secondary Trade Skills Training: Indian River State College
  •  Non-Profit Trade Skills Program : Project Lift
  •  Business Employment Assistance: CareerSource Research Coast
  •  Workforce Readiness 2.1 Regional Initiative: Gehant & Associates
Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County's 'Fork in the Road' serves up something yummy
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County's latest youth-workforce development initiative is downright delicious.

The clubs launched a food truck enterprise in which the kids themselves operate every facet--budgeting, cooking, promotions.

"Fork in the Road" just catered its first event and Chefs Dan and Jay, along with club members and Sous Chefs Alicia Jomar and Yazmine from the Port Salerno Club, prepared a special Mexican-themed menu for a donor party.
Numbers to Know
$101.5 billion
State budget signed Wednesday by Gov. DeSantis

$1.5 billion
Amount vetoed

$9 billion
Increase in budget above current state spending plan

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.