In the army of small business owners who are part of fueling the growing economy in The Villages, some of the strongest are marching on their own.
Villages Cycles Owner, Mark Hall, preps a new bike for sale at their Brownwood location. The shop has contributed to the total sales taxes collected from 2009 to 2016 in Sumter County. The sales tax collection increased by 78.1 percent, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
Active Villages resident help catapult the country to the 15th – healthiest in Florida, up from the 30th just three years ago. View PDF
Mark Morse, president and CEO of The Villages, speaks to VHA members during the annual “An Evening with the Developer” event at The Sharon. Morse sought help from residents by asking them to fill out the annual survey, which has been revamped to make it simpler and more open-ended for explanations.
Numerous businesses across multiple industries are expanding services, staff and facilities. Crevalle Boats, Kottke Trucking and Speedling Inc. are among the companies expanding and adding jobs. Plant nurseries, landscaping businesses, manufacturing firms, and transportation companies are just some of the growing industries in Sumter County.
Frank Arenas moved to Sumter County in 1995 and bought a small airport in Coleman. His goal was to have a professional skydiving school. The Daily Sun recently spoke with Arenas about his love of flying and his future plans for the airport.
The live judging event was a very successful culmination to the Sumter’s Future Entrepreneurs contest! Each of the students who submitted business ideas will consider themselves winners with the award being the start of a plan!
The number of businesses in the newest areas of the community grew 38 percent just last year, bringing more jobs and opportunities.
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The spotlight shone even brighter this week on The Villages metropolitan statistical area. For the fourth consecutive year, the MSA, which includes all of Sumter County but not The Villages in Lake or Marion counties, ranks as the fastest-growing MSA in the country, the Census Bureau revealed this morning in its 2016 population survey.