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How to Buy or Sell a Business – SCORE Webinar

Buy or selling a business is an important decision requiring operational, financial, and strategic considerations. This free webinar will provide tips on what you need to do in order to buy or sell a business successfully. Don’t repeat the mistakes that others have already made.

Jim LaGrone, our presenter, has extensive experience in buying and selling businesses. Learn from an expert.

GrowFL Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Awards

Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

USDA Approves $340M to Help Florida Citrus Recover From Irma

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The federal government will provide $340 million to help Florida citrus farmers recover from Hurricane Irma.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the grant on Tuesday, nearly eight months after Irma struck the state causing more than $2.5 billion in damage to the state’s agriculture industry.

The money will help citrus growers plant new trees, replace damaged irrigation and other equipment and make up for losses expected in the 2018 to 2020 growing seasons.

State’s Small Businesses’ No. 1 Concern: Trained Workers

Florida chamber survey also shows good signs for Florida’s economy

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s small business owners say their No. 1 concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a new Small Business Index Survey from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

It is the fifth quarter in a row in which employers say they are concerned about having a skilled workforce to meet the demands of open jobs.

Lake-Sumter SHRM’s 27th Annual Human Resource Conference and Expo


Deadline to Register is May 15, 2018!!!

May 23, 2018, 8:00 am- 4:30 pm

Leesburg Community Center at Venetian Gardens

Register now at

$75.00 for LSSHRM / SHRM Members; $85.00 for Non-Members; $25.00 for Students

Group Discount of 5 or more $50.00 per person


Talent Wars – What People Look for in Jobs and Locations

With unemployment rates falling to levels not seen since 2008, cities, states and regions across the country are facing a new economic development challenge: a surplus of jobs without the skilled local talent to fill them. Adding to the challenge, technology has made finding a job easier than ever, meaning that talent can easily and quickly find job opportunities in any location in the U.S.

Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Register now to be a part of Sumter County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business expo. This year we are celebrating the variety of businesses in and around Sumter County and offering them a platform to shine.

Vendor spaces are limited! You do not want the miss the opportunity to promote your business and meet hundreds of new and potential customers or clients.

Want To Tune Up Your Business? Plug it into the FSBCD at UCF-Sumter County.

May 22: Tue 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
May 24: Thu 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Topic: Business Basics

This NO COST seminar focuses on identifying typical pain points in any existing business and how to find relief. Highlights include: understanding ways to operate to minimize business challenges and maximize customer satisfaction,and how to leverage your existing accountants, banks, insurance agents, etc. to provide relief.