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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.

Putnam tour highlights need for skilled labor

By David R. Corder, Daily Sun Senior Writer

WILDWOOD — The extensive tour state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam took Monday afternoon at Crevalle Boats only reinvigorated what he sees as an essential need for growing Florida’s economy – vocational and technical training.

Putnam, a 2018 gubernatorial candidate, asked Mike Hankins, Crevalle operations manager, and Nick Engels, president, whether anything poses a hindrance to this fast-growing Wildwood maker of high-quality bay boats.

Grow Your Business with Google

Attend this premier event to learn how to leverage Google as an important part of your online marketing strategy including ensuring that your business shows up in searches and on maps.

We all know how important it is for your business to be recognized in Google. This workshop covers:

  • How to claim, verify and update your free Google Business listing.
  • How to increase your chances of getting higher ranking in Google’s organic (free) search listings.
  • How to target people who are truly interested in your business with Google AdWords Express.
  • How to help ensure your business shows up in Google maps.

Led by Pamela Starr, one of Google’s professional national trainers, this is a can’t miss webinar for every small business owner.

This is a free, on-line webinar which you can attend from the comfort of your home or office.

Upgrades ahead in Sumter County

Heaping piles of dirt, miles of cracked asphalt and metal beams standing hundreds of feet in the air serve as the building blocks of growth. Sumter County and the city of Wildwood are paving the way for ongoing and upcoming development both inside and outside of The Villages. From reconstructing utility lines to widening roads, installing cellphone towers and increasing public safety resources, local governments are preparing for thousands of new homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail slated to be built in the area in the coming years.

$67.47 million in total funding for citrus greening research and the citrus health research program.

Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) today announced that the $1.3 trillion spending package Congress unveiled last night includes funding for several projects and programs important to Floridians including: increased spending  to fight the opioid epidemic,additional funding for citrus greening research and significant funding for democracy programs in both Venezuela and Cuba, as well as provisions Nelson co-sponsored to address gun violence.