Justin Connors | Advising for Peace of Mind

“One must have a reasonable optimism,” Milton S. Hershey, the founder of the famous chocolate company, once said. “It is the force that makes the world go.” We all want to be optimistic about our future. For some, however, that...

A Year of Success With Growth On The Horizon

The Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to serve, advocate and promote as the trusted voice for our business community, and 2018 saw a number of accomplishments, including our 10th Annual Mayors Breakfast.  Ten years ago, this event...

Innovation & Immediate Action: ITI Engineering

Since being founded in 2003 by a group of engineers, ITI Engineering has grown into a global player in the development and manufacturing of innovative software, hardware and engineering solutions to support aerospace training and related activities. Think custom software...

Right Time, Right Place | Astro Pak Returns to the Space Coast

It’s official. A bit of Space Coast history has returned in a very big way. Astro Pak Corp., first present in Brevard County back in 1959 during the space industry’s earliest days, hosted an open house in late October to celebrate...

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Up Close with Frank Abbate | Brevard County Manager

Having served in the public sector for more than 34 years, Frank Abbate’s professional career has been a combination of managing city and county affairs by combining his background in both human resources and labor and employment law. Abbate had…

Supporting the Future of Space ASRC Federal and the Orion Program

ASRC Federal is helping to support the next generation of space exploration, but actual work on flight-support operations is only part of its impact. As both the industry and the Space Coast look to the future, the company is effectively…

Through the Economic Lens | What’s in store for 2019?

2018 was another banner year in Brevard County. Our community saw tremendous progress from our continued economic turnaround. The past year brought about countless ribbon cuttings, higher wages and an unemployment rate as low as 2.9 percent. So, what’s in…

Company & Executive Profiles

Dominique Gentile | FIT Athlete Spotlight

Sport: Cheerleading Hometown: South Yarmouth, Mass. Hudson, New Hampshire Major: Computer Engineering Dominique Gentile, better known as Dom, is a freshman on the cheerleading team. She has been involved in competitive cheerleading for seven years, and was a member of…

Best Practices

To Lease or Not to Lease | Weighing Your Options

For most businesses, leasing space is a challenge and can be a positive or truly negative experience. Growing a business to the point where either the home or one-person office is too small is a huge step — mentally, emotionally…

The Flip Side of Failure… | With a Little Help from Your Friends

Last year my 14-year-old daughter, who has always been a straight-A student, confessed she had a C in biology with no time to turn it around before semester’s end. In  her eyes, this was catastrophic news. I was thrilled. No,…

Five Advantages of Coworking | A Space-Saving Alternative

By now you have probably heard about coworking. It is a global movement that is growing every day. Coworking space is defined as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a…

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In The News

Marine Bank & Trust Announces Its Mortgage MVPS For 2018

Vero Beach, Fla.  – Marine Bank & Trust has announced that Jim Stanley was the top producing loan officer for the Bank 2018.  Stanley, a vice president and residential loan officer with the Bank since 2015, ended the year just...

GrayRobinson to Acquire Washington Based Federal Lobbying Firm Eris Group

ORLANDO, Fla. / WASHINGTON Jan. 15, 2019 – GrayRobinson, P.A. announced it has acquired Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm Eris Group, LLC, effective February 1. The acquisition extends GrayRobinson’s capabilities beyond Florida, and expands its capacity to serve clients with…

Small Business Index: Economic Outlook High Despite Hiring Difficulties

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Q4 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index) released today recorded an overall score of 69.3, indicating a pause in the upward trend of the Index. The fourth quarter score is down less than one-half a point from…


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