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CHARTING THE COURSE OF BUSINESS

COMPASS

THE STUART/MARTIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOLUME 33 - ISSUE 14

www.stuartmartinchamber.org

July 12, 2010

Board of Directors:

2nd Annual Health & Wellness Show Coming July 27th to IRSC

Chairman Jody Bond Just Gold Jewelers, Inc.

Vice Chair/Chair Elect Melissa Corbett The MilCor Group, Inc.

Vice Chairman James Stedham Costco Wholesale Corporation

Vice Chairman Thomas Vokoun AECOM

Past Chairman Michael Houston Houston Cuozzo Group, Inc.

Directors:

Edmund Collins Martin Memorial Health Systems Michael Dadko UBS Financial Services, Inc. Renee Doss Renar Fine Homes Rick Hartman Hartman Real Estate Robin Hicks-Connors Elliott Museum/Historical Society Donna Linton Sterling Mortgage Services of the TC Cathy McKenzie AT&T Florida John O’Brien Gulfstream Aluminum

& Shutter Corp. Shaun Plymale Chapman & Plymale La , P.A. Kevin Powers Inidiantown Realty Stacy Ranieri The Firefly Group Patty Smail Shelter Structures, Inc. Brian Torello Carrabba’s Italian Grill John Yardley Massey-Yardley, Inc.

peak everyone’s interest. Involve your business, product or service by becoming a sponsor or vendor and you’ll have the opportunity to showcase what you have to offer to more than 1,500 interested at- tendees.

The Stuart/Martin County Cham- ber invites you to discuss, discov- er and get up-to-date on the latest in healthcare in our community at our 2nd Annual Health & Well- ness Show. The show is a free event open to the public and will feature hot-topic presentations

from industry celebrities, exhibits and demonstrations from various local vendors as well as some fun prize drawings.

From local doctors and chiroprac- tors to health food stores, gyms and yoga, the Health & Wellness Show aims to have something to

Vendors can set up with demos, giveaways and information and interact with members of the community. We’re currently looking for some interesting, new vendors and sponsors to get in- volved with this educational com- munity event. Booth space is very reasonably priced at $150 for Chamber Members and $300 for Non-Chamber Members. Various sponsorship levels and benefits are available as well.

Don’t miss this unique promo- tional opportunity for your busi- ness. For more information on sponsoring or to reserve a booth space, call 772-287-1088 ext. 101. Hurry, space is limited!

Gold Sponsors...

Silver Sponsors...

Allegro z Aloha Cafe z Law Office of Lauri J. Goldstein, P.A. z Mecafresh z St. Lucie Medical Center

Special Thanks To All of Our Operation Thank You Volunteers!

Ex-Officio Directors: Treasurer Gordon Proctor Procto , Crook, Crowder & Fogal CPA’s

Dan Hudson Stuart City Manager Doug Smith Martin County Commissioner Lorie Shekailo Martin County School Board Jose Farinos Indian River State College Holly Demers Aide to Joe Negron, FL Senate Jody Davis Bailey

Operation Thank You sponsors Lisa Ciccone and Peter Lashenka, Riverside National Bank (trade name of TD Bank) with Chamber President/CEO Joe Catrambone, left; Chairman Jody Bond, Just Gold Jewelers, Inc. and Tony Barletta, Briteway Insurance, right.

Chamber member volunteers visited fellow members as part of Operation Thank You to deliver the annual Resort & Business Guide. If you did not receive a visit or are a home based business, you can pick up your guide at the chamber office or at a chamber event.

Aide to

illiam Snyde , FL Rep.

Stephen Leighton Aide to Tom Rooney, U.S. Rep. Joseph A. Catrambone President/CEO

CHAMBER EVENTS

Networking Breakfasts Tuesday, July 13th 7:45 AM Sponsored by United For Familes at Chamber office

Thanks to Chantal’s Par Avion, Inc. for providing the delicious treats for the Operation Thank You breakfast.

The June Business After Hours was graciously sponsored and hosted by Harbor Place of Port St. Lucie. Front row left to right: Harbor Place staff members Abby Sanchez, JoAnn Pantano, Beth Kelley, Lucia Cos- ta. Back row: Ken O’Gorman, Kat Tokman, Debra Thompson with chamber representatives Ken Norman of McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Sawyer, P.A.; Joe Catrambone, President/CEO; Chairman Jody Bond, Just Gold Jewelers, Inc. and Tim Kinane, Vistage/Real World Group, Inc.

Thanks to June New Member Reception breakfast sponsor Tropical Smoothie/South Stuart. Shown are Joe Rogers, owner and Jenna Barkheimer.

Tuesday, July 27th 7:45 AM Sponsored by Aloha Cafe at Health & Wellness Show Indian River State College

Luncheon Wednesday, July 14th 11:45 AM Sponsored by First Citizens Bank Hosted by Miles Grant Country Club Program: Tax Abatement Referendum presented by Ron Bunch, Business Development Board

Reservations are required

Business After Hours Wednesday, July 21st 5:30 - 7:30 PM Hosted & Sponsored by Stuart’s Own Cowboys’ BBQ & Steak Co.

President’s Report Joe Catrambone

President/CEO

Tax Abatement Referendum

August 24, 2010 is our Primary Election. Martin County regis- tered voters have the opportunity to select County Commissioners in District 2 & District 4. We may return the incumbents to office for four more years or opt to elect their opponents. The chamber will interview candidates and en- dorse those we believe are best suited to represent business inter- est in Martin County through our Political Action Committee, C- PAC. We will certainly publicize those candidates in order to keep

the electorate informed. Also included on the ballot will be a referendum asking the voters to approve a measure called “Eco- nomic Development Incentives Ad Valorem Tax Exemption” It will read :

Shall Martin County Board of County Commissioners be autho- rized to grant pursuant to Section 3, Article VIII of the State Consti- tution, property tax exemptions to new businesses and expansions of existing businesses?

____Yes – For authority to grant exemptions. ____ No – Against authority to grant exemptions.

The single most important point is that Tax Abatement would only be used to INDUCE a company expansion or relocation, so with- out the abatement there would be no increased tax revenue because the expansion/relocation wouldn’t happen without it.

Tax Abatement DOES NOT:

  • Give away any taxpayer dol-

lars-based on positive Return on Ivestment

  • Waive or eliminate other fees

  • Waive or eliminate infrastruc-

ture requirements under our land development regulations

  • Reduce or eliminate current tax-

es on real property

Between now and August 24 you will hear varied opinions relat- ing to the referendum which we refer to as the “JOBS BILL”. The most important message we must convey is this legislation when passed will give our elected County Commissioners the option to offer tax incentives to targeted businesses interested in locating or expanding in Martin County. The option to bring HIGH TECH HIGH WAGE JOBS here to Mar- tin County. That is undisputable; the County Commissioner will be in control, not the Chambers of Commerce, not the Economic Council and not the Business De- velopment Board!

There will be other candidates on the ballot with local school board seats being contested as well as State and National implications we will address at a later date.

Young Professionals of

Martin County Thursday, July 29th 5:30 - 7:30 PM Hosted & Sponsored by Element Lounge

Shop Local...Shop With Chamber Members

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CHAMBER MEMBERS, READ E-COMPASS NEWS AT WWW.STUARTMARTINCHAMBER.ORG. FOR MEDIA RELEASE PLACEMENT IN E-COMPASS NEWS, EMAIL INFORMATION TO INFO@STUARTMARTINCHAMBER.ORG FOR CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION, CALL 287-1088 ext 101

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