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Highlands County Economic Development

AUGUST 2019

Connections - Highlands County Economic Development Updates
 
 
 
MEETINGS & EVENTS

IDA/EDC Board Meeting

7:30 a.m. Wed., September 11
Lake Placid Town Hall
1069 US Hwy 27 N.
Lake Placid, FL 33852


SBDC Starting Your Business Training

 

You've got the idea. Now you need to know how to get on your way. Starting Your Business is a class that teaches just that.  
 

6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 24
South Florida State College
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park
Building H, Room 110

Registration information here.
 

SBA Online Webinars

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. View the September schedule here.



SFSC Corporate Education Classes

South Florida State College offers a variety of corporate training options ranging from soft skills to technology courses to conflict management and more. The Corporate College also offers customized training to help meet the needs of your business. View the full course catalogs online.

 
NEWS & UPDATES

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 

By Ashley D. Bell, Region IV Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Entrepreneurs need to prepare for natural disasters - the time is now. 

September is National Preparedness Month. I view this not as a celebration, but as a critical reminder for entrepreneurs across the Southeast of how important it is to be prepared in case of any natural disaster, whether it is a hurricane, tornado, wild fire, algae bloom - the list goes on. in order for a small business to survive a natural disaster, it must be prepared. 

This article identifies tips to keep in mind, especially as we reach the peak of hurricane season across the Southeast.

Read more here.

 

CAREERSOURCE HEARTLAND UNVEILS TWO NEW SECTOR STRATEGY INDUSTRY VIDEOS 

CareerSource Heartland, the local workforce board for Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto and Okeechobee Counties, has unveiled two new sector strategy industry videos - one for Healthcare and one for Manufacturing. 

The 30-second motion graphic videos were created to promote career interest in these two sector strategy industries and are meant and encouraged to be shared.


View the videos here.

 

SFSC SUPPORTS COMPLETION PROGRAM 

Highlands News-Sun By Marc Valero

As classes started back on Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Tallahassee Community College President and Council of Presidents Chair Jim Murdaugh, and 18 other Florida College System presidents are showing their support for the Last Mile Completion Program.

South Florida State College President Thomas Leitzel is among those supporting the Last Mile Completion Program, which helps students who left college with 12 or fewer credit hours remaining, to complete their first degree.


Read more here.

 

SEBRING AGERO CHANGING OWNERS

Highland News-Sun By Marc Valero

The operations of the Sebring Agero contact center will be transitioned September 1 to the Results Companies, a call center management company. According to Agero, during the transition, it will be business as usual for its other centers, its clients and service providers. 

From Agero’s Medford, Massachusetts headquarters, Public Relations Manager Kate Patty said transfer of the ownership of the Sebring facility is going to a third-party partner, the Results company, which is taking over management of the facility and the personnel as of Sept. 1.

“We have essentially partnered with them to provide our employees the opportunity for continued employment, but just through Results,” she said. Agero has been a partner with Results for about three years.


Read more here.

 

GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ANNOUNCES FLORIDA'S NUMBER OF EMPLOYED FLORIDIANS NOW EXCEEDS 10 MILLION WITH A LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 3.3%

Press Release | Executive Office of the Governor

Tallahassee, Fla. - Today (August 16), Governor Ron DeSantis announced the number of employed Floridians has increased to more than 10 million in July 2019. Over the year, 128,000 people entered the labor force at an annual growth rate of 1.3 percent.

Read the full press release here.
 

 

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MOVING TO FLORIDA IS ON THE RISE

Florida Trend
 

While Florida is often thought of as a mecca for retirees, a recent analysis of moving trends by one of the nation's top moving companies documented that nearly a third of new residents moving to the Sunshine state are young professionals. 

The Suddath Companies, a 100-year-old global mobility company based in Florida, analyzed recent moving data to see who Florida's newest residents were and what was attracting them. The findings show the state's robust job market is drawing in young talent from across the U.S., with more than 30 percent of new Florida residents stating that it was a fresh opportunity provided by job transfers or new employment that made them want to call Florida home. 

Read more here.

 
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Highlands County Economic Development
www.Highlandsbusiness.com
863-402-6882
501 S. Commerce Ave.
Sebring, FL 33870

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OUR MISSION

Enhance the quality of life in Highlands County by attracting a diversity of new businesses; increasing industrial investment while facilitating the retention and successful expansion of existing business and industry.

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