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November 2018
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, offer a variety of free webinars and trainings to strengthen businesses and help them succeed. Below is a highlight of the free webinars that are available this month to businesses in Sebring, Lake Placid, and Avon Park, Florida as well as nationwide.The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volun...
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A vacancy has recently opened on the Industrial Development Authority.  In accordance with the Board of County Commissioners’ Policy on Board Appointments, the Board of County Commissioners was notified of the new vacancy on Nov. 26. Currently, the IDA has 14 board members and one vacancy. The Policy on Board Appointments requires, “Approximately two months before any vacancies occur, the Department Head/staff liaison assigned to the committee shall notify the Board of...
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Highlands County welcomes one of its newest businesses – Steel Blue Fabrication, which provides meter sets to natural gas and propane gas markets. Owners Charles Devlin, John Paul Heston, Ed Whalen and Steve Baltzley recently started the company to provide quicker delivery of meter sets to customers throughout Florida. The company is acquiring a site on County Road 17 in Avon Park for its operations. At the November 20 meeting, the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners a...
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Three new or expanded workforce training efforts will soon be launched in Highlands County to further develop skills related to manufacturing, construction, and electronic warfare.The Governor's office recently announced that South Florida State College has been awarded nearly $2.3 million from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The college will use the funds to support the development of job training projects in three areas: The expansion of the mechatronics/advanced manufacturing curr...
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Economic Development annual report now available, local schools employ unique initiatives to connect students and industry, CRA launches new grants, and more. Check out our November newsletter for details
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Sebring Flight Academy, formerly known as Leading Edge Fight Training School, is ready and open for business with a brand new TAA IFR glass panel equipped Bristell Aircraft along with a Cessna 172. The school, located at the Sebring Airport also offers FAA approved simulator training in the Redbird FMX, a superior-quality, full motion, Advanced Aviation Training Device. General Manager Brant Howell had this to say about the Sebring location: “The Sebring Airport has so much to offer a...
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