The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit Celebrates Success!


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Dana Trabulsy 772-475-3883

Lynette Marraffa 772-359-6984


The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit



St. Lucie County, Fla. -The 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit will be held at the Port St Lucie Civic Center on Thursday, May 27th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Local business leaders Dana Trabulsy and Lynette Marraffa are producing this year’s Summit and Expo in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation. The Summit is endorsed and sponsored by The City of Port St. Lucie. Outreach and representation from city governments and businesses in all four counties is expected for a wonderful attendance turnout.


The Treasure Coast Business Summit is the Treasure Coast’s largest business-to-business summit and expo, providing a networking and educational experience which will include a unique opportunity to meet other business leaders and professionals, learn about current opportunities, and establish relationships. This combination of information and networking will help business owners and entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths, and provide the tools and resources necessary to implement positive growth in their business. The TCBS will offer a comprehensive agenda of regional and local speakers. In addition, attendees will benefit from small panel group discussions facilitated by the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.


The theme of this year’s summit is A Celebration of Growth, as this 10th year marks a strong economic recovery period after the 2008 fallout. Peter W. Busch is the keynote speaker.  He will share his captivating family business story and inspirational experiences.  As you may know, Peter Busch opened his business Southern Eagle Distributing here on the Treasure Coast in 1984 and has been a community supporter, activist, and philanthropist for many years.  He is a business champion in many ways.


The St Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council have partnered with us this year to produce the highly educational annual “Area Update Luncheon” wherein business community members will learn and understand how recent developments in manufacturing, tourism, business procurement and selection processes have stimulated the local economic environment.  They will also provide updates on the Ft. Pierce Port, Treasure Coast Airport, Citrus Grove development, and upcoming business ventures on the Treasure Coast.


Proud Sponsors Include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Dyer Chevrolet, Bank of America, The EDC of St. Lucie County, The Pharus Group, DLF Media, Tobacco Free Florida, Two Men and a Truck, UBU Brands, Post Insurance, Mid-Florida Credit Union, Traxx Entertainment and All Things Treasure Coast.


Sponsor, Dyer Chevrolet, will present their monthly Dyer Difference Award for Indian River and St Lucie Counties in an exciting fashion at the summit. The Dyer Difference Award salutes a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization making a difference. For more information on the Dyer Difference Award or to nominate an outstanding nonprofit visit:


Sponsorships as well as vendor packages are currently available and will sell out quickly!  Act now to reserve your space today for the 10th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit.


Thank you,

Dana Trabulsy / Lynette Marraffa

Treasure Coast Business Builders

772-475-3883 / 772-359-6984



Treasure Coast Business Summit coming May 15th!

The largest business-to-business event on the Treasure Coast will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.  This is the 7th year of the event and the theme is the BUSINESS of Healthcare.

The Treasure Coast Business Summit (TCBS) was created in 2009 by a small group of business owners with the goal of creating a stimulus for the local economy.  The idea was to bring business owners and managers together to share ways to make their companies more profitable, operate efficiently and grow their businesses in a challenging economy.

The TCBS is designed to provide valuable educational information, professional resources, economic news and reports and professional motivation to keep business on track and moving forward.  This unique combination of information will help business owners and entrepreneurs identify their inner strengths and provide the tools and resources necessary to implement positive change in their business. In addition to the comprehensive agenda of speakers, attendees will benefit from the relationships that will be forged through the networking opportunities and visiting the business-to-business vendors who participate in the event.

This Summit is open to all business types and was created especially for small to mid-sized business owners / managers and entrepreneurs. The fundamentals of business and economic discussions will cross industry lines and prove to be extremely valuable for all in attendance.  At the Treasure Coast Business Summit, regional business and community leaders will meet to discuss the issues, obstacles and trends facing entrepreneurs today.

“This year’s topic – the BUSINESS of Healthcare is an important topic that affects all of us,” stated Douglas Farrell, a founding partner.  “We’ve got a great lineup of speakers that will be both informative and educational.”

The agenda includes a panel discussion on the BUSINESS of Healthcare featuring leading healthcare professionals.  It will include an economic update on the area and a session on leadership.  In addition there will be over 140 business vendors and virtually every media outlet that serves this area.  The TCBS is being held at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on US1 and Walton road. The event will run from 8am-3pm.

Guest speakers include: Mark Robitaille, President and Chief Executive Officer for Martin Memorial; Dawn Connelly, a founding member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team; S. Darrell Lee, M.D, founder of Lee Plastic Surgery & Laser Centers; John Rhodes, Senior Principal of Moran, Stahl & Boyer an economic development company, and more.

This year’s title sponsor is Seacoast Bank .  The event has been sold out the last three years.  To get involved visit  Basic vendor packages are available with one 8 foot display table, 2 chairs, 2 admission tickets to the event and your company name will be listed in the program.  The cost for the General Vendor Package is only $100.  If   electricity is needed, there will be an additional $35 charge.

A cocktail reception, sponsored by PGA will follow from 3-5pm.  It is a great networking opportunity for anyone participating in the Summit.

In addition, Bronze, Silver and Gold packages are available offering greater branding and exposure, with prices ranging from $750 – $2500.  Details are available on the website

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Business summit participants pleased with turnout

PORT ST. LUCIE — More than 100 businesses from Melbourne to Boca Raton gathered to network at the fourth annual Treasure Coast Business Summit.

“It’s just a spectacular turnout,” said Pharus Group President Chris Morhardt, whose company organized the event. “We’ve grown 50 percent since last year. There were 82 exhibitors last year and there’s 120 this year.”

Businesses ranged from banks to independent representatives for Friday’s event at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. Businesses paid $49.95 for a booth for one person, with additional costs for more people.

Those who attended had the opportunity to network or listen to presentations and speeches from public officials and business leaders about the state of the economy and how to improve business.

Participants were generally optimistic about the economy.

Local SUNDEK owner/manager Michael Widner said he attended the event to network and build clients. The Port St. Lucie-based franchise resurfaces patios and driveways, among other services, and serves the Treasure Coast.

“The first quarter of 2012 was my best quarter in three years,” Widner said. “I have a substantial backlog right now, and we’re doing very well. It’s been a great year so far.”

Participants were impressed by the improved turnout.

“It’s very nice to get out into the community,” Oculina Bank Marketing Representative Crystal Jordan said.

Speakers included St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Ken Pruitt, Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella, and TD Bank Regional President Kevin Gillen, among others.

Hobe Sound resident Amy Zwimer started working as a independent consultant for Scentsy as a way to make some extra cash. The company sells scented candles.

“I’m blown away because it’s affordable, but it’s such an array of businesses,” Zwimer said. “Everybody’s so friendly, and it’s great that there are still events like this that exist that are affordable for small businesses without paying a huge expense.”

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Surviving tough economy

PORT ST. LUCIE — To survive in uncertain economic times, Treasure Coast businesses should partake in regional cooperation, consider self reinvention and look to others in similar industries for support, speakers at the annual Treasure Coast Business Summit said Friday.

Several economic development officials, high-profile businesses leaders and more than 80 local exhibitors attended the summit at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center on Friday.

“The message I want to give everyone today is the City of Port St. Lucie is open and we are business friendly,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella. “We want to do everything in our power, today and in the future, for businesses to want to come here.”

Larry Pelton, president of the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, said that type of enthusiasm and optimism have helped the region grow into a research powerhouse.

“I have never worked in an area that’s more inviting and positive about bringing business,” Pelton said about the Treasure Coast. “In the last two years, our projects that we’ve closed in the county, including sustained amount of capital investments, exceeded Miami-Dade County.”

Local businesses networked in between the conference panel of business executives and community leaders who spoke throughout the afternoon.

“We have a presence on the Treasure Coast and we saw this as a way to get more exposure,” said Tom Klause, president of Jupiter-based A-1 Moving and Storage, who had a vendor booth at the event. “It’s a good way to get to know other businesses.”

Summit keynote speaker Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida, still owns a home in Port Salerno and led several local schools in Martin County before becoming the county’s schools superintendent. Brogan spoke about creating a greater connection between education and economic development.

“I want the cure for cancer to be found in the Sunshine State,” Brogan told the audience.

Brogan also spoke of how uncertain economic times have caused many Treasure Coast businesses to evolve and change strategies.

“No successful business looks like it did five years ago. Every business has had to reinvent itself, finding new ways to do old things,” Brogan said. “At the end of the recession, there’s going to be two places left. One of the quick and one for the dead. The ones who don’t reinvent themselves, sadly, will be in the category of the dead.”

During the CEO Forum portion, business leaders spoke about the challenges of thriving and moving forward in a difficult and uncertain economy.

Digital Domain Media Group, Inc. Senior Vice President and General Counsel Ed Lunsford said local community support is vital to his organization’s success.

“We could not have done this without the help of the City of Port St. Lucie,” Lunsford said, speaking of job creation and some of the state and local financial incentives the company has received to build its Treasure Coast studio. “The support from the community and its leaders has really helped our success.”

Richard Houghten, founder and president of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in Port St. Lucie, said cooperation between businesses is equally important for long-term success.

“We all have to pull through this together,” Houghten said. “That’s how we’ll make it, together.”

TD Bank’s Central Florida Market President Brian Ziemba said businesses’ growth and prospering also depend on the amount of risk an organization is willing to take.

“Our success comes from our strong risk culture within our organization,” Ziemba said. “Being successful takes strategic planning to move forward from a competitive standpoint.”

Christopher Morhardt, president and founder of Port St. Lucie-based Pharus Group, a business consulting firm, has organized the event for the past three years.

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