2017 Trailblazer Awards









First Annual Trailblazers Award

St. Lucie County, Fla. – The 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, hosted by local business leaders Dana Trabulsy and Lynette Marraffa, and in collaboration with the Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, has partnered with Mindi Fetterman of The Inner Truth Project to introduce the First Annual Treasure Coast Trailblazers Awards.

This award of distinction will be presented to women who have paved the way, broken the glass ceilings, created new avenues and inspired us all. The 2017 Trailblazers Award is sponsored by Post Insurance of Port St. Lucie. Kathy Post, owner of Post Insurance is a trailblazer herself; being named as one of the country’s 40 ‘Elite Women in Insurance, by Insurance Business America. Post is a positive role model for women on the Treasure Coast and is proud to partner as the first annual sponsor of this award.

Trailblazers are threaded throughout the fibers of the Treasure Coast and present themselves in various manners. A call to action is being mad e to the Treasure Coast Community to nominate women who have carved a clearer path, brought a vision to life or changed the paradigm by which we think. Women who are Trailblazers.

If you know a Trailblazer in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee County that deserves to be nominated, please send your letters to All letters must be submitted by May 10th, 2017. At least one Trailblazer from each county will be awarded. Submissions will be reviewed by a non-partial panel, and awards will be presented at the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit, to be held May 25th at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.

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 local leaders on the Treasure Coast.

Proud Sponsors Include: WBPF 25 News, The Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Martin Health Systems, Dyer Chevrolet, UBS Atlantic Wealth Management, Dex Media, Post Insurance, The St. Lucie Mets, CPA firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram f.k.a Proctor, Crook, Crowder & Fogal, P.A., Tobacco Free Florida, St. Lucie County Schools, Bank of America, St. Lucie EDC, Bonner Mobile Bar, Two Men and a Truck, WQCS, Traxx Entertainment, All Things Treasure Coast along with founding Summit Partners DLF Media and The Pharus Group.

Sponsorships as well as vendor packages are currently available and will sell out quickly! Act now to reserve your space today for the 9th Annual Treasure Coast Business Summit.

Thank you,

Dana Trabulsy   772-475-3883

Lynette Marraffa    772-359-6984

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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