E- One Hiring Event Wednesday, Feb. 21

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Grant Funding Now Available For Local Community Events

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Whether they’re held on city streets or under a natural canopy of forest trees, Ocala/Marion County is home to a unique slate of vibrant community events that attract both residents and visitors alike. Those events – and new ones currently in the planning phases – may be eligible for financial support through a program offered through the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Community Event Funding Program offers assistance of up to $5,000 to help local organizations promote events that provide community-based recreation for residents and visitors in Marion County. Interested agencies should submit applications for funding by April 15. 

The Community Event Funding Program, approved by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 17, 2017, provides start-up funding for organizations to develop events and become self-sufficient for future promotional funding. The Tourist Development Council created the program to increase the number of events for residents and visitors to enjoy, encourage local and visitor spending and enhance the overall Ocala/Marion County experience.

Applications for 2018 event funding must be submitted by April 15, 2018, and funding is awarded based on a competitive reward system. Community Event Funding Program applications will be accepted annually from Feb. 1 to April 15. For more information and program requirements, visit partners.OcalaMarion.com, or call 352-438-2800 to schedule an appointment with a staff member.

Front Street Wins Third Gator 100 Award and Expands Presence

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Front Street was recognized as the 31st fastest growing Gator-owned or Gator-led business in the world at the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 during a ceremony on February 2nd. Sponsored by the UF Alumni Association, in partnership with the UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, the Gator100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UF alumni.  Ernst & Young calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

This win is Front Street’s third Gator100 Award out of the four years this award has been offered. Their 2018 ranking of 31st place beats their 2017 ranking of 32nd place. This recognition also comes on the heels of Front Street’s expansion into their new corporate office in Gainesville, located at 132 NW 76th Drive, Gainesville, FL 32607. This new facility provides a footprint more than twice the size of their previous office which allows all service divisions of brokerage, property management and insurance, to be housed under one roof.

Front Street is a boutique, full service, commercial real estate service firm offering its clients brokerage, leasing, property management, and insurance solutions. Front Street is invested in their clients, the community and in the commercial real estate industry. Through their INVESTED program, they maximize their impact in the communities they serve through action and leadership.

Nick Banks, Front Street’s owner, founder and managing director, is a University of Florida graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, class of 1990. “As a Gator grad it’s a real thrill for me to experience Front Street being recognized like this and it’s such a tremendous award for our team.” Said Nick. He added “Our growth which resulted in receiving the Gator100 award is a testament to the hard work and creativity that our team brings to our clients every single day.”

“The Gator100 honors UF alumni from across the university who are founding and growing amazing companies around the country,” said Kent Fuchs, president of the University of Florida. “It’s an incredible affirmation of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Gator Nation.”

To qualify for the Gator100, companies must have been in business for five years or more as of Oct. 1, 2017 and have had verifiable annual revenues of $250,000 or more in 2014. Additionally, a UF alumnus or alumna must have met one of the following three leadership criteria:

1. Owned 50 percent or more of the company from Jan. 1, 2014, through Oct. 1, 2017; or  
2. Served as company’s chief executive from Jan. 1, 2014, through Oct. 1, 2017; or 
3. Founded the company and been active as a member of the most senior management team from Jan. 1, 2014, through Oct. 1, 2017.


For more information and to view the full list of Gator100 honorees, visit: www.frontstreet.net/blog, or please contact Nick Banks at nickb@frontstreet.net or 352.505.3884.

ABOUT FRONT STREET:
Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group is a leader in Florida commercial real estate brokerage, property management and insurance. The company’s mission is to impact its community, clients and industry by doing commercial real estate differently.  Front Street is committed to leadership in the commercial real estate business by offering superior brokerage, property management and insurance solutions to its clients. For more information please visit www.FrontStreet.net.

City Announces Changes to Metered Parking Downtown

Posted on: February 20, 2018

The City of Ocala has implemented changes to its metered parking program downtown. These recommended modifications were made in response to feedback from citizens and downtown business owners and are intended to create more available on-street parking adjacent to, or in close proximity of, downtown businesses, according to City staff. 

Adjustments to the parking program include:
• All parking meters are now programmed for an additional hour of parking, for a total of three-hours.
• Passport Parking has implemented three-hour parking for the pay-by-phone app.
• Android Pay and Apple Pay have been installed on all parking meters.
• An additional 11 free parking spaces have been created by removing meters on N Magnolia Avenue (between NE Second Street and NE Third Street) and on SW First Avenue, south of Fort King Street.
• Installation of 39 free on-street parking spaces along sections of NE First Avenue and N Magnolia Avenue.

The parking meters will continue to be in effect Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The meter rates will remain 50 cents per hour. The meters will accept credit cards, quarters, nickels, dimes, and can also be paid via cell phone through the free PassportParking Mobile Pay app. The meters will also accept Android Pay and Apple Pay.

According to staff, the City is also in the process of developing the former Wells Fargo Bank drive through lot, located at the corner of SW Broadway Street and SW Second Street, into a free public parking lot. In addition, downtown business owners are considering an expanded valet service. If approved, it will be located on the west side of the downtown square and could begin operations in early March.

The downtown parking lot, east of the square, will soon be permanently closed due to construction on that site. In addition to street parking downtown, citizens and visitors can also park for free in the 402-space downtown parking garage, which opened in October 2016.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala ParkOcala Office at 352-629-8201.
 

Saint Leo University-Ocala Offering New Logistics Degree

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Saint Leo University’s Ocala Education center has added a new degree offering. Beginning in the Spring 2 Semester, a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a specialization in logistics will be offered in Ocala. The semester begins March 5.

In business, logistics focuses on how materials and finished goods are warehoused, packaged, shipped, and delivered to customers in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Skills gained by earning a business administration degree with a specialization in logistics includes the ability to identify and effectively solve problems; proficiency with industry-related computer software programs; ability to obtain and process complex data; and the ability to understand the big picture and small details.

Saint Leo University’s Ocala Education Center is at 1930 S.W. 38th Ave., in the Meadowbrook Office One complex at the intersection of South West 20th Street and South West 38th Avenue. For information about the new degree, call (352) 671-3391.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 90,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Jim Kirk Park Dedication Ceremony Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 A.M.

Posted on: February 14, 2018

A dedication ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. for Jim Kirk Park. The ceremony will take place at the playground located at the 2900 block of NE Ninth Street.    

In the 1960s and 1970s, Jim Kirk served as a City of Ocala councilman and then later as Mayor for three terms. He owned WMOP and WFUZ radio stations where he also hosted a morning show “Country Jim.” Mr. Kirk’s legacy to Ocala’s citizens also includes purchasing what is now the Marion Theater and gifting the building to the City. He was also a driving force behind the Appleton Museum of Art. Mr. Kirk, a 60-year resident of Ocala, passed away in 2015 at the age of 88.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department

at 352-368-5517.

Budweiser Clydesdales to Appear in Ocala

Posted on: February 13, 2018

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to appear in Ocala on February 17th, on the Downtown Square.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the Square Downtown on February 17th.  The “Gentle Giants,” will participate in the Parade of Nations – Horse Celebration.  The Parade begins at 4:00PM and will be over by 6:00PM.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Ocala is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches.  Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s.  Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail.  A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian.  In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo.  They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.

Career Choice Information Night

Posted on: February 12, 2018

Grants for Historical Markers

Posted on: February 08, 2018

The Division of Historical Resources provides Small Matching grants to assist with the acquisition of State Historical Markers for which texts (monolingual or bilingual) have been approved by the State Historical Marker Council prior to applying for the grant. The historic marker shall not be purchased until the grant is awarded (awards up to $950 for single-sided markers and up to $1,100 for double-sided markers).

The Florida Historical Marker Program is one of the Division of Historical Resources’ most popular and visible public history programs. It is designed to raise public awareness of Florida’s rich cultural history and to enhance the enjoyment of our historic sites by citizens and tourists. These markers allow us to tell the stories of the places and people who created the Florida we all enjoy today, by identifying the churches, schools, archaeological sites, battlefields, and homes that reppresent our past.

- The Florida Historic Marker Council meets regularly throughout the year to review proposed texts for Historical Marker Applications.

- Applications for marker text approval are welcome at any time, but, depending on when they are submitted, it may be a few months before the next Council meeting when they will be reviewed.

- Once the marker text is approved by the Florida Historic Marker Council, a non-profit or a state/local government agency is then eligible to apply for a Small Matching grant during the established application submission cycle.

- The grant will cover $950 or $1,100 depending on if the marker is single-sided or double-sided. The applicant must match the same grant amount (1:1).

- If awarded a Small Matching grant, a marker may not be purchased until July 1. If the marker is purchased before July 1, the Division cannot refund the grantee, and the grant award will be cancelled.

- The process of having the marker text approved could take several months. The Small Matching grant application cycle opens in the spring, and applications for a Historical
Marker Project must be submitted online via dosgrants.com/. The process for being awarded a historic preservation grant takes about a year.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Drew Begley
Historic Preservation Grants
Specialist
850.245.6466
drew.begley@dos.myflorida.com


Michael Hart
State Historical Marker Coordinator
850.245.6371 or 1.800.847.7278
michael.hart@dos.myflorida.com


Yasha Rodríguez
Historic Preservation Grants
Supervisor
850.245.6362
yasha.rodriguez@dos.myflorida.com


DIVISION OF HISTORICAL RESOURCES
R.A Gray Building, 4th Floor
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850.245.6333

Where to Retire Magazine Releases State-to-State Flows for Retirement Relocation

Posted on: February 08, 2018

The greatest number of relocating retirees move from New York to Florida, according to the latest research from the U.S. Census Bureau and featured in Where to Retire magazine, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. In fact, eight of the top 10 state-to-state flows are to the Sunshine State. Rounding out the top 10 are California to Arizona and California to Nevada. The research, detailed in “Retirement Relocation: State-to-State Flows,” is in the March/April 2018 issue, available nationwide on Feb. 13.

 “Florida has dominated both retirement relocation and tourism for decades, and the two are related,” said Annette Fuller, editor of Where to Retire. “A beautiful vacation spot also would be a great place to retire, right? Census data certainly confirms this.”

A popular counter stream has people originally from the Northeast, who went to Florida, eventually leaving that state and coming “halfway back” to one of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia or Alabama. “They are known as halfbacks,” Fuller said. “They may want to get closer to family, or they may simply miss all four seasons.”
Other interesting highlights include many retirees leaving California to retire to Texas and Oregon. Arizona also receives a lot of retirees from Washington, Minnesota and Illinois.

The study, commissioned by Where to Retire, was done by Don Bradley, a professor at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, who has specialized in retiree migration research since 2003. The story is the second in a series of four analyzing census data. Each story, running in four of the six 2018 issues, will have maps and charts outlining retiree migration trends.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire, now in its 26th year of print, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and recently released its 10th biennial list naming the 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S. A one-year subscription is $18.

Partner Joel Raney, CEO of Raney's Inc. makes USF 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni List

Posted on: February 06, 2018

Seven University of South Florida alumni age 35 and younger will be recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni for their exceptional professional and charitable contributions.  

The award recipients boast an array of accomplishments, from a lawyer committed to philanthropy and public service, to a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player who has excelled in business and charity, to visionary entrepreneurs changing the marketplace through innovation and tenacity. They will receive their awards on May 18, 2018 at a special ceremony followed by a panel discussion during which they’ll share some of their secrets for success. 

USF’s Outstanding Young Alumni for 2018 are:

Hannibal L. Baldwin, Finance ’11, USF St. Petersburg – co-founder and co-CEO of award-winning tech company SiteZeus; co-founder of the popular Yogurtology franchise; and co-founder of B3 Ventures private equity and venture capital fund
 

R. Grant Baxley, Management Information Systems ’07 – founder and CEO of TeleVoIPs, a Tampa-based telecom company serving businesses across the country; named Emerging Technology Leader of the Year, Technology Connector of the Year, and earned TeleVoIPs a USF Fast 56 award for growing businesses
 

Vincent Terrell Jackson, Management ’16 – former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver; co-owner of multiple successful Tampa Bay businesses including CTV Capital real estate investment firm and Cask Social Kitchen; founder-president of Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, a Pro Players Insiders Top 10 NFL Player Foundation 
 

Maja Lacevic, English and International Studies ’09 – arrived in the United States as a Bosnian war refugee and is now a business transactions and health care attorney with Trenam Law; has been steadfast in her dedication to service through groups including USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division
 

Reuben Pressman, Entrepreneurship ’11, USF St. Petersburg – founder and CEO of Presence, an education technology platform used by more than 100 higher educational institutions to increase student engagement, graduation rates, and workforce readiness; also deeply involved in community  nonprofits and economic development in St. Petersburg
 

Joel Raney, Civil Engineering ’11 – CEO of Raney’s Inc., an online retailer of custom accessories for trucks that has made repeat appearances on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing companies and is a two-time top 25 USF Fast 56 award recipient; founder of South Florida Strong, a USF apparel company
 

Dr. Venessa Walker, Biomedical Sciences ’04 – chiropractic physician, owner of Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center and an international health and wellness speaker dedicated to numerous charitable causes, from work with USF alumni groups to religious groups to civic groups, including Boys and Girls Clubs and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Links, Inc.

About the USF Alumni Association

The USF Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of former students and friends of the University of South Florida. The association helps USF’s 325,000 alumni stay connected and provides meaningful ways for USF Bulls to support, promote and protect their university. For more information,  visit www.usfalumni.org, like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USFalumni or follow us on Twitter @USFAlumniAssn.

About the USF Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The USF Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was established in 2004 to annually recognize young alumni who have demonstrated emerging and unique innovation, creativity and success in their careers. An awards ceremony and panel discussion featuring the 2018 recipients is planned for 6 p.m. May 18 at the Gibbons Alumni Center in Tampa. Tickets are $50 and go on sale March 1 at www.usfalumni.org/oyaa.

Marion County: Grant Funding Now Available For Local Community Events

Posted on: February 02, 2018

Whether they’re held on city streets or under a natural canopy of forest trees, Ocala/Marion County is home to a unique slate of vibrant community events that attract both residents and visitors alike. Those events – and new ones currently in the planning phases – may be eligible for financial support through a program offered through the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Community Event Funding Program offers assistance of up to $5,000 to help local organizations promote events that provide community-based recreation for residents and visitors in Marion County. Interested agencies should submit applications for funding by April 15. 

The Community Event Funding Program, approved by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Jan. 17, 2017, provides start-up funding for organizations to develop events and become self-sufficient for future promotional funding. The Tourist Development Council created the program to increase the number of events for residents and visitors to enjoy, encourage local and visitor spending and enhance the overall Ocala/Marion County experience.

Applications for 2018 event funding must be submitted by April 15, 2018, and funding is awarded based on a competitive reward system. Community Event Funding Program applications will be accepted annually from Feb. 1 to April 15. For more information and program requirements, visit partners.OcalaMarion.com, or call 352-438-2800 to schedule an appointment with a staff member.

City of Ocala Improvesd ISO Rating to a Class 2

Posted on: January 31, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 25, the City of Ocala received the results of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC™) evaluation. The report indicated the City of Ocala would improve from a Class 3/8B to an improved rating of 2/2Y for fire insurance. With this new rating, the City of Ocala is in the top three percent of all communities nationwide for their fire suppression delivery system.

ISO is a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk and currently evaluates 46,042 public fire service providers nationwide. Through the PPC program, ISO evaluates municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. A community's investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses. Insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, which generally offers lower premiums in communities with better protection. Many communities use the PPC as a benchmark for measuring the effectiveness of their fire-protection services. The PPC program is also a tool that helps communities plan for, budget and justify improvements.

The classification revision follows a thorough evaluation of three broad areas: Emergency Communications, Water Supply and the Fire Department. ISO rates municipalities on a scale of one to ten. A rating of one indicates the highest level of fire protection, while a ten shows an undeniable need for improvement in all areas of public protection. These ratings are then used by insurance companies to establish fair premiums for commercial and residential insurance.
ISO evaluations occur every five years. City of Ocala Water Resources Department, Marion County Public Safety Communications (PSC) and Ocala Fire Rescue devoted countless hours to identifying and addressing areas of improvement. According to City staff, some of the credits which positively affected the overall ISO included extension of City water lines, increase in the number of dispatchers, engine companies and reserve pumpers.

“This is a proud moment for our team,” said Bradd Clark, City of Ocala Fire Chief. “The City’s Water Resources Department and Marion County Public Safety Communications both embraced the opportunity to support our efforts. Ocala improved in all three categories of the PPC over the 2012 evaluation. Our team can now develop a roadmap to continued efficiencies and improvements in the PPC program."

Road Closures- Watula Avenue Roadway Improvement Project

Posted on: January 24, 2018

Due to construction for the Watula Avenue Roadway Improvement Project, Phase 1, portions of Watula Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, Feb. 5 and are expected to re-open in early April 2018. According to the City Engineer’s Office, this project will reduce flooding in the downtown area.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 5, Watula Avenue will be closed from Silver Springs Boulevard north to NE Second Street. Beginning in mid-February, SE Watula Avenue will be closed from E Silver Springs Boulevard to SE Broadway Street.

All necessary devices will be in place to re-direct traffic. Construction will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and will not take place during any City-recognized holidays. During construction times, travelers may experience noise, dust and heavy equipment within the project area.

Detour routes:
• Northbound traffic will go north onto NE First Avenue, east onto NE First Street, ending on NE Watula Avenue.
• Southbound traffic will go west onto NE First Street, south onto NE Magnolia Avenue, east on W Fort King Street, ending on SE Watula Avenue.

For more information, please contact City Engineer’s Office, Capital Projects Division at 352-629-8419.

LifeSouth Remains in Emergency Need- Donate Blood Today

Posted on: January 18, 2018

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers still faces emergency need for all blood types, especially type O, and is asking the community to donate blood today.
            The blood center remains on emergency appeal, although a decline in donations is typical during the winter and holiday months. LifeSouth needs the support of our community more than ever. Donors are urged to give blood during this critical time to ensure hospitals maintain the blood supply needed to save lives. Traumas and accidents can strike at any time, putting our community at risk.

            “If you’ve never donated before, now is the time,” said LifeSouth District Director, Ed Keith,  “Please don’t wait for a trauma to occur, your donation is needed now.”
            
            LifeSouth is at an “emergency” level, which means there is less than a 2-day supply available to replenish hospital inventory. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Platelet donations are also critically needed now.
           
            All donors receive a thank you gift, and a mini-physical, including blood pressure, temperature, iron level and cholesterol screen.

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. LifeSouth’s donor center in Ocala is located 1607 E. Silver Springs Blvd.  LifeSouth’s bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days. For additional information call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

New Hours of Operations- City of Ocala Building Department

Posted on: January 17, 2018

 Effective Monday, Feb. 5, the City of Ocala Building Department will implement new hours of operation. The City Building Department, located at 201 SE Third St., second floor, will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The current hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The change in our operating hours will allow the City’s Permitting and Licensing staff time to hold departmental trainings and meetings, allowing them to keep up with current best practices and better serve our customers,” said Matt Leibfried, Chief Code Official, City of Ocala.

For more information, please contact Matt Leibfried, Chief Code Official, at building@ocalafl.org or 352-629-8421.

Formed - Based Code Community Meetings- Thursday, Jan. 18

Posted on: January 12, 2018

The City of Ocala will host two community meetings Thursday, Jan. 18 at noon and 5:30 p.m. at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St. to solicit community feedback on a proposed form-based code zoning district that will apply to the downtown area.

“The City of Ocala had drafted a form-based code that caters to the needs of downtown Ocala per the Ocala 2035 Vision,” said David Boston, Senior Planner, City of Ocala. “A form-based code is different from conventional zoning districts because it focuses on the form and design of the built environment, rather than the separation of land uses. Input from these community meetings will help City staff ensure that the proposed code supports the community’s vision for our downtown area.”

Both community meetings will have a similar agenda, format and content. These meetings are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Peggy Cash at 352-629-8287 or pcash@ocalafl.org.

Join Ocala Symphony Orchestra for Open Rehearsals

Posted on: January 11, 2018

‘Community Conversations 2’ Offer Direct Communication Line

Posted on: January 09, 2018

Marion County residents have on-going opportunities to share their concerns about public schools including a second annual series of face-to-face sessions with Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier in coming weeks.

“Community Conversations 2” are geographically planned so parents, taxpayers, residents, students and others can conveniently attend to learn more about the district and what drives the decisions being made. Maier, along with Deputy Superintendents Dr. Craig Ham and Dr. Jonathan Grantham, and key district leaders, will also address questions head-on.

These “Community Conversations” take place based on the following schedule with each session running 6PM-7:30PM:

•         Jan. 22, 6PM – Forest High Auditorium (5000 SE Maricamp Road., Ocala, 34480)
•         Jan. 29, 6PM – Reddick-Collier Elementary Cafeteria (4595 W. County Road 316, Reddick, 32686)
•         Jan. 30, 6PM - Vanguard High Cafeteria (7 NW 28 St., Ocala, 34475)
•         Feb.  5, 6PM – Harbour View Elementary Cafeteria (8445 SE 147 Place, Summerfield, 34491)
•         Feb.  6, 6PM - West Port High Wolf Pack Den (3733 SW 80 Ave., Ocala, 34481)

The public is invited and encouraged to attend these interactive sessions.  For more information, contact my office directly.

Bonkerz Comedy Productions Schedule for January and February 2018

Posted on: January 05, 2018

CTE Showcase Campus Tours Feb. 27 - May 8

Posted on: January 03, 2018

Road Closures for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March

Posted on: January 03, 2018

The following is a list of road closures that will be in effect for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March. The event will start Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. at the downtown Ocala square and will end at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Complex located at 1510 NW Fourth St.

Road closures effective Monday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 to 10 a.m.:
• SR 40 from NE Eighth Avenue to NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
• US 441 from SR 200/SW 10th Street to US 27/NW 10th Street
• S/N Magnolia Avenue from SW Fort King Street to NW First Street
• SW/NW Third Avenue from SW Third Street to NW First Street
• SW/NW Second Avenue from SW Third Street to NW First Street
• SW/NW First Avenue from SW Fort King Street to NW First Street
• SW/SE Broadway Street from US 441 to SE First Avenue
• SW/SE Fort King Street from US 441 to SW First Avenue
• SW Second Street from US 441 to SW First Avenue


Main detour routes:
• SR 40: NE Eighth Avenue to SR 492/NE/NW 14th Street to US 441 back to SR 40
• US 441: SR 200/SW 10th Street to SW/NW Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to US 27/NW 10th Street back to US 441
• S/N Magnolia Avenue (southbound): NE First Street to NE/SE Watula Avenue to SE Fort King Street back to S Magnolia Avenue
• SW/NW First Avenue: SW/SE Fort King Street to NE/SE Watula Avenue to NE/NW First Street back to NW First Avenue

City of Ocala Holiday Closure

Posted on: January 02, 2018

 City of Ocala business offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or recycling routes Monday, Jan. 15.

 

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 through Thursday, Jan. 18 will experience a one-day delay and will be collected Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 19.

 

Waste Pro recycling collection for City of Ocala residents regularly scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15 through Thursday, Jan. 18 will take place Tuesday, Jan. 16 through Friday, Jan. 19.

 

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at 352-351-6697.

Marion County Fire Rescue Paid Training Academy Ignites Career Opportunities

Posted on: December 21, 2017

Marion County Fire Rescue and the Marion County Board of County Commissioners are reigniting the Non-Certified Fire Academy, to fill 45 Firefighter, Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician positions.

In collaboration with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, Marion Technical College and the Florida State Fire College, the program includes 22-weeks of paid training and guaranteed employment with MCFR upon certification. It is geared primarily for those with roots in Marion County but is open to candidates from Citrus and Levy counties as well.

A recruiting event will take place Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Webber Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road, in Ocala. Informational sessions will be held every 30 minutes.

MCFR is a department of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners and is the second largest fire rescue department north of Orlando with more than 500 employees and volunteers housed in 31 fire stations. The department's full-time state certified firefighter/paramedics, firefighter/EMTs, EMTs and paramedics serve more than 300,000 citizens, cover 1,600 square miles (which is larger than the state of Rhode Island) and respond to an average of 210 emergencies a day.

MCFR Fire Chief James Banta, who is leading the program, said that by earning a paycheck while completing requirements, the program affords those interested in first-responder careers the opportunity to “follow their dream.”

Banta said the department experienced a high retention rate with its original graduates, adding that the academy results in “well-trained future firefighters who see Marion County and our surrounding communities as their home and want to give back to their fellow citizens.”

In addition to Florida Firefighter 1 and 2 and EMT certifications, training includes the Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) and Paramedic certification. All costs of training are covered.

Eligible trainee candidates must be US citizens at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, speak and read English and have a valid Florida driver’s license. MCFR conducts drug and criminal background checks. Also, applicants must have abstained from tobacco use for at least 12 prior months and may not use tobacco products during employment with the department.

Complete eligibility and program details can be found at http://www.marioncountyfl.org/departments-agencies/departments-a-n/fire-rescue/mcfr-recruiting. For more information about the program, call 352-291-8020.

Information about the January 10 recruiting event can be found on CareerSource CLM’s calendar of events or by calling 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1115.

City of Ocala Holiday Closures- Christmas, Dec. 25 and 26

Posted on: December 13, 2017

City of Ocala business offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday,
Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. There will be no residential collection for sanitation, yard waste or
recycling routes Monday, Dec. 25.

Residential sanitation collection regularly scheduled for Monday, Dec. 25 through Thursday, Dec. 28 will
experience a one-day delay and will be collected Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29.

Waste Pro recycling collection for City of Ocala residents regularly scheduled for Monday, Dec. 25
through Thursday, Dec. 28 will take place Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Department at 352-351-
6697.

SCORE's Upcoming Business Workshops

Posted on: December 11, 2017

Increase Website Traffic 

Get customers to your business website!

Learn how to drive targeted, organic traffic to your website using simple SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques.
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, from 12:30pm til 3:30pm, lunch included, in Leesburg. Register at http://conta.cc/2gAH6lL

Digital Marketing Trends 

Digital marketing is changing thanks to widespread ownership of smartphones, ever increasing data and video streaming, combined with a cultural desire for digestible and personalized content. Do you know which trends will impact YOUR organization? How can you jump on some of these trends to get an edge on your competition? You’re about to find out...
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 from 8:30am till 10:30am in Ocala, breakfast included. Register at http://conta.cc/2gCAh30

Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business 

Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions.
Important strategies you will learn include how to:
Operate: Learn strategies for business funding and operations,
Navigate: Discover how to take the time for planning strategic thinking,
Communicate: Develop or refine your “Core Value” and learn ways to communicate it to others.
Each Thursday beginning Jan. 25, 2018, at 12:30pm for 3 weeks in Clermont, lunch included. Register at http://conta.cc/2itvVfc

Join our email news/ invite list. Just text MFSCORE to 22828

New Gander Outdoors four-day hiring event set for next week

Posted on: December 07, 2017

The first round of rebranded Gander Mountain stores are getting ready to open, including the new Gander Outdoors in Ocala. And that means jobs.

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion has partnered with Gander Outdoors to hold a four-day hiring event, Dec. 11-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the store – located in the former Gander Mountain – at 3970 SW Third St., Suite 101, in Ocala.

Gander Mountain shuttered last spring and its assets were picked up by Camping World, the nation’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles, parts and outdoor gear. The Ocala store is one of just a handful scheduled to open early in the new year.

Company representatives will be on site recruiting for full- and part-time Customer Service Associates as well as Service Technician Specialists, Products Specialists and Warehouse Specialists.

Starting wage is $12.25 an hour. Benefits include health insurance (medical, dental and vision) as well as paid vacation and holidays.

Interested candidates should register at www.EmployFlorida.com and submit an online application prior to attending. 

For more information, visit CareerSource CLM’s calendar of events or call 352-249-4378, ext. 1270 or 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1270.

Help Available to Those Displaced by Hurricane Maria

Posted on: December 07, 2017

Displaced by Hurricane Maria? CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is here to help

Posted on: December 05, 2017

– CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion can help those displaced by Hurricane Maria connect with employment opportunities and support services.

In addition to fee-free employment services, those here because of Hurricane Maria may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the Puerto Rico Department of Labor. 

Brenda Chrisman, career centers and business services officer for CareerSource CLM, said that local employers such as Central Florida Electric of Ocala and On Top of the World have expressed interest in hiring Puerto Rican refugees.

“What we’re really looking for now is help from the community to get the word out to those whose current priority is getting back on their feet while they are here,” Chrisman said.

Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million US citizens, took a direct hit from the nearly Category 5 cyclone on September 20 – just two weeks after being strafed by Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Maria, described as a “50-to-60-mile wide tornado (that) raged across Puerto Rico like a buzz saw,” caused widespread damage and knocked out power which has not yet been fully restored.

Chrisman said that CareerSource CLM is among the 24 regions in the CareerSource Florida network committed to a strong Puerto Rico response effort.

Services are available in English and Spanish and include employment referrals, resume assistance, training and internship opportunities and access to additional funds and partner programs.

DUA provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Those interested in filing a DUA claim may do so online at http://www.trabajo.pr.gov/. An initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim may be filed by clicking on Reclamación Inicial (Initial Services) and a continued UI claim may be filed by clicking on Reclamación Semanas Subsiguientes (Claim Subsequent Weeks).

For assistance with the DUA application and filing process and/or employment services, those in Citrus or Levy counties should call 800-434-JOBS (5627), ext. 1119. Those in Ocala/Marion County should call 352-840-5700, ext. 1119 or visit the Career Center at 2703 NE 14th St., in Ocala.
The center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Ilianette Hernandez at 800-434-5627, ext. 1119 or visit careersourceclm.com/pages/maria.

HITS Announces who will Sponsor the FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of the United States of America 2018

Posted on: December 01, 2017

HITS is very excited to announce that Longines will be sponsoring the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of the United States of America 2018, as well as the Longines Grand Prix during Week V of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, Florida. Longines has been sponsoring equestrian events since the early 1900s and while their recent show jumping sponsorships include the FEI World Cup™ and the Longines Global Champions Tour, this is the first year they have been the title sponsor of the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of the United States of America 2018.

The FEI Nations Cup is returning for its fourth year at HITS Post Time Farm and in 2018 will be an FEI CSIO5* event. Featuring the $300,000 Longines Grand Prix and the $450,000 Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of the United States of America 2018, HITS Ocala Week V will offer over $1 million dollars in prize money.

Being added this year is a Nations Cup for Children and Juniors.  The competition follows a similar format to the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ and gives these young competitors an opportunity to show at a prestigious level of show jumping. "I am very excited for what this event will have to offer young up-and-coming equestrians.  With the finals being in the stadium and all to march in the Parade of Nations, held in Downtown Ocala Square, on Saturday alongside the professionals, it truly is a one of a kind experience for all competitors" says HITS Owner and CEO Tom Struzzieri.  This competition will also be held during Week V of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. For more information on the Children and Juniors Nations Cup, contact the HITS office at 845-246-8833.

Longines was established in 1832 and has dominated the Swiss watchmaking business ever since.  They began their passion for equestrian sports in 1878 and partnered with their first international show jumping competition in 1912.  Today their involvement in equestrian sports continues in show-jumping, endurance, eventing, and flat-racing competitions.

  

The second annual “Jump Downtown” event will be held in Ocala’s Downtown Square on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Presented by Ocala Main Street, IHMC (The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition), and the CEP (Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership), Jump Downtown will feature a Parade of Nations honoring the countries and the riders participating in the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping event, followed by a Celebration of the Horse presentation of the 30-plus horse breeds showcasing the diversity of the “Horse Capital of the World”.  Additional festivities on the Square will include snacks, music, horse drawn carriage rides, s’mores, and more!  There were over 5,000 spectators for the 2017 FEI Nations Cup™ and the goal is to get even more this coming year. “We are excited to have the opportunity to, once again, host this international event with Longines as the title sponsor” says Tom Struzzieri. The Longines Grand Prix will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 and the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping of the United States of America 2018 will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018, both at HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala, FL.

Visit www.hitsshows.com for more information regarding the competition.

Home of the Famous Horsey Yard Sale!

Posted on: November 30, 2017

Join Tack Shack of Ocala for their famous horsey yard sale this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3. 

Selling at the Yard Sale is $15 per car load for a 10x10 space. This money is donated to the Marion County Horse Specialty 4-H Club who are on hand selling breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, coffee, cold drinks and snacks.

Vendor setup on Yard Sale Saturday is between 6:30 and 8:30am. Vendor setup on Yard Sale Sundays is 7:30-9:30am. There are no reservations. It is always first come, first served so get here early to get a spot!

Stores are open for shopping 8am - 6pm on Horsey Yard Sale Saturdays and 9am - 4pm on Horsey Yard Sale Sundays!

In an effort to cut down on traffic jams and setup delays, we will be changing the vendor check in format. Setting up at the Horsey Yard Sale will be $15 per car load. If you plan to share a space with someone, all of your items and people must be in one vehicle.

NEW Horsey Yard Sale Preview Sale: Those of you that cannot make it to the Yard Sale on Saturday are welcome to come to the store Friday Dec 1st starting at 9 am, and we will offer 15% off storewide just like we do during the regular Horsey Yard Sale! So, if you are horse showing or leaving town for the weekend, or don't like crowds come see us Friday and you won't miss out on the savings!!!

The Famous Horsey Yard Sale occurs four times a year in conjunction with a massive store wide sale at Tack Shack of Ocala and Tack Shack Too, our Western store. Make sure you also check out our Clearance Room, in the back of Tack Shack Too, where already discounted merchandise is also on sale!

Our large back parking lot becomes an equine flea market with folks selling used tack, gently used stable equipment, and all kinds of other used horsey things you never knew you needed!

SELLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SELL OUT OF TRAILERS TRUCKS OR CARS

Due to space constraints and safety issues vendors must provide their own tables, chairs, shade, and change. A space is 10' x 10' and vehicles must be moved away and parked OFF THE PROPERTY after unloading.

Please note all sales of new tack/apparel/items are prohibited.

We do NOT reserve spots or collect fees in advance for the Horsey Yard Sale, you pay as you enter.

We are located at 481 SW 60th Ave Ocala, Fl 34474

Across the street from the Ocala Airport.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Tackshackocala@yahoo.com or call us at 352 873 3599.

Public Invited to Open House at Saint Leo University-Ocala

Posted on: November 28, 2017

The public is invited to an open house at Saint Leo University’s Ocala Education Center from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, December 14.

Members of the Saint Leo-Ocala team will introduce themselves and the university’s programs. Some of the most popular programs offered in Ocala are human services, elementary and middle grades education, and criminal justice.

Hallmarks of the Ocala Education Center are access and convenience. Classes are available when students, mainly adult learners, need them, said Rena Thomas, center director.

Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit university founded by Benedictine monks and sisters. The university honors its Benedictine roots by incorporating its core values in every class. One of the core values is “community,” and the Ocala Education Center works closely with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. The university offers CEP members and their employees a 10 percent discount.

The Ocala Education Center also works closely with many human services-related agencies and the Marion County Public Schools, and many students are hired for full-time positions following completion of their field placement.

Saint Leo University’s Ocala Education Center is at 1930 S.W. 38th Ave., Ocala, FL, 34474

For more information or special accommodations, contact the Ocala Education Center at (352) 671-3391, or by email at ocala@saintleo.edu.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 90,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Road Closures: Ocala Christmas Parade- Saturday, Dec. 9

Posted on: November 28, 2017

The following is a list of road closures that will be in effect for the Ocala Christmas Parade, which will take place Saturday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Road closures effective Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. –

 SE 25th Avenue from E Fort King Street to SE 14th Street

Detour routes –
 NE 25th Avenue (southbound) – E Fort King Street to SE 22nd Avenue to SE 14th Street, back to SE 25th Avenue
 SE 24th Avenue (northbound) – SE 14th Street to SE 30th Avenue to E Fort King Street to NE 36th Avenue to State Road 40 to State Road 492, back to NE 25th Avenue

Road closures effective Saturday, Dec. 9 from 3 p.m. to midnight –
 State Road 40 from NE 25th Avenue to N Pine Avenue/US 441
 SE/NE 25th Avenue from SE 14th Street to State Road 492
 E Fort King Street from SE 30th Avenue to SE 22nd Avenue
 NE 8th Avenue from State Road 40 to NE 14th Street/State Road 492

Detour routes –
 State Road 40 (eastbound) – US 441 to NW/NE 14th Street/State Road 492, back to State Road 40
 State Road 40 (westbound) – NE 3rd Street to NE 25th Avenue to State Road 492 to US 441, back to State Road 40
 SE/NE 25th Avenue (northbound) – SE 14th Street to SE 30th Avenue to E Fort King Street to NE 36th Avenue to State Road 40, back to NE 25th Avenue
 NE/SE 25th Avenue (southbound) – State Road 492 to NE 36th Avenue to E Fort King Street to SE 30th Avenue to SE 14th Street, back to SE 25th Avenue
 E Fort King Street (westbound) – SE 30th Avenue to SE 14th Street to SE 22nd Avenue, back to E Fort King Street
 E Fort King Street (eastbound) – SE 22nd Avenue to SE 14th Street to SE 30th Avenue, back to E Fort King Street
 NE 8th Avenue (southbound) – State Road 492 to US 441 to State Road 40 (westbound) or State Road 492 to State Road 40 (eastbound)

Please be aware, there may be other minor road closures as determined by the Ocala Police Department.

 

Please note, any chairs placed along the parade route prior to Wednesday, Dec. 6 will be removed by the City of Ocala Public Works Department. This policy is in place as a precaution to prevent chairs from interfering with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To retrieve chairs that have been removed by the Public Works Department, please call 352-351-6733 to schedule a time to pick them up.

For more information regarding these road closures, please contact the City of Ocala Public Works Department at 352-351-6733. For more information about the Ocala Christmas Parade, please call 352-624-2022.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair supporting Episcopal Children's Services

Posted on: November 22, 2017

Get Your Paws on a New Career

Posted on: November 22, 2017

City of Ocala Begins Upgrades at Water Reclamation Facility #3

Posted on: November 21, 2017

Monday, Nov. 20 the City of Ocala began construction to upgrade the air system at Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) #3 located at 3100 SW 67th Ave. This project is expected to be completed by early April 2018.

“This project will upgrade the aeration equipment at WRF #3,” said Robyn Preston, Plant Supervisor, WRF #3. “This upgrade will allow for a better waste water treatment and nutrient reduction and will also ensure optimum treatment for current and future flows.”

During construction, residents may experience strong odors, noise, dust and heavy equipment around the project area. Construction will be limited to weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will not occur during any City-recognized holidays.

For more information, please contact the City Engineer’s Office, Capital Projects Division at 352-629-8419.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOV. 25

Posted on: November 21, 2017

City of Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn has proclaimed Saturday, November 25, 2017 to be Small Business Saturday.  This is in conjunction with the nationwide yearly tradition founded by American Express known as Shop Small. 

Who: Ocala Main Street

What: Small Business Saturday

Where: Downtown Ocala

When: November 25, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Why: This is an effort to build the local economy by supporting the smaller businesses in our community. This is a great way to celebrate entrepreneurship.

Shoppers are encouraged to register in advance so they are eligible for giveaways. Prizes include Downtown dollars that can be used the day of the event. Buyers will receive campaign swag like a tote bag and a “Downtown Passport.” Get your passport stamped for a chance to win additional prizes. 

The Ocala Main Street was created to create a thriving, unique, and livable Downtown Ocala through events, culture, and economic revitalization.
For more information, visit: www.OcalaMainStreet

HDG Hotels acquires a Best Western and begins construction on SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Posted on: November 20, 2017

HDG Hotels has added the 137 room Best Western – Ocala (3701 38th Avenue) to its portfolio. The newly acquired property is located just off College Road/SR 200, where HDG will also soon begin construction of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

“HDG is headquartered in Ocala, so adding these two properties helps us grow the positive impact we can make in our own backyard and that’s our vision - to positively impact the people and the world around us,” says HDG Hotels CEO and President Navroz Saju. “We are proud to be a part of this community and to be investing in it once again.”

The addition of these two properties represents an additional $21 million invested in the Ocala market by the growing company and will bring the number of hotel rooms in Marion County owned and operated by HDG Hotels to nearly 600.

About HDG Hotels
Founded in 2005, HDG Hotels is a hotel development and management company headquartered in Ocala/Marion County, Florida. In 2018, HDG anticipates growing its portfolio to 15 hotels and 1,387 rooms reaching coast to coast across Central Florida. Hdghotels.com

YMCA 22nd Annual Turkey Trot 5k & 10k

Posted on: November 13, 2017

 Register here!

Business, Engineering, & Logistics Leadership Career Fair

Posted on: November 09, 2017

Cyber Security - What's Your Risk

Posted on: November 09, 2017

MzeroA.com Partner With Funeral Directors to Make Roberts Funeral and Cremations Locally Owned

Posted on: November 09, 2017

Roberts of Ocala is once again family owned and operated.

Ocala businessman Chester Weber of Live Oak International and Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com have partnered with longtime funeral directors Bill Johnson, Terry Roberts, and Josh Leverette to bring Roberts Funerals and Cremations back to being locally owned and family operated.

“Our family serving yours. It’s not only our new motto but a philosophy we live by here at the new Roberts of Ocala.” Says Bill Johnson who’s been serving Central Florida families for the past 20 years as a funeral director.
Roberts of Ocala is operating out of their historic downtown facility located at 606 SW 2nd Ave, Ocala, FL 34471.

“We’ve been investing tens of thousands of dollars towards the renovations to make this facility the premier funeral home in the area. We invite the entire community to come visit and see the changes we’re making first hand. Of course we’re also using local Ocala businesses to make it happen.” says funeral director Josh Leverette.

Road Closures: Light Up Ocala- Saturday, Nov. 18

Posted on: November 08, 2017

The following is a list of road closures that will be in effect for Light Up Ocala, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ocala.

Road closures effective Saturday, Nov. 18 from 7 a.m. to midnight:
• NE/NW Second Street, from NE Watula Avenue to NW First Avenue
• NE/NW First Street, from NE Watula Avenue to NW First Avenue
• SE/SW Broadway Street, from SE Watula Avenue to SW First Avenue
• SE/SW Fort King Street, from SE Watula Avenue to SW First Avenue
• SW/SE Second Street, from SW First Avenue to SE Osceola Avenue
• N/S Magnolia Avenue, from NE/NW Third Street to SE/SW Third Street
• SE/NE First Avenue, from SE Third Street to NE Third Street
• NE/SE Osceola Avenue, from NE Third Street to SE Fort King Street

Road closures effective Saturday, Nov. 18 from noon to midnight:
• State Road 40, from NE Eighth Avenue to N Pine Avenue (US 441)

Detour routes:
• SR 40: N Pine Avenue to NW/NE 14th Street (SR 492) to NE Eighth Avenue, back to SR 40
• NE/NW Second Street: NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street and to NW First Avenue
• NE/NW First Street: NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street and to NW First Avenue
• SE/SW Broadway Street: SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue, back to SW Broadway Street
• SE/SW Fort King Street: SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue, back to SW Fort King Street
• SW/SE Second Street: SW First Avenue and to SW/SE Third Street
• N/S Magnolia Avenue (southbound): NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue to SW Third Street, back to S Magnolia Avenue
• SE/NE First Avenue (northbound): SE Third Street to SE/NE Watula Avenue to NE Third Street, back to NE First Avenue
• NE/SE Osceola Avenue: NE/NW Third Street to NW/SW First Avenue to SW/SE Third Street, back to SE Osceola Avenue

Applications Are Now Being Accepted For the City of Ocala's Housing Rehabilitation Program

Posted on: November 07, 2017

The City of Ocala is accepting applications for its Housing Rehabilitation Program. This program assists low to moderate income citizens with home repairs to eliminate life, safety and health hazards.

Eligible household repairs include roof leaks, inoperable heating and air, exterior window/door replacement, electrical repairs, water/sewer connections, plumbing repairs and ADA accessibility, such as bathrooms and ramps.

Both the applicant(s) and property must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for this program. Applicant(s) must meet the eligible income limits (see below), the home must be located in the city limits, applicant(s) must reside in the home for two consecutive years prior to applying for this program and must have proof of homestead, and the mortgage, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance must be current.

For those interested in applying for the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, the eligible income limits are listed below. These are the maximum income limits per household.
• One-person household - $28,500
• Two-person household - $32,550
• Three-person household - $36,600
• Four-person household - $40,650
• Five-person household - $43,950
• Six-person household - $47,200
• Seven-person household - $50,450
• Eight-person household - $53,700

To apply for this program, please contact the City of Ocala Revitalization Strategies Department at 352-629-8231 to pre-qualify. Upon conditional pre-qualification, a home inspection will be scheduled. If the home inspection is approved, staff will contact the applicant(s) to schedule intake. Documentation and proof of income will be required at that time. The application verification and review process may take up to 30 days. If approved, it may take up to 120 days for construction to begin.

The following circumstances do not qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation Program: 
• Reverse mortgages, liens or judgements
• Repairs on mobile homes
• Applicants who own more than one property
• Routine home maintenance
• Homes determined to be unsuitable or economically infeasible for repair.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Revitalization Strategies Department at 352-629-8231.

Start Your Construction Career Off Right!

Posted on: November 07, 2017

Let's Skate Ocala' Ice Rink Opens Saturday Nov. 11

Posted on: November 07, 2017

The City of Ocala’s ‘Let’s Skate Ocala’ ice rink will open to the public Saturday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the annual Harvest Fest Music and Food Truck Festival. The skating rink will be located at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave.,

and will be open through Sunday, Dec. 31.

Admission is $5 per person for a 30-minute session. The rink will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. The rink will be closed Mondays and Wednesdays for private rentals and parties. For more information about venue rentals, please contact Bridgett Griffin, Therapeutic Recreation Programs Supervisor, City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department, at bgriffin@ocalafl.org or 352-368-5517.

Theme nights will be held select Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. throughout the holiday season. Details for these theme nights are still being finalized. For more information, please follow the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department on Facebook @OcalaRecPark.

• Friday, Nov. 24 – Family Game Night
• Friday, Dec. 8 – Paradise on Ice (Hawaiian theme)
• Friday, Dec. 15 – Santa’s Workshop with a special screening of the movie “Elf”
• Friday, Dec. 22 – Superheroes
• Friday, Dec. 29 – Disco Night

Effective Monday, Oct. 23, the basketball courts at Tuscawilla Park will be closed to allow for installation of the Let’s Skate Ocala ice rink. These courts are expected to re-open to the public by late January 2018.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517.

Market Street At Heath Brook Welcomes Ocala Eye

Posted on: November 07, 2017

The MGHerring Group, Tricom Real Estate Group, & Boyd Real Estate Group announces Ocala Eye, the largest Medical Eye Group in North Central Florida, will relocate their current practice in Paddock Park to a new, state-of-the-art location in Market Street at Heath Brook, slated to open in spring 2018.

Ocala Eye will be taking 18,600-square-feet on the second level of the shopping center, located above BB&T Securities and Panera Bread.

With an estimated 150,000 patient exams performed yearly at the future Market Street at Heath Brook location, Ocala Eye’s goal is to deliver patients a more accommodating experience with a state-of-the-art facility and amenities, including a pager system so that customers can shop and eat while they wait.

“This is going to be a great partnership. The number of patients they bring in will be very beneficial to our stores and restaurants, while the amenities and shopping environment we offer at Market Street will enhance the overall patient experience and add convenience. It’s a win-win,” said Giancarlo “GC” Carriero, Vice President of Leasing, Tricom Real Estate Group.
Ocala Eye will offer medical and surgical eye care services, including comprehensive eye exams, aesthetics, eyeglasses, cataract and refractive surgery and hearing.

For more than 45 years Ocala Eye has been the premier eye care services provider in North Central Florida, offering comprehensive eye care in five offices in Marion County.

Ocala Eye designates themselves to be a patient-centered practice. “We chose to relocate to Market Street at Heath Brook because of its easy access for our patients,” said Zora Harrison, Ocala Eye Chief Operating Officer.


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About Ocala Eye: Ocala Eye is the largest and most experienced Eye Care Center in North Central Florida. For over 40 years, our 13 Board Certified Surgeons have provided comprehensive medical and surgical eye care to the people of Ocala and the Villages. Services include ophthalmology, optometry, aesthetics, hearing and a complete Optical center for frames and lens prescriptions. Our expertise lies in leading edge diagnosis, treatments and surgeries, including cataract surgery, LASIK and more.

About Market Street at Heath Brook: Market Street at Heath Brook is a 515,000-square-foot lifestyle center owned and managed by The MGHerring Group and Tricom Real Estate Group and is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s and includes tenants Barnes & Noble, Chico’s Outlet, HomeGoods, Talbots Company Store, Kirkland’s, Old Navy, DSW, Ulta Beauty, Webster University, and Panera Bread. For a full listing of retailers visit www.marketstreetocala.com

About The MGHerring Group: The MGHerring Group is a developer of shopping centers and malls in the United States and Mexico. Over the past 35 years the company has developed more than 30 regional shopping centers, primarily regional enclosed malls, comprising more than 25 million square feet of retail space.

About Tricom Real Estate Group: Tricom Real Estate Group is a private retail investment and asset management firm focused on acquisition, development and third-party services.

About Boyd Real Estate Group: Boyd Real Estate Group is a Commercial Real Estate Company providing Development, Sales/Leasing and Property Management services in central and north central Florida.

Join MRMC for a Grand Re-Opening

Posted on: November 06, 2017

Blending Top Equestrian Sport and Country Club Living - World Equestrian Center Ocala Moves Forward

Posted on: October 31, 2017

The World Equestrian Center and Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club received unanimous approval from Marion County Commission for land-use changes in addition to ongoing construction of the exclusive World Equestrian Center, making this impressive project over 3,000-acres. Approval for Equestrian Estates, a residential community which will feature 300 farm estates on multi-acre lots is slated to set the standard for the equine industry.  With an outstanding equestrian facility already operating in Wilmington Ohio, The World Equestrian Center in Ocala Florida is poised to be an ultra-luxury and unique lifestyle destination.
The World Equestrian Center Ocala will feature:
• The Grand Outdoor Stadium, covering over 3 acres with the capacity to accommodate multiple types of events.
• 17 Outdoor Arenas with all-weather footing.
• 4 262’x550’ climate-controlled indoor arenas. 
• 1,500 spacious 14x12 permanent concrete stalls, along with ample space for temporary stalls.

• Schooling areas, and onsite riding trails spanning scenic areas throughout the development.

Additional plans include:
• Luxurious Hotel with stylishly appointed rooms and suites with 18,000 sq. ft. of retail space attached.
• 12,000 sq. ft., fine dining restaurant with a seating capacity of 500+ along with specialty pastry boutique by on-site chefs, with views overlooking the Grand Stadium.               
• 4 additional on-site dining options.
• On-site chapel.
• 200 spacious RV sites with full hookup and pet friendly environment.

The future development of Equestrian Estates will enjoy the same luxury and convenience as the residents of Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club such as security to assure peace and tranquility, golf cart access throughout the community, an on-site veterinary practice for large and small animals and laundry/dry cleaning services. Residential opportunities including condominiums are currently available in the already established community of Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club.
For more information about World Equestrian Center Ocala contact: 800-251-7674.

  

"Jammin' At Jumbolair Extravaganza"

Posted on: October 31, 2017

Introduction to the Humanism & the Humanists of North Central Florida

Posted on: October 31, 2017

Click here to reserve your spot today!

Cinderella & More Performed by Dance Alive National Ballet

Posted on: October 30, 2017

To purchase tickets call 352.351.1606 or click here 

SBA Marketing Wonderland Worshop

Posted on: October 25, 2017

6th Annual Trunk or Treat at Mojo Grill

Posted on: October 19, 2017

Marketing Wonderland

Posted on: October 18, 2017

Winco Mfg., LLC Achieves ISO 13485:2016 Certification

Posted on: October 17, 2017

Winco Mfg., LLC is pleased to announce that it has received ISO 13485:2016 Medical devices certification. According to BSI, the global standards company that certified Winco, ISO 13485:2016 expands greatly on ISO 9001 and is stricter in nature demanding a more thoroughly documented quality management system as required by medical device markets.  Randy Landry, Quality and Regulatory Manager at Winco commented that “Winco’s upgrade to this specific 2016 standard is directly in line with FDA Medical Device requirements”. 

According to the standard, ISO 13485:2016 was written to support medical device manufacturers in designing quality management systems that establish and maintain the effectiveness of their processes. It ensures the consistent design, development, production, installation, and delivery of medical devices that are applicable for their intended purpose.

As outlined, and as widely understood, there are multiple benefits of ISO 13485:2016 certification.  With it, an organization can increase access to more markets worldwide, improve processes across the organization, increase efficiency, cut costs and effectively monitor supply chain performance. Landry also noted that “Winco’s goal is to manufacture compliant and safe medical devices meeting regulatory requirements and exceeding customer expectations, achieving and maintaining this certification is our means to insure this goal is met.”
“We are delighted to position our company, our customers and our employees for solid future growth” says Tom Lorick, President of Winco. Tom adds that “this certification is only a part of that larger strategy to enhance our organization’s development and provide our customers with the ongoing level of excellence that they have come to know from Winco Medical Furnishings and TransMotion Medical branded products”, and that “the company is committed to raising the bar on the ever-increasing needs of the overall healthcare market”.
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About Winco Mfg., LLC: Winco Mfg., LLC is an American company founded on an entrepreneurial spirit and is proud to design, engineer and manufacture medical furnishings in the USA for a global audience.  Winco is a trusted brand in the medical furnishings industry for over 75 years.

Putting Logistics on Display: Lake Weir High Showcase New Program

Posted on: October 12, 2017

Lake Weir High School students will demonstrate their latest logistics skills next Wednesday, October 11, at 10AM for media and select guests.
The Logistics Career Choice Academy opened in August, offering students the opportunity to learn one of Marion County’s fastest-growing careers – logistics – and how to manage lots of inventory with immediate delivery demand.
For the last few weeks, students have been accepting, sorting, counting, packing, and preparing classroom supplies for delivery to schools for the Tools 4 Teaching program.  This outreach of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County allows teachers to shop online for free supplies for their classrooms and students.

In addition to inventory management, Lake Weir students will also use a recently installed forklift simulator to enhance their logistics skills.
Thanks to industry leaders like Auto Zone, Chewy.com, and Federal Express – all familiar with the importance of logistics and successful delivery service – Marion County is quickly becoming a distribution hub for companies nationwide.
Lake Weir High is located at 10351 SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala, 34472.

Cheers to 30 Years! Roast of Mary Britt

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Register today!

Talbots Company Store to Open at Market Street at Heath Brook

Posted on: October 09, 2017

Talbots, the women’s retailer known for its timeless modern classic style, is opening a Talbots Company Store at Market Street at Heath Brook. The 5,058 square foot store will house Misses, Petite, Woman Plus and Accessories collections. The official store opening is on October 17, 2017 and the Grand Opening celebration will occur from October 17th to October 30th.

The celebration will offer storewide savings and a chance for guests to win a Girls’ Night Out. Classic Awards Members will earn 3x more points from October 17 thru October 30, 2017

Talbots Company store offers great values with a full range of sizes, new collections each month, plus unique pieces to surprise and delight. It is everything you love about Talbots Outlet style. All right here… where you live!

Talbots is a favorite amongst fashion bloggers and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Kelly Ripa, Kathie Lee Gifford, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba and Mila Kunis.

Established in 1947, Talbots is an omni-channel retailer of women’s apparel, shoes and accessories. Currently the Company operates over 500 Talbots stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its online shopping site is located at www.Talbots.com. 


Who:   Talbots Company Store to open at Market Street at Heath Brook
When: Grand Opening: October 17, 2017
Where: Market Street at Heath Brook, 4414 SW College Road, Suite 330 Ocala, FL 34474
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6p.m.

Dining in the Dark

Posted on: October 06, 2017

ROAD CLOSURE – WATER MAIN RELOCATION PROJECT

Posted on: October 03, 2017

Due to construction for the City of Ocala’s Water Main Relocation project, the south side of the eastbound lane of State Road 200 will experience temporary lane closures between the on- and off-ramps of Interstate 75 beginning Monday, Oct. 16. This project is expected to be completed by Monday, Nov. 20.

“Due to the Florida Department of Transportation’s plans for expanding State Road 200, it’s necessary for the City to relocate this water main,” said Oscar Tovar, Transportation Engineering Division Head, City of Ocala.

Intermittent, temporary lane closures for this project will be in effect Mondays through Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. Construction may occur at any time, however, it will not interfere with lane traffic outside of the noted hours. Construction and lane closures for this project will not take place on any City-recognized holidays and will be limited to weekdays only. All necessary devices will be in place to re-direct traffic. During construction, travelers may experience dust, noise and heavy equipment within the project area. 

For more information, please contact the City Engineer’s Office,

Capital Projects Division at 352-629-8419.

Shift career into high gear as ‘Zoner’ at new distribution center

Posted on: October 02, 2017

AutoZone is seeking “Zoners” with the drive for rewarding careers as warehouse workers at its new distribution center in Ocala.

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a hiring event on Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala. The two-day hiring event was postponed last month due to Hurricane Irma.

Warehouse workers are responsible for stocking, pulling or picking orders for all merchandise via the company’s computer system for delivery to AutoZone stores.

The ideal candidate will exceed customers’ expectations by delivering what AutoZone refers to as “WOW! Customer Service.” Warehouse workers must be able to lift/move loads of up to 50 pounds and operate or learn to operate industrial equipment such as a forklift and pallet jack.

While walk-ins are welcome, interested applicants must register with www.EmployFlorida.com (job order number 10542368).

For more information, call 800-434-5627, ext. 2203.

PERMANENT ROAD CLOSURE – NE OSCEOLA AVENUE

Posted on: October 02, 2017

From the City of Ocala

In preparation for the Osceola Trak project, NE Osceola Avenue, from NE Fifth Street to NE Third Street, will be permanently closed to vehicular traffic effective Friday, Oct. 6. However, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will still be permitted along this section.

All necessary devices and signage will be in place. Once this closure goes into effect, the City recommends the following alternatives for vehicular traffic:

• Westbound traffic should go south on N Magnolia Avenue
• Eastbound traffic should go south on NE Watula Avenue

Famous Horsey Yard Sale

Posted on: September 27, 2017

Tack Shack of Ocala’s Famous Horsey Yard Sale

Everything in the store is on sale 15% even on clearance items!

September 30 | 8:30 AM- 6 PM

October 1 | 10 AM- 5 PM

 

Tack Shack of Ocala | 481 SW 60th Ave, Ocala 34474 | 352. 873. 3599

YMCA Fall Festival

Posted on: September 27, 2017

CHOOSE TEXTBOOKS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Posted on: September 25, 2017

PARENTS AND TEACHERS: CHOOSE TEXTBOOKS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Marion County Public Schools is the first public school district in Florida to design and use its own textbook adoption process. 
This process requires participation from parents, teachers, and community members to review and approve instructional materials for 17 courses for the 2018-2019 school year.  Course-specific committees involve 15 voting members and one non-voting chair including the content area program specialist, eight teachers and two parents appointed by the superintendent, and five community members appointed by the Marion County School Board.
Committee members must commit to at least 10 hours of individual work time, per course, and mandatory overview and final vote meetings.  Participants must also attend an initial two-hour training on October 4 (2PM-4PM or 6PM-8PM), present a signed, notarized affidavit to the district (can be completed at the initial training), and adhere to all Florida Statutes related to the adoption process, including all work being public record.
Participants can review proposed instructional materials online or at the district’s Professional Library located at 392 SE 19 Ave., Ocala, 34471.  Preview hours are 8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday–Friday, Oct. 11–Nov. 17, 2017. 
The committee will accept public comment on potential instructional materials on Nov. 8, 5PM-8PM at MTI located at 1614 SE Ft. King St., Ocala, 34471. 
The final vote meeting is set for Nov. 27, 5PM-8PM at West Port High School (3733 SW 80 Ave., Ocala, 34481).
To be considered for the adoption committees, individuals should complete forms of interest available at www.marionschools.net and submit them electronically to Crystal.Cizmar@marion.k12.fl.us.  Deadline for submission is no later than 11:59PM on Sept. 30, 2017.
For more information, call 352.867.2121.

Data Entry Hiring

Posted on: September 22, 2017

AutoZone Distribution Center Hiring Event

Posted on: September 21, 2017

10th Annual Applaud the Arts

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Saint Leo Earns Best Regional University, Best Value Honors

Posted on: September 18, 2017

Saint Leo Earns Best Regional University, Best Value Honors

From 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges

ST. LEO, FL - Saint Leo University was named as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was released last week.

Saint Leo ranked 61st among regional universities in the South, which marks an uptick from its previous ranking of 62nd. In addition, the university was named as one of the Best Value Regional Universities–South.

“We at Saint Leo are proud of our mission as a welcoming, inclusive, student-centered university. Everyone at the university is committed to helping our students succeed—both in the classroom and in the real world,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., university president. “We are pleased to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report. These rankings speak to the high-quality, high-value education that students and parents have come to expect at Saint Leo.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. 

Saint Leo prides itself on being selected as a best value school. These are schools that are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account, according to U.S. News.

Those schools included in the regional universities category offer a full range of undergraduate programs and offer graduate programs at the master’s level, according to U.S. News, although they offer few if any doctoral programs. Saint Leo offers a Doctor of Business Administration degree. Of the 659 regional universities ranked, 259 are public, 388 are private (including Saint Leo), and 12 are for-profit.

U.S. News uses several criteria to measure academic quality and rank universities. These include freshman retention and graduation of students; peer assessment; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 15,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 85,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Florida Feast Benefitting Interfaith Emergency Services

Posted on: August 21, 2017

Dimension Works Lunch and Learn

Posted on: July 21, 2017

CF to Offer Five-Day Warehouse Course

Posted on: July 14, 2017

–an equal opportunity college–


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: BONNIE HAYS
352-854-2322, EXT. 1855
HAYSB@CF.EDU
WWW.CF.EDU

CF TO OFFER FIVE-DAY WAREHOUSE COURSE

OCALA, Fla. (July 13, 2017) — The College of Central Florida will offer a five-day Warehouse, Forklift and Occupational Safety and Health Administration training course beginning Sept. 15 at its Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

Students will learn about basic warehouse processes such as shipping and receiving, inventory control systems, basic forklift operations, and will receive OSHA 10-hour certification.

OSHA training with instructor Tony Vazquez will be held Sept.15 and 22, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Forklift training with instructor BJ Price will be held Sept. 16 and 23, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for this hands-on instruction.

Warehouse process with instructor Mark Davis will be held Sept. 18, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Students will receive a certificate of completion from CF, a forklift certification card, plus an OSHA 10-hour certification card. Cost is $340 per student. Tuition assistance may be available.

For more information or to register, contact Bonnie Hays at 352-854-2322, ext. 1855, or haysb@cf.edu.


Contact CF Marketing and Public Relations Director Lois Brauckmuller at 352-854-2322, ext. 1374, brauckmuller@cf.edu or Marketing and Public Relations Manager Staci Biondini at 352-854-2322, ext. 1565, biondini@cf.edu. The Ocala Campus is located at 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala, Fla. 34474-4415, 352-873-5800. The Citrus Campus is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Fla. 34461-9026, 352-746-6721. The Levy Center is located at 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, Fla. 32626-1420, 352-493-9533. The Hampton Center is located at 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34475-6456, 352-873-5881 and the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34470-5001, 352-291-4455. For additional information, visit College of Central Florida at www.CF.edu.

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PEMCO Designated Certified Professional Employer Organization

Posted on: June 25, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla., June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internal Revenue Service* (IRS) named Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO) as one of the first Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) in the U.S. to receive a Certified Professional Employer Organization (CPEO) designation. The certification is effective January 1, 2017, and only a select group of PEOs met the requirements for this elite designation.

"The requirements to become and remain certified as a CPEO is quite demanding," said Clinton Burgess, CEO of PEMCO. "The CPEO designation shows our commitment to abide by a higher standard in the industry and gives our clients the necessary assurance that we offer an exceptional PEO service."

The CPEO certification is voluntary. In accordance with the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, the IRS established this voluntary certification program for PEOs. To be certified under the new program, CPEOs must have a history of federal, state, and local tax compliance, financial responsibility, as well as organizational integrity, among other things.

Benefits for companies working with a CPEO include:

  • Peace of mind. Clients of CPEOs can rest assured that employment-related taxes are being handled appropriately.
  • Limited payroll tax liability. The IRS cannot hold CPEO clients liable for unpaid taxes in the event that the PEO did not pay the required taxes. CPEOs take sole liability for federal employment related taxes of its clients.
  • Tax credit eligibility. CPEO clients are eligible for federal tax credits. CPEOs are obliged to calculate and report the eligible amounts to their CPEO clients.
  • No double taxation when switching or partnering with a CPEO mid-year. Working with a CPEO eliminates the wage base restart provision for businesses that partner with a PEO mid-year.

For CPEOs to remain compliant, the IRS requires annual verification, a continued bond (or bonds) from a qualified surety for the payment of federal employment taxes, annual audited financial statements, and quarterly assertions, attestations, and working capital statements. There are also reporting requirements as it relates to commencement and termination contracts between the CPEO and its clients, employment tax reporting, and any material changes that might affect the continuing accuracy of any agreement or information previously provided to the IRS.

PEMCO, headquartered in Sarasota, is locally and nationally recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in its industry, and has been servicing the professional, medical, contractor, hospitality, service, industrial and nonprofit sectors for more than 20 years.

For more information about PEMCO, visit http://www.progressiveemployer.com/.

* The IRS does not endorse any particular certified professional employer organization. For more information on certified professional employer organizations go to www.IRS.gov.

About Progressive Employer Management Company
Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO) is one of the fastest growing professional employer organizations (PEO) in the nation. PEMCO is a full-service provider of payroll administration, workers' compensation, employee benefits, and human resource management. Since 1999, PEMCO's philosophy for becoming one of the largest PEOs in the U.S. has been to "Focus on the Customer" while allowing uncompromising integrity and relentless attention to detail to drive growth. PEMCO is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, with additional offices in Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, and Tampa, Florida; and Coppell, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.progressiveemployer.com or call 888.925.2990.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
865-977-1973
hripley@ripleypr.com

Volunteers Needed to Host Exchange Students

Posted on: May 24, 2017

Only 3& 1/2 Weeks, this summer!  Host An International Student & Change A Young Life Forever!

•EF Educational Homestay Programs (EHP) is bringing students from Spain and France, ages 14 to 17, to the community this summer to improve English skills and learn about American culture and American way of life by living with a volunteer host family.

•Students will attend bi-weekly activities planned and supervised by EF Program Staff.

•This is a unique and rewarding opportunity for you, your family, and your community to participate in international exchange, promote language learning, and cultivate life-long friendships with people from around the world.

•If you are able to provide a room (shared is ok with same gender and within three years of age), meals and most importantly – a loving and caring environment, then you have what it takes to share your life with an eager student from abroad! Students become fully integrated into your family’s daily lifestyle.    

Host family high school students can earn up to 45 hours
of community service, (depending on your school).

For more information, please contact:
Karen Wood at 352-239-0578

Visit us online at www.ef.com/ehp

EF/EHP is a 501c3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Florida. 

Wine & Tapas Event to benefit Open Arms Village on June 3rd

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Transitions Life Center to Host Barbecue on Saturday, June 3rd

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Mojo Blues Fest on June 2nd to Benefit Feed the Need

Posted on: May 18, 2017

Woodring named Florida’s top Workforce Development Professional

Posted on: May 10, 2017

Woodring, who has been with CareerSource CLM since 1997, was honored Monday night during the FEDC’s annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The award was presented by Lois Scott, retired bureau chief for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and last year’s recipient.

The FEDC is the statewide organization that educates, advocates for and connects Florida’s economic stakeholders. In addition to Woodring, the FEDC recognized Florida Gov. Rick Scott as the 2017 Business Ambassador and the Eunice Sullivan Economic Development Professional of the Year was awarded to Crystal Sircy, executive vice president of the Orlando Economic Partnership.

The workforce developer professional of the year award has been given annually since 2007 to recognize the achievements of an outstanding Florida workforce developer who has made a significant impact on workforce development. It is named in honor of its first recipient, former Florida Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings, in recognition of her exceptional leadership in building a strong workforce system to respond to critical workforce needs and advance local, regional and state economic development.

This marks the first time in the award’s 10-year history that two members of the same organization have been named the state’s top workforce development professional. Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSouce CLM, received the award in 2013.

Woodring, who directs workforce program implementation and programming for Citrus, Levy and Marion counties, has been instrumental in area YouthBuild projects and led the statewide planning effort for the annual Workforce Professional Development Summit for the last three consecutive years. The summit provides system-wide training for more than 800 professionals and is a collaboration of CareerSource Florida, Florida Workforce Development Association and DEO.

“I'm honored to be recognized for this award by the FEDC,” Woodring said. “As workforce professionals we work every day to keep our promises with our job seekers, business and our economic development partners.  Fulfilling the vision of the FWDA, CSF and DEO for a strong and fulfilling Summit make it possible for our network to keep this promise.”

She was nominated by Ed Peachey, president and chief executive officer of CareerSource Tampa Bay.

“Ms. Woodring has set a new standard for excellence in managing relationships with community organizations and partners,” Peachey said. “Thanks to her leadership, extraordinary attention to detail and devotion to educating our professionals to be the most innovative and effective in the nation, she has helped create a path to prosperity for thousands of at-risk Citrus, Levy and Marion county residents. Her impact on these communities will be felt for decades to come.”

Kathy Judkins, CareerSource CLM’s board chair, said, “I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this prestigious award.”

“We appreciate Kathleen’s unfailing commitment to the workforce mission,” said Judkins, who was on hand during the awards ceremony. “Her unprecedented leadership and accomplishments as chair of the annual summit is a worthy acknowledgement.”

Woodring has been involved in workforce development for nearly three decades, serving as an equal opportunity officer for an employment and training consortium in Pennsylvania and as placement and support services coordinator for the former Withlacoochee Workforce Development Authority in Ocala. She joined CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion, then Workforce Connection, in 1997, in 2005 became chief operating officer and last year was named executive vice president, managing program implementation and programming for the three-county region. Prior to her career in workforce development, Woodring was a manager for the US Bureau of the Census and Disney World.

Woodring, who chairs the Florida Workforce Development Association’s Chief Operating Officer subgroup, also serves on numerous civic and community boards, including the Marion County Transportation Disadvantaged board, Early Learning Coalition of Marion County, United Way of Marion County Financial Stability Vision Council and the Marion County Homeless Coalition.

A native of Minnesota, she graduated from Bemidji State University and earned her Master’s in Management with honors from Webster University in 2006.

Woodring and her husband Mac have lived in Ocala since 1995 and have one son and three dogs.

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CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers may be reached using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. For accommodations, call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or email accommodations@careersourceclm.com. A proud partner of the American Jobs Center network and member of CareerSource Florida.

Lassiter-Ware to Host Webinar Discussing Marijuana in the Workplace on May 17th

Posted on: May 01, 2017

Join us in May for a Webinar to learn about Marijuana in the Workplace.  Gain an education and understanding to ensure your company’s policies and procedures are in compliance.

Does marijuana remain an illegal drug?
How many states have legalized:
Medical marijuana?
Recreational marijuana?
Both medical and recreational marijuana and what is the difference between the two in the workplace?
What are the common features of the State Marijuana Statues?
Do employers in states that have legalized marijuana still permitted to conduct marijuana testing on employees?
If an employee fails a drug test for marijuana, however, has a medical prescription, can the employer terminate employee or would that be considered discrimination?
If a company has multi-state employees wherein some states have legalized medical and/or recreational use of marijuana and some do not, how does a company effectively manage this issue in the workplace and be in compliance?
What should be included in the employee handbook/workplace policy regarding the legalization of the drug?
Presenters: Jeff Branham, Esquire and Doug Noah, Esquire
Deans, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton

Sholom Park to Celebrate National Public Gardens Day on May 12

Posted on: April 25, 2017

This casual event will offer guests a chance to ask questions and learn from one of north central Florida’s most dedicated and distinguished apiarists.  To learn more about McChesney, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJIUm1NMtp8

Time: 1-3 p.m.
Admission free, donations accepted
Location: Sholom Park Main Pavilion
7110 SW 80th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34481
 

Call for Volunteers – SHOLOM PARK’s Fun at the Park: Music & Art – May 21, 2017 Sholom Park seeks volunteers

Posted on: April 25, 2017

 Sholom Park is pleased to host its next Fun at the Park event that will include live chamber-style music and exhibits of original art for the public to enjoy. The late spring event will be held Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2017, in the Sholom Park Formal Garden area, from 4-7 p.m.
Organizers for the event are recruiting a select number of volunteers to assist with a variety of activities, such as: 
Assisting at visitor sign-in tables
Assisting designated artists at their individual booths
Interviewing attendees
Escorting designated visitors throughout exhibits
*Many other opportunities are available to serve.

Interested volunteers should email Summer Best:  summer_best@otowfl.com to confirm involvement and discuss more details. Please respond as soon as possible to be included in any volunteer meetings and updates. 

www.sholompark.org


 

Bank of America to Host Fraud Strategies Workshop on April 27th

Posted on: April 25, 2017

Leadercast Event to be held on Friday, May 5th

Posted on: April 17, 2017

AT&T Seeking Customer Service Representatives

Posted on: March 27, 2017

Group to Audit Career and Technical Ed

Posted on: March 05, 2017

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations & Communications Officer
352.671.7555 | FAX: 352.671.7735 | CELL: 352.840.3265
Email:  Public.Relations@Marion.k12.fl.us

GROUP TO AUDIT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

MARION COUNTY – Marion County Public Schools will audit its own career and technical education programs as part of a larger plan to redesign and update programs.  The move has two goals in store -- bring greater relevancy to student learning and develop the community’s talent pipeline.

The Whetstone Group, a leading think-tank agency located in Jacksonville, will explain the auditing process in a meeting open to the public on March 8.  The meeting begins at 6PM at MTI located at 1614 E. Ft. King St. in Ocala. Doors open for a reception at 5:30PM, sponsored by Engage in Education, part of the Public Education Foundation of Marion County.

The Whetstone Group will train district administrators using its LEAD model (Linking Economic and Academic Development).  This model evaluates existing Career Technical and Education (CTE) programs for relevance and effectiveness, identifies needs for new programs, determines outdated programs no longer needed, is data driven providing objective results, and ensures all CTE programs meet Florida legislation, are connected to the area’s local economic needs, and provide students with marketable skills.

This audit follows an MCPS announcement last week regarding two new Logistics Career Choice Academies opening in August at Lake Weir and West Port High Schools. This audit will help determine additional academies opening in coming years.

Founded in 2004, The Whetstone Group is a leader in transforming community workforces by establishing career educational offerings connected to local, state and regional economic drivers. Whetstone helps businesses and communities establish a competitive edge through a well-defined and developed workforce.

For more information, contact my office directly or Mark Vianello, executive director of Career and Technical Education, at 352.671.6868 or Mark.Vianello@marion.k12.fl.us.

EARTH FARE NOW HIRING, WILL BRING NEARLY 100 NEW JOBS TO OCALA

Posted on: February 28, 2017

Earth Fare is committed to improving lives through better food and healthier living. The Ocala Earth Fare joins the other thirty-nine full-service grocery stores throughout the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Earth Fare makes healthier food choices easy through the broadest assortment of organic, natural and fresh products, while also adhering to one of the strictest food standards in the industry.

Learn more about Earth Fare’s fresh approach to improving lives through a healthier lifestyle at www.earthfare.com.


WHEN:  March 15th-17th from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day

WHERE: College of Central Florida
                Ewers Center
                Ocala, FL 34474


ABOUT EARTH FARE
Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country, with 39 locations across 9 states in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry with compelling value, friendly and knowledgeable service, and superior shopping experience. It’s a philosophy that makes it easy to live a healthier lifestyle, every day.
Live Longer with Earth Fare.

Come experience the Frank Deluca YMCA!

Posted on: February 24, 2017

TypTap Insurance Hiring Call Center Supervisor

Posted on: February 13, 2017

JOB SUMMARY
Supervises and coordinates activities of employees providing telephone customer support services for TypTap’s flood insurance product.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Monitors productivity of customer service representatives and generates reports
• Reviews data to monitor the customer experience and CSR statistics
• Monitors individual, team and call center results to identify and act on both positive and negative performance trends to ensure attainment of goals and performance targets
• Monitors service calls to observe employee demeanor, technical accuracy and conformity to company policies
• Answers questions and recommends corrective services to address customer complaints
• Provides communication and follow up to ensure representatives are fully informed of all new information related to products, procedures, customer needs and company related issues, changes or actions
• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow
• Studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency

REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
• Supervisory and customer service experience required
• Clear, concise oral and written communication skills
• Must be detail-oriented
• Professional and courteous at all times
• Excellent problem-solving skills
• Hard-working and highly motivated to close sales
• Bilingual a plus

EDUCATION & TRAINING
• Bachelor’s degree in Insurance, Risk Management, Business Administration or closely-related field preferred.  Insurance experience highly preferred.

EXPERIENCE
• 5+ years’ experience supervising a call center or similar environment

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS
• 2-20 Insurance License a plus

A WORD ABOUT THE NATURE OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS
This is not a complete itemization of all facets of this position. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. HCI has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

I have reviewed and acknowledge receipt of this job description.

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Mojo Grill to Host Fellowship Wednesdays on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of Every Month

Posted on: January 26, 2017

COFFEE AND CAREER TALK AT CF JAN. 26

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Student and career services for individuals with disabilities will be discussed. Featured guest speakers will be from the Division of the Blind, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation.

For more information contact Heather Gamble at hgamble@talentcenter.org or 352-840-5762.

To learn more about the College of Central Florida, visit CF.edu.

Three Central Florida Therapy Practice Owners Collaborate to Help Other Therapists

Posted on: January 03, 2017

The three private practice owners recently wrote, “Putting Your Dreams To Work: Keys To Setting Up Your Therapy Practice.” Despite their busy schedules, they enjoy meeting quarterly and encouraging each other.

“We are members of various networking groups in Central Florida that support each other. As Therapy Practice owners, it is important to have a good support system. The more we began to meet, the more we became aware of the benefits of staying motivated and sharing pertinent private practice information. This book embodies that spirit.”

The book launches January, 1, 2017 and will be available on Amazon and CreateSpace. The three busy private practice owners are holding book signings/meet and greet events across Florida to hopefully inspire future therapy practice owners. The first book signing/meet and greet will take place at Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria on Tues, January 10, 2017, 6-8p.m.

"We have taken our experiences, our triumphs, our mistakes, our ups, our downs of owning a private practice and put them in one easy-to-read book,” stated Adrienne Fuller, MS, CCC-SLP.

In addition to launching a book for therapy private practice owners, the three Speech Language Pathologists have created low cost webinars to teach various aspects of starting and growing a therapy private practice.The webinars contain specific content that will help individuals prepare, set up, and grow their practice.

"This is the information I wish I had when starting my practice. It is comprehensive and an honest look at the good and the bad in this process. Our book answers most questions a practitioner has when starting the
journey or even already on the journey,” explained Natasha Carby-Joseph, MA, CCC-SLP


The Therapists’ Corner, LLC
thetherapistscornerllc@gmail.com
150 East 1st Street
Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: 407.703.2711
Fax: 321.284.8005
www.thetherapistscorner.com

Two CF Health Programs ranked among top in nation

Posted on: December 08, 2016

Ranked third in the nation among four-year colleges, CF’s Physical Therapist Assistant program takes about two years to complete and currently boasts a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent employment rate.
CF’s Emergency Medical Services program, ranked fifth in the nation among four-year schools, takes 15 weeks to complete and leads to certification as an EMT.
Accreditedschoolsonline.org is an informative tool that ranks accredited colleges and universities throughout the nation on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The tool allows students to connect with schools based on the factors that are most important to them, including location, price, support services and more.


To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.  

Contact CF Marketing and Public Relations Director Lois Brauckmuller at 352-854-2322, ext. 1374, brauckmuller@cf.edu or Marketing and Public Relations Manager Staci Biondini at 352-854-2322, ext. 1565, biondini@cf.edu. The Ocala Campus is located at 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala, Fla. 34474-4415, 352-873-5800. The Citrus Campus is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Fla. 34461-9026, 352-746-6721. The Levy Center is located at 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, Fla. 32626-1420, 352-493-9533. The Hampton Center is located at 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34475-6456, 352-873-5881 and the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Fla. 34470-5001, 352-291-4455. For additional information, visit College of Central Florida at www.CF.edu.
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AT&T Hiring Customer Service Representatives

Posted on: November 29, 2016

Edible Arrangements Adds Delicious New Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Posted on: November 21, 2016

Edible Arrangements stores in Gainesville and Ocala are offering new products that are sure to add WOW to your holiday gift giving. New items include Custom Swizzle colors, Taste of Edible Gift Baskets and the Edible Signature Chocolate Box. These items and many more will be on display and available for sampling during the stores’ Holiday Open House:

Gainesville  Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m,
  Located in the Tower Square Shopping Center at 7050 SW Archer Road
  352-378-2400

Ocala   Friday, Dec. 2, 4:00 -7:00 p.m.
Located in the Shoppes at Paddock Park, 3101 SW 34th Avenue
  352-861-9400

Custom Swizzle® Colors give customers a fun new way to personalize any gift with 66 custom colors of chocolate swizzle. The new proprietary chocolate color matching system makes it possible for Edible Arrangements designers to match the colors of your company logo, your favorite sports team (Go Gators!), your wedding, baby’s room and more, in delicious chocolate. One color of chocolate swizzle is an additional $5 and two colors is $7.

Also new for fall is the “Taste of Edible®” Gift Baskets featuring many of your favorite Edible Arrangements bouquets and chocolate Dipped Fruit boxes, all beautifully presented with fresh whole fruit, an Edible Arrangements mug and an Edible to Go Gift Booklet valued at $29.95.  The Gift Baskets are hand-made fresh daily and available in three sizes starting at $99.

Lastly, Edible Arrangements has introduced a new line of boxed chocolate gifts – the Edible Signature Chocolate Box. Featuring recipes designed with master chef Jacques Torres, these melt-in-your-mouth chocolates are available in 6 flavors: hazelnut crunch, caramel, raspberry, orange, pineapple, and passion fruit.

HITS Advertising Opportunities

Posted on: November 08, 2016

The Champion’s Kit will be sent to the HITS e-mail list of more than 20,000 equine enthusiasts and posted on our website (1.3 Million visitors annually) and social media outlets (30,000 Facebook followers) providing a tremendous number of valuable impressions.
The Champion’s Kit can include coupons, offers and special information from its participants. Material can be uploaded into the HITS Champion’s Kit until January 3, 2017.
Please (check mark) to reserve space in the following event bag(s) -
___ HITS Champion’s Kit Ocala $390. Ad must be received by January 3, 2017
___ Non-Profit Organization $195. Must provide declaration documents with contract.
___ HITS Champion’s Kit Coachella $390. Ad must be received by January 3, 2017
___ Non-Profit Organization $195. Must provide declaration documents with contract.


Forward contract and/or questions to Scott@hitsshows.com
 

Click here for the contract. 

Ocala Lions Club to Host Golf Tournament on December 3rd

Posted on: November 03, 2016

Help re-View Business Strategies Learn about Small Businesses

Posted on: November 03, 2016

HomeGoods to Open at Market Street at Heath Brook

Posted on: October 18, 2016

HomeGoods will open at Market Street at Heath Brook in Summer 2017, taking five contiguous existing retail spaces to create a 22,445 square foot space located at near The Commons and  Artsy Abode. 

Established in 1992, HomeGoods is an off-price retailer and currently operates over 500 stores across the United States. HomeGoods delivers great value on a selection of exciting top brands and home fashions from around the world.
Orangetheory Fitness is also scheduled to open in late Fall 2016 near Azulene Day Spa.  The physiology behind the Orangetheory Fitness workout involves heart-rate-monitored training designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post- workout.
“We are delighted to welcome HomeGoods and Orangetheory Fitness to Market Street at Heath Brook,” comments Norine Bowen, VP of Property Management at The MGHerring Group. “We are confident that our shoppers will enjoy both businesses and look forward to their openings.”

HomeGoods and Orangetheory Fitness join other new recent additions to Market Street at Heath Brook including Five Star Pizza, Envious Eyebrows and Las Margaritas. 

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About HomeGoods

HomeGoods is a one-stop shopping destination that showcases an ever-changing assortment of high-quality, unique home fashions and some of the finest home basics from around the world. Shoppers can choose from brand and designer names, and distinctive pieces in an easy-to-shop environment.  HomeGoods offers exciting home décor options for every room in the home and for every sense of style - with new merchandise arriving several times per week, stores always look fresh and exciting.


About Orangetheory Fitness
Orangetheory Fitness (www.orangetheoryfitness.com) is the energizing group personal training, interval fitness concept that is sweeping the nation. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Participants burn from 500 to 1000 calories per 60-minute training session (individual results vary), using a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, TRX suspension trainingTM and free weights.


About Market Street at Heath Brook
Market Street at Heath Brook is a 685,000-square-foot lifestyle center in Ocala, Florida and is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Dillard’s.  The center includes tenants such as Barnes & Noble, Kirkland’s, Old Navy, DSW Designer Show Warehouse, Ulta Beauty, Jos. A. Bank, Webster University, and Panera Bread.

About The MGHerring Group
With a reputation for design, quality and integrity, Dallas-based The MGHerring Group has developed more than 30 major shopping centers and regional malls in the United States and Mexico, totaling more than 25 million square feet of retail space.  Current projects include The Village at Fairview, The Village at Allen, Golden Triangle Mall, Silver City Galleria and Market Street at Heath Brook. The MGHerring Group has been recognized with numerous industry awards and is considered by many to be among the top shopping center developers in the nation.
About Tricom Real Estate Group
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Tricom Real Estate Group is a private retail investment and asset management firm focused on the acquisition and turnaround of underperforming regional mall and open air center assets in key markets across the nation.


 

Saint Leo University Moves to New Ocala Location

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Hallmarks of the Ocala Education Center are access and convenience. Classes are available when students, mainly adult learners, need them, said Rena Thomas, center director.

While the average Saint Leo Ocala student is in his or her 30s, the center now is offering associate of arts degrees, which will appeal to those who recently have graduated high school or earned an equivalency diploma. “Students can now start with us without having their AA or any college credits,” Thomas said.

Some of the most popular programs offered by the Saint Leo University Ocala Education Center are human services, elementary and middle grades education, and criminal justice.

Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit university founded by Benedictine monks and sisters. The university honors its Benedictine roots by incorporating its core values in every class. One of the core values is “community,” and the Ocala Education Center works closely with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. The university offers CEP members and their employees a 10 percent discount.

The Ocala Education Center also works closely with many human services-related agencies and the Marion County Public Schools, and many students are hired for full-time positions following completion of their field placement.

Registration is taking place for the Spring 1 Semester, which begins January 9, 2017. For information, call (352) 671-3391.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 15,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.


Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations, mary.mccoy02@saintleo.edu, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416

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