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Weekly NEWS - May 16, 2011 


In This Issue
Igniting Innovation (I2) Program
2011 Alfred P. Sloan Awards
Purchasing Synopsis
Employ Florida Job Link
Kentucky Derby Social
Entrepreneur Summit
Event Schedule
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Training Summit

The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, in partnership with Florida MEP, invite you to participate in the Manufacturing Innovations 2011 Model Based Enterprise (MBE) Supplier Education and Training Summit in Orlando on May 18, 2011, from 7AM to 4PM.


This summit will raise the MBE literacy of NASA and DoD suppliers through the following programs:

  • MBE and its benefits: Perspectives from both NASA and DoD
  • MBE Technical Data Package Development
  • Working with NASA OEMs
  • The implications and opportunities of MBE for Small Business
  • MBE-Related resources and assistance
  • Q&A panels

Additional information on this event can be found at the following website:


Florida MEP will provide FREE Admission to the first 25 Brevard County manufactures to contact the EDC by reply email, (a $100 value).  


The EDC is pleased to partner with Florida MEP in support of Brevard County's manufacturing industry.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the EDC or Florida MEP programs at 638-2000.
2011 Alfred P. Sloan Awards

Does your organization use any of the following strategies to create effective and flexible workplaces?


  • Flexible start and finish times
  • Working from home arrangements
  • Compressed workweeks
  • Quality part-time work
  • Options to phase into retirement
  • Allow new parents to come back to work gradually after the birth or adoption of a child


If so, you might be eligible for recognition as an employer of choice in the State of Florida.  Deadline to apply is May 27th, so act today!


Have you applied to have your business or organization considered for the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility? This prestigious award recognizes employers across the country that are successfully using flexibility to meet both business and employee goals. All Sloan Award applicants have access to valuable benchmarking data on workplace flexibility that compares organization's programs and policies to other leading employers.


Employers of businesses and organizations in both the private and public sectors, for-profit and not-for-profit, are eligible for the award provided they meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of ten employees must currently work from or report to the eligible worksite. This does not include contract workers or consultants who are not reported to the IRS, but does include employees who travel frequently or work from home as long as they report back to the eligible worksite.
  • The organization must have been in operation for at least one year.

To APPLY, or for information, go to



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Cocktails + Contenders = FUN!


Ladies in great Hats, Cocktails and Horse Race Contenders came together for the  "Cocktails & Contenders" Kentucky Derby Social in Viera on Tuesday, May 3rd.  The results?  You be the judge!


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The Winners!


Brevard County

Entrepreneur Summit

Hosted by Congressman Bill Posey

At Florida Institute of Technology
Hartley Room, Denius Student Center

May 17, 2011, 8:00 AM - Noon


About the Summit: Entrepreneurs from across the 15th Congressional District will be showcasing their innovative technologies to the public and potential investors. Presenters will include a wide variety of start-up and early-stage companies representing a wide array of industry sectors.

This is an opportunity for leaders of Brevard County's newest and most exciting companies to share their products with the public and discuss investment and licensing opportunities with potential investors and strategic investors. In addition to the presentations, company representatives will be available to talk in detail about their technologies, products and services.

The Agenda: The agenda includes a keynote address by Congressman Posey and presentations by five companies. Carol Craig, President/CEO, Craig Technologies, will be a guest speaker. Other speakers include Florida Venture Forum, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce and Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

Networking and a continental breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and the program begins at 9:00 AM.

In Coordination with: Congressman Bill Posey is pleased to coordinate with the following organizations in presenting the Brevard County Entrepreneur Summit: Women's Business Center at Florida Tech, Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA), Brevard Workforce, Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Small Business Development Center at Brevard Community College, Brevard Community College and Space Florida.

RSVP to or call 1-321-632-1776.


Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning May 10th and 12th at 6:30 PM, Chamber Women's Golf Clinic Session 2.   Don't be left out of the fun and networking! Learn to play golf!  Location:  Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Pky, Viera 32940.  For the beginner- 6-week learning series offered Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  Five one-hour classes covering all aspects of the game, with a 9-hole, Par 3 wrap-up event.  Limited to 8 participants per session  R.S.V.P. to either, or call (321) 504-7776 x 7460. Cost per person $125 (Clubs provided if needed).  Thursdays - Chamber Women's Golf Clinic.  Location:  Duran Golf Club, 7032 Stadium Pky, Viera 32940.   Call 321-504-7776 x 7460.


Tuesday, May 17th, 5 PM - Chamber Alive@5.  Location: Crown Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605 HWY A1A N
Indialantic, FL 32903.  Costs: 
$5 at the door - members; $10 at the door - guests.  Cash Bar.  For information, call (321) 724-5400, ext 231.


Wednesday, May 18th, 11:30 AM  - 1PM - Post-Legislative Wrap-up Session.  Location: Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne 32901.  Sponsor:  Bright House Networks.  Costs:  $25 members prepaid online, $35 members at the door/invoiced, $50 potential members.  Register online at  Registration deadline:  Monday, May 16th, at 12Noon.


Thursday, May 19th, 11:30 AM - 1 PM - Business Toolkit Series.  Location:  Melbourne Regional Chamber Auditorium.  Topic:  Business Etiquette 101.  Speaker:  Juana L. Richardson.  Cost:  (incl. box lunch) $25 members and Barry University Alumni; $40 non-members.  Optional:  $40 "Pick-A-Pair" package - Register for 2 sessions and save $10.  Register online for single session at, or call Cassie to register for 2 "Pick-A-Pair" sessions at (321) 724.5400, ext. 231. 


Friday, May 20th, 11AM - 4PM - Mega Marketplace.  Location:  Brevard Zoo Lodge, 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne 32940. $40.00 Single Participant ($80.00 for Non-Brevard County Chamber Member). Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 17th,

For more information contact Chuck Galy 321-724-5400 ext. 230.


Wednesday, June 1st, Hurricane Workshop & Party.  Location:  Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront, 3101 North Hwy. A1A Melbourne, Florida 32903.  Workshop 3-5PM, Guest Speaker: Robert J. Goetz, CBA, FEMA Trained, EMI Certified.  Display tables available for $100 each, as well as sponsorships - Contact Diane Gabik ext. 238.  CLICK HERE to register for a display table.  R.S.V.P. to Heather Allen, or call (321)433-5570 or (321)433-5572.  HURRICANE PARTY immediately following seminar on the Oceanfront Deck, 5-7PM.  Cash Bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. 




Tuesday, May 17th, 8:30 AM - Ambassador Meeting.  Location:  Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne.  For information, call (321) 724-5400, ext 236.


Government Affairs Committee Meeting.  Please note there will be no May meeting of the Government Affairs Committee - it is replaced this month by the Legislative Wrap-Up session on May 18th, see details above under Events.


Friday, May 20th, 11 AM - SCORE Small Business Counseling (FREE).  Location: Melbourne Regional Chamber, 1005 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne. For more information, call (321) 254-2288.




Saturday, May 14, 2011 -Ribbon Cutting for March For Babies walk, 9 - 11 AM (Actual Cut 8:50 AM) ****March of Dimes****   JOINT WITH COCOA.   LocationThe Avenue Viera..  Please go to the front of the Rave Motion Pictures Theater.   Event will feature food and entertainment, with local radio coverage on site.  Website:


Saturday, May 14, 2011 -Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening, 10AM - 12Noon (Actual Cut 10AM) ****Visual Dynamics, Inc.****  Location:  2251 Town Center, Suite 105, The Avenue Viera, next to Books-A-Million.  Event will feature 98.5 The Beach, representatives from Apple Corporate, as well as refreshments and a raffle.  Website:


Saturday, May 14, 2011 -Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Phase II Celebration, 2 - 5PM (Actual Cut 2:30PM)  ****AAA Malabar Storage****  Location: From U.S. 1, Malabar Road west 2/10th of a mile, cross the railroad tracks, and the building is on the right.  From I-95, take Malabar Road east about 4 miles.  Just past the point where the speed limit is reduced to 30mph, AAA Malabar Storage will be on the left.  Event will feature refreshments, drawing and door prizes, along with a magician and a DJ.  Website: