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    August 01,2015

    RESILIENCE: It's not what happens to you, it's what you do before it, during it, and after it. -Alan Weiss


    August 2015



    NOVEMBER 28, 2015 UF vs FSU

    Meyer Amphitheater is the place to be Saturday, November 28, for the Braman Motorcars College Game Day. It is a full day of all your favorite college football rivalries, on two giant screens, in the converted downtown West Palm Beach waterfront amphitheater, and admission is FREE.

    Focusing on the rivalry and excitement of the University of Florida and Florida State University showdown, Braman Motorcars College Game Day will feature high school cheerleaders and marching bands playing Seminole and Gator fight songs, “stadium” vendors, former players, celebrity speakers, competitions, vendors, and entertainment.

    Rivalry games will be featured throughout the day on the big screens with the grass chalked off like a football field. Downtown merchants will offer food and drink specials to entice fans to come early and stay late. MVP tickets are available for "50 yard line" reserved seats, complimentary food and beverages for $50. Dock space is available for those who wish to arrive by boat. There are hotel package deals for those who want to play hard and stay downtown overnight. For more information about sponsorships, media, and vendor opportunities, contact:






    The 2nd annual All About You Conference for women returns to the Palm Beach Hilton on Australian for another great day of enlightenment, entertainment, and fun networking with some of South Florida's most interesting women.

    Don't miss the full day of vendors, speakers, great food, make-overs, champagne, over 100 auction items, wine tasting, and Tito's cocktails. Check out our website for the latest details and where to get your discount tickets.



    State economists predict lawmakers will have $657.5 million more than previously anticipated for the next state budget. The latest General Revenue (GR) forecast shows the state's GR fund is expected to reach $31.6 million for the 2016-17 budget year. The growing available funds mean recurring revenues exceed current recurring expenses by $1.6 billion.

    "Florida's economy is returning to its pre-recession days, and the available funds for the state budget reflect that strength," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "Tourism is very strong and more Floridians are able to find jobs and they are spending money throughout the state."

    The increased budget estimates are due to Florida's steady, if not spectacular, economic recovery. The state's sales tax is the largest source of General Revenue funds, and is projected to bring in $21.957 billion this year, totaling more than 77 percent of total General Revenue.

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    TMS is delighted to work with Erdman Anthony to provide infrastructure improvements on Singer Island. Project Manager Dana Gillette is a Principal Associate with Erdman Anthony and leads their civil engineering efforts in Florida. She is a West Palm Beach native and graduated Forest Hill High School with TMS President, Sharon Merchant. Said Merchant, “I am happy to work with Dana to provide professional public involvement services”. Gillette graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.

    Erdman Anthony is a sixty year old, employee owned firm, providing infrastructure engineering and support services to private industry and government clients. The firm employs over 250 people, including 70 professional engineers and licensed land surveyors, throughout its offices in West Palm Beach, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Maine. Erdman Anthony offers engineering expertise in transportation, geospatial services, civil, construction services, and facilities and design services. Erdman Anthony has earned ISO 9001 quality certification.


    Commissioners Keith James and Cory Neering have taken steps to address the recent plague of youth-on-youth violence in West Palm Beach. The Commissioners plan to work with the private sector to obtain commitments for at least 100 jobs and job training opportunities during next summer for young men and women from impoverished neighborhoods. Said James, "The rationale for such an effort is that if we fail to proactively address this problem, all of the efforts of the Chamber and the BDB to attract businesses to West Palm Beach won’t be enough to overcome the stigma of West Palm Beach being a violence-ridden town. A community is judged by the way we take care of our kids and invest in their future. A robust summer job and job-training program will be a HUGE step in the right direction."


    All Florida major non-farm industries experienced gains from June 2014 to June 2015, except for Information, which saw a loss of less than a thousand jobs. The largest gains were in Leisure and Hospitality, with 53,600 new jobs, followed by Education and Health Services, with 53,300 jobs. By percentage, the largest gains were experienced in Construction, with a 6.4 percent growth, followed by Leisure and Hospitality at 4.9 percent, and Education and Health Services at 4.6 percent growth.

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    We're thrilled to have partnered with Uber to provide new Uber users a free ride (up to $20) to or from Braman Motorcars College Game Day 2015!

    How does it work? Using Uber's free app, you can request a pickup and a car driven by the closest available driver will show up in minutes. Your credit card is billed directly for your trip and there's no need to tip, so you won't need to carry cash. You can even see the car coming towards you on a map!

    Follow these simple steps to get $20 off your ride:

    1) Download the free Uber iPhone/Android/Windows app or sign up at: WWW.UBER.COM/GO/GAMEDAY15

    2) Enter your information in the Uber app and promo code "GAMEDAY15" when you sign up.

    3) Request a ride 5 - 15 minutes before you need one. $20 will be applied towards your first ride on uberX, uberXL, or uberSELECT (not valid on uberTAXI).

    Questions? Check out UBER.COM/MIAMI or email SUPPORTMIAMI@UBER.COM


    The Merchant Strategy, Inc., located at 1804 North Dixie Highway, has loft office space available for lease. Located just south of the charming Northwood Village, north of Palm Beach Lakes and a block from the intracoastal, the offices provide an upbeat atmosphere with unique benefits., Entire loft consisting of 3 offices available at $1,650 per month or rent one or two offices at $600 per month each. Conference room and main level available for social gatherings. Ideal for lawyers, architects, and engineers. Annual lease available. Loft space is shown by appointment only. Please contact Bette Anne at 561-315-9110.


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