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  • May Newsletter 2015
    June 23,2015

    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. THOMAS A. EDISON


    MAY 2015

    PBGYAA 1st Annual Wine, Dine & Music

    TMS is excited to announce a fun new event to benefit kids team sports in Palm Beach Gardens. We want YOU to join us and eat and drink your way through some of the best local restaurants, while being entertained by musicians from the School of the Arts.

    Mayor Bert Premuroso and Vice Mayor David Levy will be on hand to mix and mingle with all. This event is scheduled for May 29, 2015, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach campus on Military Trail.
    The cost is $40.00. To purchase tickets go to: HTTPS://WWW.PBGYAA.COM/DONATIONS/WINE-AND-DINE-FUNDRAISER/ or mail a check for $40 PBGYAA @ The Merchant Strategy, 1804 North Dixie Highway, Suite B, West Palm Beach, FL 33470.
    Wine, food, music, and friends, what more could you want?

    Attention all Seminoles and Gators!

    TMS is producing an all day, family FUN event downtown on November 28, 2015 and is looking for sponsors.

    College GAMEDAY is an inaugural event for downtown West Palm Beach designed to take advantage of the intense rivalry and excitement that the University of Florida and Florida State University football generates. College GAMEDAY will create awareness of business in West Palm Beach though this unique and spectacular experience. Vigorous promotions, branding, and marketing efforts will be utilized throughout the state of Florida and beyond.

    The event will be focused at "Meyer Field" with two giant outdoor screens at either, chalked like a football field, with “stadium” vendors, raffles, bands, celebrity speakers, competitions, and more entertainment. High school cheerleaders and bands will play Seminole and Gator fight songs, and a Pee Wee game and Pee Wee cheerleaders will play earlier in the day, along with special MVP specials offered by the Clematis Street merchants.

    College games will be featured throughout the day on the big screens. Downtown merchants will offer food and drink specials to entice fans to come early and stay late. Pre-event parties and co-promotions will be developed with local small businesses to get them involved for the holiday shopping, and the college football community. Dock space would be available for those who wish to arrive by boat. There will also be hotel package deals for those who want to play hard and wish to stay downtown overnight.
    Stay tuned to WWW.THEMERCHANTSTRATEGY.COM for more info.

    Meet Our New Bookkeeper!

    Lindsay Murphy has joined the TMS team and is providing bookkeeping services. She is a Certified Management Accountant and member of the Institute of Management Accountants. She earned her Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

    Lindsay’s firm, Coastal Bookkeeping and Accounting, LLC (CB&A) provides completely customized and scalable bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses and individuals. CB&A offers weekly full accounting services, or can supplement as needed, preparing accounting records annually for the tax accountant. CB&A saves business owners time and money by managing bookkeeping needs without the expense of an employee.

    Lindsay is married to Dylan Murphy and is raising two boys. She enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. Find out more at WWW.COASTALBOOKKEEPINGANDACCOUNTING.COM.

    Congratulations to 2015 LEA Recipient Michele Poole

    A graduate if Class 2014, Michele became the recipient of the 2015 Leadership Excellence Award (LEA) in March in front of more than 300 alumni, sponsors, and other supporters of LPBC who came together to honor and celebrate the work being done to make Palm Beach County a better community.

    Equipment Rental Service, Inc. (ERS)

    ERS held a first ever Customer Appreciation party at TMS. Some of the guests included West Palm Beach City Commissioners Keith James and Cory Neering, Vince Burkhardt, Burkhardt Construction, Doug Eakins, DS Eakins, Bob Schaefer, Ranger Construction, Michelle Anaya DePotter, Associated General Contractors, Warren Newell, Cheney Brothers, and Adrian Puig, ERS. Equipment Rental Service is a provider of heavy duty construction tools and equipment for rent, as well as skilled repair services, located on Okeechobee Blvd. and I-95 in West Palm Beach.

    Florida TaxWatch Update

    In an unexpected move, the Florida House adjourned Sine Die on Tuesday, April 28th, three days before the constitutionally mandated end of session. Their early recess resulted in many bills dying, including addressing the state’s sun-setting Enterprise Zone program and allowing Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners to practice to the fullest extent of their training. For all the information on the bills that have passed and the bills that will not this year, check out FLORIDA TAXWATCH’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.

    Florida's per capita state government tax and revenue collections are at their lowest points in decades, according to the state's fiscal watchdog, Florida TaxWatch. The latest report, How Florida Compares, shows the state's per capita state tax collections have fallen to 48th in the nation.

    "Florida's different tax rankings paint a picture for taxpayers that help them understand how state and local governments work together to provide necessary services," said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. How Florida Compares is available in a convenient, slim pocket guide format, perfect for your desk, briefcase or jacket pocket. To request a copy, contact Morgan L. McCord. A PDF reference version is AVAILABLE HERE.

    South Florida Fair Report

    The 2014 Fair was another successful event. "There are so many great things about the South FLorida Fair. Many of the shows are free with your ticket, It's so clean, organized and safe. The food is great, and the rides are awesome," quoteD Susan P. Here are some of the stats and information from the 2014 event.

    Space For Lease

    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 for more information!


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