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April 30

BAC Success Story: Naturefood

Mario Sica's business goal is pretty simple: to have a company that takes care of his employees, family and bring value to the community of Palm Coast. And he's doing just that. In 2011, Sica moved from Venezuela to the United States. He landed in Palm Coast where he has family. Sica is the President of Naturefood 2010 Company, which makes and sells different flavors of chocolate spreads called nutiLight. The business is located along Hargrove Grade in Palm Coast's industrial area and has two full-time and one part-time employee. Getting to this point has been a journey. One that started with a vision and a trip to the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center. The BAC is a one-stop resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Located at City Hall, it offers free business consulting services to people who want to start a business or already have one established. Sica was one of the first clients of the BAC and consultants connected him to just the right people to build necessary machinery; assist with trademarks, logos, and signs; product labels; and someone who could help with the interior design per state requirements. They also encouraged him to make a business plan. "That is something very important that they encouraged us to make a business plan," Sica said. So he created a 5-year business plan and got up and running in January 2012. He made some adjustments along the way, like changing some of the products by listening to the market. He also found a niche. "We found an alternative for people who want to eat a healthier product," Sica said. Currently, his company makes and sells multiple flavors of chocolate spread: Hazelnut spread & dark chocolate; Hazelnut spread & milk chocolate; Almond spread & dark chocolate; Protein + hazelnut spread & dark chocolate; and Protein + peanut spread & dark chocolate. Everything is sugar free, however, he says the milk chocolate flavor has 1 gram of sugar because of the milk. Sica says his customers are mostly e-commerce in the United States with Amazon and Netrition, but he also has a small distributors in Florida, California and in the northeast as well. Internationally, he has grocery customers in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Kuwait, Panama, Senegal, Puerto Rico and surrounding islands. Sica says his company has grown every year - slowly and naturally. "I feel I'm on the right track with the business," Sica said. "It was a lot of work to get my family here. Every year is better and better." The BAC has access to a powerful network of business tools that extend throughout the federal, state, county and private sectors at no cost. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at 386-986-2499 or set up an appointment online. With over 140+ clients assisted each year, our 'one-stop-shop method' in aiding businesses through start-up, marketing, financial planning, local permitting and much more speaks for itself when the positive impact clients make in the community can be seen each and every day!

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April 30

BAC Success Story: Color and Happiness

In 2015, Cyndi Morelewicz was at a crossroads. Her husband of 25 years had passed away from ALS the year prior. In deciding what's next for her life, she knew she wanted two things: color and happiness. All signs pointed to art. "When I was bored, I had my own little studio. I was also crafty. I love the arts," said Morelewicz. "Why wouldn't you want to be around this every day? It's pretty cool." So she set out to make that dream a reality. Her daughter encouraged her to check out Painting with a Twist - a studio offering fun art sessions for any skill level where a specific design is painted upon the step-by-step direction of artists. "I fell in love with it," she said. Painting for Morelewicz is relaxing, fostering creativity with color and offering a place of zen. She went to the company's corporate office in 2016 and was approved to open a franchise. She had some business skills from the home-based, family-owned insurance company with her husband, but then realized she'd need some help, because the demographic for retail arts is much different. She also hadn't dealt with architects and licensing before. For guidance, she turned to the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center, or BAC. "As crazy and complicated as it was, what a learning process," said Morelewicz. "Every day I'm still learning. And it gave me the courage to keep going. Why not? What do I have to lose?" The BAC is a one-stop resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Located at City Hall, it offers free business consulting services to people who want to start a business or already have one established. Consultants helped Morelewicz with permitting, licensing, financing, applications, crafting a business plan, researching demographics, leasing properties, and moral support. Now that she's been open a year, she still calls with questions on occasion, and recommends the service to others interested in starting a business. "I definitely push it, because it's worth it," she said. Morelewicz has five part-time employees at her Island Walk Shopping Center location. The studio offers 10,000 paintings to choose from. Designs are painted on wine glasses, canvases, and wood-shaped pallets. She hosts a class every weekday and several over the weekend, including private parties. Additionally, she's involved with efforts to give back to the community. As she approaches her one-year anniversary in business, she has two goals going forward: to be sustainable and keep her customers smiling. "Everybody who comes in here has a story," said Morelewicz. "And some of them are like mine." The BAC has access to a powerful network of business tools that extend throughout the federal, state, county and private sectors at no cost. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at 386-986-2499 or set up an appointment online. With over 140+ clients assisted each year, our 'one-stop-shop method' in aiding businesses through start-up, marketing, financial planning, local permitting and much more speaks for itself when the positive impact clients make in the community can be seen each and every day!

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April 08

City Bids Open Week of April 8

This week at the City of Palm Coast, there are 10 bids open and 8 quotes requested. Through bids and quotes, the City purchases a wide variety of supplies, materials, equipment and services using competitive requests. For bids: The City uses an online bidding system, called Bonfire, to publish and receive formal bids and proposals. As a business, registering as a vendor on Bonfire will enable you to receive email notifications when a contract within your commodity comes open for bid. To register as a vendor or see the latest bids, visit http://bit.ly/2H1FcWQ This week at the City, the following bids are open: Ref Bid # Project LOI-CD-19-44 ITB-UT-19-45 LOI-CD-19-38 RFSQ-CD-19-40 / ITB-CD-19-40 ITB-CD-19-32 ITB-CD-19-33 ITB-CD-19-34 ITB-CD-19-35 ITB-CD-19-36 ITB-CD-19-37 RFSQ-CD-19-43 / ITB-CD-19-43 RFSQ-CD-19-47 / ITB-CD-19-47 RFP-IT-19-21 RFQ-UT-19-24 LOI-CD-19-28 RFSQ-CD-19-10 / ITB-CD-19-10 ITB-CD-19-22 RFQ-PW-19-39 ITB-PW-19-46 RFQ-UT-19-49 Request for Letter of Interest (LOI) for SWCS L-4 on Lehigh Canal Replacement Design Services Replacement PEP Pumps - Price Agreement Contract Request for Letter of Interest (LOI) for Central Park Master Plan Update and Design Services New Traffic Signal and Turn Lane at Belle Terre and Market Ave/Eastwood Dr. Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-27-R Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-31-R Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-33-R Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-34-R Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-35-R Backup Power to Five (5) Pump Stations FEMA Contract #4283-36-R Water Treatment Plant No. 1 (WTP1) Electrical Upgrades Belle Terre Bridge Rehabilitation City Wide VoIP Phone System SCADA Support Software (Rockwell Factory Talk) and PLC Maintenance Request for Letter of Interest (LOI) for Water Treatment Plants Nos. 1 & 2 Lime Sludge Handling, Removal & Disposal Study Engineering Services Whiteview Parkway Force Main Crossing Stormwater Utility Site Maintenance Debris Disposal Services Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Celebration Sod (265,000 square feet) installed on ITSC fields 1 & 2 Utility Department Window Replacement For quotes: The City uses the GovQuote web tool to secure quotes for goods and services. This site is not used for bids, only for the collection of quotes for goods and services. Please register to ensure you receive notification for all requests for quotes at http://bit.ly/2XJsOjp. Registration and use of GovQuote is a free service to secure quotes that do not require a Formal Quote or Bid Process. Local business preference: As a local business, competitive offers are awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible offer. Vendors located within the City of Palm Coast limits can be awarded a solicitation if their cost if within a 3%-5% (depending on amount) and up to total of $20,000. If no vendors with a local business address respond to a City solicitation, preference is then given to vendors/contractors within Flagler County.

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March 08

City Bids Open Week of March 11

This week at the City of Palm Coast, there are 10 bids open and 13 quotes requested. Through bids and quotes, the City purchases a wide variety of supplies, materials, equipment and services using competitive requests. For bids: The City uses an online bidding system, called Bonfire, to publish and receive formal bids and proposals. As a business, registering as a vendor on Bonfire will enable you to receive email notifications when a contract within your commodity comes open for bid. To register as a vendor or see the latest bids, visit http://bit.ly/2H1FcWQ This week at the City, the following bids are open: Ref Bid # Project ITB-UT-19-45 Replacement PEP Pumps - Price Agreement Contract RFSQ-CD-19-47 / ITB-CD-19-47 Belle Terre Bridge Rehabilitation ITB-CD-19-22 Stormwater Utility Site Maintenance LOI-CD-19-38 Request for Letter of Interest (LOI) for Central Park Master Plan Update and Design Services RFQ-PW-19-39 Debris Disposal Services RFP-ADM-19-30 Request for Proposal (RFP) for Hearing Officer Services LOI-CD-19-41 Request for Letter of Interest for Professional Services for SWCS K-6/Smith Trail Replacement Design Services RFSQ-CD-19-43 / ITB-CD-19-43 Water Treatment Plant No. 1 (WTP1) Electrical Upgrades RFSQ-CD-19-40 / ITB-CD-19-40 Belle Terre Parkway Right Turn Lane at Eastwood Drive ITB-PW-19-46 Invitation to Bid (ITB) for Celebration Sod (265,000 square feet) installed on ITSC fields 1 & 2 For quotes: The City uses the GovQuote web tool to secure quotes for goods and services. This site is not used for bids, only for the collection of quotes for goods and services. Please register to ensure you receive notification for all requests for quotes at http://bit.ly/2XJsOjp. Registration and use of GovQuote is a free service to secure quotes that do not require a Formal Quote or Bid Process. Local business preference: As a local business, competitive offers are awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible offer. Vendors located within the City of Palm Coast limits can be awarded a solicitation if their cost if within a 3%-5% (depending on amount) and up to total of $20,000. If no vendors with a local business address respond to a City solicitation, preference is then given to vendors/contractors within Flagler County.

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September 16

News-Journal story: Bedtops Mattress and the BAC

Gary and Judy Lemay sought out advice from the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center when they opened Bedtops Mattress Clearance Center on Hargrove Grade in Palm Coast. The business has been a big success, and now the Lemays have opened a second store in Ormond Beach. Read the Daytona Beach News-Journal story about their business model and their journey to success.

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August 31

City of Palm Coast creates Innovation District for downtown Town Center area

In 2018, the City of Palm Coast's Community Redevelopment Agency created an Innovation District as part of a review of Town Center, located in the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The area has been largely infrastructure-ready for several years, and yet, the vision for Town Center had never fully been realized. In over a 10-year period, Town Center had only reached a 17-percent developed threshold as of the beginning of 2018. Yet, with a fresh look at the area and new approach, the Agency made developing Town Center a high priority. Through research and analysis, the Agency found that an Innovation District would not only be a great fit for growing Town Center, but also would be economically, socially, and culturally viable for the future for Palm Coast. As defined by the Brookings Institute, an Innovation District, "facilitates the creation and commercialization of new ideas and support for economies by growing jobs in ways that leverage their distinct economic attributes." For Palm Coast, the City plans to build on the Innovation District vision by leveraging proximity, density, authenticity and fostering it to become an experiential-living hub where our residences can live, work and play. The Innovation District is centrally-located in the urban core of Town Center. To kick start forward-thinking residential and non-residential developments within this area, it has been designated as an Opportunity Zone and a part of the Innovation Kick Start Program. For more information, contact Wynn Newingham, City of Palm Coast Head of Innovation & Economic Growth, at wnewingham@palmcoastgov.com and 386-986-3779.

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August 31

Kick start your downtown development with Innovation Kick Start Program

The Innovation Kick Start Program was created to encourage new development projects and business in the defined Innovation District, an area located in Palm Coast's Town Center. The Program is designed to kick start development that will facilitate the creation and commercialization of new ideas and support our economy by growing jobs in ways that leverage proximity, density, authenticity and progress by the end of 2020. Through the Innovation Kick Start Program, the City of Palm Coast will provide assistance towards utility impact fees to property owners, developers and/or business owners. For information on the Program's guidelines, requirements and process, click here. For more information, contact the City of Palm Coast Planning Division at 386-986-3736 or planningdivision@palmcoastgov.com.

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July 19

Channel Side's success extending to others

Small business success stories sometimes go beyond the entrepreneur and the enterprise itself, and extend on to other local businesses and into the community. That's the story for Shane Bonner, a founder and principal at Channel Side, the brand-new boutique venue on the water, set in the heart of Palm Coast, Florida's 23 miles of saltwater canals. Channel Side specializes in hosting weddings at a state-of-the-art facility in a strikingly beautiful, natural setting, but is also superb for Sweet 16 parties, anniversaries, and corporate meetings - any event that seeks to accommodate from 50 - 200 guests and chooses to be one to remember. What sets Channel Side apart is that its clients can create the atmosphere and the event of their dreams because they are able to bring in service providers of their choice -independent caterers, beverage providers, and other vendors of all kinds - and not locked into someone else's food & beverage menu or event plan. For Bonner, Channel Side was originally simply a real estate investment, and he believed a good one. "When we started out, I knew we had purchased a really great facility in a really great location but we weren't certain how best to use it," Bonner recalls. It was then that he turned to the Palm Coast BAC and its area manager Ray Peter for no-cost business consulting on how best to proceed. "From what we were originally thinking to what we finally came to were two very different things, and the FSBDC was a huge contributor to us getting there," Bonner says. "Ray Peter and the BAC were instrumental in re-framing our discussions and our persuading ourselves that leveraging the property's legacy purpose - as a yacht club/country club - into an event space was our best course of action." "And then the BAC was there for us as put together our operational plans, and worked with the City of Palm Coast to get the permits and licenses we needed," continued Bonner. "I couldn't have done this without the BAC, in fact. There was so much that I didn't know. Without their knowledge of how a business like this works and how to get things done locally, I don't think we'd have gotten Channel Side off the ground." "But here we are! Less than a year in business, and we have hosted more than 100 events and have reservations for another hundred in the months ahead. We have surpassed our stretch goals by a huge margin," Bonner remarked. "Originally we thought Channel Side would be a local concept, catering to Palm Coast and neighboring towns. Now we are getting calls from around the country. We've become a wedding destination!" "Best of all, we have partnered with local businesses to serve our clients," Bonner concluded. "Area florists, photographers, hotels, restaurants, caterers and others are all benefiting from spending by our local and out-of-town guests. Beyond the success of our business, we are so proud that Channel Side is having a positive economic impact here in Palm Coast. And I can't imagine that happening without the assistance of the BAC." Find the full story here:https://sbdcorlando.com/channel-side The Palm Coast BAC is a partnership between the City of Palm Coast and the FSBDC at UCF and is located at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast. The Palm Coast BAC is a one-stop resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs alike. It offers free business consulting services to people who want to start a business or already have one established. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact the Palm Coast BAC at 386-986-2499 or visit www.PalmCoastBAC.com.

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