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The Villages® Expansion to Add Jobs, Tax Revenue

The Villages® Development recently announced plans to construct another 14,000 homes, including the Village of Fenney. The Villages® Development continues to be an economic driver for Sumter County and the surrounding region. Click through to read more about the expansion.


Are you an entrepreneur in Sumter County?

Feature your business at no-cost on the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center for Sumter County! A profile on the site offers you publicity for your company, connections to other entrepreneurs, and improved website traffic to your site.

The top three trends driving the factory of the future

New technology is starting to come down the line in three key areas, which will help manufacturers to transform how factories are run.

Why apprenticeships are taking off

Employers need skilled workers; young people want a path to a good job without accruing lots of debt. Contact us to be connected with students in the community for apprenticeships or to visit a Career & Technical Education program near you!


Business Spotlight
Highway Systems, Inc.

Highway Systems Incorporated is an AISC Certified and AWS Certified Steel Fabricator located in the state of Florida. They manufacture steel sign structures, gantry structures, mast arms, strain poles, sign arms, bridge mounts, custom brackets, multi-post assemblies, and all types of miscellaneous steel fabrication. They are AWS D1.1/D1.5 certified and can provide your company with Quality Steel products whether it is custom or plan designed.

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Upcoming Events

Manufacturers' Roundtable Luncheon

Rohan Recreation Center
Lake Miona Room
850 Kristine Way
Wildwood, FL 34785

March 21, 2017
11:45am - 1:00pm

Please join us as we bring together industry leaders to foster relationships and share best practices from the local manufacturing and logistics sectors. The luncheon will includes presentations from the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association, the Small Business Development Center, Career Source Central Florida, and an open exchange for ideas and feedback to better position your business in Sumter County!

Please RSVP by March 15th to Jada Glover at or 352-689-4400

The CEO Forum

Winter Park, Florida
March 7, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.


The CEO Forum provides new perspectives on management techniques through the eyes of established business owners who have grown their companies into a more advanced stage of business development.

Securing Capital to Fund Your Business

Clermont, Florida
March 7, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.


Dreaming of starting your own business? Overwhelmed and confused by all of the small business financing options that are available?  Here are some reasons for putting SCORE and OnDeck’s "An Insider’s View: Securing Capital to Grow Your Business" workshop and interactive fundability quiz at the very top of your start-up’s “to-do” list. 

The Florida High
Tech Corridor
— Career Expo

March 7-8, 2017
Orlando, Florida


This is the fourth year of the Career Expo.  It is an event that brings together career center professionals from top universities throughout the nation and state colleges in Florida to meet with high tech businesses, plus K-12 school systems, in the Corridor.  Career center professionals will convene in Orlando for the two-day event, allowing local companies and school systems to visit each state college and university booth to discuss employment opportunities, hiring needs and strategies to attract the best and brightest graduates in the country for high tech and academic work in Florida.

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