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The Villages Grown Distribution Expands
The local grower of fresh produce is expanding distribution to include Earth Fare store locations throughout the state. Products grown in their controlled environment greenhouses here in Sumter County are also sold in Publix supermarkets and a variety of other retail outlets in the county and surrounding region.    
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Did You Know?

  • The value of agricultural products sold in Sumter County in 2019 was $54 million, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture
  • Agriculture and closely related positions account for over 12,000 jobs in Sumter County, according to the UF/IFAS 2021 annual report.

Sumter County SBDC has Big Impact in Fourth Quarter of 2021
The Small Business Development Center located in Wildwood helped businesses access over $2.2M dollars worth of capital during the fourth quarter of 2021. They also assisted in creating four new businesses and eight new jobs in Sumter County.
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Florida's Agritourism Contributes Millions to Economy
Florida’s agritourism businesses are significant drivers of the farm economy. They generated more than $27M dollars of income in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent Census of Agriculture. They also estimate that these numbers are likely to increase as more people move to Florida.
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Shortage of Skilled Workers
A recent study from the National Association of Business Economics, (NABE) shows 47% of respondents of the Business Conditions Survey, revealed a shortage of skilled workers. NABE indicates that the trend is going to continue into 2022.
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Featured Business

Crevalle Boats, located in Wildwood, Florida, builds family friendly boats focused on reliability, durability, and excellence in design by leveraging, respecting and fostering  the individual talents of its employees, dealers, and suppliers. The principal owners of Crevalle Boats have over 40 years of boat building experience that spans marina operation, engine sales, accessory sales, boat and yacht design and development, as well as production boat building.

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Upcoming Webinars and Events
Florida SBDC at UCF
Offering a Variety of Business Trainings Online

Online Webinars
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Essential Elements for Your Business Contracts
March 9th, 2022 begins at 7:45 AM

Online or In Person, Location Lakeland, FL
FEE: $10
Win Customers with Your Website
Introduction to Maximizing your Website
March 30th, 2022 begins at 7:00 PM

Online Webinar: Presented by Mid-Florida Score
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