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T&D Family of Companies Seeking Community Support

T&D Family of Companies is seeking community support. The company is collecting and sending truck loads of supplies to the areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Donations needed include: water, nonperishable food, diapers and baby wipes, baby formula, toiletry items, medical supplies, clothing, cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off by September 8 at the T&D Distribution warehouse, at 3409 NE 37th Place in Wildwood or T&D Patio & Pool (CR 466 & CR 466A locations). 


Work opportunity tax credit

Through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program, employers have the opportunity to earn a federal tax credit between $1200 and $9600 per employee. This tax credit is dependent upon the new employee qualifying as a member of a target group and working a minimum of 120 hours in their first year.

new agents joining the uf ifas team

Nicole Clamer is the new 4-H Program Manager. Nicole has her B.S. in Family Youth and Community Sciences  from the University of Florida. 
Matt Smith, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Agent I, will start on September 5 and will be assisting growers focusing on crops such as citrus, peaches, blueberries and vegetables.


small business development center offers
no-cost consulting

If you are looking to grow your business, contact the SBDC office in Sumter County for no-cost consulting and workshop opportunities. 

Featured Business
United Agricultural Services of America
United Agricultural Services of America Inc. (UAS) is a leading supplier of biological liquid nutrients since 1993 and located in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida. UAS researches, manufactures, and markets one of the largest lines of high-quality biological, organic/natural fertilizers, foliar nutrients, and natural biodegradable soil conditioners and amendments. These products include biological NPK’s, Chelated plant micro-nutrients, liquid soil modifiers, humic and fulvic acids, seaweed based products, fish emulsions, nitrogen fixing bacteria’s, enzymes, beneficial fungi, non-toxic insect controls, and many other non-hazardous and environmentally safe products. This also includes a line of organic certified products as well. They are a toll manufacturing facility that offers packaging from small 16 ounce bottles to large bulk-containers to suit all packaging needs. Along with private labeling, they can also custom blend products to specifications. UAS is a family-owned and operated company that ships to over 36+ countries world-wide and growing larger in volumes and capacity every year. Please contact them with any inquiries you may have!


Upcoming Events

Digital Manufacturing Showcase 2017

Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, Florida
September 7-8

Information Management Institute's (IMI) Digital Manufacturing Showcase 2017 focuses on IMI's Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference along with learning opportunities via IMI's Emerging Technologies Academy - Advanced Manufacturing courses designed to provide improved understanding of and the ability to capitalize on the business opportunities being generated by advancements in digital manufacturing and related technologies, markets and applications.


SBDC Seminar: Helping Your Business Succeed

September 12 | 9-11:30 a.m.
September 26 | 5-7:00 p.m.

In this no-cost seminar, you will receive the expertise, resources, and tools to help your business grow and succeed. Join this seminar and learn the following:
  • Understanding business structures
  • Developing a business plan
  • Marketing your products or services
  • Using financial concepts 

Sumter Chamber After Hours

Hemingway's at Havana
The Villages, Florida
  September 14, 5:00-7:00pm

Network with Sumter businesses and learn more about Goodwill-Suncoast and their services in our area.




Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business

The Villages, FL
September 20, 27 & October 4
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions. Important strategies you will learn include how to:
Operate : Learn strategies for business funding and operations.
Navigate:Discover how to take the time for planning and strategic thinking..
Communicate: Develop or refine your "core value" and learn ways to communicate it to others.


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