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Farm City Week Provides an Educational Opportunity for Local Residents

The annual Farm City tour and educational day held in Brownwood Paddock Square this month offered residents the opportunity to visit with local agribusinesses and meet with youth and organizations involved in agriculture. Tour stops included Galaxy Whitetail Solutions, Brantley Nursery, the Farmer's Market Restaurant for lunch, Black Gold Compost, and Scenic View Alpacas. 


Speedling expanding with additional 45,000 SF of greenhouse space

Speedling is expanding at their location in Bushnell with an additional 45,000 SF of greenhouse space. This expansion will increase their employment count by 12 additional full time employees.  

job growth gets boost with lowe's hiring 150 for second store location in sumter county

Employment growth remains hot in Sumter County, as evident from the state’s recently released October jobs report. Year-over-year employment growth in the county remained steady at 4 percent, with 1,134 new jobs added since October a year ago.

Manufacturing key to building strong communities

With 12.4 million employees in the U.S. producing goods that are consumed domestically or exported abroad, manufacturing is one of the keys to building stronger communities.


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Scenic View Alpacas

Lonnie and Joyce Keene began the adventure with alpacas in 2011 when Keene and Queen Alpacas of Cedar Bluff Virginia gave Joyce two little males which she quickly fell in love with. They then decided to purchase some bred females and start their own herd. When the new Crias began arriving, they discovered just how rewarding raising Alpacas could be.  Their first Cria born was a little tuxedo rose grey male (Stormy's Whirlwind). That is when they decided to start a breeding program for greys and they haven't been disappointed. They purchased  grey and dark colored females and a  grey male. It didn't take long to figure out that breeding their dark brown females to a grey male gave them the best chance to get a rose grey Cria. In just four short years they have been rewarded with some of the nicest rose grey crias you will find anywhere. 
In June of 2016 the Keene’s sold their farm in Virginia and purchased a smaller farm in Oxford. 



Upcoming Events

Sell to the Largest Marketplace in the World: 
Understanding Government Contracting Seminar

7375 Powell Road
Wildwood, Florida
 December 7, 9-11 a.m.


Small business owners have an opportunity to learn how to contract with government agencies which are the largest purchasers of products and services in Florida. This day with Steve South, SBDC Government Contracting Manager, on December 7, 2017 will be in two parts. In the morning Steve will provide a seminar focusing on understanding the Government Marketplace and introduce you to how the SBDC of Sumter County can help your business grow.
In the afternoon, he will meet one-on-one with interested business owners to provide NO COST consulting to make government contracting less complicated for your use and more profitable.
Please call the SBDC office at (352) 689-4698 to register for the seminar and to reserve a consultation slot. 

Starting or Growing Your Business Seminar

December 12 | 5:00-7:30 p.m.
December 19 | 9:00-11:30 a.m.


This seminar will provide you the expertise, resources and tools to help your business grow and succeed.  If you are not reaching your goals then join this seminar and learn the following:

  • Understanding business structures          
  • Developing a business plan
  • Marketing your products or services        
  • Using financial concepts 
Please call the SBDC office at (352) 689-4698 if you have questions or want to register. 

Project Management for Business

Online Webinar
December 6, 2017 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Simple project management concepts can help you get these things done more efficiently and at lower cost. We all get caught up in the day-to-day challenges of the business when a few planning and implementation skills can make life a lot easier. This free, online webinar will improve the effectiveness of your business.
Please register for this webinar online here

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