Since the spring issue of Treasure Coast Business magazine,
many regional businesses have reopened and are
“back to biz.” Although glimpses of normal operations
exist, the reality is that the business community must continue
to deal with an unprecedented, changing and challenging
marketplace created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just as the marketplace began to re-open, many hospitality
operators had to cease operations to address a surge in
As with the spring issue, this issue provides timely and
relevant content regarding business operations during
COVID-19. Business owners and operators who thoroughly
review this publication will find insights, tips and information
regarding business relief and recovery. It features
stories on how to fill out a Paycheck Protection Program
forgiveness application, alternative financing options,
short-term upskill training and certification programs at Indian River State College, and a dedicated
guide to business resiliency in times of disaster from the Florida Small Business Development
Behind the pages, photos and stories are people at the Florida SBDC at IRSC who are ready
and available to meet, discuss and provide input regarding your business reopening and market
re-engagement strategies and plans. I would encourage the business community to lean on and
leverage this valuable business tool and resource provided by IRSC.
Since the pandemic began to create havoc for the marketplace, Treasure Coast business owners
and operators have demonstrated incredible resiliency. Employing innovative thinking and
an entrepreneurial mindset, they have created new business models, developed new customer
touch points and launched new customer service and delivery channels.
An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of skills that enables people to identify and make the most
of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in all settings, industries and
conditions. This mindset has served our region’s business owners well during the good times and
during the recent bad times.
We want to thank and highlight Dr. Edwin Massey, president of Indian River State College, an
individual who has used this entrepreneurial mindset to lead and move our region, business
community and IRSC through years of growth, innovation and success.
Dr. Massey has always understood the college’s vital role as a leader and catalyst for economic
development. As evidence of this support, he launched the college’s annual Entrepreneur of the
Year event, supported small business conferences and summits, held leadership positions with
national entrepreneurship and regional economic development organizations and has been an
influential leader in numerous business-related initiatives.
Under his leadership, the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Development Institute was
created and launched. This innovative niche division was specifically designed to provide the region’s
business community with workforce development training, pre-licensure and certification
training along with credentialed business assistance and consulting. Those of us who work within
this business-support division take great pride and confidence in knowing that while our college
president is focused on the academic mandates and objectives, he also possesses remarkable
business acumen and a thorough understanding of our program, its importance and value to the
Thank you, Dr. Massey for all you, your team and Indian River State College do for student success
along the Treasure Coast and in Florida.
And — from your niche division — thanks for mentoring many and inspiring generations of
entrepreneurs and business leaders.
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Dr. Edwin Massey has served as president
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