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Small Business, Big Impact - Act Local!

Celebrate National Small Business Week by supporting local businesses in your community!

The importance of small businesses in our communites is exponential. They are the back bone of our local economies and strive to make a difference in the community. Supporting small businesses can be fun, efficient, and even adventurous. Take a look at some of our readers favorite small businesses and local hot spots that keep them coming back for more!

Join us in celebrating National Small Business Week April 30 - May 6.

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  •  “Small Businesses and their dedicated owners are a huge part of what makes Palm Beach County such a great place to work and live. I love small business owners who think outside the box, like Dr. Manuel Cruces and Dr. Armando Garcia who operate Healthy Family Dentistry in Coconut Creek with a focus on dental health and personal health. They educate patients about oral health, but also focus on general health and exercise, linking healthy teeth to a healthy body. Both doctors are committed to sports and exercise, evidenced by having a personal trainer on staff, offering “Healthy Packages” training sessions allowing patients to qualify for free teeth whitening and free dental cleanings.” -Stephen Markham

Indian River

  • "The Pipe Den & Cigars!! Getting ready to celebrate their 40th year in business in the same storefront!! Opened Sept. 1977." -Sue Marshbanks
  • "Vintage 2 Vogue, New to used everything a-z, inventory always changing. Sebastian FL" -Jackie Hart

  • "Rhondas Seafood. Specializing in fresh seafood, pies, platters and so much more." -Rhonda Anderson

  • "Hart Escapes travel agency in Sebastian, FL." -Jackie Hart

  • "LuLaRoe Jen Barker VIP Group, Sebastian, FL" -Barbara Quinn Michaud

  • "Rhondas Seafood is the best!!!!" -Jean Johnson

  •  "Rhonda's Seafood in Vero Beach, Florida. Specializing in fresh seafood, pies, platters and so much more." -Carisa Jenkins
  • "Two of my favorite small businesses in Vero Beach are: 6th Avenue Jewelers and SaltVero. First, 6th Avenue Jewelers takes jewelry and combines it with Art and Technology. The owner, Michael Legg, owns one of the most up to date laser welder which allows him to customize jewelry and do repairs on the spot. My second favorite small business is Salt Vero. Salt Vero uses dry salt therapy (Halotherapy) to benefit your overall well-being. It strengthens the body’s immune system by eliminating toxins trapped within the respiratory system. The owner, Allie Havey, is enthusiastic and knowledgeable making for an overall pleasant client experience." -Theresa Vazquez

  • "Rhonda, thanks so much for bringing to Vero awesome seafood!" -Gary Froonjian


  • "Next Gen Concrete & Coatings Corp" -Josh Reeves
  • “One of my favorite places to go for lunch is Barnwood BBQ in downtown Eustis. This delightful little restaurant serves some of the best BBQ you will ever taste, and located next to Lake Eustis with the beautiful water view makes it even better. The owners have an apiary and produce handmade honey based soaps, lotions, and candles and also sell their own honey. Their wait staff remember the clients and even have the beverage sitting before you before you can even unroll the napkin. Try it, you’ll like it!” -Kathy Yarbrough

  • ”Spotlighting Specialty Concrete Inc. This company is not the typical concrete company—you won’t see them pouring sidewalks, driveways or new construction slabs. Oh no, you will see them installing pre-cast concrete beams in parking garages and attaching the concrete “skins” on high rise buildings. The company is so specialized that there are only 4 other companies in the entire US Southeast handling these types of jobs. It requires highly specialized equipment and highly trained employees. Where else would you find a labor force with an average salary of $100K per person?” -Kathy Yarbrough



  • "Group One Safety and Security, protecting people and property since 1984...Stuart based security, fire alarms, and fire sprinklers for commercial and residential. #grouponeprotects" -Hilary Mckeich

  • Shadowood Farm, located in Palm City Florida, is owned and operated by Sarah and Bob Fenton. They are devoted to teaching people how to grow their own organic food. Gardeners have the option to rent ready-made planting beds and learn to grow food in a hands-on environment. It addition to teaching gardeners how to grow organic veggies and herbs, Shadowood offers a variety of educational workshops that are open to the public.” -Jenny Yingling

  • "Stuart Coffee Company! Love the welcoming staff and their delicious coffee. Better than Starbucks and you are supporting a local business!" -Laurie Kilbride

  • ”I encourage everyone to stop by and say hello to Hema at Stuart Valero on St. Lucie Blvd in Stuart. It is more than just a gas/convenience store, she supplies local fisherman with bait and tackle and all supplies needed for a great day on the water. Go across the street to Tausha’s Seafood and enjoy a lunch or early dinner of fresh, local seafood. One of the best in town.” -Leslie Warren

  • "THE TWISTED TUNA in Stuart! The largest family owned and operated restaurant in Martin County!" -Kenny Gibbs

  • "For the Love of Learning. We are a small private school in Stuart, FL. Pre-k-8th grade." -Krista Cromwell

  • "Ground Floor Farm in downtown Stuart, FL does not disappoint! One of the most unique places in all of Martin County!" -Brian Kilbride

  • “If you want to do a little shopping, have a bite to eat, listen to some great music on a Sunday afternoon, take a stroll along the River Walk, or enjoy a show at The Lyric come to Downtown Stuart. The home of some amazing shops, great food and fun and of course you get the chance to meet some wonderful local business owners and spend your money locally! A win win!” -Patty McAuley

  • "Driftwood Motel, Jensen Beach. Family owned and operated since 1958." -Laura Mann

  • “A great place for a great cup of coffee and a fresh sandwich is Stuart Coffee Company located in downtown Stuart. Kevin and Donna Barnes as amazing and they also do catering of events. I have been to many a morning breakfast where Stuart Coffee has provided the food/drinks and everything is always tasty. It is also a great place to just sit with someone and catch up in their cozy location.” -Patty McAuley

  • "Christina's Coastal Treasures in Jensen Beach." -Bridget Johnson

  • "Taushas Seafood Market" -Rhonda Anderson

  • "Taco Shack-Stuart" -Andrea Russell
  • The Gafford is an amazing restaurant in downtown Stuart. It is a great place to meet up for some social time with friends and the food is delicious. The owner Rick Wilson is friendly and he makes certain your experience is a memorable one. Located in the Historic District of Stuart you will find alot to do before or after stopping by this fun spot.” -Patty McAuley

  • "Taco Shack Stuart! Grass roots marketing from one taco under a tent 5 yrs ago! Stuart, Florida is a destination and wonderful community, so glad to be a part of #smallbusiness in wonderful Martin County." -Taco Shack-Stuart


  • "Boxfit Okeechobee, community health through fitness classes focusing on boxing skills and fitness! (863) 532-1145" -Manuel Sanchez
  • "Connie's Cleaning!! In Okeechobee, Fl. She is a very hard worker and she's one of the best and very reliable." -Raylene Jones

  • “I have many “Mom and Pop” businesses that are worthy of consideration, but two that I feel are special are Pogey’s Restaurant and Quality A/C. Both organizations have been doing business in Okeechobee for over 20 years. Pogey’s is the reincarnation of life in the world of Andy Griffith and Mayberry USA. It is the local family restaurant where everyone knows your name, consider you to be kin, and serve some of the best comfort food you will ever taste. Owners Sandy and Doug Vest have been serving up country vittles since the mid-eighties and have three generations of family helping to make your visit one you will remember. It was Cracker Barrel before there was a Cracker Barrel. Named for Sheriff “Pogey Bill” Collins Pogey’s is the place to be seen every morning and on Sundays after church. Patrons are fiercely loyal to the establishment and Doug and Sandy are two of Seacoast’s biggest fans. A landmark in the community, Pogey’s is a must stop if you ever find yourself in Okeechobee. Quality Air Conditioning was formed in the late 90’s by Bud and Ami Neese. Like many other family endeavors, their children, Savannah and Bobby help with the business. Bud works tirelessly making sure the air conditioning needs of the local community are met 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A big supporter of his local church he lives his life in service to others and it definitely shows. We are happy to have the Neese family back in the fold.” -Jon Geitner


  • "Bubbalou's BBQ Apopka breakfast and BBQ is awesome. Cafe Verona Apopka family owned Italian restaurant great pizza and wings." -Frances Portalatin
  • "Jeremiah's Italian Ice, Maitland, FL, is growing across Central Florida and into South Florida! Their gelato is the best, ever! Their flavors and creations are awesome! Staff is friendly and service is quick. They have discount specials on a regular basis. They also go mobile for Community events!" -Betty Dees
  • "Meridien Research Maitland" -Eva-Maria Heurich
  • "Larry Meyers Roofing" -Anne Torpey Meyers

  • "Best local Apopka Italian restaurant Café Verona, awesome pizza and wings. They are located 220 Edgewood Dr, Apopka, FL 32703; locally owned with great family atmosphere. Best local auto service Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center located at 1675 E Semoran Blvd, Apopka, FL 32703. Honest and knowledgeable ask for Ron the owner he will take care of you." -Frances Portalatin

Small business owner and lady supporting local business

Palm Beach

  • "The Painted Ox West Palm Beach! Bright painted vintage furniture!" -Krysten Bruckner

  • "Treasure Coast Carpet & Interiors family owned and operated for 28 years. Always family first and customers become like family members." -Julie Hammer
  • “Do you ever need something fixed or made and don’t know where to go? From custom work, welding and fabricating; to design and color: Molloy Fabrication & Welding located in Jupiter has been a wonderful and surprising location for our needs and has elevated to one of my favorite small businesses. Chris Molloy and his long term team are a pleasure to work with; helpful and efficient! Think local!” -Aphrodite Moulis

  • “My favorite business client is the Okeechobee Steakhouse in West Palm Beach that is famous for their steaks! (It could just be that I love to eat and they spoil me all the time) They are the oldest steakhouse in Florida! Any day of the week you can find someone notable eating there. What makes the steak house so amazing is their proprietary way they age the meats. It makes a steak cut like butter! Also, what is impressive from a business prospective is that he has some of the best defined operating process that I have ever seen in a restaurant. This has been a huge key to his success and longevity.” -Vanessa Grimaldi


  • "Emma's Sweets in Cassleberry! It was started by a mom of a young woman who has Down Syndrome to provide excellent confections and employment opportunities to individuals with unique abilities. Their treats are amazing and their hearts enormous. Win-win-win for the community!" -Christie Ebeltoft-Bancalari
  • "Christo's family owned Italian and Greek food. Best pizza in town. Sanford, FL" -Zachary Cranias

  • "Guruv Yoga Pilates Dance rocks! To this day it is still my all-time favorite studio." -Casey Koppenhoefer

  • "Cavallari Gourmet Lake Mary and Oviedo.Thank you!!" -Joan Schilling Harley

  • "In Bloom Florist Lake Mary, Florida,  Cavallari Gourmet - Lake Mary, / Zoey's Collections Beauty Studio & BoutiqueWalk on Water, Sophie & Trey" -Andrea Russell

  • “I have so many favorite small businesses that it is hard to really pick one. I really enjoy working with two companies recently. One is Holland Pools. They are a pool contractor and have been in business since 1995. They work for many large home builders such as Pulte Homes and Meritage Homes. They are family owned and operating in Longwood, FL. I would also like to mention another company called Tecport Optics. They were founded in 1997 and they design and manufacture state-of- the-art thin film vacuum deposition systems to customers across the globe. They are headquartered in Orlando, FL.” -Donald Wentz

  • "I love Guruv Yoga in Lake Mary!" -Stephanie Fernandez

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St. Lucie

  • "Split Enz Salon on north beach, Florida. Started up being an organic, eco friendly salon & spa 11 years ago. They don't use bad chemicals that lead to our earths destruction!" -Jacquie Sanders-Burgess
  • "Labby's Pizza & Pasta in Port St Lucie and 2nd Street Bistro in Fort Pierce!!" -Cathy O'Hanlon Pasciotty

  •  Islamorada Beer Company is a very impressive FL small business that is locally owned and operated." -Casey Koppenhoefer

  • "S&S Takeout 148 N Depot Dr Fort Pierce Fl, 34950, Open Monday through Friday offering fresh homemade entrees, soups, and salads." -Soups Salads

  • "1one Price Cleaners in Port St lucie owned by Monica Lettelier." -Laura Mann

  • “We have so many great local businesses here in Port St. Lucie but it’s a great time to showcase one of my long time favorites, Golden Spa and Salon because right now its PROM time. If you are looking for a great place to have your nails done you must check them out. They offer many other spa services as well. It’s such a great atmosphere and I guarantee you will leave there completely satisfied! Vu Nguyen and his wife Kym have owned and operated their business for 15 years. Top of the line service and they have an amazing following.” -Vanessa Farnes

  • "The Pool Ninja LLC, Professional Residential Swimming Pool Maintenance. No contracts or hidden fees. Serving Martin and St Lucie counties for 5 years. Family owned. Find us on Facebook." -Oats Turner


  • The Running Elements in Port Orange- Juan and Katrina Guevara- have a great retail store for the running elite but the promote a fun family healthy lifestyle with in our community by sponsoring health and fitness related events and seminars at their store as well as partnerships with 5ks, marathons, ironman and other local events – TRE is a great small business in our community.” -Stacy Maclure

  • Gaff’s Quality Meat & Specialty Foods is a family owned and operated, butcher shop and deli in Port Orange, FL. Bruce Gaffka and Steven Scott pride themselves on providing top-quality meats and delectable specialty foods at affordable prices. Gaff’s carry everything you need to cook, from marinades to wines. Visit there fresh seafood case as well and enjoy. The Mower Depot is family owned and operated business in Ormond Beach, Florida and has been servicing the greater Daytona Beach area since 1994. Scott Edwards business offers a wide array of commercial and consumer based lawn mowers and a wide variety of equipment to keep your landscape in pristine condition. They also have an outstanding service department to keep your equipment running smoothly.” -William Zirkelbach

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