Subject: SFMA February Monthly News

SFMA's most prestigious event, the 39th Annual Recognition of Excellence Banquet, is scheduled for March 14th at the Signature Grand. The Manufacturer of The Year Award process is in full swing. Lead Examiner, Jay Hess and his team of examiners are conducting the preliminary judging to determine finalists from the 80 nominations

The announcement of Finalists will be made soon with the Winners and Runner-Ups announced during the banquet. Don’t miss out – Register to attend today!

Interested in Sponsorship? Consider sponsoring the 2018 Recognition of Excellence Banquet featuring Manufacturers of the Year and Employees of the Year Awards. Sponsorship levels and registration for all tickets can be found HERE.

Thank you to all current sponsors: FloridaMakes, Broward College, Trividia Health, Southeastern Printing, FPL, 71lbs, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, Hoover Pumping, IBM Southeastern Employees’ Credit Union and Bolton Medical. The SFMA is truly appreciative of your support. Join your fellow colleagues in sponsoring this red carpet event!


Uncertain about how the Tax Reform Will Impact your Business? Looking to make better business decisions? The SFMA and FloridaMakes is proud to present: Tax Reform Impact on Business and Manufacturing Webinar Thursday, February 8, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The changes to your taxable income and tax liability from the Tax Reform and Jobs Act of 2017 are much more far reaching than simply a change in tax rates

Please regularly check the schedule of events on the SFMA website for a listing and summary of all the events being hosted throughout the year. Just a few of the events upcoming:  

  • Online Webinar- Tax Reform Impact - Feb. 8th
  • Breakfast Seminar - Ship Happens  Feb. 12th
  • SFMA Member Connect - Feb. 22nd
  • 39th Annual Recognition of Excellence Banquet - Mar. 14th
  • SFMA Member Connect - Apr. 12th
  • SFMA Annual Golf Tournament -  May 14th

The SFMA is pleased to announce the launch of its newly formed SFMA Safety Committee. The Safety Committee is a resource and sounding board for members seeking guidance to identify the proven resources to improve or establish safety programs. The mission of the Safety Committee is to unite a group of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management professionals within the SFMA membership to create opportunities for networking, collaboration, and roundtable discussions. The goal is to provide members with access to subject matter experts for developing a safety culture and providing advisory services on safety training, supplies, compliance references, and risk management practices. Learn more
Southeastern Printing, for almost a century, has had their ears tuned to the frequency of their clients needs. That kind of longevity gives the experience required to confidently embrace disruptive technologies that not only challenge the business, but clients as well.

And now, with  the additional facility in Miami, Florida, Southeastern has doubled in size and is one of the nation’s largest printing companies. When you combine experience and scale, you get world-class solutions. Fully equipped, from offset and digital to wide format, promotional products, specialty finishes, bindery, mailing, storefronts and fulfillment. It’s all here to make it easy for  customers to produce the communications tools their  business needs. Learn more.

Please join us in welcoming Tisbany Pinto, SFMA Membership Sales Manager.  Tisbany is originally from Venezuela, graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Business Administration and from Miami Dade College in International Marketing.

She is a successful sales professional with experience in domestic and international markets. Her professional experience includes real estate, consumers goods and manufacturing industry sales representation.
Her love for traveling and coastal life style brought her to Miami, Fl. where she currently resided since 1992

On behalf of the SFMA Executive Team and Board of Directors, SFMA welcomes the newest member companies to the SFMA “family.” Please join us in welcoming them into the Association and visit their website to learn more about what they do. We are thrilled to have these organizations as part of the South Florida Manufacturers Association!

JLL - Commercial Real Estate
Rodgriguez Bakery Equipment -  Food Warmers
Dometic Corporation - Mobile Living Made Easy
Wilson, Washburn and Forester - Property, Casualty Insurance

Mary Rousseau is a graduate of Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University. She has 20+ years of experience in Sales/Marketing for major companies including Motorola and Harris-3M, much of that time spent managing the Education market. Mary joined Broward College in 2005 as a full-time faculty member and has been Associate Dean since 2008 for Business/Computer Science. During this period, she led a team of faculty that developed an Associate degree and a Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management. 

She has directed two grants from the Dept. of Agriculture and Dept. of Labor for Supply Chain Management initiatives and recently returned to the position of Associate Dean, administering the Supply Chain Management, Engineering/Manufacturing Technology and Building Construction Technology programs. In addition to Broward College, Mary is President for the South Florida Roundtable for CSCMP, and most recently a Board Member for SFMA.

FloridaMakes, with representatives from 8 Regional Manufacturing Associations and over 35 manufacturing companies convene in Tallahassee, Florida this week to advocate for the advancement of the manufacturing sector in the State of Florida. The event filled agenda includes a FloridaMakes board meeting, legislative meetings, briefings and guest speakers. RMAs will also have their monthly meeting focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Leadership Council with CareerSource Florida.

FloridaMakes, as the official representative of the MEP National Network and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) in the State of Florida, can add up to $3.5M in federal funding to Florida if the State matches those funds dollar for dollar (HB 2737). The combined federal and state funds would be used to strengthen Florida’s manufacturing sector, particularly in less densely populated and rural areas. Visit our website at for details on our services and impacts throughout the State of Florida.

FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results. To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Jay Hess at or at (954) 494-4895 (cell).

Miami on Amazon HQ2 Shortlist

"The company with the most data in the world has said South Florida is a viable place for their headquarters, and that really reinforces what we're talking about when we say that South Florida is a place to do business," said Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County's economic-development arm. "I think it silences the skeptics and the doubters." Read more
Hiring Summer Help?  Career Source Broward Can Cover 50% Of The Wages. 

The key purpose of the Summer Youth Employment Program is to provide Broward County's young men and women with a summer-long adventure that is more than just a job, but a true learning experience, with lessons about how to obtain a job, how to keep a job, and how to turn any job into an investment of time and effort for the future.  Read more.
Palm Beach County Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent From 4.6 Percent One Year Ago; More Than 10,000 Jobs Added Over Year

The year 2017 ended with among the lowest unemployment rates in a decade for Palm Beach County – 3.6 percent for December 2017 -- down from 4.6 percent a year ago and below November’s 3.8 percent. The county’s rate was lower than the state’s 3.7 percent and the nation’s 3.9 percent (all numbers not seasonally adjusted), according to reports released today from CareerSource Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The Business Development Board in Palm Beach County has an opportunity for businesses to showcase the great career opportunities at their upcoming Claim Your Future Showcase event held on February 6 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This event would showcase your business and get hundreds of high school students excited about what your company does! Read More

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