Margate CRA Offers Business Owners Tools and Tactics for Success

Redevelopment Management Associates – The Margate Community Redevelopment Agency (MCRA) is hosting an all-day Business Assistance Expo on August 3rd, 2015, featuring two expert panel discussions and numerous opportunities to interact with leading business experts. This FREE event will be held at AutoNation Ford and is open to all businesses located within the MCRA Boundaries.

“Hosting this event is part of the MCRA’s continued commitment to help local businesses’ be competitive in our current economy,” states Diane Colonna, whose is Executive Director of the MCRA and a Sr. Redevelopment Administrator for RMA.

Featuring prominent speakers from the worlds of public relations, social media, planning, marketing and customer service, the expert panel discussions are designed to help local businesses soar to the next level.  This power-packed presentation is intended to convey practical information focusing on the essentials for growing a business. The discussion will be moderated by Sharon McCormick, Director of Business Attraction and Marketing for RMA, who has extensive experience in helping small businesses grow by establishing and executing strategic plans.

“Small business owners often find themselves so immersed in running their day-to-day operation that they can get “behind” on tips and trends that can help them. Our goal is to help businesses in the CRA get “ahead” by empowering them with knowledge and the latest information available to help them grow,” states McCormick.

The panel of experts features:

·         Teana McDonald from 3E Connections Inc., a social media and public relations boutique, that is proficient in strategic marketing campaigns that will engage business’ target audience and increase their brand awareness.

·         Juan Ortega of ActionCoach, who works with businesses in five key areas: Sales; Marketing and Advertising; Team Building and Recruitment; Systems and Business Development; Customer Service.

·         Terra Sperro, from RealTime Marketing Group, a local company that has provided workshops focusing on the value of customer service and engagement in the digital age for Fortune 500 companies, International Organizations, and regularly delivers local workshops to small businesses, teaching them how to compete with big brands for a fraction of the cost.

·         Leesa Conley who owns and manages Conley Design Studio, a collaborative of designers and architects that specialize in the interior design of restaurants and retail stores. Conley is an expert in assisting businesses redesign their space, making it visually appealing to customers

The Expert Panel discussion will be offered in the morning and in the evening on August 3rd, so business owners can pick a convenient session:

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Expert Panel Discussion

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Expert Panel Discussion

11:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break): During the Business Assistance Expo, business owners will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the panelists, learn about the Margate Chamber of Commerce and member benefits, and discuss banking options with Wells Fargo small business expert coaches, among other business representatives.

The Expo will be held Monday, August 3rd, 2015, at AutoNation Ford located at 5401 West Copans Rd, Margate, Florida.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Sarah Blake, RMA Marketing Coordinator for the Margate CRA, at or 772-708-0230.