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Providing Restoration

by Merrell Palmer, editor George Benger of SERVPRO, operates business on the theory that giving more gains more.  “I always say, ‘Give the customer a little something extra. If it doesn’t

City's Economic

Released by City of St. Cloud Public Information Office SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud hosted an Economic Development Summit April 12 in the Marina Building Banquet Hall that highlighted the present and

St. Cloud Chamber of

SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce presents its 37th Annual Golf Tournament at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, located at 5310 Michigan Avenue, St. Cloud, April 21. Player sign-in begins at 7

Florida Dept. of

SAINT CLOUD- City officials announced Monday that Executive Director of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Cissy Proctor will be a panelist during Wednesday’s Economic Development Summit at

City To Host Free

SAINT CLOUD- The City continues its economic development efforts by hosting a free Economic Development Summit April 12, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Marina Building, 1104 Lakeshore Drive, in the

City Invites Downtown

SAINT CLOUD- City officials are inviting Downtown St. Cloud stakeholders and business owners to a downtown revitalization information session April 5, 8:30 a.m., in City Hall Council Chambers,

City to Host Free

SAINT CLOUD-The Building Department will offer a free workshop to local contractors March 8, 3-5 p.m., in the Marina Banquet Hall, located at 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., to offer information on

Downtown Developer

By Merrell Palmer SAINT CLOUD- The construction of Albert Leka began in 1994, when the native Albanian moved to Greece as a 14-year-old seeking to build a better life. In his new homeland, Leka

City Manager Provides

SAINT CLOUD- During the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon February 9, guest speaker City Manager Joe Helfenberger provide a municipal update on the phases of downtown development and

St. Cloud Hospital to

SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud Regional Medical Center will host a free job fair on February 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to fill current open clinical positions. *Subscribe for FREE to receive the

Chamber President Wastes

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When Kari Whaley took the head chair at the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce, she had no idea how little she would be seated. She hit the ground

Chamber of Commerce

SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously this week to support the Downtown Development Project, which encompasses the renovation of the historic Hunter Arms

Utility Company Keeps

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Starting this month, St. Cloud Utilities customers will have even more options for paying their bills. Existing methods include the drive-up

More Payment Options

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- At the beginning of the new year, St. Cloud Utilities will make it even easier for customers to pay their bills.  Starting in January 2017, SCU will roll

City Website Offers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to bolster economic growth, the city is now offering commercial property research capabilities on its official website, including a

City Hires Economic

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city recently hired an economic development coordinator to promote the standard of living and economic health of the city.  Laura Gambino will

City Manager Reviews

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- St. Cloud is a city on the rise. Literally. One of the developments discussed during City Manager Joe Helfenberger's monthly press conference Tuesday

St. Cloud Chamber of

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce has a new hand at the helm, but the face is familiar. Kari Whaley, a lifelong St. Cloud resident, has been named the new

Police Dog to Receive

SAINT CLOUD - St Cloud Police Department’s K9, Axel, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and

Local Realtor Builds

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Jennifer Davis, a realtor with Re/Max, there is no greater satisfaction than navigating clients successfully through a real estate sale. "I try to tackle

Local Store Celebrates

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- On Saturday, September 10th the Florida Knife Group celebrated its second anniversary with a get-together at St. Cloud Knives and More.  About thirty knife

Labour Day At a Glance

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a

Local Restaurant Owner

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud formally recognized local restaurant owner Angie Redman for her efforts in spearheading the drive to feed school teachers free meals

Mercury Marine Earns

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Mercury Marine recently received the coveted Chairman's Safety Award from its parent company, Brunswick Corporation, along with $10,000 to donate to charity.

Community Volunteers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a joint effort Wednesday, the St. Cloud Police Department teamed with the Osceola Council on Aging and the St. Cloud Home Depot to improve the quality of

Volunteers Plan Workday

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The good samaritans are at it again! Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA), volunteers from Team Depot (The St. Cloud Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer

Road Impact Fees Waived

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In an effort to attract new businesses and economic growth, St. Cloud is waiving road impact fees through the end of 2017 for certain types of

Squeezed by Operation

by Vonna Gullion, guest writer SAINT CLOUD- Ever heard of “Operation Choke Point?” I hadn’t either until it started impacting my business, St. Cloud Knives and More. Wikipedia lists

St. Cloud Walmart Under

UPDATED Aug. 17: Walmart released a statement saying, “We take these things seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind in our stores. We value the relationships we have with law

Florida Sales Tax

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The 2016 Florida Sales Tax Holiday has been drastically shortened this year from ten days to three.  Starting Friday, August 5 and running through Sunday,

Volunteers team up to

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- In a joint community effort, the Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA) and volunteers from The Home Depot's St. Cloud store plan to construct a wheel chair ramp,

City Launches Economic

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The city recently launched a web page dedicated specifically to economic development. The link to the page is located at the center of the top navigation

Telemarketing

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The Federal Trade Commission's amendments to the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) went into effect this month making it illegal in the United States for any

St. Cloud's Tijuana

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Starting Monday, June 20  St. Cloud residents will have yet another choice for dining.  Tijuana Flats, a Winter Park-based Tex-Mex restaurant, will open

Local Realtor Builds

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Jennifer Davis, a realtor with Re/Max, there is no greater satisfaction than navigating clients successfully through a real estate sale.  "I try to

Chamber Seeks New

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- With the resignation of current President/CEO Doug Baxter set to take effect next month, the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce is seeking his

Local Knife Store On the

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- When customers walk into Vonna Gullion's store, St. Cloud Knives and More, located at 2440 13th Street in the King's Plaza, behind Subway, many are surprised

City Open for Business

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger began May's press conference at City Hall this afternoon with a clear message for commercial developers: "We are open for

St. Cloud Chamber

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The president of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Doug Baxter, has submitted his resignation, which will take effect July 21, 2016.  Baxter has been at

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The skies outside The Marina banquet hall were gray, but the mood inside was light.  Local dignitaries, chamber members and guests dined on Mahi Mahi,

Publix Stock Price Drops

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Publix stock prices fell 2.7 percent Monday despite the company's reported $8.7 billion dollars in revenue during the first quarter.  Same-store sales were

It's All-Business For

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Doug Baxter wants to be in your business. If you are a business owner in the city, Baxter, president and CEO of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce has a

City Council Announces

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The City of St. Cloud is accepting Community Agency Grant applications starting today, May 1, through  5 p.m., September 1, 2016. This grant program

Planning for Expanding

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Growth is as steadfast in Florida as afternoon rain, nightly mosquitos and year-round sunshine. And according to City Manager Joe Helfenberger, St. Cloud is

Animated Coffee and

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- The 'Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor' public event Friday morning included 3D animation, cartoons, and a glimpse into the future of advertising,

Walmart Neighborhood

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For the residents of St. Cloud, particular those on the south side, shopping just got a little more convenient.  The Walmart Neighborhood Market, on the

Ready Those Resumes For

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Unemployed residents of St. Cloud, or those looking to change careers, are encouraged to attend a Job Fair at Adult Learning Osceola (ALCO) 2320 New

Sewing Seeds For a

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Caridad Universal USA, a non-profit organization with a mission to help families become self-sufficient, will start its second beginners sewing workshop May

Brewing For Business

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- It's been said that if a person loves his trade, going to work is never a chore.  For Jas Kigos and Steve Reid, two music teachers and brewers in St. Cloud,

City Releases Community

Click here for the City of St. Cloud's Community Redevelopment Agency 2015 Annual

Lakefront to Ring in

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- April will arrive with a party hat.  Or at least in a festive mood.  This is true for the crowd expected to show up at the St. Cloud Lakefront during the

St. Cloud Welcomes New

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Open signs are hanging in a few more windows; St. Cloud welcomes the following new businesses: *Rosanna Xtreme Cleaning Service LLC, cleaning, 1995

City to Allow Three Days

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Other signs that Spring has sprung are popping up like dandelions in front yards throughout town.  The little paper placards are as common in warm weather

City Officials Forecast

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- City Manager Joe Helfenberger has a dream for the town he began overseeing in October of last year. And if his vision is fulfilled, St. Cloud will offer more

Extravaganza Celebrates

by Elesha Jones, field reporter This year's Annual St. Cloud Life Community & Business Extravaganza will be held Saturday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown St. Cloud on New York

When The Cloud Speaks,

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For Samantha Brown, better known to radio listeners as “Bam, Bam Sam,” headsets and microphones are as common gadgets as cell phones. Not only does she

City Employees Stock

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For the staff at St. Cloud Parks and Recreation, caring for the community is not always about leisure. City employees donated time, personal items,

Eye Center Has New

by Elesha Jones, field reporter SAINT CLOUD- Eye Florida recently opened a new Diagnostic Testing Center, St. Cloud Eye Center & MedSpa, at 4589 Henry C. Yates Ln.,St. Cloud 34769 . The

City Manager Offers

by Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- For those attending the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon on February 18, St. Cloud City Manager Joe Helfenberger gave them something to chew

Walmart Hiring for

By Merrell Palmer, editor SAINT CLOUD- Walmart plans to hire up to 95 employees to work at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, opening in the spring of 2016 at the Southwest corner of Canoe Creek and
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