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Pennoni’s Delray office adds new office director, senior engineer

Consulting engineering firm Pennoni’s Delray office has a new office director and senior engineer.

Jeremy Case, PE, SE, is relocating from the Clearwater office to serve as the new Office Director at the expanding Delray Beach office.

Bob Selinsky, PE, SI, has been promoted to Senior Engineer and will oversee all design and construction administration services.

“We are looking forward to expanding the Delray Beach operations under Jeremy and Bob’s leadership to better serve our current and future clients,” Michael McCarthy, PE, Vice President said.

Calisha Anderson of Office Depot joins Clinics Can Help’s Board of Directors

Delray resident Calisha Anderson, senior marketing manager for Office Depot in Boca Raton, recently joined the Board of Directors of Clinics Can Help (CCH).

Anderson has professional ties to CCH, having led a marketing team in the brand and website development in 2015. She also served as a volunteer for CCH’s Annual Golf Tournament.

She now manages the primary digital marketing channel at Office Depot – Office Max responsible for acquiring new customers, and retaining their active customer file, as a Senior Manager of eCommerce.

“Calisha helped us modernize and clarify our brand, which helps people better understand what we do,” said Owen O’Neill, executive director of Clinics Can Help. “As we grow and branch out into different areas of service, it’s important to have someone on board who can see the big picture of our public image and help us communicate more effectively with the people we serve and the people who support us. We’re excited to have Calisha back with us.”

TraceFree launches virtual private browser

Boca-based TraceFree, a virtual private browser, is available for use on Windows OS after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The technology aims to replace a virtual private network (VPN) because while using TraceFree, websites, including Google, cannot correctly identify users, and every browsing session is always virus free.

TraceFree is a browser that runs in the cloud and not on the user’s device. All browsing evidence like cookies, viruses, malware and history stays on the server in the cloud and is deleted on logout. Websites never interact with the user’s device.

TraceFree offers the security of a cloud browser but protects the user’s privacy as well.

The Mac OS version will follow soon. For more information, visit www.tracefree.com.

Applications open for Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship courses

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, in Florida State University’s College of Business, is accepting applications for its Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) and Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP).

Offered at no cost to participants, the programs are funded by The Jim Moran Foundation and Jim and Jan Moran. The application deadline is March 31.

The SBEP will be offered in both Broward and Palm Beach counties while the NPEP will be offered in Palm Beach County. The programs consist of nine sessions, each focusing on a particular aspect of growing a business or nonprofit. Starting in July and running through November, the sessions will be held every other week from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Qualified applicants must be actively involved in running a business, be a key decision-maker and their company must have been established for at least three years with five or more employees (or volunteers if the company is a nonprofit).

The SBEP and NPEP are designed for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, presidents and executive directors of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Graduates emerge with the skills and training needed to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management and turn challenges into strategic advantage. Participants represent a variety of industries, including construction, technology, healthcare, fashion and law.

Program graduates receive a certificate and have the opportunity to be a part of a peer roundtable. They are also encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences, and other Jim Moran Institute events.

To apply for the executive programs, visit jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu and click on “Programs.” For more information about the SBEP, NPEP or to learn more about the Jim Moran Institute’s South Florida Operations, contact southflorida@jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu, call 954-399-2849 or visit jimmoraninstitute.fsu.edu.

Hire lawn care professionals via GreenPal app

Need a new person to service your lawn? There is an app for that.

GreenPal, an app that connects homeowners with local, vetted lawn care professionals, is now available in Delray Beach.

Nashville-based GreenPal allows homeowners to find local, pre-screened lawn professionals.  Homeowners can list their lawns with their service date and lawn care needs. Vetted lawn care pros can then bid on their properties based on the Google street and aerial images and any other lawn details the homeowner provides. Homeowners can then select who they want to work with based on vendor’s ratings, reviews and price.

Once the vendor has completed the service, the lawn care pro will send a time-stamped photo of the completed work. Homeowners can then pay via the app and set up more appointments.

“After successfully launching in 50 other markets, we are excited to help homeowners in Delray Beach find reliable, local lawn care,” said co-founder Gene Caballero.

For more information, visit https://www.yourgreenpal.com/local/lawn-care-delray-beach-fl

Research Park at Florida Atlantic University releases annual economic report

In 2018, Research Park at FAU companies generated more than $4 billion in annual revenues; secured $127.5 million investment capital; employed 1,631 South Florida residents, including 296 FAU interns and graduates; 17 new U.S. patents were awarded; and the average employee salary was $73,332.

All of those statistics were released in the Research Park’s 2018 annual economic report. This year, for the first time, the R&D spend was calculated and totaled $42.8 million. There are 307 projected new hires this year.