Biz Briefs


Smart phone app for Tri-Rail passengers in the works

Soon Tri-Rail riders will be able to plan and navigate their ride on the tracks through a new smart phone app.

Boca Raton-based software developer Daruma Tech was selected by the South Florida Regional Transit Authority to develop a mobile app.

The app will be available for both IOS and Android Users is expected to be ready in a few months. It will allow Tri-Rail passengers to plan their trips, calculate their fares, and track train locations in real time. The app will also provide estimated arrival times, station information, and descriptions of points of interest at certain stops.

Daruma Tech will also provide SFRTA ongoing, as-needed support for app upgrades and updates.

“Our goal is to create an attractive, intuitive app that’s easy and fun to use and gives users a personalized experience,” said Susan Erickson of Daruma Tech. Erickson added that SFRTA was seeking to replace their existing app with a faster, more engaging version that better takes advantage of recent advances in mobile technology.

Daruma Tech has worked with other local governmental agencies like the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization with its website and Broward County, which commissioned Daruma Tech to build an informational website promoting the 2016 “A Penny At Work” ballot initiative.

Daruma Tech has also worked with the publicly funded Washington State Beer Commission to develop both mobile and kiosk apps that help consumers discover the state’s many craft breweries.

In addition, Daruma Tech has extensive experience with public-private partnerships, such as its collaboration with Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale on their APP-titude program, in which high school students earn college credit while learning to design and program assets for the museum’s free mobile app.

Daruma Tech is a privately held software design firm based in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University® in Boca Raton, Florida.

Call 4 Health holds 5th Annual User Conference in Delray Beach

Call 4 Health, a Delray Beach-based medical call center and nurse triage service, is holding its 5th Annual User Conference Jan. 16-17 at the Delray Beach Marriott.

The intensive, two-day event will focus on customer service satisfaction, in which participants will acquire tools, resources and solutions necessary to manage and elevate their business’ healthcare footprint.

Conference features include informative industry lectures, unique networking opportunities and interactive discussion pods that are guaranteed to bring businesses to the next level and beyond.

This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Ames, Director of Speaking and Training at the O.C. Tanner Institute, a global center focused on strategic employee culture and engagement. Ames is one of the highest ranked presenters at the Evanta Leadership Summit, and has delivered addresses for Fortune 500 companies all over the world, including Dow Chemical, Frito Lay, Bose and many others. His presentation is entitled, “Influence Greatness,” and will focus on empowering employees and leadership to create a successful and productive company culture.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit and click on the user conference banner.

FAU’S College of Nursing Career Fair

If you have a company looking to hire recent graduates from the FAU Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, you can sign up for a table at the Career Fair on Jan. 29 from 1-4 p.m. at FAU.

The event is designed to provide students an opportunity to network with you and learn about nursing opportunities available at your organization. Additionally, this career fair serves as an avenue to create awareness of your company as you seek potential candidates to fill open roles.

If you register to participate you will receive a table and two chairs for two representatives, a lunch voucher or boxed lunch, bottled water, parking and a listing of your  company name, profile, hiring needs, and company website on Handshake. Visit for more information.

SCORE South Palm Beach names Boca’s Guardian Defense  Entrepreneur of the Year

SCORE South Palm Beach, a business mentorship organization, named Guardian Defense as its Entrepreneur of the Year.

Owners Taylor and Steve Smith were honored at the nonprofit’s annual holiday luncheon at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. SCORE mentors selected Guardian Defense, a Boca Raton consulting company that offers threat response training, for its dedication to helping the community, its success and its innovation.

“They are so passionate about saving lives that their commitment fuels their success,” said Dr. Cheri Florance, the lead SCORE mentor assigned to work with Guardian Defense. “What’s truly inspiring is that their business seeks to protect people at a time when mass shootings have become all too common, and solutions are hard to come by.”

Guardian Defense signed up for free mentoring with South Palm Beach SCORE in 2016, and they have attended sessions frequent meetings with Florance and her SCORE colleagues ever since. In 2016, the company had been in business for three years but needed help to outgrow the startup phase.

“SCORE helped us establish a strong foundation and develop our identity as a business,” said Steve Smith, president of Guardian Defense and a detective with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. “The mentors helped us grow our business, develop new products and improve our systems so we can work more effectively with our clients. Now we’re at the point where we are working with clients across the country.”

Smith and his wife, Taylor, were inspired to launch Guardian Defense after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, six years ago. The couple, who at the time was caring for a newborn and a 2-year-old, watched the coverage of the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.

Boca’s Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara expands Estate & Trust team

Attorney Jason S. Palmisano has joined the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning, Administration and Litigation Team as Senior Counsel.

Attorney Palmisano is located in the firm’s Boca office at Peninsula Plaza, 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 204.