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Corporate Report: Feb. 28

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Lazydays, state fair authority reach three-year promotional partnership
Seffner-based RV dealer Lazydays has reached a multi-year partnership agreement with the Florida State Fair Authority (FSFA), which will provide Lazydays branded events at the fairgrounds for the next three years. The agreement covers the annual state fair and year-round events, including concerts and festivals.

“There are a number of large RV shows and many other events that are in line with the Lazydays RV lifestyle like equestrian events, boat shows and home shows held throughout the year at the state fairgrounds,” Lazydays Chief Marketing Officer John Lebbad says in a press release. “Through this new partnership, we have a unique opportunity to connect on a broader level with existing and potential customers from across the state and beyond.”

In addition to signage throughout the fairgrounds, Lazydays will display luxury RVs throughout the property during big events.

“Lazydays has been a great neighbor to the Florida State Fairgrounds for many years now, and we are excited to take our relationship to an exciting new partnership,” FSFA Executive Director Chuck Pesano, says in a press release.

Lazydays kicked off the new three-year partnership as the presenting sponsor of Heroes Day on the opening day of the Florida State Fair. The company also offered a one-week stay at an RV Campground.

Brown & Brown board backs $25 million stock buyback
The board of directors of Daytona Beach- and Tampa-based Brown & Brown Inc. has authorized the company to repurchase up to $25 million worth of shares of the company's common stock over the next two years. The buyback was primarily designed to reduce dilution from the company's employee equity incentive plans.

These repurchases may be carried out through open market purchases, block trades and negotiate private transactions.

Brown & Brown Inc. offers insurance and reinsurance products and services, as well as risk management, third-party administration, managed health care and Medicare set-aside services and programs.

The Busy Buddy relocates office to SMARTstart Dade City Incubator
The Busy Buddy, a Dade City-based business support services company, is moving into the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator in the Dade City Business Center.

Founded in 2009, The Busy Buddy specializes in consulting for small businesses. It serves industries including small business law, food products, public relations, telecommunications, engineering and residential cleaning.

SMARTstart is a program, where companies work in a collaborative workspace with other small businesses. SMARTstart residents have access to technical support along with the ability to network with local organizations and community partners. The program, which is managed by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. is the first of its kind in Pasco County.

“It's wonderful to have a program where a small business like mine can network with other small businesses and participate in workshops and seminars geared to help my business grow,” Kellye Dash, president of The Busy Buddy, says in a press release.

Blalock Walters partner joining hospital board of governors
Blalock Walters' principal William Cloud Robinson Jr. Esq. has been named to the Board of Governors of the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, which is composed of hospital leadership, medical staff members and community representatives.

The purpose of the Board of Governors is to oversee the safety and quality of services of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, advise the CEO on hospital operations and represent Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in the community.

Robinson practices in the Bradenton law firm's land use, local government law and real estate law service areas.

Cutting Loose Salon ranked among top 200 salons, spas
Salon Today magazine, a business publication for salon and spa owners, has named Cutting Loose Salon in University Park to the Salon Today 200. Salons are ranked based on best business practices. To qualify, salons or spas must have generated annual service and product sales revenues of at least $250,000 per year since 2011. Owners must also submit statistical information about the business and complete a best practices category essay.

Cutting Loose Salon was recognized for its retention and referral programs, recruitment and training and retail and merchandising.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year that Cutting Loose, owned by Coral Pleas, has received this recognition.

Salon Today is a division of Modern Salon Media, which is owned by Vance Publishing Corp. in Lincolnshire, Ill.


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