Published Friday, June 7, 2019

Today, summer interns from across the Nation learned about Palm Beach County’s economy in the Business Development Board’s boardroom. The first-of-its-kind “BDB Lunch and Learn Intern Series” invited summer interns from BDB member organizations to gain a fresh perspective on the area’s business climate. The event included interns from companies such as BDO, Belcan, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Colliers International, Garcia Stromberg, Greenberg Traurig, HBK CPAs & Consultants, Holland & Knight, Kimley-Horn, NAI Merin Hunter Codman, Oxbow Carbon, Palm Beach County, SBA Communications, Sharp Communications, Verdex Construction, and Wells Fargo.

“This new series is a great way to provide soon-to-be professionals with a broad group of peers,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board. In fact, the group was so broad that interns spanned from local Palm Beach County academic institutes to out-of-state schools like Duke University and Harvard University. They were all within the same age group interning for the summer in different industries throughout Palm Beach County.

“Palm Beach County is an exciting place to be. The BDB is a big part of the economic engine and business environment here,“ said William Shepherd, Partner at Holland & Knight LLP. William, today's lunch sponsor, is a member of the BDB Financial Services Task Force and actually shared this idea for the new series at a prior meeting. 


Together, BDB members are ensuring that the future of Palm Beach County’s workforce will choose to stay here over competing locations and retain top talent as they start their careers. Two more events are planned for later this summer. 


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