Business Spotlight

  • Business Spotlight: 4health 'Simplifying Medical Marijuana Cards'

    4Health Medical Marijuana Certifications clinic in Plantation has simplified the process of obtaining your state issued medical use card. Open since June, the clinic is housed in a professional office setting and most patients complete their office visit in under an hour. Clinic administrator Angie Maione says that the goal at 4Health is to make the process as simple and smooth as possible. “Our patients are typically suffering with ailments like including chronic pain, cancer, severe anxiety, depression and a host of other chronic conditions. The last thing we want to do is provide barriers for obtaining a medical marijuana use card.”

    4Health is providing a different experience for patients. Many clinics are housed in strip malls with what Maione calls a “Turn them and burn them mentality.” She warns the many clinics are taking advantage of patients and providing misinformation about how often they need to see a physician and ultimately costing patients more.

    All certifying physicians at 4health have left their medical practices to focus solely on helping medical marijuana patients. According to Maione, “We are not a side business for a physician, we only work with doctors who are committed to natural methods of healing and believe in the medicinal properties of medical marijuana.”

    If you'd like to join the many people who are reducing the number of toxic pharmaceuticals they take, medical marijuana may be right for you. New patients can call the office at
    754-529-HERB (4372) to set up an appointment to meet with a certifying physician and get entered into the state’s system.

  • Business Spotlight: Al Cicotte and Kevin Palombo - American Tax & Insurance Services

    Al Cicotte and Kevin Palombo are the 14-years and running faces of American Tax & Insurance Services in Wilton Manors.

  • Business Spotlight: Christina Wan - Christina Wan's Mandarin House

    Christina Wan is a third generation restaurateur.

  • Business Spotlight: Dr. Troy Lomasky - Coast Chiropractic

    Reading the Google reviews for Dr. Troy Lomaskyat Coast Chiropractic gives a little insight into why he’s popular with patients. One has been with him for more than 20 years and urges anyone with back pain to see him before seeing a doctor or taking medication. 

  • Business Spotlight: Eric McKnight and Christian Santiago - Dick’s Service Station

    When you’re a JetBlue flight attendant sometimes you visit cool places. Christian Santiago was in one of those places when SFGN connected with him from the Dominican Republic for this profile. He was eager to help spread the word about Dick’s Service Station in Oakland Park while his husband, owner-operator Eric McKnight, was attending to a family matter.

  • Business Spotlight: Fernando Masterson - Broward Center for Performing Arts

    Fernando Masterson says he’s always been a lover of the arts. His career in the industry has taken a marketing slant — beginning at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville and continuing on the airwaves at CBS Radio and Kiss Country.

  • Business Spotlight: FIND YOUR BLISS AT YELLO!

    Edwin Neimann“When I dance, I forget everything else and just feel completely happy.” That Katherine Jenkins quote sums up exactly how the staff at the Yello Creative Arts & Event Center want their dance students to feel. And the wide variety of dance classes offered in their beautiful space make it possible for any student, regardless of age or level, to find their bliss as they discover the dancer inside.

  • Business Spotlight: Joe Pallant - Pallant Insurance Agency

    Joe Pallant opened Pallant Insurance Agency, one of the largest insurance agencies in South Florida, in 1996. Pallant was born on Miami Beach “way before I-95 was built” and studied at the University of Miami “before air conditioning was in the dorms.”

  • Business Spotlight: John Castelli - Castelli Real Estate

    The Great Recession wasn’t great for the housing market. But South Florida has largely left those effects in its rearview mirror. Today there’s another problem: low housing inventory.

  • Business Spotlight: Kevin J. Clevenger - Poverello Center

    More than 30 years ago Father William F. Collins, known as “Father Bill,” and a group of volunteers began providing services on 18th Street in Pompano Beach for local patients with HIV/AIDS who had been discharged from the hospital. It was the beginning of what would later be the Poverello Center, now located in Wilton Manors.

  • Business Spotlight: Leonardo and Silvia Baldi - Dolce Salato

    The American dream is alive and well for Leonardo and Silvia Baldi. The first time they came to the U.S., in 1999, it was as tourists. They instantly fell in love with the country, Florida in particular.

  • Business Spotlight: Lori Deak - The Pride Factory

    The Pride Factory is in very capable hands.

  • Business Spotlight: Marco Vico - Café Vico

    Chef Marco Vico owns Café Vico, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular, upscale Italian restaurants. A third-generation Italian, Chef Vico was born and raised in Brazil but moved to New Jersey in the early 1980’s, where he worked in an Italian restaurant and where he progressed from dishwasher to full chef and manager.

  • Business Spotlight: Mark Alexander - Duncan Theatre

    This December marks 17 years at the Duncan Theatre for Mark Alexander. As Executive Director, he now oversees the operations of all three Palm Beach State College Theaters – Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade and the Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens.

  • Business Spotlight: Neel Amin - American Pain Experts

    Neel Amin had a lot of public relations work to do when he opened American Pain Experts six years ago.

  • Business Spotlight: Patrick Volkert and Mark Hunter - Hunters Nightclub

    Patrick Volkert co-owns Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, the nightclub that unarguably is a leader in South Florida’s gay scene. Situated in the middle of “The Drive,” Hunters has been voted best bar by readers of SFGN for three years in a row. The club has 27 employees, Volkert said, all of which are offered health insurance.

  • Business Spotlight: Peter Dekaj - Stork’s Bakery

    When Peter Dekaj came to Stork’s Bakery 21 years ago as managing partner and pastry chef, he had no idea he would eventually become the owner of one of Wilton Manors’ go-to bakeries.

  • Business Spotlight: Richard Gray - Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

    The CVB is Richard Gray’s baby. He said so in a telephone conversation with the Mirror Magazine last week.

  • Business Spotlight: Russell Cormican - Kent & Cormican, Criminal Defense Law Center

    Russell Lonnie Cormican is the other half of Kent & Cormican. But SFGN publisher Norm Kent’s fame should not hide the fact that Cormican is a notable figure in his own right.

  • Business Spotlight: Smart Ride-Get In Gear

    The SMART Ride, a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West, raises funds for seven AIDS service organizations across Florida, including Compass. An energized team of Compass staff members and dedicated volunteers are heading south to join hundreds of other volunteer crews and riders taking part in the ride from November 16-17.