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  • 25 Jul 2017 4:03 PM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch, recently received the Presidents Circle and 2016 Life Essentials®, Character Education award at Kiddie Academy’s® Annual Conference this month in San Antonio, TX, where 186 Academies nationwide were considered for the program.

     According to the President of Kiddie Academy, Greg Helwig, winners were honored for their extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading, and championing the brand’s key growth initiatives. Helwig shared that common denominators among Kiddie Academy’s Annual Conference winners include ambassadorship of brand systems, standards and processes; commitment to customer service and satisfaction; accountability for staff motivation and retention; and a devotion to building community.

     “An important trait that all Kiddie Academy franchisees share is a passion for our industry, our brand, and the people who drive the company’s success every day. With so many dedicated professionals working to provide best-in-class early educational childcare in an environment that fosters learning and development, as well as the highest safety standards, the ‘best of the best’ are truly ‘doing it all’ and doing an exceptional job,” said Helwig. “This year’s award winner. Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and caring, and we are proud to recognize their contributions not only to Kiddie Academy, but to their communities, neighborhoods, and thousands of families nationwide.”

     More than 186 Kiddie Academy locations in 24 states and the District of Columbia serve over 20,000 families nationwide. For more information about Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch and their Life Essentials® curriculum approach to preparing children for school and for life, please contact Marina Wolf-Schmidt at (941) 727-9072 or lakewoodranch@kiddieacademy.net. For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com




  • 21 Jul 2017 10:07 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota & Bradenton, FL., July 20, 2017 – CenterState Bank, Market President, Shaun P. Merriman, announced yesterday the appointment of Michael G. Forson as Vice President and Commercial Banking Relationship Manager.  In this capacity, Forson will be responsible for developing new commercial banking relationships while maintaining excellent relationships with CenterState’s existing highly-valued business clients throughout the Sarasota and Bradenton markets. 

    In making the announcement, Merriman commented, “We are delighted to have Mike join our organization.  Not only does he have a fine reputation with over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry and extensive knowledge of commercial and consumer lending and deposit services, but Mike also has over 30 years of military service as a commissioned officer in the Florida Army National Guard.”  Merriman added, “His outstanding leadership and professionalism will help our organization to continue our strong growth by offering exceptional service to our local businesses and community.”

    Forson joins CenterState Bank from his most recent position as Vice President and Private Banker at Fifth Third Bank in Sarasota.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Argosy University.  In addition to his participation on the Goodwill Veterans Task Force, Forson has recently been appointed a Board Member of the Ringling College Library Association.

    CenterState Bank is a Florida based community bank and one of Florida’s largest publicly traded banks providing online banking, commercial lending, residential mortgages and investment services. CenterState has a history of quality service and community focus.  Our core values at CenterState focus on themes of sustainability, a long-term horizon and the career development of our team.  We believe that local ownership and local management translate into a better bank. For more information on CenterState Bank, please visit, www.CenterStateBank.com.

     


  • 18 Jul 2017 1:14 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    No Manatee county preserve tours with the Extension Master Gardeners are offered during August.

    PR August 2017 Classes.pdf

    Joann Larson
    Agriculture & Extension Service
    Parks and Natural Resources Department
    Manatee County Government
    EMAIL: joann.larson@mymanatee.org
    WEB:
    www.mymanatee.org

  • 13 Jul 2017 12:05 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Britney Guertin, Heidi Cook and Tammy Dumer Named to Director Positions

    .Sarasota, Florida – July 13, 2017 – Grapevine Communications, the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, proudly announces the promotion of three key staff members.

    Britney Guertin, who has served as the company’s Public Relations & Social Media Associate since March 2016, was named Director of Public Relations & Social Media. Heidi Cook, formerly the agency’s Special Projects and Events Manager, was named the Director of Operations. Tammy Dumer, who joined the company in 2008 as Bookkeeper, was named the Director of Finance.

    “At Grapevine, we believe in positioning our team to best anticipate and serve the needs of our clients,” said Grapevine President Allison Imre Perkowski. “Britney, Heidi and Tammy are proven experts in their respective fields and have been vital to the growth of our company. We are thrilled to recognize their contributions with promotions to leadership roles.”

    A graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Guertin has extensive marketing, PR and social media experience with a range of industries, from retail and dining to real estate. In her new role, Guertin serves as the media point of contact and leads the public relations and social media team in developing, implementing, and monitoring content on behalf of Grapevine and its clients.

    Cook brings over three decades of agency experience in production management, media planning/buying, client relations, project management and office management. As Director of Operations, she manages the implementation of the company’s new automated systems, evaluates procedures for efficiency and accuracy, and ensures Grapevine’s team upholds its top-performing business processes.

    Dumer has an accomplished career in finance and accounting that spans more than two decades. As Grapevine’s Director of Finance, she manages the agency’s accounting processes, financial-related activities and reporting systems

             

    Britney Guertin – Dir. of PR and Social Media; Heidi Cook – Dir. of Operations; Tammy Dumer – Dir. of Finance


  • 13 Jul 2017 12:01 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Peer-Driven Recognition Places Team Among the Top in the State

    Sarasota, Florida – July 13, 2017 – Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg (Icard Merrill) – a Sarasota-based, full-service law firm – is proud to announce that nine members of the firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Florida Super Lawyers.

    “We are honored to have our team named among the most respected attorneys in practice,” said Robert Lyons, President of Icard Merrill. “This recognition serves as a reflection of the genuine dedication, steadfast commitment and exceptional results we bring to our clients throughout multiple areas of representation.”

    The Icard Merrill attorneys chosen for this year’s print list are:

    • Charles J. Bartlett – Business Litigation, Construction, Business/Corporate Law
    • Thomas F. Icard, Jr. – Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Robert G. Lyons – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury-General
    • William W. Merrill, III – Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Environmental, Administrative Law, Government Relations
    • Alyssa M. Nohren – Real Estate, General Litigation
    • W. Andrew Clayton, Jr. – Securities Litigation, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Jaime L. Wallace – Family Law
    • F. Thomas Hopkins, III – Real Estate, Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate
    • G. Matthew Brockway – Rising Star – Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate, Intellectual Property

    Representing no more than five percent of lawyers in the state, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of recognition and professional achievement. The annual listing has a rigorous, patent-pending screening process that includes multiple phases with peer nominations and evaluations combined with third-party research. 

    About Icard Merrill

    With offices in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties, Icard Merrill offers clients more than a half-century of legal experience in real estate, land use, personal Injury, employment law, corporate and tax law, family law, probate, tax, and estate planning as well as business, commercial and construction litigation. The firm’s practice groups work both independently and cooperatively, and strive to provide the most thorough representation possible. For more information, visit icardmerrill.com or call 941-366-8100.


  • 11 Jul 2017 9:51 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Summer is heating up and what better way to celebrate the season than with family and friends in the middle of Lakewood Ranch’s living room.

     In honor of its 10th anniversary and to celebrate its valued customers, Polo Grill and Bar, a Lakewood Ranch-based restaurant specializing in American cuisine with a global flair, launched a special 10-for-$10 lunch menu on July 10, featuring 10 delicious entrees for only $10.

     The special anniversary promotion will run throughout the summer, and you won’t want to miss it.

     "This is our tasty way of saying thank you to all our friends who have supported us over the past 10 years," says proprietor Tommy Klauber, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Jaymie Klauber

     Menu items include:

    • Red snapper sliders with a whole grain dijonaise
    • Butter beef sliders with bacon, swiss and red onion
    • House corned beef sliders with French yellow mustard
    • Pan seared crab cakes with a creole remoulade and arugula
    • Pasta arrabiata with shrimp in a spicy tomato and garlic sauce
    • Pasta fresca with salmon, tomato, arugula and olive oil
    • Pressed smoked ham on mini croissants with aged cheddar
    • Turkey croissant with applewood smoked bacon and swiss
    • Mediterranean tuna melts with roma tomato and crostini
    • Grilled chicken and ranch snack wrap with tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese

     If that’s not enough to satisfy your palette, the menu also features a pair of $4 sweet bites, including salted chocolate chip cookies and strawberry and lemongrass sorbet.

     Polo Grill and Bar, located at 10670 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch, supports local farms and dairies using sustainable practices. All of the restaurant’s stocks and sauces are made from scratch

  • 10 Jul 2017 9:16 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    15 U.S. communities awarded top honors in civic action, community problem solving and advancing early literacy
     

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 26, 2017) – Manatee County is part of an award-winning Suncoast Region, one of 15 U.S. communities named a 2017 All-America City Award recipient by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the National Civic League. 

    Manatee and Sarasota counties are part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) which received a variety of accolades, including the All-America City Award, a Pacesetter Honor, and three Communications Awards during Grade-Level Reading Week in Denver. The Campaign was recognized for exemplary work to unite the community and engage families in an effort to increase reading proficiency and combat the challenges that can undermine early literacy. 

    Fifteen communities across the country were honored earlier this month with the 2017 All-America City Award (AAC) for their civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. Research has long shown that when children read at proficient levels by third grade they are more likely to complete high school prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.


    “We applaud the ’big tent’ coalitions in these award-winning communities. They put a stake in the ground around third-grade reading and made some ‘big bets’ to improve the odds for early school success,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. "Those big bets are paying off in more hopeful futures for so many vulnerable children in these communities."

    Cheri Coryea, Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department director, said one of the primary reasons this area was selected as an All-America City Award is the Manatee County Public Library System’s innovative new literacy program, “I Am a Lifelong Learner.” The program supports the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading and is unique for its partnerships and collaboration. 

    "The program aims to improve literacy by targeting our youngest readers in locations they are familiar with: their neighborhoods," Coryea said. "Proceeds from the Manatee Library Foundation Stephen King/John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks fundraisers over the past two
    years have created a new Lifelong Learner Campaign Coordinator."

    The Lifelong Learner Campaign Coordinator interacts directly with young children in geographically challenged areas to offer pop-up programs that develop literacy skills. She also helps coordinate summer reading programs at our libraries and the new reading rooms around the community and enriches parental engagement through other programs and technology.

    “We are proud to partner with The Patterson Foundation, United Way of Manatee County, School District of Manatee County and others to make progress in moving children’s literacy skills on grade level and for those efforts to be recognized as an All American City,” Coryea said.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 07 Jul 2017 12:48 PM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    MEDIA ALERT

    Bradenton, Fla. – July 17, 2017

    Community Influencers Are Invited to Visit Newly Remodeled Offices

    at One of Manatee County’s Largest Employers

    WHO: TriNet, one of Manatee County’s largest employers1, is welcoming area

    lawmakers, community organizations, local vendors and media to join

    TriNet executives and colleagues for an open house of their innovative

    offices. Speaking attendees include local political representatives and

    business leaders, as well as TriNet executives.

    WHAT: In the last two years, TriNet’s Bradenton office alone experienced a

    headcount growth of over 200 percent on its sales team. TriNet has

    enhanced its offices as part of its strategic plan to continue to scale in the

    area and bring on more local talent.

    Refreshments will be served.

    WHEN: Monday, July 17, 2017

    11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    The event will kick off with a few words from the speakers, followed by a

    Q&A session and a brief tour.

    WHERE: TriNet

    9000 Town Center Pkwy.

    Bradenton, FL 34202

    1 According to the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, June 2017

    CONTACT:

    Fatima Afzal

    TriNet

    Fatima.Afzal@TriNet.com.

    510.875.7265


  • 03 Jul 2017 9:22 AM | Amy Gonzalez (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has once again been selected as one of the Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare. The hospital has made the list nine years in a row. According to Modern Healthcare, this annual awards program recognizes companies who continuously try to improve their work environment and increase employee engagement, satisfaction and retention through innovative ideas.

     “Our culture here is special. We strive to create a place where everyone is valued for their unique talents and recognized for the contributions they make providing personalized care to our patients,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

     The hospital offers comprehensive benefits and is committed to providing a healthy work environment. There are stress breaks for employees with massages, free Tai Chi classes, tuition reimbursement, ongoing job training, and appreciation events throughout the year.  Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has almost 800 employees and 250 volunteers. Earlier this year it was also recognized by Becker's Hospital Review on its "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare | 2017" list. This year the hospital also received an “A” for its commitment to quality from the Leapfrog Group.

     

    You can see more about the people of Doctors Hospital in this behind the scenes video:

    https://youtu.be/AXNuvpUhAuw


  • 16 Jun 2017 10:14 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 14, 2017) — Manatee County Government received a proposal today from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch (SMR) offering to donate the underlying land of the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch to become a county park.

    The proposal offers the 126.9-acre campus in exchange for compensation for the physical improvements that have been made to the property. It also includes an additional 36-acre parcel of land, with the request that the county construct an aquatic center and parking within the next five years.

    The Premier Sports Campus improvements include parking, 22 quality irrigated fields — eight of which are lighted for evening play — and other recreational facilities. The price for the improvements is $5.2 million based on the SMR construction cost, which could potentially be paid through impact fee revenue. The cost for the aquatic center will be determined based on the scope of the facility. 

    According to Director of Parks and Natural Resources Charlie Hunsicker, this opportunity is important to the community.

    "The addition of the Premier Sports Campus to our inventory of recreational spaces will greatly enrich the community’s recreation opportunities,” said Hunsicker. “The facility is consistent with the upcoming Parks Master Plan, and the acquisition of this site at cost only is a great opportunity for our community and the thousands of children who will be served. We are extremely grateful to Rex Jensen and the SMR community for their vision and largesse.”

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

      


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
 
    
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