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  • 21 Sep 2017 12:06 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    SBA Disaster: Business Recovery Centers

    The Small Business Administrations has opened five Business Recovery Centers thus far for businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Irma. 

    Collier County
    Naples Business Accelerator
    3510 Kraft Road, # 200
    Naples, FL  34105
    Opens: Friday, September 22 at 9 a.m. 
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Closed: Sundays 

    Duval County
    Beaver Street Enterprise Center
    728 Blanche Street, Bldg. 2
    Jacksonville, FL  32204
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    Hillsborough County
    Hillsborough Community College at The Regent 
    6437 Watson Road
    Riverview, FL  33578
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    Palm Beach County
    Carol Sims Center
    225 NW 12th Avenue
    Boynton Beach, FL 33435
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays 

    Pinellas County
    The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center
    13805 58th Street North
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays


  • 20 Sep 2017 11:35 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is having  the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic event starting November 10, 2017 thru November 13,2017. I am looking for volunteers on all days and shifts. If anyone is interested please contact me or sign up online at:
    http://signup.com/go/uApiKwF
    Thank You!
    Mia Leone
    Volunteer Manager
    941-349-3800

  • 20 Sep 2017 10:08 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Lots of classes are being offered in October at the Ag & Extension Office in Palmetto – some have a fee so please note that in the listing.  Also, the exciting annual plant sale is on October 7.  Plants are home-grown by the Extension Master Gardeners and offer a variety of plants and trees. Don’t forget your garden cart or wagon to purchase lots of plants!

    Some of our classes in October will be:  Problems in the Bee Hive; Water Gardening Wonders; The Longleaf Pine Trees; Irrigation Designing; and Wild about Wildflowers.

    Don’t forget we are offering the Walking Tours with the Extension Master Gardeners at Riverview Pointe Preserve (Oct. 14), Robinson Preserve (Oct. 15), and Rye Preserve (Oct. 21).  All tours 9am-11pm.  Tours are suitable for all ages and are FREE!

    Complete Listing

    View and register for our classes here: http://uf-ifas-extension-manatee.eventbrite.com


  • 20 Sep 2017 9:31 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Patti Squires, RN, MSN, is the new Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. She was previously the Director of Emergency Services at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. Patti has experience in medical-surgical, critical care, emergency and facility management. At Doctors Hospital she will assist overseeing nursing departments in the emergency room, critical care and the progressive care units. She will be involved in shared governance committees and assist with the Critical Care Unit of Distinction initiative. She is currently enrolled in the HCA CNO development program.

     Erin O’Quinn, BSN, RN- is the new Director of the Medical Surgical floor at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. She has nursing experience in critical care, ICU and nursing management.  O’Quinn was previously the Nurse Manager of ICU unit II at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

    Kerry Shellito is the new Executive Chef at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. He graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is a Certified Dietary Manager. He has extensive experience working in health care food service and was most recently the Executive Chef at Brandon Regional Hospital. Shellito is known for using locally sourced ingredients and working with local farmers to create nutritionally balanced and health conscience food. 


  • 19 Sep 2017 12:27 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 19, 2017) – FEMA representatives will be in Manatee County this week and early next to assist Manatee County residents hoping to receive damage assistance related to Hurricane Irma. 

    FEMA will be at the following locations: 
     

    • Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton, today until 6 p.m.; Tues., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thurs., Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
       
    • Palmetto Library, 923 6th Street W., Thurs., Sept. 21 from noon to 8 p.m.
       
    • South Manatee Library, 6081 26th Street W., Fri., Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and Sat., Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       
    • Myakka City Fire Station 2, 26636 State Road 70, Myakka City from noon until 9 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Mon., Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       
    • Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Sat., Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       
    • Duette Fire Department, 35800 State Road 62 in Duette, on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
       
    • Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 US Highway 301 North, Ellenton, on Wed., Sept. 27 from noon until 8 p.m.
       
    • Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, on Fri., Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       

    Residents who attend one of the assistance dates should bring the following: 

    • One social security number per household
    • The address of the damaged home or apartment
    • A description of the damage
    • Information about insurance coverage
    • A telephone number
    • A mailing address
    • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds


    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.

     


  • 19 Sep 2017 12:25 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 19, 2017) – Local job seekers will have dozens of public sector careers to learn about and apply for at an Oct. 5 hiring fair. Representatives from Manatee County Government, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector will all be on hand with job opportunities. 

    The hiring expo will be held Oct. 5 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard in Palmetto. The County has more than 100 vacancies including: 

    • Bus Operators/Transit Attendants
    • Administrative Support
    • Industrial Controls Technicians
    • School Crossing Guards
    • Law Enforcement Deputies
    • Inspections Officers
    • Project Management/Project Engineers
    • Accounting and Finance 
    • 911 Emergency dispatchers
    • Utility Workers
    • Convention Center Staff
    • Counter Associates (Tax Collector)
    • Transportation Planners
    • Operations and Maintenance Workers

    “The County is expanding, this coupled with over 500 current employees set to retire in the next three to five years, there has never been a better time to explore a long-term career in County Government,” said Joe Spain, HR Talent Recruiter. "The hiring expo will also have CareerSource Suncoast on site to help candidates with resume writing and interview tips along with their mobile job unit so applicants can apply on site, with many programs doing on site interviews and hiring."

    Job seekers who visit the hiring expo should dress professionally or come as you are from work and to bring several copies of a resume to leave with potential employers.   

    For more information on the Hiring Expo, email Joe Spain at joe.spain@mymanatee.org or call him at (941) 748-4501, ext. 3859

    For more information on career opportunities with the government, follow Manatee County Government Jobs on Facebook and follow @manateejobs on Twitter and Manatee County Government on LinkedIn. 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.

     

     


  • 15 Sep 2017 4:15 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    On September 7, Equifax – one of the three largest American credit agencies – announced a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting consumer information, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc., leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.  

    I want to make sure you’re aware of available resources to ensure the protection of your personal and financial information. Please follow the steps below to determine if you or anyone in your household was impacted by this incident: 

    • 1.     Go to https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
    • 2.     Click on the “Potential Impact” link, and you will be asked to provide your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number.
    • 3.     Based on that information, you will receive a message indicating whether your personal information may have been impacted by this incident.
    • 4.     If your information has been compromised, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring to all U.S. consumers. The deadline to request your complimentary one-year monitoring is November 21, 2017. Learn more, here.

    While Raymond James and other financial firms employ the most up-to-date safeguards to protect client account numbers and other important personal information, you play a vital role in keeping your information secure. There are many ways for you to help keep your information secure.

    Protect passwords, PINs and answers to any security questions by not sharing them with anyone you don’t want to have access to your accounts. Avoid easily guessed passwords (e.g. family members’ names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, etc.).

    • Keep firewalls and security software up to date, and use encryption software on your laptops.
    • Use your personal computer for financial transactions, avoiding public-use computers if at all possible.
    • Do not give out vital information over the phone, by email or through in-person requests. Type in the URL of the site you want rather than clicking a link provided in an email.
    • Check your financial accounts regularly to ensure no unauthorized activity is taking place. Contact your credit card company or financial account institution immediately if you notice anything suspicious.
    • ·        Monitor email, social media and online financial accounts for unauthorized changes. If you receive an email that changes have been made to one of your accounts (e.g. new contact details, new addresses, etc.) that you did not authorize, follow the instructions provided by your service provider to protect your accounts.
    • Only click on links or open attachments that you expect and are from sources you know and trust. Even if an email is from someone you know, if it looks suspicious, play it safe and confirm with the sender before opening.

    I’ll be happy to discuss this incident and other aspects of financial and personal information security. Just give me a call. 

    Sincerely,

    Jim Zientara, MBA, CIMA®
    Branch Manager, Financial Planner, and Registered Investment Advisor Representative
    11009 Gatewood Drive Suite 101 Lakewood Ranch FL. 34211Tel 941-750-6818,  Fax 941-750-6816, Cell 941-224-1347Jim.Zientara@raymondjames.com        thefinancialplanningguy.info


  • 15 Sep 2017 2:11 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST NEW OFF SEASON EVENT: “THROWBACK TO THE 50’S!” Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce the addition of a new signature event “Throwback to the 50’s!” to be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, 12 Noon-4 pm. This first annual event promises to take you back to yesteryear through music, dancing, and fun contests!

    Live entertainment will be featured in all three sections of the Village:

                      • “Boomers Band” – first section near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee – golden oldies, rock ‘n roll, Motown, Blues and more!

                      • Nick Dattilo and The Legends Band – Center Court – tribute to Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Ritchie Valens, The Beach Boys!

                      • The “Just Us Duo” – third section – 50’s, 60’s, light country, classic rock and Big Band

    Come dressed in attire from the 50’s and 60’s and join the fun! Admission and parking are free. The public is cordially invited to attend. Located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, Fishermen’s Village features 40 shops/boutiques/galleries, waterfront dining, harbor and sunset cruises, fishing charters, boat rentals, military museum, special events and weekly live entertainment.

    Phone: 941 639-8721 Website: www.fishville.com


  • 15 Sep 2017 8:57 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Sarasota & Bradenton, Florida, September 15, 2017 – CenterState Bank, Market

    President, Shaun P. Merriman, proudly announced today that CenterState made

    arrangements to provide trucks, some loaded with water and some with ice, to be

    deployed to the hardest hit areas throughout our state for employees, customers, and the

    general public who may be in need. After stopping in Sebring yesterday to share half the

    22-pallet load, each truck will be strategically stationed on the county line at the

    CenterState Bank at 6204 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243, at the corner of

    University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road, to be available free for both Sarasota

    and Manatee county residents. While employees have worked hard to open the local

    branches after the hurricane, local management are on hand to help distribute the water

    or ice free to the community. Special thanks are due to Sarasota County Sheriff Tom

    Knight for providing distribution assistance along with Willis Smith Construction for

    providing a pallet jack. (The trucks are expected to arrive separately.)

    “This decisive action to provide relief was arranged by CenterState’s management team

    last week before the storm hit,” states Merriman, “and we are happy to provide a

    meaningful free service at a critical time of need for any individuals or families in our

    area. Supplies have run short, and according to local authorities, about 76,000 power

    customers in Sarasota and about 42,000 power customers in Manatee counties still

    suffer from lack of power. So, water and ice are critical in this heat.” He added, “This

    positive action of caring for the community shows integrity, holding true to our

    CenterState’s motto of Faith & Family. It absolutely makes me feel proud to be a

    CenterState Banker!”

    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.


  • 14 Sep 2017 11:02 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, Florida has completed clean up efforts following Hurricane IRMA and will be reopening the Mall retail, Restaurants and Marina at 10 am today, Thursday September 16.

    Thank you!

    Kathy Burnam
    Marketing Manager


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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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