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  • 07 Dec 2017 9:47 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Brooksville, Florida – December 6, 2017 TreeUmph! Adventure Course is soaring into Brooksville with a new 40-acre treetop obstacle and zipline park located at 6440 Cedar Lane. The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, December 9. Guests attending will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for annual passes as well as other exclusive discounts and prizes:

    • Ticket giveaway for December 9, available for entry on TreeUmph!’s Facebook and Instagram profiles: @TreeUmphBrooksville or @TreeUmph_Brooksville
    • Free, limited-edition grand opening t-shirts for the first 50 guests who book for December 9 at www.TreeUmph.com/Brooksville
    • 20% off all tickets for grand opening on December 9 with promo code NOWOPEN (valid online at www.TreeUmph.com/Brooksville)
    • Discounted annual and platinum passes available for purchase at the park

    The new Brooksville location is projected to bring approximately $3.8 million in local economic impact and create up to 30 full- and part-time jobs in its first year. TreeUmph! has been working closely with Hernando County Economic Development and the Tourism Development Bureau to make the treetop park a favorite destination for adventurous tourists and locals alike.

    TreeUmph!’s adventures range from beginner to extreme at the Brooksville park. Guests will enjoy over 130 treetop obstacles and ziplines, and those who choose to stay on the ground can watch the adventures from walking trails and observation areas. New to TreeUmph!’s repertoire is the “Little Ninja” course, a ground-based, 30-obstacle adventure that tests the ninja skills of little warriors aged 5 to 8 years old.

    “What I love about this new park is the integration of our obstacles in the huge trees and jungle-like setting of the adventure coast. This place is absolutely amazing. Every day when we step foot on the property we are overwhelmed with just how beautiful and unique it is,” said Aaron Corr, co-owner of TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

    To accompany the grand opening celebration, TreeUmph! hosted a VIP Event on Wednesday, December 6 with government officials and representatives from the local business community. During this private event, a mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs ventured from the water and took to the trees as the first-ever ziplining mermaid!

    “We think it’s perfect that Weeki Wachee, Florida’s oldest roadside attraction, is helping welcome us, Florida’s newest attraction, to the area. We will be proud to make TreeUmph! a place that the Hernando County community will both enjoy and benefit from,” said Alex Scholten, co-owner of TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

    To book tickets for TreeUmph! Adventure Course - Brooksville, visit TreeUmph.com/Brooksville or call 941-322-2130. For up-to-date information, special offers and event details, like @TreeUmphBrooksville on Facebook or follow TreeUmph_Brooksville on Instagram.

    About TreeUmph! Adventure Course

    Opening its first treetop course in Bradenton, Florida, in 2013, TreeUmph! Adventure Course operates under the mission statement: “We inspire FUN and a sense of PRIDE through ADVENTURE.” Built to the highest safety standards in the industry, each TreeUmph! location is designed to entertain and challenge guests with an exciting assortment of treetop games, obstacles, ziplines, rope swings and much more. Reservations are recommended. Call 855-322-2130 or visit www.TreeUmph.com for more information.


  • 04 Dec 2017 4:35 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE

    THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

    The public is cordially invited to join us for the holiday celebration of Chanukah at 7pm on Saturday evening, December 16, 2017 (the fifthe night of Chanukah) for the lighting of the Menorah in front of the main entrance to Fishermen’s Village. Each night an additional light is kindled until the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places. 

     Chabad of Charlotte County, Rabbi Jacobson will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive chanukah treats. There will be a children's performance by 'The junior jacappelia'. Chabad of Charlotte County is a proud member of the worldwide Chabad movement, dedicated to bringing the message and beauty of Judaism to the Jewish community residing in Charlotte County, by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural events and programs in a non-judgmental environment.

    For more information contact Chabad of Charlotte County at 941- 833 -3381 or www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com

     Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda.  Visit www.fishville.com for full holiday event details.


  • 04 Dec 2017 4:34 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Fishermen’s Village to present family friendly festivities for New Year’s Eve, plus new for 2017, the addition of a FIREWORKS DISPLAY-presented in partnership with Tow Boat U.S. and Keesling Construction.

    The public is cordially invited to ring in the New Year at Fishermen’s Village on Sunday, December 31, 2017!

     Beginning at 5 pm New Year’s Eve Family Friendly festivities will Include:

    • ·        Live Music/Dancing 5 pm -12:30 am with DJ and Singer MICHAEL WHITE (center court)
    • ·        Get Snapped Photo Booth 5 pm-12 Midnight
    • ·        Funky Hair Glitter Designs (get your sparkle on!) 6-10 pm
    • ·        Finest Face Painting by MaryRose, 6-11 pm
    • ·        Magic Shows, LED Juggling & Balloon twisting by Jeff the Juggler, 6-10 pm
    • ·        Plate Spinning for children 6-10 pm
    • ·        Singer/Guitarist Michael Hirst 8:00 pm – 12 midnight (first section)
    • ·        Final evening to view Festival of Lights!
    • ·        FIREWORKS DISPLAY, 12 Midnight, BEST viewing is from Fishermen’s Village West Dock  (sponsored by Tow Boat U.S. and Keesling Construction)
    • ·        Admission and all event activities are free.

    Fishermen’s Village Restaurants will be offering

    New Year’s Eve specials and are open until 12 Midnight (or later).

     Fishermen’s Village is located Off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda

    Call 941 639-8721 for more details or visit  www.fishville.com


  • 30 Nov 2017 11:57 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


    Irma - EIDL Flyer 2017_.pdf 

    Please see pdf. for Spanish version

  • 09 Nov 2017 3:12 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


    Frederick Koenig has joined Hall Architects of Sarasota as a Director of Operations and Senior Project Manager.  With over 21 years of professional experience, Fred will provide senior leadership and will oversee the firm’s workflow, architectural standards, and quality control.

    Fred’s expertise ranges from educational institutions to affordable housing, municipal and commercial facilities, religious buildings, and private custom residences. He is experienced in all phases of the building design and construction process, including existing building survey, schematic design, design development, construction detailing, consultant coordination, contract administration, specifications, and quality control review.

     Before relocating to Florida, Fred worked as a Senior Project Manager specializing in educational design, and as an Office Manager, with a large architectural firm in New York. He was past president of the AIA Central New York Chapter and served as a board member on the Education Committee. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Clemson University.

     

    HALL ARCHITECTS is a multi-disciplinary architecture firm specializing in creative solutions which contributes to our community’s rich cultural heritage; helps to foster business growth; and enhances our clients’ passions to live, work, and play. The firm has rich and varied experience with all types of public and private sector projects. We believe design excellence arises from a gauged response to every factor affecting development including: physical, social, environmental, regulatory, and financial considerations. Mastering these elements inspires project-specific solutions for distinctive architecture that celebrates the art and craft of design and construction regardless of scale. For more information, call 941.917.0883 or email us at info@hallarchitects.com.


  • 06 Nov 2017 9:02 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)


    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Nov. 6, 2017) – Entrepreneurs, start-ups and established business owners can access up to 20 local business resources from financial, marketing, workforce recruiting/training and small business development industries at Manatee County’s third annual Small Business Expo later this month.

    This free event is open to the public and offers information about products and services that could help anyone launch a business or operate their established business more effectively.  The expo gives business owners a chance to network and promote their products and services to each other. The County’s Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity Department Economic Development Division will host the event on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West, Bradenton.

    Local organizations with booths at the expo will include SBDC Florida, Career Source Suncoast, Manasota SCORE, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, Manasota County Black Chamber of Commerce, Spark Growth Station 2 Innovation, State College of Florida, Suncoast Community Capital, Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, Manatee County Whole Child and United Way of Manatee County.

    In addition, all attendees will have a chance to utilize Downtown Library’s menu of business services including:

    • The Small Business Conference and Meeting Area
    • Extensive business reference collection
    • Mergent Intellect, a market research database powered by Hoover’s and Dun & Bradstreet and other online tools

     
    The expo is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13 - 19) which brings together more than 15,000 partners worldwide to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.  The event is also a precursor to Small Business Saturday held annually on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, which encourages consumers to shop at locally owned businesses.  Manatee County Government will also offer free registration for companies into the Business Recovery Database in the case of any natural or manmade disaster.

    The Manatee County Economic Development Division is committed to the development of local entrepreneurs, ensuring they have access to the connections and resources necessary to help them launch new startups or retain and expand existing businesses that provide jobs, generate wealth and support our local communities.

    For more information about Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, call (941) 749-3029 or visit http://bit.ly/2xMZkne.

    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.


  • 02 Nov 2017 4:36 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Nov. 3 for four days in Bradenton to help Florida storm survivors.

     Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover. The State of Florida does not offer Food For Florida (Disaster SNAP/D-SNAP) at DRCs. A list of Food for Florida sites is available online.

     The DRC is at the following address:

    Bradenton (Manatee County)

    G.T. Bray Park/C.V. Walton Racquet Center Area

    5502 33rd Ave. Dr. West

    Bradenton, FL 34209

    Hours: Friday, Saturday and Monday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

    THIS LOCATION CLOSES MONDAY, NOV. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

    As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are  open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. DRC information is also available on the FEMA App.

     The registration process is the first step in your recovery and requires information such as insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.

     The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.

    If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register in one of the following ways:

    • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
    • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Information on the registration process is available in ASL at: fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/111546.
    • Help is available in most languages.
    • Download the FEMA App and apply.

     

    You may have other needs while visiting a DRC:

    • If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please see a DRC manager when you arrive. 
    • Language translations are offered through Telephonic Interpretation Services in 200 languages. 

     Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are canvassing affected areas and are able to register survivors for FEMA assistance, if needed. Telephonic Interpretation Services are available in many languages to assist survivors with language needs. When residents require further assistance, the teams may refer them to a DRC.

     If you have already registered, it is not necessary to visit a DRC, but you may still want to go speak with a Recovery Specialist to update your status or find help from the other organizations.

    FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

     Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

     For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.

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    FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

     Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

     FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.


  • 01 Nov 2017 11:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota have each received an “A” for patient safety, according to Leapfrog Group’s latest hospital safety report card. This is the third time in a row that Sarasota Memorial has participated in Leapfrog’s national safety survey and received back-to-back A’s for preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. For Doctors Hospital, it is the eighth consecutive time. Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Most local hospitals received “C” grades. SMH and Doctors Hospital are two of 832 across the nation that received A’s. 


  • 31 Oct 2017 3:06 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    (Sarasota, FL) October 31, 2017- The Leapfrog Group released their latest round of safety grades today and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned an “A” for the eighth consecutive time. The Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harmful conditions. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned an “A” consistently since 2014.

     “I am very proud of our team for all they do each day to put our patients first and focus on safety. We have made this part of our culture and we are committed to providing personalized and exceptional care to every patient, every day,” said Robert Meade, Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months and uses 27 quality measures of publically available hospital safety data to assign grades. To see Doctors Hospital of Sarasota’s grade visit: http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/


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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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