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  • 20 May 2019 2:41 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Representatives from SouthTech attended the Innovation in Workforce luncheon which took place on May 2nd at Sarasota’s own Art Ovation hotel. The luncheon is one of many events that make up the larger SOTC (State of Talent Conference), which invites speakers from all over the world to discuss the latest trends in human resources. Recruitment, employee development and retention are key topics. The SOTC is presented by Career Source Suncoast, a non-profit to help businesses grow by providing workforce solutions for talent recruitment and development and helping job seekers and workers manage their careers. SouthTech was named this year’s Workforce Excellence Business Partner of the Year. The award is given to organizations that invest time and resources to workforce and community development, and recipients are chosen by a panel of judges.

    SouthTech employs nearly 50 full-time employees, with 80% of that number represented by engineers and information technology professionals. Many of those roles are held by individuals that first started at SouthTech as apprentices working through a 90-day program developed by senior engineers to prepare them for a full-time position. Apprentices are typically students fulfilling a credit requirement from a local institution, but this is not always the case.

    “This is an incredible honor for SouthTech, and we are very thankful for the service and support that we received from the local colleges and universities, our clients and our team members. They are the pieces that made this possible,” says Nathan Bailey, COO of SouthTech. Bailey works alongside SouthTech’s Client Services Manager Josh Haley, overseeing the hiring process.


  • 17 May 2019 8:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    A vision nearly 20 years in the making took a major step this week, with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe breaking ground on a large-scale theater renovation set to transform the WBTT experience for both performers and audiences. “It’s a day that, at one time in my journey, I thought would never happen,” says Nate Jacobs, WBTT artistic director and the man who founded the enterprise two decades ago. “It’s been a long time coming,” he says. “I am floating on a cloud.”

    WBTT purchased the warehouse space in 2013, converting it to theater use and staging its shows there to sell-out crowds and increasing acclaim, but this new extensive renovation will upgrade the facilities and turn the space into something tailor-made for theater at a more fundamental level. A redesigned MainStage will receive new lighting and sound systems, as well as upgraded dressing rooms and dedicated areas for props and costuming, while a second stage will be available for rehearsals and educational opportunities. Patrons will enjoy more and comfier seating, in addition to a larger lobby space for pre- and post-show mingling and much larger restrooms to accommodate those lengthening lines during intermission.

    The second and final phase of WBTT’s ongoing “Heart and Soul” capital campaign (currently sitting at $7.2 million of its $8-million goal), the construction comes on the heels of the newly renovated WBTT Education & Outreach Building. And with Willis A Smith Construction executing the project, plans are for the performers to be back in the building by December, ready to begin the belated season in January 2020 with a production of Caroline, or Change.

    In the meantime, educational programs such as WBTT’s Stage of Discovery summer theater intensive will find space elsewhere on the WBTT campus, and hold its performance at State College of Florida. It was important to Jacobs that these programs, which bring artistic opportunities to underserved youth, largely African-American, continue uninterrupted. “We’re that net,” he says, “launched out to capture these artists and give them a chance to shine.” Once completed, the new theater will boost these programs as well. “That building means that this will continue,” Jacobs says.

    But none of it would be possible without dedicated support from friends and patrons. “It’s a testament to what can happen when a community comes together,” says Jacobs.

    The new theater will be called the Gerri Aaron and the Aaron Family Foundation Theatre Building. 


  • 16 May 2019 11:05 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Hospital safety report cards were released this week, and both Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota have received "A" ratings for patient safety, keeping patients safe from medical errors, infections, accidents and other preventable harm. Sarasota Memorial Hospital earned its sixth consecutive 'A,' as Doctors Hospital of Sarasota earned its 10th consecutive 'A' rating. The Leapfrog Group assigned U.S. hospitals A, B, C, D or F safety grades based on performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

    Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 32% earned an A, 26% earned a B, 36% earned a C, 6% a D and just under 1% an F. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts twice each year to help patients quickly assess and choose the safest local hospitals to seek care. In its latest report card, the expert panel used 28 measures of publicly available hospital data.

    To learn more about Leapfrog Group's methodology and results, visit the website below. 


  • 10 May 2019 8:52 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Goodwill Manasota has updated its Palm-Ellen Goodwill store, located at 1210 10th St. E., Palmetto, and given the location a facelift. The store, formerly a clearance center, re-opened on May 2 as a regular retail operation. Upgrades include new signage, fresh paint, and inline checkout.

    Goodwill vice president of operations Donn Githens notes that the renovated and reformulated store will generate more revenue for Goodwill’s mission programs, and that three new jobs were created in the process. The Palm-Ellen Goodwill is in a prime location, given the rapid growth north of the Manatee River.

    “Our donors and shoppers love the Palm-Ellen store for its convenient donor drive through and all of the treasures they find on the sales floor,” says Githens. For more information or to find a listing of Goodwill locations, go to experiencegoodwill.org.


  • 10 May 2019 8:50 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota’s Patterson Foundation has committed up to $1 million to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s (CDP) Global Recovery Fund. The commitment includes an immediate $250,000 contribution to support recovery from Tropical Cyclone Idai, which devastated Africa in March, along with $250,000 in matching gifts each time CDP raises $250,000 from private donors for the fund—up to $750,000 total in matching dollars—through Dec. 31, 2020. 

    The CDP’s Global Recovery Fund is focused exclusively on addressing medium- and long-term needs following international disasters, such as rebuilding homes, infrastructure and businesses while supporting children’s well-being, providing mental health services and boosting damaged agriculture sectors. The fund will allow donors to earmark contributions to meet specific international disaster-relief and recovery efforts. Donors can also choose to allow CDP to allocate funding where it is needed most.

    Since 2012, The Patterson Foundation has contributed more than $3.5 million to the CDP to support efforts for major disasters. This latest gift comes after the creation of the Global Recovery Fund in an effort to catalyze additional donations from other funders monitoring damages caused by international disasters like Tropical Cyclone Idai. 


  • 09 May 2019 8:37 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, FL - The press and public are invited to the grand opening of Lavish Nails and Spa on May 11, 2019 for an introduction to the premier destination for nail services in the heart of Lakewood Ranch.

    The event will take place at 11537 SR 70 E, at the northeast corner of SR 70 and Lakewood Ranch Blvd in the Green at Lakewood Ranch, between 9:00AM to 10:00AM. Guests will be treated with light refreshments and soft drinks.

    About Lavish Nails and Spa

    Lavish Nails and Spa’s goal is to make each client feel comfortable and special! You will always receive the best services and friendly smiles from our talented staff. It is open from 9:00AM to 7:00PM from Monday to Saturday and 11:00AM to 5:00PM on Sunday. More information about variety of services in a cozy and luxurious environment can be found at Lavishnailspalakewoodranch.com.


  • 08 May 2019 8:43 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    In late April, Goodwill Manasota invited a core group of supporters to its corporate campus in Bradenton to learn how they can help the organization achieve its mission of changing lives through the power of work. The attendees – participants of the Goodwill Ambassadors program – were provided with suggestions for concrete actions they could take to support Goodwill as well as engage others with the cause.

    Goodwill Ambassadors are community members who have made a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill with the greater community by volunteering at events, speaking on the organization's behalf, creating new fundraisers, and introducing others to Goodwill. The program was created in 2012.

    Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president, Gray Videnka, welcomed and thanked all in attendance, providing a brief overview and update on the organization. President and CEO Bob Rosinsky - who has worked for the Goodwill organization for 47 years, starting in Milwaukee - talked about his passion for Goodwill's mission and emphasized that the organization could not succeed without the work and advocacy of its supporters. Community outreach manager Pavitra Ciavardone then addressed the overhaul of the Ambassadors program, listing the ways in which supporters can bolster operations and impact.

    The most crucial step, Ciavardone asserted, is to attend a Lunch & Learn program. "Visitors who attend one of our learning events leave with a deeper understanding of what we do, why we do it, and how we are changing lives through the power of work with our mission-driven donated goods business," she said. "The feedback we receive is always the same: 'I had no idea Goodwill did all of this!'" 

    Other ways people can help to support Goodwill include: participation in Speakers Bureau and/or tour guide training; organizing a fundraiser or donation drive; providing mock interviewing and resume writing assistance for the Job Connection career services program; serving on event committees; sharing stories through written, video and social media testimonials; bringing a group for a personal shopping experience; inviting a business to do a change round-up; and sponsoring an Ambassador event at a business location or home.

    “We are so fortunate to have Ambassadors who truly believe in the organization, and support us in a variety of ways - through donations of time and resources, through a passion for telling our story, and through business partnerships,” said Rosinsky. “We could not succeed in our mission of changing lives through the power of work without their commitment, passion and generosity.”

    Ambassador meetings are scheduled for June 27 and September 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Goodwill's Corporate Campus (2715 51st Ave. W., Bradenton). In the coming year, Goodwill will hold its annual Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner on October 17, 2019, and celebrate the 15th anniversary of its popular local fundraiser, the Mardi Gras Gala, on February 29, 2020.

    For more information about Goodwill's Ambassador program, volunteer opportunities, and special events, contact Pavitra Ciavardone at pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org or 941-355-2721 ext. 163.


  • 02 May 2019 7:59 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Founders Club has named Steve Gibson to the position of sales executive. With almost two decades of experience as a real-estate broker, he’s skilled at helping buyers prioritize their wants and needs to help them find the home that best matches their lifestyle and interests. At The Founders Club, Gibson will help introduce buyers to the range of residential options and array of appealing amenities that can be found at the community. The Founders Club features expansive homesites overlooking preserves, lakes and golf course fairways. Its five preferred builders—Anchor Builders, Lee Wetherington Homes, London Bay Homes, Arthur Rutenberg-Nelson Homes, Inc.,and Nutter Custom Construction—offer a variety of floor plans featuring three to five bedrooms and ranging from 2,200 to more than 6,000 square feet. Home and homesite packages at The Founders Club are priced from the $800,000s to more than $5 million. There are no CDD fees. 


  • 02 May 2019 7:58 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp. recently broke ground on an 1,800-square-foot state-of-the-art educational seminar facility for Dr. John Russo, a private practice periodontist at Russo Periodontics, a nationally recognized expert in dental implants and bone grafting and director of Russo Seminars.

    Now underway, the ground-up construction project will include classroom-style seating for more than 35 clinicians seeking to continue their education through lectures and hands-on courses, as well as the ability to view live GPS-guided surgeries via audio and video feeds. The new education building will also act as the new home of the Sarasota Dental Hygiene Study Club, as well as the Silver King Study Club, which is a group of general dentists and specialists who meet once a month for continuing education. Russo is director of both study clubs. This facility will live stream dental procedures from the Russo Periodontics dental office to the education building, allowing the audience to view procedures performed on patients in real time.

    The educational seminar facility is slated for completion in summer 2019, and the office revamp is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2019. 


  • 01 May 2019 2:02 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota's Job Connection program is hosting a multi-employer job fair on Tuesday, May 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at its corporate campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton). More than 35 of the area’s top employers are signed up to participate, all with job openings they are seeking to fill.

    Numerous industries will be represented during the event, from construction, food service, professional services and retail operations to nonprofits – including Goodwill, government entities, senior care and healthcare organizations, and hospitality. The U.S. Census Bureau will be on hand as it looks to staff itself to strength in preparation for the 2020 census. Candidates of all experience levels are welcome; they are asked to bring a resume and be dressed for on-the-spot interviews.

    Goodwill’s Job Connection program is a free service that is designed to help individuals obtain long-term employment or to transition to better-paying jobs. Through the program, community members can get career counseling, interest and aptitude assessments, assistance with resume and cover letter writing skills, interview strengthening exercises, and application submission guidance. The program provides invaluable assistance to all members of the community but is particularly critical for those with barriers to employment: individuals with disabilities, veterans transitioning to civilian life, ex-offenders, those with educational or economic disadvantages, and more.

    “When people have jobs, they have security – a step in the right direction on the road to self-sufficiency,” said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. “Our Job Connection services help people who would like to make a better life for themselves and their families. We are thrilled at the number of local companies who will be present during our job fair and are hopeful that job seekers will enjoy success during the event."

    For more information about the job fair or Goodwill's Job Connection program, contact the Job Connection office at (941) 355-2721, ext. 160.

    About Goodwill Manasota
    Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


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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.

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