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  • 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/


  • 27 Oct 2017 1:26 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL- October 23, 2017 – The 17th Annual “Empty Bowls” luncheon to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, November 2nd, at Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton, and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, November 3rd, 2016, at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.  Area restaurants donate 5 gallons of soup and local businesses and talented artists contribute to give hunger hope at this luncheon. The symbolic meal of soup and bread demonstrates that together, we can fill the empty bowls of our neighbors in need.

    Tickets are $25 each for general admission and include a unique ceramic bowl to keep, a selection of soups, fresh-baked bread, and dessert. VIP tickets are $50 and give early admission and access to a special selection of bowls.

    Empty Bowls is the primary annual fundraiser benefitting The Food Bank of Manatee and 100% of the proceeds go directly back to the program.  The Food Bank of Manatee is the Feeding America food bank and the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 115 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens.

    “Not only is it such an enjoyable event that people look forward to every year, it is also such a meaningful luncheon as the attendees help us to “fill” the bowls of those in need,” said Maribeth Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels PLUS.

    This event would not be possible without the help of our event sponsors and annual partners. 

     

    Tickets are $25 ($12 is tax-deductible) at www.foodbankofmanatee.org or at the door at the following two locations:

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Renaissance on 9th • 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205

    Friday, November 3, 2017, at Lakewood Main Street • 8131 Main Street, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

    About The Food Bank of Manatee – The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County, providing food to more than 100 local social service agencies, food pantries, and soup kitchens. Families in emergency situations can also receive food crisis intervention packages on a temporary basis, or infant care baskets if they are without the resources to care for a new baby.  For information on how to donate or volunteer at the Food Bank of Manatee, go to foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-FOOD.

     


  • 24 Oct 2017 12:30 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The laboratory at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has just earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP.) The results came after a rigorous on-site inspection. The CAP says the federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or even more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

     “Our team works incredibly hard each day to serve our patients. We focus on quality, safety and we have a personal approach to everything we do. I am very proud of our group for achieving this distinction,” said Sheila Renfro, Laboratory Director.

    The accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all patients. During the accreditation, process inspectors examine the lab’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management.

     


  • 23 Oct 2017 3:53 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Co. has launched their website and Facebook page to start interacting with the community regarding the upcoming launch of their first 149-passenger vessel providing transport from the 10th St. Pier in Downtown Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, and Riverwalk in Downtown Bradenton. The website, www.SarasotaBradentonFerry.com, currently displays a short survey for residents and visitors of the Suncoast. According the website, the survey will be available for 10 days and its goal is to '…learn more about the community and start building local relationships.' The website also announces that one lucky survey participant will win a ticket aboard the ferry’s maiden voyage and extravaganza.

    “The Ferry has always been about community needs: expanding options, alleviating gridlock, and providing convenience or leisure. Since February and with the unanimous approval of this project, we have been working on the finer details, now we are ready to listen to the community.” said Chris Johnson, Director of Marketing. “We will be releasing a lot of updates on Facebook between now and our anticipated launch, including more ways for the community and community leaders to get involved”.

    There is no specific date being provided for the launch now, but it is expected early next year. A marine operation of this scale requires a careful approach. Captain Sherman Baldwin, Director of Marine Operations, said “In the coming months, we will be working with local conservation organizations and The US Coast Guard to ensure we launch the safest and most environmentally friendly use of our waterways for transportation. Future riders will be comfortable onboard and able to depend on our schedule.” Regarding the schedule, he said, “We plan to take care of everyone: commuters, locals, and tourists.”

     To learn more about the launch of The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry, go to www.SarasotaBradentonFerry.com and take their short survey, or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SarasotaBradentonFerry.


  • 23 Oct 2017 3:46 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Chris Fowler and Alexandra Salerno Glauser Join the Firm as Associate Attorneys

                          

    Sarasota, Florida – October 23, 2017 – Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos, P.A. (Norton Hammersley), a leading business and litigation law firm serving the state of Florida, is proud to announce the addition of Chris Fowler and Alexandra (Ally) Salerno Glauser to the firm’s growing team of associate attorneys.

    “Our firm is actively growing to continue satisfying the needs of our clients,” said Sam D. Norton, shareholder of Norton Hammersley. “We are pleased to have Chris and Ally join us with their experience and backgrounds to help build out and expand our tax and estate planning, and real estate and transactional practices.”

    A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in business administration and Florida International University College of Law, Fowler joined Norton Hammersley in March 2017 as a member of the estate planning, estate administration, and asset preservation practice group and the business and tax law practice group. Fowler focuses his practice primarily on estate, business, tax and asset preservation planning.

    Glauser graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a degree in finance and a double major in marketing. She graduated from Florida State University College of Law with her J.D. and earned the Business Law Certificate with High Honors. Glauser joins Norton Hammersley as a member of the real estate practice group, handling matters concerning real estate as well as business law and corporate transactions. 


  • 10 Oct 2017 12:41 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 10, 2017) – Manatee County has one opening for a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations on regional transportation issues.
     
    The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) assists the Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing input to the transportation planning process that reflects citizens' views and attitudes. CAC members represent a general cross section of the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee counties including the cities within the counties. CAC representatives are recommended for appointment by their respective units of local government and are appointed by the MPO Board.
     
    There is one vacancy for an at-large representative from Manatee County.
     
    Applications are taken through a rolling application process, and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards
      
    The group meets at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of months in which an MPO meeting is scheduled. The committee meets in the main conference room at the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization Office at 7632 15th St E, Sarasota FL 34243.
     
    For more information, call Rachel McClain (941) 359-5772 or email her at rachel@mympo.org.
     
    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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