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  • 17 Sep 2018 1:06 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has announced the relocation of its Lakewood Ranch facility to the future Lakewood Ranch Healthpark, currently under construction. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates will occupy 10,000 square feet on the first floor of the medical office building located within the C.O.R.E. project of Lakewood Ranch. The new SOA office at Healthpark will replace the existing location while doubling in size to better serve patients. The Collaboration Opportunities for Research and Exploration, or CORE, is a 300-acre development located at the intersection of SR 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. CORE is projected to focus on health sciences, higher education, biotech, research and related retail and hospitality uses. Healthpark at Lakewood Ranch will be a 46,000 square foot Class A medical office building developed by Optimal Outcomes based out of St Petersburg.


  • 12 Sep 2018 3:39 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE TO HOST 2nd annual “THROWBACK TO THE 50’S!” event Saturday, October 27, 2018

    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village will present the 2nd annual “Throwback to the 50’s” music centric event Saturday, October 27, 2018, 12 Noon-4 pm. This fun, interactive event promises to take you back to yesteryear through music, dancing, and fun contests!

    Live entertainment will be featured from 12 noon-4 pm throughout the Village including:

    • 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 Smoothies Duo – inside Scotty’s Brewhouse – doo wop, golden oldies
    • CJ & Friends – third section of the Village – take a trip down memory lane with this dynamic twosome!
    • Appearance by “Elfig”, alias Bob “Fig” Newton – who knows, he might just belt out an Elvis tune or two with the bands!!!

    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


  • 28 Aug 2018 3:48 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Kiddie Academy of Lakewood Ranch continued to receive the Presidents Circle, Life Essentials® Curriculum, Character Education and Customer Service award at the Academy’s® Annual Conference, held last month in National Harbor, MD, where hundreds of franchisees from more than 200 academies nationwide were considered for the program. William and Marina Schmidt were among the best of the best at this year’s conference, which recognizes exceptional franchisees who have made a lasting impact on their communities through some of the most progressive, accredited, and award-winning high-quality educational child care programs in the country.

     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 excelling in the following areas: ambassadorship of brand systems, standards and processes; customer service and satisfaction; staff motivation and retention; community involvement; and extensive contributions to the Kiddie Academy system by way of mentoring, leading and setting the example.  

     “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 winners 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 200 Kiddie Academy locations in 26 states and the District of Columbia serve over 20,000 families nationwide. For more information about <Academy Name> and their Life Essentials® curriculum approach to preparing children for school and for life,      


  • 22 Aug 2018 12:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County's Agriculture and Extension Service is planning for the upcoming Master Gardener Plant Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The plant fair is held at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Manatee County, Agriculture and Extension Service, Educational Gardens, 1303 17th Street West (Manatee County Fairgrounds) in Palmetto.  Save on Florida-friendly plants all grown and propagated by Extension Master Gardeners!  The plant selection includes natives, shrubs, vines, herbs, orchids, butterfly plants, vegetables, ground covers, bromeliads, and more.  All proceeds from this event go to the operation and maintenance of the Master Gardeners’ Educational Gardens and Greenhouses and to support Master Gardener educational and outreach programs.

    Free native seedlings to the first 50 customers.  Come early for the best selection!  Cash or personal checks only. 

    The Florida Master Gardener Program was created to assist Extension Agents in providing research based horticultural education to Florida residents.  In Manatee County residents can bring their horticultural questions to the plant clinic where Master Gardeners will assist in resolving their questions.  The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Soil testing for pH and soluble salts is available for a small fee.  Educational Garden tours are available.  Various educational classes are offered throughout the year to the public.  Contact the Manatee County Extension Services office to be put on the mailing list for the monthly newsletter.  If you have an interest in gardening, consider becoming a Master Gardener.  This program is offered annually.

    We’ve got a good thing growing! 

    Contact:  Kathy Oliver, Program Assistant Urban Horticulture

                    Email:   koliver@ufl.edu                                                                    

                   Phone:     941-722-4524 x 1816


  • 14 Aug 2018 3:21 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce the return of Nick’s Kids Show, Saturday, September 15, beginning at 12 noon in Center Court! Nick’s Kids Show will present a musically entertaining show for the entire family! At Nick’s Kids Show, everyone is a STAR! Nick invites kids from the audience to be in the rock ‘n roll band! Jump on board and be in the Locomotion train! Nick’s Kids Show brings enjoyment and laughter to all ages.

    Shows will be held on the hour at 12 Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. New to the event this year – Fishermen’s Village has partnered with the Punta Gorda Police and Fire Departments so that parents and kids can learn all about SAFETY! The Punta Gorda Police K9 Unit will present demos with “Chase” and “Skye” during Nick’s Kids Show intermissions. “Sparky” the Fire Pup from the PG Fire Department will be available for a meet and greet and photos! Both departments will be distributing informative safety literature for parents and kids.

    Come early to shop, dine and get a good seat in the Village Courtyard for Nick’s Kids Shows, Saturday, September 15th! Free admission/Free parking.

    Fishermen’s Village is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. 941 639-8721. www.fishville.com


  • 01 Aug 2018 4:02 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has promoted Elaine Griffin to operations manager according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO/president. “We’re delighted to announce Elaine’s advancement,” he said. “This promotion allows us to recognize her consistently outstanding performance ever since she joined us as a business analyst in 2016. It’s also one more example of our successful policy of promoting from within.”

    As operations manager, Griffin is responsible for the day-to-day processing, coordination, management, and oversight of the Trust Operations Department. She has acquired over 23 years of experience in the information technology industry and is an ASQ-certified software quality engineer. Before joining Caldwell she had served as an associate director of quality assurance, QA analyst, project coordinator and project leader in the automotive, banking, manufacturing, utilities, software development and retail industries. She holds a B.A. in business administration from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, MI.

    Elaine reports to Leonard Nagel, senior vice president and chief technology officer, in Caldwell’s Venice office. To contact her, email egriffin@ctrust.com or call 941.493-3600. To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600; (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com; or visit www.ctrust.com


  • 25 Jul 2018 4:37 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Conditioned Air Company of Naples is proud to announce that William “Shorty” Sander, a Field Supervisor, is celebrating his 50th anniversary with the firm.

    When Sander started his career in the Service Department at Conditioned Air on July 24, 1968, he earned $1.75 per hour and was one of only a dozen employees. Today, Conditioned Air is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 350 employees throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    “I found something young in life that I love to do,” he said. “I like doing this and experiencing something different almost every day. That’s why I’ve stayed here so long.”

    Born in 1947 in Fort Myers, Sander is a descendant of the pioneering Hendry family. He recalls getting the nickname “Shorty” as a teenager from a neighbor who commented on his stature at 5 feet 1 inch tall. His height would change after joining the U.S. Navy, where he grew an additional 11 inches in three years. Nevertheless, the nickname stuck.

    It was a friend who later encouraged Sander to join Conditioned Air as an Apprentice doing “whatever needed to be done.” Sander notes that technology was much more simplistic than it is today and employees now have to obtain technical training before going out into the field. “Back then, if it blew cold air, it was doing all it could,” he said.

    Sander stays up to date on current technology and ever evolving government regulations by working 12-hour days and continuously studying online at home. He credits the job with keeping him physically and mentally fit and insists he has no plans to retire just yet.

    By staying with the same company for 50 years, Sander is defying the odds. According to a 2016 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years. It is further estimated that the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during their entire career.

    Most days, you will find Sander out in the field mentoring and teaching younger employees. He also is out interacting with customers who specifically request “Shorty.” It is estimated that Sander has handled more than 100,000 customer calls during his tenure. In many cases, those customers are the sons and daughters of original property owners.

    “If you travel around the more established parts of town, Port Royal and Old Naples, everyone there knows him,” said Theo Etzel, III, Chairman of Conditioned Air. “He has built a tremendous reputation and they know they can trust him to be honest with them.”

    Sander cites his daily interaction with customers as a primary reason for staying in his job well beyond what many consider the traditional age for retirement. He also acknowledges the stability of Conditioned Air for his longevity with the organization. Founded in 1962, the Naples-based company has had only three owners over the years.

    Among the many industry honors and recognition Sander has earned over the years are the Pioneer Award from the Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

    “I have never been a quitter,” Sander said. “I look at this job like a marriage. I made a commitment to this company and I still love what I do. Why would I want to change?”

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 239-643-2445 or visit www.conditionedair.com.


  • 17 Jul 2018 1:36 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL, proudly serving families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota, is celebrating its official grand opening with special offers, including FREE SAT or ACT test preparation services and FREE homework help. Local families are encouraged to like and follow the Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch Facebook page to participate in all of its grand opening special offers and promotions, or call (941) 894-1229 to register.

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch offers in-home and online tutoring for all subjects, including SAT and ACT test preparation and study skills development. In addition, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch has services and programs to support students of all ages, from Kindergarten readiness through college admissions counseling. Club Z! services are also available year-round, with everything from test prep classes to summer reading camps available during the summer months.

    Club Z! is the nation’s largest in-home and online tutoring and test prep organization, with more than 450 offices in North America. Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is owned and operated by Mr. Jim Moletto, an experienced corporate manager. Mr. Moletto’s career experience prior to joining Club Z! spanned the gamut from learning and development to client services, all of which helped perfectly prepare him to open a Club Z! franchise in Lakewood Ranch. According to Mr. Moletto, he was drawn to the Club Z! business model because it would allow him the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people, stating:

    “At Club Z!, our tutoring programs are extremely effective in raising grades and test scores, because we create customized learning plans based on each child’s specific needs and goals, and we follow the same curriculum as our local schools. But we also have several enrichment programs, from SAT and ACT test prep to study skills development, or even learning a foreign language. I know that families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota will be extremely happy with the quality of services offered by Club Z!, and the truly unique educational experience we can offer their children.”

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch tutors are all highly qualified, professional educators who are passionate about education. In addition, all Club Z! tutors are thoroughly screened and background checked prior to hire, and students are carefully matched to a Club Z! tutor using the company’s proven Z! Tutor Match process. The Z! Tutor Match is based on academic qualifications, personality traits, and other factors that help foster student success. Club Z! even offers a 100% satisfaction Z! Guarantee backing their tutor match.

    To celebrate its official grand opening, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is offering local families free online homework help, and free SAT and ACT test prep services, now through August 31, 2018. The free test prep services include diagnostic testing and 30 days of access to their extremely popular Z Prep! Score Booster study program. The Score Booster provides students with in-depth diagnostic results for the SAT and ACT, as well as access to hundreds of study modules designed to help increase SAT and ACT test scores. Adds Mr. Moletto:

    “Students will receive instant feedback on their test performance, with videos with top notch tutors demonstrating the correct way to answer each and every question on each and every test. The Score Booster is a real game-changer for college-bound students, and it plays a large role in our student successes, with our SAT students improving an average of 200 points, and our ACT students improving 4-5 points on average. We’re very excited for our local families to try our Z Prep! Score Booster out during our grand opening celebration.”

    Families are encouraged to like and follow Club Z! of Lakewood Ranch @ClubZLakewoodRanch or call (941) 894-1229 to take advantage of the free tutoring and test prep, as well as all of the other exciting grand opening promotions.

    Contact:

    Jim Moletto
    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL 
    +1 941-894-1229


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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.


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