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  • 16 Oct 2019 1:40 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Jeremiah Robinson, a career development facilitator with Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program, was recently honored with the "Hero of the Month" award. Janine Morris, Realtor Associate with Fine Properties, and Roger McGuire, Branch Manager with Success Mortgage Partners, Inc., visited with the Veterans Services Program team and presented Robinson with his award, recognizing his extraordinary service on behalf of veterans.

    Morris and McGuire present the award each month to recognize local heroes who go above and beyond to help others. A volunteer nominated Robinson for the honor.

    Robinson, who has been working with Goodwill since August of 2018, is responsible for client intake, referral to service providers, and case management. He also helps with community outreach with other local veterans’ organizations and assists with updating the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Resource Guide.

    After his graduation from Lakeland High School, Robinson served in the Marine Corps, from 1999-2003. He was a Supply Chain Manager, achieving the rank of Sergeant/E-5. A few years after his discharge, Robinson received his AA degree in Hotel Management. He went through hard times and became homeless but received help through the Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater. Still, he earned his AS degree in Tourism from St. Petersburg College in 2015 and then enrolled at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality.

    While working on his degree, he served as a benefits counselor for USF Sarasota-Manatee, helping more than 200 student veterans to obtain GI Bill benefits each semester as well as building community relationships with donors and mentors to ensure student success on campus, and advocating on behalf of the veteran student population. He also began volunteering with Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program at this time; he was hired by Goodwill on the very same day that he graduated.

    The challenges Robinson continues to struggle with only serve to motivate him more as he works to help area veterans.

    “Even though I suffer from anxiety and depression due to PTSD, I try to continue my fight to help others who are willing to give it a second go-round because life is not fair,” Robinson said. “I lost a couple of buddies when I was in the service and out of the service – it has made things difficult yet it gives me a reason to fight harder for myself and other veterans.”

    “Goodwill Manasota is committed to honoring and contributing to the lives of the men and women who serve and have served our country,” added Margie Genter, vice president of mission services. “We are so proud of Jeremiah for his well-deserved recognition and offer our gratitude to Homes for Heroes for the important work they do in helping American heroes enjoy the dream of home ownership.”

    Launched in 2013, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program was created to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. For more information about the Veterans Services Program, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.

    PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Roger McGuire Jr., Jeremiah Robinson and and Janine Morris during the award presentation

    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.


  • 16 Oct 2019 9:04 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Ideas, a creative marketing firm, was presented a 2019 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development by the Web Marketing Association. The firm earned the award for the redesign of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County website. The previous website was out of date and difficult to navigate, prompting a complete redesign with fresh creative and content by the 10-person On Ideas team. The site was scored in categories for design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copywriting and ease of use, scoring above the industry average in each category. The WebAwards consists of 96 industry categories with each website competing with others in the same category. If an entry receives a score of 60 or greater out of a possible 70 points granted by the judges, the entry receives the Outstanding Website award, which is the recognition presented to On Ideas. 

  • 15 Oct 2019 12:17 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, Florida – After the success of the inaugural LECOM Suncoast Classic, the tournament will return to the Korn Ferry Tour (previously the Web.com Tour) the week of February 10-16, 2020. Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida will again host the 144 professionals competing for a $600,000 purse and a chance to contend against the world’s best golfers on the PGA TOUR. 

     

    The 2019 LECOM Suncoast Classic named Mark Hubbard its first champion. Hubbard shot an impressive 26-under to secure the victory and propel his season toward success. After receiving his PGA TOUR card in August, Hubbard is off to a strong start on the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR circuit. He fell just short of his first PGA TOUR victory this past weekend at the Houston Open, finishing in 2nd place. Hubbard currently sits in 7th place in the FedEx Cup standings, with two top-10 results in his first five events.

     

    “My win was so early in the year that I knew I had some work to do still to lock up my card, but I feel like I needed to come back onto this Tour to learn how to win again,” said Hubbard. “It was nice to accomplish my goal so early in the year. It almost came as a surprise to me. I thought that I would have to build all year to get into position to win, but to win it at the LECOM Suncoast Classic was unbelievable. It jumpstarted my confidence and I’ve been a different player since then.”

     

    The 2020 LECOM Suncoast Classic will provide another opportunity for a shot at the PGA TOUR, as the tournament continues in its five-year commitment to the Suncoast area through 2023. Volunteer registration is currently open to 2019 volunteers, and new volunteers will have the opportunity to register beginning the week of October 21st. Tickets will go on sale in early November. More than 17,000 spectators came out to the event in 2019, and attendance is expected to reach 25,000 during the 2020 tournament. Children 17 and under, active duty military, veterans, and first responders all receive free admission to the tournament.

     

      

    ABOUT LECOM SUNCOAST CLASSIC

    The LECOM Suncoast Classic, a tournament on the Korn Ferry Tour, made its debut on the annual schedule in 2019. The LECOM Suncoast Classic is contested at Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and will be held the week of February 10-16, with 144 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year deal is in place through 2023. For more information, please visit lecomsuncoastclassic.com.

    ABOUT LECOM

    The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is the nation’s largest medical college and is the only Academic Health Center in the osteopathic profession. Physicians and administrators at the Millcreek Community Hospital saw the growing demand for more physicians and opened LECOM in 1992. With the college and the hospital as the core of a highly innovative medical education system based in Erie, Pa., LECOM has strived to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community. The College brought a new concept in medical fitness and wellness to Erie, built a network of physician offices and has started construction on a senior living center that is introducing a new model of health care for older adults. LECOM offers innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dental medicine. From campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla., LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of health care professionals.

    ABOUT THE KORN FERRY TOUR

    Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour and the season culminating at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. This season marks the 30th year of competition on the Korn Ferry Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).

     

    ABOUT KORN FERRY
    Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We work with clients to design their organizational structures, roles and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people and advise them on how to reward, develop and motivate their workforce. And, we help professionals navigate and advance their careers.


  • 14 Oct 2019 9:33 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    PGT Innovations a national leader in the premium window and door category, recently revealed its 24,500-square-foot iLab, an extension of the business that serves as a product incubator and micro-factory, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday. The new iLab operations include creating prototypes, developing initial product builds, and, if needed, assisting in setting up mass-production plans for products. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees toured iLab, viewed its products and heard from PGT Innovations executives and Venice Mayor John Holic. The crowd also saw an impact-resistant glass demonstration, a part of PGT Innovations’ stringent testing protocols. 

    “The iLab supports PGT Innovations’ mission to manufacture highly engineered and technically advanced products that can withstand some of the toughe st weather conditions and revolutionize the way people live by unifying indoor and outdoor living spaces," said Jeff Jackson, President and CEO of PGT Innovations. "With this state-of-the-art facility, we’ve brought together an exceptional team of inventors, tinkerers, engineers, and dreamers who also have in-depth industry knowledge.” 


  • 11 Oct 2019 1:20 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Children First has been recognized as one of the top 30 employers in Sarasota-Manatee in the “Best Places to Work” competition. Hosted by independent firm Best Companies Group and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the competition identifies and recognizes the area’s top employers who demonstrate workplace excellence and are known for retaining and recruiting the best and brightest employees.

    In order to qualify, the agency of 187 staff members was asked to complete a confidential Employee Engagement & Satisfaction Survey. Worth 75% of the overall score, this process was crucial to securing a place on the list and required at least a 40% response rate to qualify. Dedicated project managers also completed a questionnaire regarding company policies, practices, and demographics. 

    Best Companies Group evaluated the selection and ranking of entries, analyzing participating companies in eight areas: leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationships with supervisors; training, development and resources; pay and benefits; and, overall engagement.

    Companies representing thousands of local employees all vied to make the list. With the second highest number of employees of the companies who were named, and one of only five nonprofits, Children First was selected for its mission-driven approach to employment.

    “From our newest employees to those with over 30 years of experience, our staff is what truly makes us great. Every employee has the opportunity to be extraordinarily successful and feel a tremendous sense of gratification as a part of the Children First family. Since 1961, we have celebrated our staff and now, together, we celebrate what makes our agency a best place to work!” says CEO Philip Tavill.


  • 11 Oct 2019 12:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Women are natural-born leaders. Yet, many feel overwhelmed by attempting to juggle life’s demands and have it all—home, family and career. How to balance work and home life? The Women’s Resource Center will explore these issues with BeingWE (Being Women Empowered), a guided conversation series for women by women, created by Keren Lifrak, an area-based entrepreneur and real estate professional. “Smart, capable, talented, funny, fascinating women around the world experience the same frustrations and share the same victories,” says Lifrak. “What will start with an inquiry will lead to an open conversation, guided by a variety of relevant topics and facilitated in an empowering way.”

    The series launches with three sessions (and three more will be announced): The Superwoman Badge (Thursday, October 29); Women in Business: Creating What’s Possible Against All Odds (Tuesday, December 3); and Follow Your Bliss: How Our Brains Are Uniquely Wired to Take Action (Thursday, January 23). Each session is 4:30-7:30 p.m., and all genders are welcome to participate. The fee per session is $25, with a sliding scale available. To register, visit BeingWE.net.

    Lifrak says that participants will “inquire into what it means to be an empowered woman in the 21st century. We’ll uncover myths, share commonalities, and discover valuable tools and practices that provide clarity, freedom, and inspire us all.  BeingWE is a space where we get to step into the author role in our own life, rather than reacting to a life given to us by our environment or conditions.  We get to redefine our potential as women and leaders.”

    She adds that by collaborating with the Women’s Resource Center, “our aim is to create a space where women acknowledge each other and our shared struggles. We listen and learn from the women participating in the conversation as the heroes and leaders we are—while also allowing for being vulnerable and authentic. That’s what real courage is, and that’s where a real opportunity arises for a shift in our experience and owning our power.”

    Ashley Brown, president and CEO of Women’s Resource Center, explains that “more than ever, women are taking the lead in conversations about change, empowerment and our role in supporting and mentoring each other in those efforts. It is great that WRC has the ability to open our doors for programs like BeingWE.”


    About the Women’s Resource Center
    For more than 37 years, the Women’s Resource Center has been dedicated to engaging, educating, enriching and empowering women of all generations and socioeconomic levels. Today, WRC serves thousands of women and families in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Its vision is to provide unique strategies and programs that strengthen women through life’s transitions and provide balance, confidence and determination, which not only meet their immediate needs, but also provide hope for the future. To learn more, visit MyWRC.org.


  • 09 Oct 2019 10:41 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota and the Florida Department of Corrections are partnering on the “Second Chance Job Fair” on Wednesday, October 30, at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event, while it is open to all job seekers, will focus on assisting members of the public who are currently on probation.

    Attending employers are from fields including staffing companies, roofing, construction, auto repair, landscaping and lawn care, janitorial services, contractors, and more. All of these companies are second-chance workplaces that welcome applicants with criminal records. Additionally, at noon, a representative from Gulfcoast Legal Services will give a presentation about the requirements and process for getting a criminal record expunged.

    One in three Americans has a criminal background. Approximately 700,000 inmates are released from state and federal prison each year. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics:
    • Within three years of their release, about two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested for a new crime.
    • Within five years of release, about three-quarters of released prisoners are rearrested.

    Numerous studies by experts in the field indicate that employment is an incredibly important factor in stabilizing someone’s life after release from prison. Yet somewhere between 60-75% of ex-offenders remain unemployed one year after their release from prison. Ex-offenders have a 27% unemployment rate (Prison Policy Initiative, “Out of Prison & Out of Work”).

    “At Goodwill, we believe that anyone who wants to work and strive for a better future deserves the opportunity to do so,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. “We find that the individuals with a criminal record that we’ve hired are extremely motivated to work – they are hardworking, reliable, and eager to get on the path to a stable, successful future. We are proud to help them get there.”

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

  • 08 Oct 2019 9:10 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    FCCI Insurance Group was recently named by Business Insurance in their annual Best Places to Work in Insurance program, which recognizes employers for their performance in establishing workplaces where employees can thrive, enjoy their work and help their companies grow. FCCI ranked in the ‘Medium Sized Employer’ category as the third highest-ranked company. The company earned the ranking for the third year in a row. The company’s strong emphasis on employee growth and support have helped create a culture of employee satisfaction.

    Best Places to Work in Insurance is an annual feature presented by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group that lists the agents, brokers, insurance companies and other providers with the highest levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. Best Companies Group identifies the leading employers in the insurance industry by conducting a free two-part as sessment of each company. The first part is a questionnaire completed by the employer about company policies, practices and demographics. The second part is a confidential employee survey on engagement and satisfaction.

    View the full list of winners at bestplacestoworkins.com 


  • 02 Oct 2019 9:08 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Icard Merrill Attorney Stephen D. Rees, Jr., has been selected to serve as a mentor in the Booker High School Law Academy for the upcoming school year. 

    The BHS Law Academy provides students with a rigorous academic program in conjunction with course work in law studies and criminal justice. Students receive innovative instruction, curriculum materials, and real world experience. A mock courtroom is set up to simulate a real courtroom to allow students to apply their knowledge and skills. The mentoring program was established by the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion and is spearheaded by Judge Frederick Mercurio. The purpose of the program is to assist in retaining students in the Law Academy program, and to provide students with a mentor who can be a shining example of quality lawyers and human beings giving back to the community. 

    Rees’ law practice focuses on land use, zoning, municipal law, and real estat e. He brings many years of experience to his representation of developers, landowners, and others in rezoning cases, obtaining development approvals, and handling the myriad complex issues that arise in the development and use of real estate. 


  • 02 Oct 2019 9:03 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has been identified as a national leader among community foundations according to an independent third-party that evaluates philanthropic funders for effectiveness. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) ranked CFSC in the top 99th percentile for overall donor satisfaction and impact on the community after conducting a 2019 Donor Perception Report that compared local results with CEP’s broad dataset of nearly 10,000 donors from more than 70 community foundations across the United States. “While we are tremendously proud of these results, what these numbers ultimately reflect is the generosity of our community and our commitment to community impact,” said Roxie Jerde, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “These numbers represent the passions of the donors making a difference every day in the lives of families and individuals. 

    Additionally, CFSC was ranked as the largest community foundation in Florida by asset size, according to the results of the 2018 Columbus Survey released in August by CF Insights, a knowledge-sharing platform operated by Candid, a national nonprofit organization focused on transparency among charitable funders. Read more here.  


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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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