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  • 06 Jun 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Chamber names Caldwell winner of its 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award;

    company also wins Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award

    VENICE, FL: Members of Caldwell Trust Company attended the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce 2017 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Award awards luncheon on Friday, June 2. The company, a finalist, was doubly honored when the Chamber named Caldwell as winner in the professional services category and also as winner of its Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award.

    The prestigious honors were announced before an audience of over 400 attending the Chamber’s annual awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Frank G. Berlin Award recognizes member businesses and individuals with locally owned and operated business while the Top Honor Small Business of the Year Award chooses its winner across all six categories.

    R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO, president and co-founder of Caldwell Trust Company, accepted the awards on behalf of the 24-year-old company, which provides a full range of fiduciary services to individuals as well as management of retirement plans for employers. “We are truly honored and humbled by this award,” he said. “When we started our company in 1993, we pledged to offer traditional financial services in a highly personal way, and we vowed always to remain independent. We felt that this was the right path to serve our clients and grow the business.”

    The founding philosophy proved accurate. As the company approaches its first quarter-century of service, it is nearing the mark of $1 billion in assets under management with $890,000 currently in its portfolios. Its success in generating strong returns for investors at modest costs is due not only to careful, responsible management but also to Caldwell’s development of proprietary software programs that greatly enhance efficiency, according to Kelly Caldwell.

    Caldwell Trust Company began with six co-founders in offices above a bank in Venice. Today the business operates from an elegant $4 million headquarters building at 1400 Center Road in Venice and additional offices at 1561 Main Street, Sarasota, with a staff of 29.

    Known for its family-oriented culture and strong ethic of corporate citizenship, the business has donated over $1 million to local organizations that focus on youth and social causes. In keeping with the company philosophy of giving back, employees also donate their time to serve on boards and committees of chosen area charities, which now number over three dozen.

    Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company with offices in Venice and Sarasota, Florida. Established in 1993, the firm currently has nearly $1 billion dollars in assets under management for clients throughout the United States. The company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers. 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.


  • 05 Jun 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    Local students pursuing a career in the healthcare field get help from volunteers at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Sarasota, FL (June 5, 2017) – Each year, several local high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the healthcare industry get some financial help from the Auxiliary of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Since the hospital first opened in 1967, the non-profit group has been awarding scholarships to Sarasota County high school graduates. To date they have awarded more than $1 million dollars in scholarships. The auxiliary raises the money from fundraisers, newspaper sales in the hospital lobby and donations made throughout the year. This year ten students received scholarships. They are:

    •  Avia Davis- Booker High School attending FAMU majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Joshua Guaita-Homeschool attending Cedarville University majoring in Nursing
    • Joey Flanagan- Riverview High School attending FSU majoring in Pre-Bio Science and Nursing
    • Nadine Elnagaar-Riverview High School attending USF majoring in Pre-Med
    • Maximillian Konarzewski- Pine View School attending U of M majoring in Pre-Med
    • Kim Nguyen-Pine View School attending UF majoring in Nursing
    • Amara Wilson- Sarasota High School attending SCF majoring in Nursing
    • Caroline Jungels- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Bio-Med/Pre-Med
    • Bryana Mammana- Venice High School attending UF majoring in Physical Therapy
    • Melissa Whitman-Venice High School attending FGCU majoring in Nursing

    Scholarships are available to any high school senior attending school in Sarasota County. Applications and more information can be found at http://doctorsofsarasota.com/about/volunteers.dot

    **Photo of the group is attached.

    For more information contact:
    Monica Yadav
    Director of Marketing & Public Relations
    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
    5731 Bee Ridge Road
    Sarasota, FL 34233
    Monica.Yadav@hcahealthcare.com


  • 05 Jun 2017 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Lakewood Ranch, Fla., June 2,, 2017 — All Star Laundry Announces its newest division, “All Star Scrubs, Shoes and Chef” has reached an agreement to acquire Scrubs, Shoes and Chef located (HWY 64) 1002 Manatee Ave E # A, Bradenton, FL 34208, (941) 795-1100 www.scrubsshoesandchef.com.  Additionally All Star’s Management Company, SunCoast Development has also agreed to acquire the property located on Manatee for an undisclosed amount. SunCoast CEO Dave Walstad states “the ongoing revitalization of the downtown Bradenton Area provided us a great opportunity to acquire this property for future development of a multi-story complex”.

    As the market leader for Garment Care in the Sarasota and Manatee County Markets, adding Scrubs,Shoes and Chef gives unparalleled capability to now be able to provide the uniforms, custom embroidery, logo digitizing and full service cleaning at the same time.“The acquisition of Scrubs, Shoes and Chef provides us an excellent platform to begin our expansion into the uniform industry. Allen and Vera have created such a terrific company and we are thrilled to have it as part of our store portfolio” , says company President Cheryl Walstad Commenting on the deal, Allen and Vera Royce; "Even though it is time to move on. It is still difficult to walk away from something you have nurtured and cultivated for years. However, we are extremely excited with what All Star brings to the table. They will grow and move Scrubs Shoes and Chef in ways we could only dream of. We would like to thank all our customers that have supported us over the years and are pleased to know that they will be in capable and caring hands."

    About All Star Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    Under the Brand “All Star" the company's strategic growth plans target surrounding communities along the I-75 corridor in Sarasota, Manatee counties and include the Venice and Tampa- St Pete Markets. Services include GreenEarth Dry-cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Ozone Cleaning, Alterations, Hotel Guest Services, Fine Table Linen Cleaning, Pickup and Delivery, Restoration Cleaning, for Commercial andResidential. And now Uniform and accessories thru retail stores and online.

    For More Information call (941) 921-1258 or visit www.allstarlaundry.com 


  • 05 Jun 2017 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 2, 2017) – Efforts to encourage redevelopment in some of Manatee County's aging areas have garnered statewide recognition.

    The Florida Planning and Zoning Association has awarded Manatee County Urban Corridors Plan (UCP) with the 2017 Outstanding Long Range Plan award. County Commissioners approved the UCP and related changes last year in an effort to allow greater densities and building heights, encouraging mixed-use developments that combine retail, offices, residential  in walkable settings.

    Manatee County Building and Development Services Director John Barnott praised Planning Section Manager Lisa Barrett and her team for the award. 

    "This is the culmination of hard work for the last five years," Barnott said. "Once our team assembled the final product it was unanimously accepted by Board of County Commission and we think it will pay huge dividends for our citizens and customers in Manatee County." 

    Lisa Barrett said the plan and recent Commission-approved changes will encourage the kind of development community leaders have envisioned for years.

    "Through community efforts, goals of administration, hard work of staff and dedication of our elected officials, the Urban Corridor amendments came to fruition," Barrett said. "The Urban Corridors Project embodies sound planning and zoning practices sought in the planning of local urban communities not only within the State of Florida, but the entire nation."   

    • Manatee's Urban Corridor Plan extends along six local areas areas:
    • Manatee Avenue from 75th Street West to 34th Street West
    • Cortez Road-44th Avenue from 75th Street West to 15th Street East
    • 53rd Avenue West (State Road 70) from 36th Avenue West to U.S. 301
    • 14th Street West from 26th Avenue West to University Parkway
    • 15th Street East from U.S. 301 to University Parkway
    • First Street (U.S. 41) from 21st Avenue West to Cortez Road


    This year's FPZA award winners will be honored at the 2017 FPZA Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 9 at the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples. 
     
    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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  • 02 Jun 2017 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, Florida 5-9-17 – Rite Technology was presented the SHARP AAA Platinum Service Provider award from Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, in recognition of their high-level achievement in the critical areas of customer service and service delivery. RITE is the only Sharp Dealer in the Southeastern United States to have this designation and it is the highest possible service designation awarded by Sharp. The award was officially given on February 1, 2017; but presented on May 9, 2017. 

    “It is an honor for us to receive the SHARP® AAA Platinum Service Provider Award,” said RITE Technology’s CEO David Polimeni. “We are proud to work with Sharp products which are among the most valuable in the line-up that we offer. Rite Technology is dedicated to providing an unprecedented level of customer service with best-in-class technicians and knowledgeable sales personnel that make sure each model purchased perfectly fits the client’s needs.”

    The Sharp program was implemented to acknowledge service organizations that exceed benchmarks in performance and applications of “industry best practices” in this area. Several requirements must be met to be eligible, which are: exceptional education, training, customer satisfaction, and service support. Once recognized, the companies must show continued commitment to their training by achieving certification in a Network discipline alongside archived certification on all of their current models. Additionally, the organization must demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction by: having written service escalation processes, practice their written total call procedures, and follow-through on all preventive maintenance guidelines to augment mean copies between visits.

    Rite Technology has exhibited superior customer support by assuring all logical solutions have been applied before generating support tickets with Sharp’s technical hotline. Furthermore, RITE leverages their remote diagnostic technologies, updates their tickets in a timely fashion, and continues to display consistent quality and performance while using Sharp’s authentic parts and supplies.


  • 02 Jun 2017 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, Fishermen’s Village will host their annual 4th of July Celebration. Admission and parking are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

    The always popular Freedom Swim begins at 11 am on the north side of the southbound US 41 bridge and ends at Harpoon Harry’s. (call 941 661-5622 for more Freedom Swim details) The Green Hibiscus Trolley will provide transportation between Fishermen’s Village and the swim starting point between the hours of 9 am until 3 pm. (no kayaks, and inflatables must be deflated). The trolley ride is free (tips are appreciated!) Other festivities will include: Live Music by Country Express and Ambush, The Band, 12 noon-9 pm in Center Court. Singer Rita Beach will perform 12 noon-4 pm near Good ‘Ole Days Coffee Café. Harpoon Harry’s will be featuring live music and fun family activities throughout the day. Viewing of annual fireworks display over Charlotte Harbor begins at 9:00 pm. King Fisher Fleet will be offering a Fireworks Cruise, departing at 7:30 pm and returning to Fishermen’s Village at 10 pm. Tour Charlotte Harbor, watch the sunset and enjoy the fireworks display. Call 941 639-0969 for rates/reservations.

    Fishermen’s Village Waterfront Mall, Resort and Marina is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. From I-75, take exit 164, turn left and proceed 3 miles to Fishermen’s Village. Call (941) 639-8721 for more information or visit on line at www.fishville.com.


  • 02 Jun 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 1, 2017) – Manatee County is reminding local residents to skip using nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer on lawns and landscape from June 1 through Sept. 30, as part of fertilizer restricted season.

    Fertilizer restrictions apply to all residential and commercial properties, including landscapes maintained by lawn care professionals. These laws prevent fertilizer runoff from frequent summer rains from washing down storm drains and into our rivers, lakes, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. The summer nitrogen ban runs through September 30, typically the end of our rainy season.

    Manatee County is one of more than 90 Florida communities with summertime fertilizer blackouts. 

    Phosphorous is prohibited year-round as Florida soils are naturally abundant in phosphorous.
    At garden centers, look for “summer-safe” products with 0-0 as the first two numbers on the fertilizer label. 

    Follow these Florida-friendly lawn care practices to maintain an attractive and healthy landscape over the summer:
     

    • Pump some iron. An application of iron, readily available at most garden centers, will keep your lawn green during the summer without causing it to grow more (so you have to mow more!).
    •  
    • Get Better Dirt. Mix in composted cow or chicken manure, or your own home compost, to enrich your soil. It’s like giving vitamins to your yard.
    •  
    • Mow high. Set your lawn mower blade to 3.5- 4 inches high for standard St. Augustine grass to encourage strong, deep roots that resist fungus and pests.
    •  
    • Pick better plants. Buy plants adapted to Florida’s hot, humid climate and plant them in the right place according to their sun and water needs. They’ll need less water, fertilizer and chemicals year-round, and you’ll have more time for bicycling, boating, grilling or just relaxing by the pool.
    •  
    • Look for the BMP decal. All lawn care professionals that apply fertilizer must vet certified and display a Best Management Practices decal on their company vehicle.
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    • Let only rain down your storm drain. Sweep or blow grass clippings that get on sidewalks, driveways, streets, etc. back onto your yard.

    For more on Manatee County's fertilizer ordinance, visit online. For more information on Manatee County Government, visit 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.

     


  • 31 May 2017 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    RITE Technology was among the first round of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL.  The awards event - now in its seventh year - honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state of Florida for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from a candidate pool of more than 800 nominations, the finalists collectively represent $598 million in annual revenue and employ 3,200 full-time equivalent employees.

    David Polimeni, RITE’s President and CEO says, “We are honored to be recognized as a finalist in this years ‘Florida’s companies to watch’.  All of us at RITE strive every day to exceed our customers expectation and I would contend that this initiative has allowed us the prestige of recognition like this.”

    The Florida Companies to Watch program consists of two rounds of selections.  Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees. 

    “We applaud these first-round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies.   They are true rock stars,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

    The Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing, which contributed to Florida’s ranking of 24 on the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. According to this report, “entrepreneurship is not a monolithic phenomenon, and it includes many moving parts. Creating new businesses is a different economic activity from running small businesses, which in turn is different from growing businesses.”  Florida Companies to Watch recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business, and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal.

    Presented by GrowFL and developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies To Watch is a distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.”

    The winners will be announced in MID July. The 2017 honorees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony October 14th at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL.

    For more information visit www.GrowFL.com/flctw17.  


  • 25 May 2017 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017) – Manatee County Commissioners this week unanimously approved funding for 16 new Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) drivers in an effort to address persistent staffing shortages at MCAT. 

    Commissioners approved MCAT's first-ever Transit Bus Operator “Extra Board," a set of additional drivers who can cover vacant work shifts when regularly scheduled operators are on leave or for operator position vacancies. The Board's action Tuesday authorized 16 new full-time transit bus operator positions and one additional transit attendant.
     
    The process to interview and select the new service attendant and 16 extra board operators begins immediately in an effort to provide relief on the current workforce.  

    “With the interview, selection, orientation and training program, extra board service delivery is designed to kick-in by early August 2017,”  according to Jim Egbert, Manatee County’s Transit Operations Chief.

    Qualified applicants for bus operator positions must have a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or a Class B CDL permit with passenger endorsement by the effective date of employment and must pass a Department of Transportation physical. Each bus operator is cross-trained to work the full array of bus services offered by MCAT. Every operator undergoes a comprehensive six-week training program which includes classroom instruction and supervised driving time on MCAT routes.       

    Transit Division Manager, William P. Steele said joining the MCAT team is an opportunity to join one of the best transit agencies in the state. 

    "MCAT's team of bus operators are the critical front line employees who consistently deliver high quality public transportation services to the residents and visitors of Manatee County," Steele said. "Over the last two years, three deserving MCAT bus operators were recognized as the very best in Florida. The dedicated service, competency, and commitment to the community of MCAT bus operators are clearly reflected in these recent awards and recognition.”   
     
    Steele added that Manatee County Government is a great place to work and offers an excellent benefits package including Florida Retirement System (FRS) contributions, paid holidays and vacation leave, and a flexible Health Benefits program.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government jobs, visit www.mymanatee.org/jobs or call Manatee County Human Resources at (941) 748-4501.
     
      






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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