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  • 31 Jul 2019 11:36 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Matt Walsh, editor and CEO of Observer Media Group, publisher of the Business Observer, has been inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame, run by the Florida Press Association. 

    Walsh, a career-long newspaperman; his wife, Lisa; his in-laws, David and Ruth Beliles; and a group of investors became newspaper entrepreneurs in 1995, when they purchased the Longboat Observer. David Beliles had recently retired from a 42-year newspaper career, and Lisa, too, worked in newspapers like her father and grandfather.  The family is now in newspaper generation four: Emily Walsh, one of three Walsh children, is the publisher of four of the publications, including the Longboat Observer.

    From starting with the Longboat Observer, Observer Media Group, based in Sarasota, is one of the largest family-owned and operated community media companies in the state. The company has more than 125 employees, with papers and websites in the Sarasota area, outside Orlando, in Palm Coast and in Jacksonville. Matt Walsh launched the Business Observer in 1997 in Sarasota. The paper expanded to Tampa in 2001 and Fort Myers-Naples in 2005.

    Prior to Observer Media Group, the Walshes — they met at the University of Missouri's journalism school — worked at several publications nationwide. Early on, that took the young couple to Brookings, S.D., at the Daily Register. When a snowdrift hit the second floor of their townhouse, Lisa Walsh decided it was time to move to Florida.

    Matt Walsh then held three newspaper leadership roles in the Sunshine State:

    • An editor on the business desk at the Miami Herald in the early 1980s, during the South Florida crime wave. He worked with Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen, among many other characters;

    • Editor of Florida Trend Magazine, based in St. Petersburg. It was at Florida Trend, Walsh said in a speech after his induction, where he met business owners and CEOs statewide and developed a passion for the entrepreneurs that drive the state’s economy; and

    • Southeast Bureau Manager of Forbes Magazine, where Walsh worked remotely out of their garage in St. Petersburg.


  • 31 Jul 2019 10:56 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Children First received a $1,500 grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation upon being nominated by Doug Sutter, President of Sutter Roofing.  The grant will go toward the agency’s Families First Institute, an award-winning initiative aimed at strengthening our community’s most economically vulnerable families.

    Sutter Roofing, a four-generation family owned business, credits its core family values with its longevity and success. “We built our business on principles of trust and integrity, and I am very thankful for Sutter Roofing’s partnership with Enterprise Holdings. For the second year in a row, we are able to bring collective support for our community’s most economically vulnerable children and families,” says Mr. Sutter.

    “The courses offered by our Families First Institute are life-changing,” says Children First CEO Philip Tavill. “Whether a single mom is being mentored as she re-enters the workplace or a father is learning how to speak English as a second language, these classes help to reduce the effects of poverty through education, information, guidance, and support.”

    The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work. Since then, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has contributed over $350 million to thousands of local nonprofits focused on initiatives like community improvement and education. Children First is deeply appreciative to the Foundation and Sutter Roofing for the positive and enduring change this grant will bring for local children and families living at-risk.


  • 31 Jul 2019 10:20 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    FCCI Insurance Group was recently named one of Florida Trend magazine’s “Best Companies To Work For.” This year marks the company’s 11th year on the list, ranking No. 14 in the “Large Companies” category. The annual list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine; 100 companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

  • 31 Jul 2019 8:46 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The School District of Manatee County has been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers for 2019. Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to compile the first-ever ranking of employers by state. The District remains the largest employer in Manatee County with approximately 7,000 employees, and is ranked No. 173 on the list. It is also the only employer based in Bradenton, Florida to be ranked. The survey is based on a vast sample of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people. 


  • 31 Jul 2019 8:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    U.S. News & World Report spotlighted Sarasota Memorial Hospital among 57 “standout” hospitals, with strong ratings in all nine procedures and conditions it evaluated in this year’s “Best Hospitals” study. As part of the annual report, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals for their handling of nine surgical procedures and chronic conditions: colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. SMH also received a “high performer” specialty ranking for overall orthopedic care. The results earned SMH national spotlight as a “standout” hospital and the No. 1 “Best Regional Hospital” in the Sarasota-Bradenton-North Port metropolitan area. 

    Now in its 30th year, the annual “Best Hospitals” rankings are calculated based on several factors, including survival, patient safety, nurse staffing and other care-related quality indicators in 16 specialties. In recent years, U.S. News added the ratings for 9 surgical procedures and treatments for chronic conditions commonly needed by Medicare patients. Out of more than 4,500 hospitals, barely 1% got top ratings across the board.


  • 30 Jul 2019 1:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, July 30, 2019 — Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

    Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. 

    The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. 

    LWRMC earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

    “LWRMC is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Lyn Swann, Director Cardiovascular Services, LWRMC. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.”

    “We commend LWRMC for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”



  • 26 Jul 2019 11:09 AM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL – July 26, 2019 – Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s will work to strengthen its entrepreneurial capacity and increase its mission impact with earned-income strategies developed and implemented through its participation in Margin & Mission Ignition 2019, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation.

    As one of three regional organizations selected for Margin & Mission Ignition, Neuro Challenge Foundation will work with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, over a 30- month process. No Margin, No Mission will work with each nonprofit to develop and implement business plans for revenue-generating ventures.

    “It’s a profound honor to be one of the organizations selected to receive the support, training, expertise and confidence of the No Margin, No Mission team,” said CEO Robyn Faucy-Washington. “Neuro Challenge has been a solution leader in our area for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers for more than ten years; we are grateful that they share our vision that we can do more, for more.”

    Throughout the process, the organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition will come together to learn from and share with one another based on their experiences.

    “Over the years, Margin & Mission Ignition has proven to be a game-changer for organizations who have demonstrated the leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity and culture to develop earned-income streams,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “These three organizations are embarking on a rigorous process that should heighten their mission impact through enhanced revenue. The Patterson Foundation is honored to support this thrivability journey.”

    For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition 2019 initiative, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org. Join the conversation on social media by using #TPFMarginMission.

    For more information about Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, please visit www.NeuroChallenge.org.

    About Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s
    Neuro Challenge Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. All services and programs are provided free of charge. Visit
    NeuroChallenge.org for more information.

    About Margin & Mission Ignition 2019

    An initiative of The Patterson Foundation, Margin & Mission Ignition 2019 is an opportunity for local nonprofits in our region to develop and implement earned-income strategies to strengthen mission impact. For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

  • 25 Jul 2019 1:25 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL, July 24, 2019– After 40 years known as Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, the group has rebranded as 360 Orthopedics. The original name dates back 40 years and is a reflection of when the physicians treated patients in one location. Over the past eight years, the group has grown to add locations in Lakewood Ranch and Venice.  The new name, 360 Orthopedics, is a reflection of growth as well as a 360 degree approach in treating patients and the wide range of available treatment options.

    The logo colors of green and blue were chosen to reflect core values of the brand.  Green represents balance, renewal, healing, and growth while blue denotes stability, trust, strength, and reliability. Bright green and blue are evocative of the Suncoast’s gulf waters and majestic palm trees. The symbol “360” depicts a patient-centric full circle of care with an all-encompassing consideration of the patient lifestyle. A message of “hope” is subtly aligned in the “6” of the logo, a mission central to the treatment process.

    Jeffrey Silverstein, MD/President says “Our new name 360 Orthopedics is a depiction that patients are the center of our comprehensive orthopedic care. We continue to provide the same high level of expertise and technology as in the past”. Further, Managing Partner Gregory Farino, MD said “As we continue to grow, we are adding new services, physicians, and technology to better serve our patients regionally”.

    The rebranded 360 Orthopedics also embodies another important message as a footprint serving patients along the entire Suncoast. The physicians and staff at 360 ORTHOPEDICS remain committed to provide the highest level of comprehensive, compassionate, and professional care.  The mission of 360 Orthopedics is to get patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

    For more information about this topic, please contact Sandi Wall, CMO/Marketing Director at 941.951.2663 / ext. 213 or email at Swall@360-orthopedics.com  


  • 25 Jul 2019 12:32 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Pro-Motion Notions is excited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their Sarasota based promotional products distributorship. Annette Sciolino-Gueli, President, moved Pro-Motion Notions to Sarasota, Florida in December of 1998. In the years since, Pro-Motion Notions’ Florida sales have grown to exceed several million dollars. They acquired four competing Manatee and Sarasota based firms between 2004 and 2011 and have been an approved Florida certified MBE for 15 years.  “A lot has happened in our world since 1989. Technology, the way we communicate, printing techniques, marketing strategies and inevitable market changes that have taught us to be nimble and quick. It’s nostalgic recalling the early days in Buffalo, NY where I started the business out of my parents garage while attending college. The industry now exceeds 25 billion and our small, woman owned business, continues to excel both regionally and nationally. We attribute our success to employees and mentors who’ve shared their brilliance with us for 30 years. Our community relationships have allowed the annual sales of tangible advertising specialty items to soar to new heights”  recalls Miss Sciolino. She has served in leadership roles on several boards, created and launched successful annual events and has earned numerous awards over the past three decades. Sciolino states that her biggest personal accomplishment to date, “is not only surviving but thriving post breast cancer!”

    Pro-Motion Notions is proud to have supported over 785 fundraisers and events for 82 community nonprofits. Their strengths include attention to detail, business integrity and our passion for on time delivery. “21% of our clients have been with us for over 12 years. 67% of our clients have been with us for over three years. We participate at national conferences to stay up on industry trends. We learn about our customers need and align those with the benefits of our branded products.” cites Rachel Tompkins, Production Manager

    Each month, Pro-Motion Notions will be doing something different to recognize their 30th milestone. Fun contests, donations to local nonprofits and custom branded product giveaways are all in store. Watch for details of the upcoming VIP event, client appreciation discounts and the ongoing 12 month long marketing and advertising campaign underway.

    Call 941-952-1119 for an appointment at their showroom located at 2803 Fruitville Rd in Sarasota or visit www.notionsunlimited.com to learn more.

  • 24 Jul 2019 4:19 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – For too many lower-income workers in our region, the costs of living without access to reliable and affordable banking services can add up quickly. Employees without bank accounts must rely on services such as check-cashing businesses, which charge anywhere from 1-10% of a check’s value, or be paid in cash cards, which incur significant fees. According to NerdWallet, being unbanked can cost individuals or households hundreds of dollars each year – and those who are unbanked can least afford the expense.

    Goodwill Manasota and Axiom Bank are partnering to lower the barriers to banking services for Goodwill employees who are unbanked and are paid through payroll debit cards. The partnership grew from a meeting of two executives during a Bank On Suncoast Financial Inclusion Summit, spearheaded by United Way Suncoast and attended by representatives of regional organizations interested in learning more about getting their employees connected to checking accounts and on the path to financial stability.

    Bank On is a national grassroots movement supported with strategic and financial support from national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Bank On programs work to connect residents to safe, affordable banking accounts that meet the Bank On National Account Standards.

    “People shouldn’t need to pay money to get their paycheck,” said Jonathan Mintz, president and CEO, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. “Connecting to a safe, affordable bank or credit union account that meets Bank On National Account Standards – like the Axiom Go account – is a critical part of being financially stable, and we are thrilled to support Bank On Suncoast and Goodwill Manasota in this important partnership.”

    With the certification, under the Bank On National Account Standards, of its “Axiom Go” digital platform, Axiom Bank is now able to offer human resources departments the ability to get new employees signed up for banking services in a matter of minutes. While there is a $5.99 monthly disclosed fee for these accounts, it is waived if the worker is paid through direct deposit and/or if they use their debit card at least once per statement cycle.

    “As long as they’re using the account, there’s no cost at all. We don’t have any obstacles for the customer to overcome,” said Pete Longo, vice president of digital banking and marketing for Axiom Bank. “This partnership is a great fit: it furthers our mission of building greater financial literacy throughout the community and correlates to our core value of making customers’ lives easier. It even allows us to go out and partner with organizations, and bring banking services to areas where we may not even have a bricks-and-mortar branch!”

    Longo notes that Axiom Go has a free, built-in personal financial software suite that allows the user to add other bank accounts, track loans and credit card expenditures, create budgets, set life goals, and see their full financial picture through an intuitive interface.

    “Working and earning money is just the first step to financial stability; having access to safe, affordable banking is a crucial step in helping people to budget, establish credit, and save for the future,” said Goodwill Manasota vice president Margie Genter. “To be able to speak with new hires, educate them about the value of using banking services, and get them signed up for an account in a matter of minutes is of great mutual benefit – the savings in terms of time and expense will be tremendous.”

    Genter said that of the most recent group of new hires onboarded in June, nearly 40% were unbanked. Goodwill is vitally interested in connecting its employees with safe and affordable banking services so they can improve their financial prospects.

    Earlier this year, Goodwill Manasota received a grant of $40,000 from the CFE Fund in order to implement the “Bank On” program integration for its more than 700 employees as well as veterans and Job Connection customers served by Goodwill.

    By using a reliable and affordable banking product, community members can save more, prepare for crisis, have an entry point for a path to savings, and know their money is safe and insured. Additionally, they can build a credit score, open lines of credit and move toward life goals such as home ownership. In its 2019 scorecard, Prosperity Now noted that 17.8 percent of households in Sarasota County are either unbanked or underbanked.

    For more information about Goodwill, call (941) 355-2721 or go to experiencegoodwill.org.

    Photo ID: (From l-r) Peter Longo and Joshua Ocampo of Axiom Bank with Goodwill team member (and Axiom Go account-holder) Lydia Jackson and vice president Margie Genter

    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.

    About United Way Suncoast United Way Suncoast serves the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding support services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability. United Way Suncoast creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of the communities it serves to give, advocate and volunteer. For more information visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.






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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