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  • 30 Sep 2020 1:49 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Motion Design Department at Ringling College of Art and Design is now recognized as a Houdini Certified School. Being a Certified Partner of Sidefx allows Ringling College to issue our trained students with fully featured EDU licenses of Houdini FX for home use, and when they graduate, a one-year Core or six-month FX license. “In the Motion Design department at Ringling College, we are uniquely and primarily using Houdini as a design tool,” confirmed Graham Clark, Motion Design faculty. “We have been chosen by more than 35 judges from major studios that reviewed our application material, our student work in Houdini, and our curriculum in Motion Design where Houdini is utilized. All judges agreed that we should be part of the SideFX team.”   

  • 29 Sep 2020 12:16 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL – In order to help community members who are looking to enhance their skills and earn a better, more livable wage, Goodwill Manasota has enabled security guard training through generous funding from the Evans Family Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. The grant is designated for the enrollment of 12 community members in the Class D Security Guard License course, led by instructors from Bradenton company Right On Target Security Academy LLC, with a goal of 10 earning their certification.

    The first group of four subsidized participants – including three veterans – has successfully completed their coursework and two new candidates referred and subsidized by Goodwill began the class on September 21.

    The participants were recruited through Goodwill’s Job Connection office at Turning Points, Goodwill’s Corporate Campus Job Connection, and its Veterans Services Program office. The program is for Manatee County residents who are currently unemployed or underemployed. Interested community members who require soft skills training in advance of sitting for classes will have access to Goodwill Works job skills classes to lower barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

    “With licensure, certification and employment in a growth industry, our hope is that participants are able to break the cycle of poverty for their families,” said Goodwill vice president Margie Genter. “Increasing financial stability results in an increased likelihood of continued advancement as well as other benefits such as becoming banked, enjoying more stable housing, better nutrition, and so much more. We are grateful to Manatee Community Foundation for investing in this pilot program.”

    The goal is for 10 participants to be placed in jobs with hourly wages of $13 or more. The hourly rate of $13 is above the United Way ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) survival wage for Manatee County. Goodwill hopes to see a retention rate of at least 75% after one year of employment.

    The Class D Security License, which is mandatory to work in the private security industry, requires 40 hours of training from a licensed security school. According to Indeed, the average salary for a security guard is above $13/hour, with higher pay for armed security.

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


  • 29 Sep 2020 10:50 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Printed documents are commonly used and distributed inside sensitive, at-risk environments such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools. What can be done to make these printed forms safer against the transmission of bacteria and viruses?

    Serbin Printing is proud to announce PrintShield Antimicrobial Printing, an EPA registered process by which printed documents are coated with a protective layer that neutralizes hazardous microbes by 99.9%*.

    “When it comes to high-touch items such as handles, door knobs, etc., it is no secret, surfaces that remain clean reduce the risk of disease transmission. But what about other ‘contact points’ like business cards and pocket folders that are handed multiple times from person to person? As a printer, we want to bring value to the conversation about creating cleaner, safer environments”, explains Mark Serbin, President of Serbin Printing.

    During the printing process, PrintShield is combined with Aqueous or UV coatings. Once PrintShield has been applied, it dries clear with either a gloss or satin finish with no lingering residue or odor. The coating itself cannot be wiped off, which provides ongoing protection for the lifetime of the printed form. This feature distinguishes itself from traditional disinfectants that sterilize surfaces but can then become immediately re-contaminated.

    The active ingredient in PrintShield is silver, a substance well known and used for its antimicrobial properties. In fact, until the introduction of Penicillin in the early 1940s, silver was the main antimicrobial used by throughout the world. Upon application to printed forms, silver ions in PrintSheild disrupt and destroy microbial cell activity.


    Mark continues, “Silver, as an antimicrobial, is not new. What is new is how a coating that contains silver ions can be applied to a printed sheet without ruining it. Our first goal was to incorporate it, but NOT be able to detect it! Our second goal was to make this solution affordable for both small and large businesses. We are excited to announce we have accomplished BOTH!”

    PrintShield has been independently tested in labs which abide by the latest ISO standards and confirmed that surfaces treated with PrintShield reduce the overall levels of damaging microbes by 99.9%* PrintShield is ideal for high-touch documents such as business cards, event tickets, labels, menus, posters, folders, rack cards, table tents, program covers, and forms that require signatures. Pricing can accommodate virtually any budget.

    ABOUT SERBIN PRINT MARKETING & PUBLISHING

    Serbin Print Marketing & Publishing provides leading edge printing, marketing, and communication solutions throughout Florida’s Suncoast and beyond. Serbin offers graphic design, offset and digital printing, bindery, mailing, translation services, and promotional items to a wide variety of industries. Family owned and operated since 1971, Serbin celebrates 50 years of service to their local community and customers worldwide.




  • 25 Sep 2020 4:20 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

                                                          

    Each year, the Business Observer selects 40 individuals under 40 years old from the Gulf Coast business community. Carefully selected from nominations and original reporting, these individuals represent the best and brightest from Tampa to Naples.

    In selecting this year’s honorees, the paper’s editors looked for candidates who are entrepreneurial, even if they don’t own their own businesses.

    Pajevic is the CEO, and co-owner, of Crystal Clean Green Cleaning which provides recurring residential cleaning in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. After a 75% drop of revenue, the business pivoted to provide COVID-19 disinfection services. The services utilized an electrostatic mister, manual wiping, and UV equipment to disinfect against bacteria and viruses. While revenues have nearly returned, Pajevic and his team, are working on expanding their teams and service radius. Even during tough times the Crystal Clean Green Cleaning staff, and clients, continued to raise food for local food banks and make a positive community impact.

    “There are a lot of publications that do similar lists each year,” says Business Observer Executive Editor Kat Hughes. “We wanted our list to stand apart as a group of young professionals who aren’t afraid to take charge and take risks in their business. They are willing to try new things and put their ideas into action. To us, this is what it means to be a business leader, and we feel these 40 individuals embody that spirit.”

    About 40 Under 40

    Beginning in June each year, the Business Observer accepts nominations to begin its search for 40 Under 40 candidates. During the next three months, the paper’s editors sort through nominations and look for other individuals who represent the next generation of Gulf Coast business leaders. The special issue comes out in October and is available in print and online at BusinessObserverFL.com

    The Business Observer is a weekly business newspaper — along with its website, BusinessObserverFL.com — for business leaders from Tampa to Naples. It covers news on companies, trends, entrepreneurs and CEOs.

    Crystal Clean Green Cleaning is a two time winner of the Herald Tribunes Peoples’ Choice for Best Home Cleaning Service, two time nominee for the Sustany Foundation Tampa Bay Sustainable Business of the Year Award, nominee for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award, active members of the Better Business Council, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota County Healthy Worksite, Green Business Partners, and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. More information available at www.crystalcleangreencleaning.com.

    Pajevic is a recent recipient of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholarship.Attending the National Cohort, 13, in Boston - Pajevic had completed this Masters level program in a 14-week course hosted by Babson College, and Elite Ivy-League institution.


  • 25 Sep 2020 12:13 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    After living in Lakewood Ranch for the past three years, Emily and Ron Sarid decided it was time 

    for them to put down roots and make an investment in the United States. The couple, originally

    from Canada, wanted, “to be a great community partner,” Ron said.

    The best way to put down roots in a community is to start a business. So, the couple started

    researching opportunities for starting or buying a business in the area, and finally settled on a

    franchise investment. “After looking at a variety of different businesses, we thought it would be

    best to go with a franchise,” Ron added. Owning a franchise gives its owners the opportunity to

    connect to a network of established resources and experienced owners. The couple now owns

    Maid Brigade of Sarasota-Manatee.

    While Ron has experience in pharmaceutical sales and Emily a degree in early childhood

    education, neither have owned a business before. In doing research regarding the best type of

    business to invest in, they also found resources at the Florida SBDC at University of South

    Florida, and with business consultant Pablo Arroyo.

    “We found it had a wealth of different types of resources at our fingertips,” Ron said of the

    organization. “You’re able to either consult with a consultant, go on the website and view

    particular webinars, and even attend some classes.”

    Emily and Ron took advantage of the center’s Business Startup Series prior to the COVID-19

    statewide shutdown. “That was a fantastic series that focused on a few different elements of

    owning a business, whether it was accounting or marketing or general business startup info, we

    found it very helpful,” Ron said.

    One of the challenges of owning a business for the couple was the ability to secure an E-2 Visa.

    An E-2 Visa allows an individual to work in the United States based on a substantial investment

    they are controlling. Securing this type of visa often requires the assistance of an attorney and

    requires a face-to-face interview at their respective consulate, with sufficient evidence of the

    investment. A business plan often represents a large piece of that evidence.

    Upon completing the Business Startup Series in 2019, the Sarid’s began to work with Arroyo on

    building out and finalizing their business plan. “So when we started with Pablo we were pre-E-2

    Visa [and] we didn’t have our business plan entirely complete,” Ron said. “Pablo took the time

    to actually walk through different components of the business plan and finalize that so it was

    ready for completion.”

    As a result, Emily was awarded her E-2 Visa in February, based on the financial projections and

    the type of impact the business can have on the American economy. While Emily says the

    launch date for the business has been pushed back to October due to COVID-19, she is excited

    to get started. She will travel to Jacksonville to see another franchise first-hand and learn the

    ins and outs of the business.

    “The one-year goal for our franchise is to have two teams of two to three maids who are

    working together, who are motivated, who are excited, and are just really eager to work for

    us,” Emily said. Ron added that they have a first-year goal of breaking even while continuing to

    add to their team, and are aiming for the $500,000 revenue mark within the first five years of

    business.

    Moving forward, the duo will continue to work with Arroyo on marketing aspects of their

    business, including target market segmentation. “I’d say any small business owner should

    definitely reach out to SBDC at USF,” Ron said. “There’s a huge amount of resources available at

    anybody’s fingertips and I strongly advise anyone to take advantage of those opportunities.”


  • 25 Sep 2020 12:11 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch, FL  - September 24, 2020 - Maid Brigade, an innovative customer-centric maid service franchise, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest location in Lakewood Ranch, FL in October 2020. Owner and President, Emily Sarid is excited to bring a trusted and reliable cleaning service to Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Bradenton and surrounding areas across Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

    “We are proud to be a part of a company that cares so deeply for its customers and employees,” says franchise owner Emily Sarid. “We were also impressed with Maid Brigade’s long history of providing safe and effective home cleaning for its customers. We are excited to offer the company’s new cleaning and disinfection system, PUREcleaning®, to our customers.”

    PUREcleaning®, Maid Brigade’s latest advancement in cleaning technology, is a powerful, non-toxic system that extends the Maid Brigade commitment by using electrolyzed water and electrostatic technology to truly clean and disinfect high-touch areas in the home. 

    Maid Brigade of Sarasota-Manatee offers one time and recurring house cleaning, as well as move in/move out and seasonal deep cleans. All Maid Brigade of Sarasota-Manatee employees are trained, uniformed, background checked and carry all appropriate licenses and insurance. For more information, contact 941-777-1277 or visit https://www.maidbrigade.com/fl/sarasota-manatee/.

    About Maid Brigade:
    Headquartered in Atlanta, Maid Brigade is a global residential cleaning service with more than

    400 franchised service areas operating in the United States and Canada. Established in1979, Maid Brigade remains at the forefront of the residential cleaning industry. Customers depend on Maid Brigade to consistently exceed their expectations, providing a safe and thorough cleaning, along with superior, guaranteed service.


  • 23 Sep 2020 3:15 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    We are excited to share that Children First has been named a top place of employment in Sarasota-Manatee for the second year in a row in the Herald-Tribune’s annual ‘Best Places to Work’ competition! Our agency will be recognized alongside the other honorees in a special, televised, virtual ceremony tomorrow, Thursday, 9/24 at 4:30 pm EST.
     
    Let’s celebrate together by tuning in to SNN Suncoast News Network!
     
    Here is how you can watch:
     
    Over the air, Dish: Channel 39
    Comcast Xfinity: 6 (SD) or 400 (HD)
    Frontier: 9 (SD) or 509 (HD)
    Charter Spectrum: 20 (SD) 1020 (HD)
     
    Thank you for dedication and commitment to helping Children First continue to be our best for our children and families every day!

  • 22 Sep 2020 3:21 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    At SNN TV, The Suncoast News Network, we’ve been redecorating and proud to share our new state-of-the-art news system!

    We’ve made a substantial investment in technology for a new, improved-look and lighter feel. 

    Revamped graphics, audio and music greatly add to the unique relationship we have with our viewers.

    The viewer experience and reporting local news, weather and sports - without hype and bias -  is our #1 priority.

    You can enjoy SNN-TV on all cable providers, HD Antenna, online on SNNTV.com and on our SNNTV app.

    Thank you for graciously inviting us into your home and watching SNN TV, The Suncoast News Network. 

    You can watch our commentary here by Craig Burdick, SNN News Director: https://www.snntv.com/commentary-with-craig-burdick


  • 22 Sep 2020 3:10 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – In an effort to help its employees to achieve work and life success, Goodwill Manasota is offering virtual ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes each week for team members whose primary language is not English. These classes, which are taught by instructors provided by the Literacy Council of Sarasota, are provided while employees are on the clock, at no cost to them.

    Goodwill GoodPartner Coach Pamela Bavo reports that, this year, Goodwill Manasota employs 73 team members who do not speak English as their primary language. She notes that many employees with limited English language proficiency come from diverse work histories – including engineers, pharmacists or veterinarians – who can’t pursue those careers here because of the language barrier or because their credentials don’t meet U.S. requirements.

    “We want to assist our non-English speakers in improving their language skills so that they can enroll in our training programs, get promotions at Goodwill and/or gain the skills and certifications they need to re-enter the industry they worked in before coming to the U.S.,” Bavo said.

    Benefits Bavo has seen for participating team members include greater ease in navigating the workplace, bolstering teamwork, and strengthening the positive workplace culture as well as helping the employee to communicate with important figures in theirs and their children’s lives. At any given time, 4-10 employees are engaged in the ESOL classes.

    Team member Yanet Sosa notes that the classes have been enormously helpful not only in helping her to communicate with her daughter – who speaks primarily English – but also her daughter’s teachers. This helps her to stay better engaged with and empowered to act upon her child’s life.

    Susan Bergstrom of the Literacy Council reports that one in five adults in Sarasota County (ages 16-74) lack basic literacy skills; non-English speakers account for about 20% of the local population. She says the majority of the Literacy Council’s adult learners have a college degree from their native country.

    “The predominant reasons adults in the U.S. want to learn English are to get a job or a better job as well as to help their children with their homework and be able to converse with their children’s teachers,” Bergstrom said. “They understand that, in order to thrive in the U.S., learning English is a necessity.”

    Bergstrom notes that the pandemic has caused all of the Literacy Council’s classes to be moved online and that this has actually had a positive effect. “Offering services online has created a tremendous convenience for many of our adult language learners, who have proven to be both receptive and highly adaptive to online learning,” she said.

    For Bavo, one of the biggest benefits of Goodwill’s on-the-clock training is that it showcases the organization’s commitment to invest in its team. “It shows workers they are valued and that their success is important to Goodwill,” she said.

    Visit experiencegoodwill.org for more about Goodwill’s programs and services.


  • 21 Sep 2020 12:53 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Mauldin & Jenkins is pleased to announce the launch of Sales Tax Simplified (StaxS), a new sales and use tax return preparation service that focuses on eliminating sales tax burdens for business owners. Jeff Dorris, CPA, will lead the initiative. “Sales Tax Simplified (StaxS) was created to fill the void of sales tax return filing,” Dorris said. “Sales tax software companies provide tax returns, but they don’t know your name or your business. At StaxS, we know who you are and what you do. Not only do we provide return filing services, we also help our clients with all aspects of sales and use tax compliance and planning, all for a competitive price.” Dorris’s experience includes State Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, Personal Property Tax, as well as Credits and Incentives. Jeff enjoys state tax planning and organization restructuring to reduce the client’s overall state tax burden. Learn more about Sales Tax Simplified (StaxS) by visiting our website at www.salestaxsimplified.com. 

Recent Member News





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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