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SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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C H A M B E R S TA F F Heather Kasten President/CEO hkasten@sarasotachamber.com Brittany Lamont Vice President blamont@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4040 Caitlin Bolton Communications Coordinator cbolton@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4046 Mireya Eavey Chief Workforce Officer meavey@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4045 Shauna Donahue CareerEdge Program Manager sdonahue@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4038 Craig McGonigal Membership Engagement Manager cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4034 Christine Miller Executive Assistant to the President cmiller@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4051 Tim Thomas Events Coordinator tthomas@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4031 John Vitolo Membership Investment Representative jvitolo@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4058 Sara Rachon Programs Coordinator srachon@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4039

SERVING OUR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce works to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses.​

FROM THE CHAIR’S CORNER

YOUR CHAMBER CULTIVATING PROSPERITY & QUALITY OF LIFE I could not be more excited about how we have kicked off the year. The success of our Chamber is made possible by the hard work and dedication of our staff, and I could not be prouder of everyone. As we enter our next chapter as an organization, we welcome Heather Kasten as the new President/CEO, starting in March. We are confident that her long-standing leadership in our community will be pivotal in addressing some of the key initiatives that we are focusing on in 2019. Looking ahead, your Chamber is working to continue to provide the connections and resources that your small businesses have come to expect. Whether you’re seeking networking or visibility, the Chamber offers opportunities for everyone. We look forward to the upcoming Annual Breakfast on February 15, where over 400 of our members will gather to hear from keynote speaker Joel Schleicher, former COO of Nextel. Heather Kasten will also be addressing the membership in her look ahead as President/ CEO of our Chamber. We remain strongly committed to economic and community development as we establish the key initiatives for where we can make a difference in the community this year. Workforce also continues to be a key focus, championed by our CareerEdge Funders Collaborative team. Currently, CareerEdge is innovating Fast-Track Training in areas like automotive, plumbing and manufacturing programs. To meet the demands of our manufacturing industry, they have partnered with Suncoast Technical College in a machinist training program. They have also developed a program where employeeparticipants can earn certifications whilst working. Furthermore, they have fostered leadership with their Healthcare Leadership Consortium Training, while also working on 2Gen projects at our schools, which help

parents receive their CNA’s while their kids learn to read. On the legislative side, a small group of Chamber leaders recently headed to Tallahassee to meet with our State Legislators on local initiatives that are important to our prosperity and quality of life. The topics being discussed range from transportation, to workforce, to education. With over 1,100 current members, our membership continues to grow. Last year, the Chamber welcomed 202 new members to the organization. I encourage members to think local, think Chamber, when considering their vendors and business relationships. Please visit the Chamber Directory to view a list of Chamber members you could be doing business with. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to volunteer my time to try and make a difference for the betterment of Sarasota County. In the coming months, please look out for more new initiatives that I believe will really excite the membership. Please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the Chamber Board of Directors to look at an initiative that you would like to be considered.

P: (941) 955-8187 | F: (941) 366-5621 PARTNERING TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Better Way To Comfort.

ANNUAL EVENTS Wednesday, February 27 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota

Conditioned Air brings you many ways to feel better about your home comfort choice. Helpful people you can talk to when your air conditioning system has a problem; Top technicians who do the project right the first time; And industry-leading equipment for reliability, value and peace of mind.

PARTY IN THE PARK

Ready for a customer experience that leaves you feeling great? Conditioned Air is the better way.

SPRING SHOWCASE

Presented by: Comcast Business

Wednesday, March 13 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Phillippi Estate Park

CELEBRATE OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP

Every day, we are guided by our mission and core values when working with our customers, stakeholders, vendors and fellow team members.

Tuesday, May 7 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Art Ovation

Honesty • Integrity • Respect • Safety 100% Purposeful Effort • Exceed Expectations

Presented by: Willis Smith Construction

FRANK G. BERLIN, SR.

Make the comfortable choice and call Conditioned Air today.

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS

SMALL BUSINESS Friday, June 14 AWA R D S 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Hyatt Regency Sarasota Presented by: Herald-Tribune

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Complimentary for Members $20 for Future Members/Public

Thursday, February 21 Big Cat Habitat Thursday, March 21 Grand Cru Wine Bar

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Tuesday, February 26 Is Your Next Business Opportunity Outside of the U.S.? 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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Tuesday, March 26 Vagrancy and Premises Liability Unpacked 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Wednesday, February 13 EVEN Hotel - Lakewood Ranch

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Wednesday, March 20 Michael’s on East

Complimentary for Members

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Boardroom Tuesday, March 19 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

YPG PRODEV

Tuesday, April 9 Setting Appropriate Boundaries The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Boardroom 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $15 YPG/Chamber Member $20 Future Members/Public

YPG SUNSET KAYAKING

Friday, March 15 Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Additional details TBD

YPG AFTER HOURS 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary for Members $15 Future Members

Thursday, March 7 SpringHill Suites Thursday, April 4 The Meadows Country Club

YPG OUTSPOKEN

Monday, April 8 Urbanite Theatre 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Complimentary for Members $10 Future Members/Public

TRUSTEE EVENTS TRUSTEE RECEPTIONS 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

April TBD

Complimentary for Corporate Trustees, Community Builder, & Economic Driver Members

Thursday, May 23 Allegiant Private Advisors

Thursday, March 28 Hembree & Associates

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NETWORKING EVENTS

Chamber Connect: Cat Depot

Power Hour Lunch: Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen

Power Hour Lunch Bowne’s Lab at Florida Studio Theatre

2018 Chamber Expo

2018 Chamber Expo

Power Hour Lunch: Mattison’s City Grille

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1st Street Credit Union

Fifth Third Bank

Pinpoint Promotions

3D Tour Florida

First Home Bank

Pulte Group

50 Paramount/JMG Realty

GROVE Restaurant • Patio • Ballroom

Recovery Guidance

ADT Security/Commercial Division

Haleans Creole Catering

Remus Benefits Group

Allure Medical

Happy House Service Company

Revitalize Chiropractic

At Your Service Cleaning Group, Inc.

HH Staffing Services

Ridgelake Resort Style Apartment

Best Western Plus Bradenton Hotel & Suites

HomeWell Senior Care of Sarasota County

Residences

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

iLoveKickBoxing

Sales Retention Services

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Imagine Home Organization, LLC

Sara Campbell

BMW of Sarasota

Inspired Living At Sarasota

Seaside National Bank & Trust

Boat Guys of Sarasota

Mack Events

Sleep Number

Boutique Lavina LLC

Manatee Community Federal Credit Union

Special Olympics - Sarasota County

Burn Boot Camp - Sarasota

Matthew Wooddall

Spice Station

Business Group Resources

Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program

Spreadmaster Painting Inc. 1204658

Capote Pediatrics

Miles Partnership

The Dali Museum

Carousel’s Icery

More Too Life

The Sarasota Modern

CBD American Shaman - Sarasota

Morgan Stanley/Charles Balliette

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Choulala Fine Pastries

Natural Healing St. Armands

Truly Forever Bridal Sarasota

Clickbooth.com, LLC

Olivia

Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency

Coastal Chiropractic and Wellness

Optimum Solutions, Inc.

United Vein Centers - Sarasota

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit - Clark Road

Osprey Biotechnics, Inc.

Unlimited Comfort Mattress Factory

DMA | Digital Marketing Agency

Owens Electric

Volaris Live Oak

Ear Research Foundation

Patrice and Associates of Greater Sarasota

Wells Fargo, N.A.

Elmcroft of Sarasota

Pinnacle Community Association

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HEATHER KASTEN The New President/CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Heather Kasten back to the Chamber as the new President/CEO beginning in early March. Heather is no stranger to the Chamber, having served as our Vice President of Membership Experience for more than three years, from 2011 to 2014. Heather is from a small town just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Webster University. She started her career with Six Flags Theme Parks and Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis, serving in various regional management roles during her time there. Heather has been in the Sarasota region for over nine years. She was with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce until 2014, when she became the President and Chief Executive of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

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During her five years at the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Heather doubled the membership of local businesses, provided exceptional value to members through over 150 engagement opportunities and exceeded the organization’s yearly revenue goals. Her regional experience in working with both Manatee and Sarasota Government, as well as her work with many community organizations, expanded the economic and community development work of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. Heather is an active member and leader in our community, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Bradenton Economic Development Corporation, CareerSource Suncoast and Visit Sarasota. She also volunteers with Bayside Community Church, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Meals on Wheels and the Sisterhood for Good Giving Circle.

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Sarasota and the region are a thriving business community and I am very excited to work with the Board, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce team and the community to advance the mission of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Outside of her career, Heather is just as busy at home with her two college age sons, a high school age daughter and a husband of over 27 years. When she isn’t managing teen chaos, Heather enjoys reading on the lanai, going to the movies and, best of all, ordering movie theatre popcorn with extra butter.

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A M B A S S A D O R O F T H E Q U A RT E R Cynthia Carter was selected as Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter, due to her high-attendance at Ambassadors meetings, her work attending & volunteering at events and on-boarding & welcoming new Chamber members. With Cynthia’s efforts, upbeat attitude and going above & beyond the expected duties, we are excited to recognize her as the Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter. Congratulations! Cynthia Carter is the Finance Director for The Salvation Army, Sarasota Area Command. She holds a B. S. in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University and studied international business at Ecole Superior de Nantes in France. She is a Certified Public Accountant and treasurer for the Board of Directors for Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. Cynthia has over 25 years of experience working for corporate, not for profit and government organizations with progressive leadership in accounting, budgeting, grant management and business strategy. Previous to moving to Sarasota in November 2017, Cynthia worked in Malawi, Africa for four years serving as finance director for GOAL, an Irish disaster relief organization as well financial controller for Partners In Health, a Boston-based organization supporting government health care. After working in Africa, she is focused on supporting social service organizations that make a difference in the lives of others. She believes it is not what you accomplish in life, but who you become as a person and empowering others along the way. The best part of being an ambassador for the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is meeting new members, learning about their organizations and connecting them with others. She currently is a volunteer ambassador for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a volunteer for Players Theatre. In her spare time, she likes to cycle, garden, sew and paint as well as travel. Some of her favorite destinations are the Amazon in Brazil, the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, Bora Bora in French Polynesia and Santorini in the Greek Isles.

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Six Awards Categories: Products & Services Business of the Year sponsored by Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

Professional Services Business of the Year

Each year we celebrate small businesses by honoring them at the Frank G. Berlin Small Business Awards. This year’s awards will be held on June 14th at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. This luncheon event, in its 29th year, is presented by the Herald-Tribune Media Group and recognizes member businesses in six categories.

Sponsorship Available

Nonprofit Organization of the Year sponsored by Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Healthcare Organization of the Year sponsorship Available

Any Member business can be nominated. Once nominated, they will then need to complete an application. Applications are judged by a panel of Chamber members, and three finalists are selected from each of the six categories. The judges interview the finalists and select one winner from each category. All finalists are highlighted in a video shown at the awards luncheon, and the winners of each category are announced. From the six category winners, the judges will also select an overall To Small Business of the Year winner. Take a moment to nominate a fellow Member- you may also nominate yourself! Organizations must be locally-owned-and-operated businesses with less than 75 employees and be a member in good standing of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

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Retail Business of the Year sponsored by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year sponsored by Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

nominate a business, please click here

Please note: A business only needs to be nominated once and self-nominations are accepted. To be considered for an award, a business must fill out the application. Applications will be posted on the website on February 8th.

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N E W C H A M B E R S TA F F Caitlin Bolton is the Communications Coordinator for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Caitlin has experience working with Virgin Atlantic Airways, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Virginia Department of Health. Caitlin completed a B.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. in Sociology at James Madison University in Virginia. Sara Rachon is the Programs Coordinator for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Sara has worked with the Sarasota Ballet, both as a Principal Dancer and as the Outreach and Development Coordinator. She completed a B.S. in Dance/Arts Administration at Butler University in Indianapolis. She loves living in Sarasota with her husband and baby girl!

Shauna Donahue is the Program Manager for CareerEdge Funders Collaborative. Shauna has worked with Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation, the Maryland Department of Health and the USO. Most recently, Shauna managed a $4.3 million US Department of Labor National Dislocated Worker Grant associated with Military Corps Career Connect, a statewide initiative focused on helping service members, veterans and military spouses receive training that leads to employment. Shauna completed a B.A. in Political Science at Salisbury University in Maryland and a M.A. in Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK received $170,000 in grants in support of programs that provide children, families, seniors and veterans with nutritious food. DAVID WEEKLY HOMES the nation’s largest private home builder, broke ground on a model home in the master-planned community of Fox Trace, located in east Sarasota. ELIZABETH REYNOLDS, COO of IAS Marketing Services, has been selected as the recipient of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee (RASM) “Business Partner of the Year” award. FIRST HOME BANK announced the opening of its full-service banking center in downtown Sarasota. FLORIDA CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD received $15,000 in contributions from the Junior League of Sarasota and the Wilson Wood Foundation for its Early Childhood Court Program, which helps infants and children in foster care. GOODWILL MANATEE won the “Retail Excellence: Market Leadership by Share of Used Goods” award for having the highest market penetration of its donor market, and “Market Leadership by Donations” award for capitalizing on the highest proportion of its available used goods market at the Goodwill Industries International summer conference in Austin, Texas. KELLOGG & KIMSEY’S 2018 Sporting Clays Tournament raised $11,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County. MUSIC COMPOUND welcomed seven new teachers in response to growth at a new downtown location and the original Cattlemen Studio. Music Compound now employs 31 individuals. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN was named the top college for animation by College Magazine. Allegiant Airlines announced nine new non-stop routes to the SARASOTA BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SRQ) from: Asheville, North Carolina; Baltimore; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Nashville, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; and Syracuse, New York.

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the 2019 Localpreneurs of the Year: Kelly Ison, Einstein Pets; Candice McElyea, One Eight Oh PR; Paul Mattison, Mattison’s Restaurant and Catering; Pete Peterson, Dealers United and Brett Walin, Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant. WILLIS SMITH CONSTRUCTION was awarded the construction contract for Phase One of the Master Plan for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Over 100 WOMEN OF LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB came together in support of Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, raising over $26,000.

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Arcos Apartments 320 Central Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 https://www.arcos.apartments

Armortech Windows and Doors 4583 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 http://www.armortechwindowsanddoors.com

Best Western Plus Bradenton Hotel & Suites 648 67th St. Cr E. Sarasota, FL 34208 www.bestwestern.com

Capote Pediatrics 6995 Professional Pkwy E. Sarasota, FL 34208 www.capotepediatrics.com

Center for Sight 8224 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 www.centerforsight.net

Elan Rosemary 710 N. Lemon Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 www.liveelanrosemary.com

Elmcroft of Sarasota 730 S. Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 www.elmcroft.com

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota 6400 Edgelake Drive www.encompasshealth.com/sarasotarehab

First Home Bank 2033 Main Street, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34237 www.firsthomebank.com

Fresenius Kidney Care 4012 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 www.freseniusmedicalcare.us/en/home

Greenscapes 3815 N. Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34234 www.greenscapessrq.com

Gulfside Bank 333 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 www.gulfsidebank.com/

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Music Compound 1751Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 www.musiccompound.com

Profile by Sanford 4063 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 www.profileplan.com/sarasota

Sara Campbell 1508 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 www.saracampbell.com/

Sarasota Architectural Salvage 5265 University Pkwy, #105 University Park, FL 34201 www.sarasotasalvage.com

Speaks Clam Bar 29 N. Boulevard of the Presidents Sarasota, FL 34202 www.speaksclambar.com

SpeedPro Imaging Affinity Solutions 1054 E. Ave Sarasota, FL 34237 www.speedpro.com/affinity-solutions-fl/

The Bank of Tampa 1858 Ringling Blvd, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34236 www.bankoftampa.com

The Sarasota Modern Hotel 1290 Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236 www.thesarasotamodern.com

Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. 5600 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite B Sarasota, FL 34233 www.vnaflorida.org

Tommy’s Express Car Wash 4615 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 https://tommys-express.com/sarasota

To book your Ribbon Cutting for a grand opening or relocation contact our Events Coordinator, Tim Thomas: tthomas@sarasotachamber.com 941.556.4031

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at a Glance Target Industries

GENERATES SYSTEMS CHANGE

A DEMAND-DRIVEN STRATEGY

Has a well-articulated strategy for generating change in public policy, institutional behavior and job quality (e.g., EMPLOYER-LED of educators, industry INDUSTRY partners, employer PARTNERSHIPS culture) Invests in partnerships based on market demand Advocates employer SERVES UNDERleadership as the basis for EMPLOYED, effective industry MIDDLE-SKILLED partnerships

INDIVIDUALS

Creates upward mobility opportunities for low-skilled individuals and higher wages for middleskilled workers

Strives to understand employer needs and designs a strategy to address them and fuel economic growth for employers, workers and educators Uses a formal process to develop its partnership strategy n Draws on labor-market information and other economic insight n Engages key stakeholders in the region n Identifies the industry sector that has employment and advancement opportunities for workers in our region Connects work to regional economic development organizations

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GENERATES SUBSTANTIAL SUPPORT FROM FUNDERS n 90% of funding from private sector and foundation grants n Convenes funders as active decision-making members n Brings national dollars to local market

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1,369 New Jobs Created

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Internships Funded

MEETING THE WORKFORCE NEEDS OF PRIVATE SECTOR SINCE 2010 Addresses employers’ demand for skills and education and workers’ needs for job placement and career advancement

UTILIZES EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING n Is responsive to changing market conditions n Maintains good relationships with employer and workforce partners n Reviews and revises strategy based on data, labor research and best practices in workforce development n Provides regular analysis of the Collaborative’s performance with quantifiable results and key metrics, as well as an evaluation of its investments and impacts

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COMMUNICATES EFFECTIVELY Has a clear brand identity Has a communications strategy that supports job growth, fundraising, engaging employers, recruiting programs participants and policy makers

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative in partnership with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is the only National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in Florida CareerEdge Funders: Bank of America, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, Eppard Family Foundation, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Jobs for the Future, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Sarasota County Government, US Chamber of Commerce, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

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THE LATEST: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP

Coming this August: YPG Summit - Ignite DESCRIPTION: We hope that you join us for this half-day event focused on learning new ways for you to grow personally, professionally and as a leader in the community that we love. During the event, the Annual Young Professional of the Year Award will be presented!

IGNITE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT JOIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP

WHAT YPG IS The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG), a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is an organization of dedicated, talented young professionals ranging in ages 21-40 in Sarasota County. Since May 2003, YPG has been dedicated to helping members grow personally, professionally and as leaders in the community.

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WHAT YPG DOES Networking: Whether you are looking to meet new friends in the area or potential business connections, YPG offers multiple opportunities throughout the year to connect with like-minded young professionals in the community. Entertainment and Events: With networking happy hours, volunteer opportunities, food truck showdowns and historically-inspired scavenger hunts, YPG has something for everyone to provide you an opportunitiy to meet new people and get to know your community. Professional Development: Throughout the year YPG hosts a number of professional development workshops on topics around leadership, management and other skills to help you advance your career.

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LEADERSHIP SARASOTA LEADERSHIP SARASOTA COUNTY, a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, offers an opportunity for those enthusiastic about and interested in the leadership and welfare of our community to go behind the scenes and see “how things work.” The program is a chance to meet new people, make solid life-long friendships, and experience networking opportunities that might not otherwise be available. ​It is about growth – in leadership and teamwork skills, and growth in both personal and professional self. Interactions and face-to-face discussions with community leaders stimulate creative thinking and encourage class members to become more involved. Each year, the Adult class adopts a class project leaving a lasting impact in the community.

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Adult Leadership Sarasota’s 2019 Class Project aims to give back to the YMCA Youth Shelter by updating their facility to create an interior and exterior environment that promotes well-being. There will be an open house to showcase the project in early April.

Kitchen • Reupholster furniture • Pass through window Common Room Area • Replace carpet • Replace ceiling tiles • Paint • Refinish furniture Bathrooms • Seal holes • Paint as needed

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Restoration of clothing shed Tool shed Landscaping Outdoor seating area Interactive outdoor play area Create hopscotch area

THIS PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM: • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce • Gulf Coast Community Foundation • Local businesses

ABOUT THE YMCA YOUTH SHELTER: •

The YMCA Youth Shelter helps around 250 children, ages 10-17, per year

This shelter location was built in the 1950’s

Provides temporary housing and safe care for children who have run away, are experiencing family conflict or have been locked out of their homes

LEADERSHIP AWARDS NOMINATIONS OPEN This year’s awards will recognize the varied leadership our alumni are providing to our community and beyond in three unique categories: Lifetime of Leadership Award: Recognizing body of work in career, community and beyond Impact in Action Award: Recognizing current community leadership endeavor Leadership Sarasota Dedication Award: Recognizing commitment to the Leadership Sarasota program

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EVENT DETAILS: Where: Art Ovation Hotel Sarasota 1255 N. Palm Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 When: Tuesday, May 7th at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon starts promptly at noon *Sponsorships available

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1:05 25

1:05

28

6

PIT 12

PHI

24

THU

FRI

23

AWAY GAME

1:05 27

TB BOS

DET MIN

13

1:05 14

SAT

1:05

MIN

1

1:05

2

8

1:05

9

PHI 7

TB

TB BOS 6:05

PIT BOS NYY 1:05 15

16

22

23

NYY TOR MIN MIN TOR 19

1:05 20

6:05 21

DET MIN BOS 1:05

PIT NYM

FIRST 1,000 FEMALES 15 & OVER

Tuesday, February 26

MON

HOME GAME

FEBRUARY/MARCH

SUN

6:05

PIT TOR MIN

DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

March 5

SENIORS RUN THE BASES ALL FANS 60 & OVER

Thursday, March 14

HEROES DAY FEATURING UNITED STATES PARA-COMMANDOS PRESENTED BY CHENEY BROTHERS

Sunday, March 17 GO GREEN TOTE BAG

PRESENTED BY MLB NETWORK • FIRST 3,000 FANS 15 & OVER

Tuesday, March 19 ORIOLES PASHMINA SCARF FIRST 3,000 FANS 15 & OVER

Saturday, March 23 FIREWORKS NIGHT

PRESENTED BY HERALD-TRIBUNE • ALL FANS

Sunday, March 24

Is it you? IT’S OUR TENTH YEAR OF MLB SPRING TRAINING IN SARASOTA! THIS SEASON, OUR RANDOMLY SELECTED ONE MILLIONTH FAN TO ED SMITH STADIUM WILL RECEIVE: $5,000 SHOPPING EXPERIENCE AT FEBRUA

RY 23,

2019 ING TRAIN SPRING TICKETS N SEASO

MERCEDES FOR THE WEEKEND SPRING TRAINING SEASON TICKETS (FOR 5 YEARS!) AND MORE

SHARE YOUR MEMORIES WITH HASHTAG #ORANGESPRING

TREY MANCINI BOBBLEHEAD FIRST 4,000 FANS 15 & OVER

YOUTH BASEBALL DAY

PRESENTED BY SUN-N-FUN RESORT • PRE-REGISTERED YOUTH TEAMS

Every Sunday Home Game KIDS RUN THE BASES ALL FANS 4 TO 14

MARCH 1 - 3 CHARITY MUSIC WEEKEND Friday, March 1

NASHVILLE’S MUSIC ROW COMES TO THE BALLPARK

Saturday, March 2

“PARTY IN THE OUTFIELD” ON-FIELD CONCERT AT 7 PM

941-893-6300

GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER MAGAZINE

FEBRUARY 2019

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YOUR CHAMBER IN THE NEWS

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Y O U R C H A M B E R I N TA L L A H A S S E E A group of Chamber leaders headed to Tallahassee recently to meet with our State Legislators on local initiatives such as transportation, workforce and education.

The group consisted of Mireya Eavey, our Chief Workforce Officer; Chair of the Board, John LaCivita; board member, Paul Caragiulo; and Casey Welch.

THANK YOU CHAMBER CHAMPIONS!

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The Bridge Magazine - Winter 2019  

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's quarterly magazine focused on Chamber happenings, featuring Chamber Member business news and even...

The Bridge Magazine - Winter 2019  

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's quarterly magazine focused on Chamber happenings, featuring Chamber Member business news and even...