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2. It advocates for policy and issues at all levels of government that affect both small and large businesses to build a strong economy. • This year we will be bringing 4+ State of Community events to our membership on relevant topics such as Transportation, Affordable Housing, Workforce Solutions, and an Economic Outlook. • We will work towards collaborating with our legislative officials at all levels of government - local, state and federal. 3. We address workforce and talent issues for our member businesses. • This year, through our CareerEdge initiative, we will be creating opportunities to upskill workers, building fast-track programs and building a platform of data/demographics on our region for our businesses to use in the planning and operating of their businesses.

FROM THE CEO Hello and Welcome 2021! We have big expectations as we turn the page to the next chapter of a new year filled with potential and new possibilies to serve our member businesses-who are the true economic engine of our community. Our mission at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life for our member businesses. So how does an organization like ours go about fulfilling its mission in 2021? 1. It deeply cares about the needs, the strengths and the desires of the business community and is willing to work diligently and passionately to exceed the expectations of its members. • In 2021 we will be creating cutting edge programming and content for our members and the business community. These programs are designed to connect our members to relevant resources and solutions, help to inform and educate and build a network of professional connections. • Our Chamber councils are open for members and are available for our members to volunteer and engage in. • With the launch of our new brand last month, we will be communicating and distilling down pertinent information and resources that help our businesses.

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4. It cares about community and making sure that the quality of life we currently enjoy continues for our businesses, our families, and residents. • We will be a convener in our community to partner with other local organizations to address regional issues and to bring new people and businesses together. 5. Through a grant from the Barancik Foundation, we will launch a new initiative called Opportunities for All. • We will dedicate staff and resources to serve as a navigator for small and minority-owned businesses. Internships will also be an area of focus, and we will work to identify and place interns with our local companies. 6. We will be celebrating our 100-year Centennial anniversary as the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. • A series of events and programming will be announced to celebrate our 100-year anniversary and showcasing all of the game changing issues that the Chamber has led the way on for our region for the last 100 years. We will also install a life size mural on the Chamber building and create a commentative book of our history, as well as our members history to be unveiled mid-year. Thank you for being a treasured member of our organization and believing in the work that we are doing here at the Chamber on your behalf. Myself and our entire team are here to serve you and look forward to a strong and productive year in 2020.

HEATHER KASTEN CEO/PRESIDENT

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, January 13 | 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Turning Stress Into Productivity in the Age of COVID Sponsored by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

IN-PERSON

VIRTUAL

Your Chamber is meeting you where you’re at. We are offering our members both in-person events with safety protocols in place as well as virtual events held on Zoom. Check out the upcoming events below, and visit sarasotachamber.com for more information.

Wednesday, February 3 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Serenity Garden

Friday, February 5 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Update on Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch

VIRTUAL IN-PERSON VIRTUAL IN-PERSON

Tuesday, February 16 | 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. What Happens with your Employees after COVID-19 has passed?

Friday, March 5 | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Project Updates on Selby Gardens and Bay Park Conservancy

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Wednesday, February 10 | 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mattison’s City Grille Wednesday, March 10 | 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside/Halfway Lounge

Wednesday, January 27 | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Transportation with L.K. Nandam, FDOT District 1 Secretary

LU N CH S E RIES

Sponsored by Keiser University Friday, January 29 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Michael’s On East Restaurant & Catering Please Note: This event is a benefit of Corporate Trustee level membership and above.

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A LETTER FROM THE BOARD CHAIR Chamber’s 100th, the Chamber is busy planning several initiatives to continue supporting you, its members. Thank you all for your support of our highly successful virtual annual meeting on November 20, 2020. In addition to honoring leaders in our community, we were proud to launch the Chamber’s new brand at that event. This fresh, new look and feel for the Chamber’s branding reflects its growth and evolution, driven by the businesses and organizations that make up this vibrant community.

2021 is finally here! I am so incredibly happy that it has arrived and, with it, a renewed sense of possibility. The Chamber members – the business leaders in this community - have faced the challenges presented by 2020 with creativity, innovation, and grace. As we look ahead to this new year, the

Your Chamber team will be spending this next year continuing to advocate for our business community - including our arts and cultural organizations. Although we are all hopeful that 2021 will bring fewer challenges than 2020, your Chamber is planning for the ongoing need to pivot and forge new opportunities to support YOU - our members - through innovative programming and regular information updates. We are here to serve this amazing community, so please reach out to either Heather Kasten or myself if you have thoughts as to how the Chamber can support you. I am so honored to be chairing this incredible Chamber and I look forward to all that we will achieve together for the Sarasota community in this our 100th year.

LARRY THOMPSON CHAIR OF THE BOARD

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C H A M B E R S TA F F

MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heather Kasten

President/CEO hkasten@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4050

Brittany Lamont

Vice President blamont@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4040

Chair | Larry Thompson | Ringling College of Art and Design Chair-Elect | Dennis Murphy | Gulfside Bank

Mireya Eavey

Executive Vice President of CareerEdge meavey@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4045

Immediate Past Chair | Paul Caragiulo | Caragiulos Italian-American Restaurant Chamber President/CEO | Heather Kasten | Sarasota Chamber Charlie Bailey Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen Nathan Bailey SouthTech Jeff Benninghoff WWSB ABC 7 Kirk Boylston Lakewood Ranch Commercial Matt Brockway Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA Stacey Crawford Capstan Financial

Teri A. Hansen Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Joe C. Hembree Hembree & Associates, Inc. Dr. Kameron Hodgens The Glasser/ Schoenbaum Human Services Center Dr. Karen Holbrook University of South Florida Stacia King Herald-Tribune Media Group

Kelley Lavin Sarasota Magazine

Dan DeLeo Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Jim Ley Hibiscus Suites

Elizabeth Topp Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency

Jennifer Grondahl Baltimore Orioles Andy Guz Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

CareerEdge Program Director sdonahue@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4038

Craig McGonigal

Membership Engagement Manager cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4034

Jennifer Rominiecki Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Ernest F. DuBose II DuCon Construction

Kim Livengood The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

Shauna Donahue

Darrin Rohr HH Staffing Services

John Stump The Bank of Tampa

Christopher Gallagher Hoyt Architects

Communications Coordinator cbolton@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4046

Mike Quillen Gecko’s Hospitality Group

David Lafferty Tidewell Hospice

Lorrie Liang Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Caitlin Bolton

Dr. Carol Probstfeld State College of Florida

Elizabeth Stamoulis Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen

Camila Fermin STAR Student

Programs and Communications Assistant abarnsley@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4036

Mark Pritchett Gulf Coast Community Foundation

John LaCivita Willis Smith Construction

Dr. Michael Crosby Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Alyssa Barnsley

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Kelly Monti

Events Coordinator kmonti@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4035

Sara Rachon

Programs Manager srachon@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4039

THE VOICE OF BUSINESS - CREATING BOLD OPPORTUNITIES AND SOLUTIONS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

Gerhard Toth Regions Bank

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

Eric Troyer Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

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Don Vichitvongsa PGT Innovations

Mike McCoy Bank of America

Emily Walsh Observer Media Group

Erin McLeod Senior Friendship

Cina D. Welch FCCI Insurance Group

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C E L E B R AT E / ˈseləˌbrāt / verb

marking of a significant event with a social gathering and enjoyable activity Friday, February 5, 2021 At 11:30 A.M. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive Hybrid-Virtual Event

Featured Speaker Lorna Luft A healthcare advocate, Broadway star, noted author and daughter of the legendary actress, Judy Garland, Lorna talks candidly about the challenges of terminal illness and the power of hospice care and the positive impact it has for patients and families. The Signature Luncheon will be presented in a unique virtual and in-person event at The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota. The program following the lunch will be simulcast for guests who prefer to support and participate virtually. Virtual and in-person tickets are $200 and can be purchased by calling 941-552-7546 or emailing tickets@tidewellfoundation.org. S I G N AT U R E L U N C H E O N S P O N S O R

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2 0 2 1 L E G I S L AT I V E P R I O R I T I E S Now more than ever, communities that create a great place to live and work are winning in the game of economic development. To the Chamber, ‘economic development’ goes beyond shovel-ready land; it means creating a vibrant community that talent is drawn to and where people, especially younger people, want to build a life. One of the key ways that our community can achieve this is through public policy advocacy. The Chamber’s Governmental Issues Council (GIC) and staff have proactively built our 2021 legislative agenda, which we will advocate for at the next legislative session for the state of Florida.

TRANSPORTATION

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Support the expansion of road networks east of the interstate in order to relieve congestion on I-75

Support the full utilization of the Sadowski Trust Fund revenue solely for housing

Support accessible transit that creates mobility to major employment centers in a regionally efficient and collaborative effort

Support ongoing COVID-19 recovery and resiliency to the business community

Support legislation that reduces the digital divide and expands reliable and affordable access to the devices, signals and skills to all areas of Sarasota County

Support affordable housing opportunities through the alignment of public-private partnership in conjunction with a workforce transportation initiative

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE Support funding all Florida’s Public Technical College/Centers Workforce Education Programs at a minimum funding level of 100% of the state model as developed and approved by the State FLDOE Workforce Education Funding Committee Support legislation to include career dual enrolled students in the acceleration calculation for state high school grades, which is currently provided for academic dual enrolled students

Support fully funding appropriation to school district workforce education and careers in high demand as statutorily authorized Support fully funding the Quick Response Training Program Support policy that promotes pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship and encourages internship opportunities that develop a talent pipeline that reflects the needs of industry

WATER QUALITY

Support mental health funding is needed to address the mental health crisis occurring at the VPK through high school levels

Support a sound public policy and rational investment in infrastructure, both locally and regionally, that protects the Gulf of Mexico.

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INTRODUCING OUR NEW BRAND

THE VOICE OF BUSINESS - CREATING BOLD OPPORTUNITIES AND SOLUTIONS FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Thank you to our branding agency:

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A NEW BRAND FOR A NEW CENTURY OF WORK

LOGOS THROUGH THE YEARS

This year is a one in 100 kind of opportunity. It is our centennial celebration, and it is also the start of a new chapter for our organization’s brand. Over the last 100 years, our Chamber has contributed to the economic growth and vitality of Sarasota, acted as a regional convener, amplified the voice of the business community, and contributed to major community projects - such as the iconic Ringling Bridge. In 100 years of work, our organization has been part of a true variety of projects, ranging from mosquito control initiatives to the Miss Sarasota contest to our more recent Change the Date campaign. Amidst contributing to such a broad range of projects, our organization has never lost sight of our core principles. Our new brand brings these principles to life in a new and fresh way. We are the voice of business - we convene and represent businesses across all industries; we courageouosly advocate for the needs of our community; and as the landscape of our region continues to change, we continue to create relevant and bold opportunities and solutions for our community.

Watch the video to learn more about who we are.

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“We are the Sarasota Chamber, relentlessly focused on the needs of our business community and our collective future for decades to come.”

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MEMBER EXPERIENCE

The Chamber provides WSRQ Radio 106.9 FM and LECOM numerous opportunities to meet business owners and expand our reach in the community. I am delighted to be a member of a passion and results drivenbusiness organization. Jim Schaffner General Manager WSRQ Radio

SouthTech’s long time membership and partnership with the Sarasota Chamber provides a real and competitive advantage. It gives our team access to multiple platforms, networks, and events where we can connect with our clients, and the business community as a whole on critical matters that impact us all. The relationships we have across the Sarasota region are made deeper through our partnership with the Sarasota Chamber and its members. Nathan Bailey, CPA, CITP CEO/COO

When I started my business, my objective was to be in and apart of Sarasota. We want to support local businesses and learn from local leaders on how they have become successful. The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce provides us with that and a whole lot more. Steven Rowe President/Owner SpeedPro Imaging Affinity Solutions

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W H AT ’ S N E W I N M E M B E R S H I P NEW MEMBERS October 2020 - December 2020 Badger Bob’s Services Cask & Ale Community Lending DuCon, LLC Empire Title Services LLC Excellence Performance FrankCrum PEO Greco Total Body & Wellness Gulf Coast Wealth Advisors

Heron Club at Prestancia Heron East of Sarasota Heron House of Sarasota Jessica Williams, Massage Therapist Jo Rohr Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers Platinum Business Advisors Sarabella Senior Living State of Florida/Division of Blind Services

Suncoast Renaissance Festival Supporting Strategies | Bradenton, Sarasota & Port Charlotte, FL The Junkluggers of Sarasota T-Mobile US, Inc. Tommy’s Express Car Wash - Fruitvill Vibe Sarasota WEDU PBS

C E L E B R AT I N G A Q U A RT E R O F A C E N T U R Y O F M E M B E R S Join us as we recognize members who have been a part of our Chamber for 25 years or more.

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Atlantic Relocation CareerSource SuncoastSarasota Eaton Literacy Agency Greber Appraisal of Florida, LLC

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Dick, Johnson & Jefferson, Inc. Fred M. Starling, Inc. Screenco, Inc.

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M E M B E R N E WS LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER opens a new Freestanding Emergency Department in Sarasota County which will expand access to emergency care in Sarasota. On Veterans Day, a veteran of the U.S. Army who serves as the manager for the GOODWILL MANASOTA Veterans Services Program was named “Veteran of the Year.”

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GETTEL FOUNDATION donates $50,000 in support of Feeding America. The funds will allow our local Food Banks to meet the needs of families with food insecurities. BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY annouce a change to its name to reflect its impact on the communities they serve. After adding its sixth Club location, the organization formally changed its name to BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. The HR Florida State Council honors THE SARASOTA-MANATEE HR ASSOCIATION with the 2020 Community Impact Award for its outstanding achievements with outreach and impact in the local community. SUN HYDRAULICS marks their 50-year anniversary by honoring its founder’s focus on innovation and naming their new engineering research & development facilities here in Sarasota the “Robert E. Koski Center of Engineering Innovation.” LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER earns national recognition for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation and public health, even while serving on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. GOODWILL MANASOTA receives $10 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The investment in training and career services is part of the wider philathropic effort to help rebuild U.S. economoy in the face of the ongoing pandemic. NEURO CHALLENGE FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSON’S receives a grant of $15,000 to expand yoga and mindfulness theraputic programs to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to experience new levels of hope by optimzing function and restoring indepence. These programs are adapted to meet all levels of the disease, valuable to newly diagnosed, progressed states and caregivers alike.

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MEMBER TIP Step 1:

Go to www.sarasotachamber.com.

Chamber Website

Step 2:

Click on Member Login at the top of the page.

Step 3:

Login with your Organization Username & Password. If you do not have your organization’s master login information, please contact Craig McGonigal.

Forgot Your Password?

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You will appear on the Member Portal Home after you have logged in. Your company name should be listed above the paragraph.

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Under the Member Portal Home, in the third column, select the fourth option, Profile Update. Simply click on Edit My Profile for the Organization (a pop up appears) to edit any of your information. Click on Directory Listing and update your listing with a short company description (250 characters or less) and a long company description.

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Your Chamber’s Leadership Program

Leadership Sarasota is building a community of leaders for Sarasota today and tomorrow. Your Chamber’s leadership program offers four tracks for leadership development: Adult Leadership, Youth Leadership, Engage Sarasota, and Leadership Alumni. Visit sarasotachamber. com for more information.

Building Today’s Leaders ADULT LEADERSHIP ARTS AND CULTURE DAY

The first part of Adult Leadership Arts and Culture Day was held outside in the Ringling Museum Courtyard. Class members enjoyed speeches from Anand Pallegar, Founder of ATLARGE and DreamLarge, about the importance of creativity in their personal and professional lives; and Will Luera from Florida Studio

Theatre who led a fun series of improv exercises. Students were then given the opportunity to hear about the galleries at Ringling and explore ones that were of interest to them.

Experience. Learn. Grow.

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The next p organizatio Director of Director of Dramaturg Brendan R

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: JOSH TOMLINSON Hometown: Lakeland, Florida Company: McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractos, Inc. Leadership Class Year: 2017

How do you stay connected with area professionals? In the current environment in which we all find ourselves, creating and maintainin connections is challenging. The events that Leadership host, albeit virtual at the moment, are ver effective.

What was the most impactful part of the Leadership Sarasota program? I am constantly impressed by the number of talented professionals associated with the prog What is the best piece of professional advice you have been given? Be the best at what you do, and the money will take itself. Second, nothing worth having comes easy. 16

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP ARTS AND CULTURE DAY The Youth Leadership Arts and Culture day was hosted by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. They had an amazing, socially distanced set-up in their parking lot. The class was able to enjoy an interactive presentation by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, featuring acting exercises and more. They also heard from Will Luera from Florida Studio Theatre who engaged them in different improv exercises. These interactive and fun exercises created the perfect atmosphere for the students to meet one another in person for the first time and break out of their shells.

part of the day included a Zoom panel with different arts ons. Speakers included Andy Sandberg, CEO and Artistic f Hermitage Artist Retreat; Sarah Wertheimer, Executive f Embracing Our Differences; James Monaghan, g/Literary Manager at Asolo Repertory Theatre; and Ragan, Co-Artistic Director at Urbanite Theatre.

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CAREEREDGE LAUNCHES TINY H O M E P R OJ E C T TO ST R E N GT H E N HANDS-ON TRAINING Suncoast Technical College (STC) felt the impact of COVID-19 when returning to campus in August, STC limited the number of students in the classroom as well as hands on training opportunities on the shop floor or through internships with local businesses. Recognizing the critical role hands-on training plays for students, CareerEdge joined forces with STC to create an opportunity that allows students to get hands on experience. This fall, CareerEdge launched a first of kind training to help ensure STC construction students gain hands on experience by building their first tiny home. Approximately 180 students across 5 trades programs will gain hands on training over the next 10 months. All trades students from plumbing, construction, HVAC, drafting and electrical will work together to construct the tiny home on campus. CareerEdge enlisted the help of local philanthropist, Walt Eppard, with the Eppard Family Foundation, to support its tiny house program. “It is rewarding to be a part of bringing this leading-edge type of training in the trades to Sarasota and Manatee counties. The opportunity to help people have a productive career has long term residual effects for our communities.” said Walt Eppard, Retired Developer.

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The tiny home will be eco-friendly with rechargeable solar battery, and composting toilet. Upon completion the tiny home will become a rolling promotional center to encourage skilled trades to K-12 students and families in the Sarasota area. Activities will fill the space inside the home to provide students and families with information on skilled trades education and career opportunities. “The Tiny Home project is a creative collaborative project that not only serves as project-based learning for our current students, but also as a learning lab for future students. These innovative learning opportunities are made possible by CareerEdge and funders like Mr. Eppard.” said Dr. Ron Dipillo, Executive Director of ACTE, Sarasota County Technical College. To learn more about supporting CareerEdge’s Tiny Home Project or other initiatives visit https://www.sarasotachamber.com/careeredge-funders-collaborative.html.

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be in good company. YPG SPOTLIGHT: SCOOTER MALONEY Hometown: Madison Heights, MI (Sarasota since I was 3) Company: Bank OZK Title: Banking Relationship Specialist YPG Member Since: 2018 What is the best piece of professional advice you have been given? Don’t be afraid of mistakes, it’s how you become better. What is your favorite thing about Sarasota? The incredible art community and of course the beach! What do people say you do really well? My ability to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable, no matter the place or situation. Or, remembering everyone’s name, plus something about them, despite how long it’s been since I’ve seen them. Even if they’re wearing a mask. In November, YPG’ers enjoyed a private tour of Selby’s Orchid Show.

UPCOMING EVENTS After Hours at the Sarasota Modern

YPG Summit - Save the New Date

Coffee and Conversation

Featuring keynote speaker Charles Clark, the creator of the Thrive Planner and the Thrive Tribe Podcast, and expert in habit improvement, discovering purpose, vision creating and goal setting.

Thursday, February 4 Sarasota Modern | 5:30 p.m.

Friday, February 26 Capstan Financial | 7:30 a.m. Two YPG members were highlighted during a Thanksgiving food webinar, hosted by Mote Marine.

After Hours at Tamiami Tap

Thursday, March 4 Tamiami Tap | 5:30 p.m.

After Hours at Meadows Country Club

Thursday, April 1 Meadows Country Club | 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 23, 2021 | Embassy Suites Sarasota

Get Connected

YPG Members explored the Mangroves on a guided tour together.

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Sarasota-Manatee workers need foundational digital skills to thrive Herald-Tribune | Louis Llovio | “Mireya C. Eavey, executive vice president of CareerEdge and education initiatives at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, said employers have long had a ‘huge need’ to find employees with the right digital skills.”

CHAMBER NEWS Tiny home becomes training ground for students in five trade programs Business Observer | Staff | “Sometimes the best gifts come in downright tiny packages. Like the gift of opportunity CareerEdge and retired area developer Walt Eppard have given students at Sarasota’s Suncoast Technical College: the chance to build a tiny home. Over the next several months, about 180 students in five trade programs will band together to construct a tiny home.” ABC7 News at 7 Roundtable Discussions ABC7 - WWSB| Staff | “Our small business community is a strong, resilient community and they are pivoting, they are making the tweaks and the changes that they need to make to make sure that their patrons feel safe and secure. [...] It is so important that as a community, now more than ever, we rally around these small businesses.” Regions Foundation Awards CareerEdge Funding for Scaling Fast-Track Trainings SRQ Magazine| Staff | “The Regions Foundation, the nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank that supports community investments, announced Monday a $50,000 grant to CareerEdge, the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.” Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce shares 2021 legislative priorities Herald-Tribune Media Group | Heather Kasten | “The Chamber’s Governmental Issues Council and chamber staff have been working hard to proactively build and share our 2021 legislative agenda. The

Chamber’s legislative agenda for 2021 represents the topics and issues that are most important to our 1,100-plus member businesses.” Fast-track trainings create economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities Herald-Tribune Media Group | Angie DiMichele | “The [fast-track training] programs connect students with multiple employers, allow for higher starting wages and offer a mentorship system throughout that encourages further education – all while being able to work their day jobs. When the program is completed, higher-paying jobs await.” Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors SRQ Magazine | Staff | “The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) announces the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. These committed community leaders will lead, advise and chair initiatives that directly support the Greater Sarasota Chamber’s mission to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life through member businesses.” The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Announces 100th Annual Meeting and Luncheon Sarasota Magazine | Staff | “The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has announced the guest speaker for its 100th annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon, which will be held on Nov. 20. Community architect and revitalization expert Quint Studer will be presenting a talk titled ‘Being A Resilient Leader in Turbulent Times.’”

Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday aim to help the Suncoast flourish economically and philanthropically ABC7 - WWSB | Daniela Hurtado | “With Small Business Saturday upon us and Giving Tuesday around the corner people in our community are ready to see the Suncoast flourish. ‘We need to support those small businesses,” said Sarasota Chamber of Commerce President, Heather Kasten earlier this week.’Kasten said a day like Small Business Saturday is important to get our local economy buzzing especially in a year like 2020.” CareerEdge Strengthens Its Handson Training Approach SRQ Magazine| Staff | “CareerEdge is launching a first of kind training to help ensure Suncoast Technical College (STC) construction students gain hands on experience by building their first tiny home. Approximately 180 students across 5 trades programs will gain hands on training over the next 10 months. All trades students from plumbing, construction, HVAC, drafting and electrical will work together to construct the tiny home on campus.” Greater Sarasota Chamber Celebrates Centennial Anniversary Patch.com | Tiffany Razzano | “As Sarasota County gears up for its centennial celebration in 2021, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce hosts its 100th annual membership meeting Friday afternoon. [...] The chamber formed in 1920 as a network for businesses in the area’, Kasten said. Today, the organization continues to focus on supporting local business and strengthening the county’s economic vitality. It also boasts more than 1,200 business members.”

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The Bridge Magazine - January 2021  

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's digital quarterly magazine makes it easy for you to catch up on the latest member, events, resour...

The Bridge Magazine - January 2021  

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's digital quarterly magazine makes it easy for you to catch up on the latest member, events, resour...