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THE GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER MAGAZINE

JULY 2019

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MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

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MEMBER NEWS

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PICTURED: MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT

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C H A M B E R S TA F F Heather Kasten President/CEO hkasten@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4050 Brittany Lamont Vice President blamont@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4040 Mireya Eavey Executive Vice President of CareerEdge and Education Initiatives meavey@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4045 Caitlin Bolton Communications Coordinator cbolton@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4046 Skylar Dailey Communications Intern sdailey@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4035 Shauna Donahue CareerEdge Program Manager sdonahue@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4038 Phyllis Kemp Executive Assistant pkemp@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4051 Craig McGonigal Membership Engagement Manager cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4034 Sara Rachon Programs Coordinator srachon@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4039 Tim Thomas Events Coordinator tthomas@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4031

SERVING OUR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY

FROM THE CEO’S CORNER

YOUR CHAMBER CULTIVATING PROSPERITY & QUALITY OF LIFE

Our Chamber is all about celebrating small business- after all small business is the true heart and soul of our business community in the Sarasota region. It was such a pleasure and honor to recognize and celebrate our small businesses at our annual Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards Luncheon this past month. This year we had a record crowd attend the luncheon to celebrate the hardworking men and women of our local small business community. This marks the 29th year that we have hosted the Small Business Awards, and it was tougher than ever for our judges to determine the finalists and winners. We are so grateful for the team of judges who

spent hours pouring over the many quality applications to narrow the field down to the 15 finalists recognized at the luncheon. Our finalists are extraordinary examples successful business people who truly exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Mr. Berlin was a successful businessman and community leader who chaired the Chamber more than 65 years ago. The Chamber event bears his name in honor of his many years of commitment and service. The 2019 finalists’ businesses, and the hundreds of other small enterprises, are the backbone of our community’s economy. Please join me in my celebration of their innovation and pursuit of excellence.

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce works to cultivate Sarasota’s prosperity and quality of life through our member businesses.​ P: (941) 955-8187 | F: (941) 366-5621 PARTNERING TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS MAGAZINE DESIGN BY CAITLIN BOLTON, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

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Wednesday, August 21 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sarasota Lanes

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Thursday, July 18 Gaia Stone Gallery of Sarasota Thursday, September 19 Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar- South Siesta Key

POWER HOUR LUNCH 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$20 for Members $35 for Non-Members

Wednesday, July 10 Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

YPG COMMUNITY COMMITTEE MEETING

YPG AFTER HOURS

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free admission

Complimentary for Members $15 Future Members

GOOD MORNING SARASOTA!

Tuesday, July 23 Brewster’s Tavern

Thursday, July 11 Aloft Sarasota

Complimentary for Members $20 for Non-Members

Thursday, August 27 Brewster’s Tavern

Thursday, August 8 EVEN Hotel

Thursday, August 15 Carlisle Inn – Sarasota

Thursday, September 24 Brewster’s Tavern

Thursday, September 5 Tamiami Tap

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 14 Hotel Indigo Sarasota

YPG EVENTS

Tuesday, July 16 Building Your Professional Resilience - for a Stronger Tomorrow 3:30 - 5 p.m. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, September 11 Shore Diner

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TRUSTEE EVENTS

Establishing a Work/Life Balance for Working Parents 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $15 Members $20 Future Members

TRUSTEE RECEPTIONS 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25 CitySide Apartments

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

Thursday, August 22 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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E V E N T S P H O T O G A L L E RY

Power Hour Lunch: Wicked Cantina

Shumaker Chamber University: Greater

Chamber Connect: Bird Key Yacht Club

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Good Morning Sarasota!: The

Circus Arts Conservatory

Celebrate Outstanding Leadership Awards

Small Business Awards

Summer Showcase

Trustee Reception: Allegiant Private

Trustee Reception: Peterson Toyota of

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Celebrate Outstanding Leadership Awards

Celebrate Outstanding Leadership Awards

Small Business Awards

Small Business Awards

Summer Showcase

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2019 FRANK G. BERLIN, SR.

SMALL BUSINESS

AWA R D S

MEET THE WINNERS AND FINALISTS

Hospitality & Tourism

Sponsored by: Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

WINNER: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Non-Profit

Sponsored by: Hyatt Regency Sarasota

WINNER: Forty Carrots Family Center

Products & Services

Sponsored by: Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

WINNER: Music Compound

Professional Services

Sponsored by: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

Smal is the bu comm the

WINNER: Cumberland Advisors

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Retail

Sponsored by: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

WINNER: Unlimited Comfort Mattress Factory

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Top Honor Small Business of the Year Sponsored by: Herald-Tribune Media Group

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was awarded the 2019 Top Honor Small Business of the Year at the 29th Annual Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards. With a record crowd in attendance, this year’s event was truly a celebration of the engaged, innovative and connected local small business community. We congratulate all of the 2019 finalists and winners, and we look forward to continuing to connect, promote and support our member small businesses, who continue the legacy of entrepreneurship and business success in Sarasota.

r Kasten, CEO/President

To view the full event photos and videos, please click here.

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MEMBER NEWS ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK completed a successful “Campaign Against Summer Hunger”, which achieved its ambitious goal of raising $1.4 million this year. Local BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SARASOTA COUNTY member Leonela Tase Sueiro was named the 2019 Southeast Region Youth of the Year. The title and $40,000 was presented in Atlanta, Georgia by Jim Clar, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. GATES CONSTRUCTION completed St. John the Evangelist Pulte Family Life Center facility dedicated to constant and persistent activities for all ages and walks of life. Attorney Michael L. Foreman celebrated 50 years of service at ICARD MERRILL – only the second attorney in the firm’s history to reach that milestone. Foreman joined Icard Merrill in 1969 and is past president and managing partner of the firm. SARASOTA BRADENTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SRQ) passenger traffic for the month of May set an alltime record with 161,435 passengers traveling through the airport. Traffic for May 2019 was up 39.9% over May of 2018. Year-to-date passenger numbers are up 38%.

SUNCOAST AQUATIC NATURE CENTER ASSOCIATES elected a new Chair of the Board of Directors, Ronald A. Shapo, and appointed two new Directors, Randy Mallitz and Michael S. Taaffe. THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART was selected by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to receive two 2019 Preservation Awards for their Ca’ d’Zan Terra Cotta Restoration Project and the Ca’ d’Zan Historic Pool Restoration. THE PLAYERS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS paired with Sunshine Kids to provide area children with cancer a free acting experience where the participants learned improvisation, created their own superheroes, and everything in between.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA SARASOTAMANATEE announced the creation of a scholarship to assist graduates of Visible Men Academy (VMA), a free public charter school that serves predominately at-risk elementary-aged students in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Skylar Dailey is the new Communications Intern for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Southern Illinois, Skylar moved to Florida six years ago and loves living the Florida lifestyle. She will be graduating from USF SarasotaManatee at the end of this summer, earning a B.S. in Marketing with focuses on Digital Marketing and Market Research. Upon graduation, Skylar will be staying in the area to begin her career in Marketing.

Welcome to the Chamber Team Phyllis Kemp is the new Executive Assistant for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. She previously worked for GE Security and United Technologies Corporation, relocating to the Sarasota area 13 years ago. She loves the area and the lifestyle! She also enjoys spending time with family, exploring new places and relaxing on the beach.

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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 Congratulations to Taura Hammil on beng selected as the Chamber Ambassador of the Quarter! Taura is a vibrant young professional in the Manatee-Sarasota area, making waves in the small business community as the Office and Sales Project Manager at Calusa Kitchen & Bath. Coupled with the business owners’ 30+ years of construction experience, Taura uses the arsenal of skills acquired from her previous journey as store manager at Escape Countdown to provide a fresh and innovative perspective in design. Taura is very passionate about giving back to her community and helping others. She regularly volunteers with local charity events and committees. She is also on the board for Marketing on Main, a platform focused on connecting and bringing together small businesses, providing resources, and creating positive change in the Manatee and Sarasota community. Taura has been a member of the Sarasota Chamber and the Young Professionals Group for three years and became a Chamber Ambassador last November.

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Wednesday, November 6 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Early Bird Special!

Register for the Chamber Expo before September 28 and pick your booth spot.

For more information, please contact Tim Thomas, Events Coordinator, at tthomas@sarasotachamber.com.

Click Here to Register

Taura has an 11-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. As a single mother she hopes that she can make a difference in her children’s lives and make the community a better place for all our youth to grow up.

NEW MEMBERS APRIL 2019 - JUNE 2019 332 Cocoanut

DOGPerfect

Miles Partnership

360 Legal, Inc.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury

Modern Dental Implant Solutions

Achieva Credit Union - Bee Ridge

Lawyers, PA

Netrolix

Achieva Credit Union - Fruitville

Essentials Massage and Facials

Now That’s A Wrap!

ADVANCED ESI, LLC

Exceleration Partners

Pineapple Lain Boutique

AltMed

Family Heritage

Plant Parents

APG Engineering

Fresh Coat Painters of Sarasota County

Provenance Wealth Advisors

Audit 1

Gaia Stone Gallery of Sarasota

Real Estate And Land Consulting, LLC

Axiom Strategic Consulting, LLC

Gordon Food Service Marketplace (GFS)

(REAL Consulting)

BayView Dental Associates - Main Street

Halflants + Pichette Architects

Seaward Development

BayView Dental Associates - N. Tamiami

HL Posey Builders

Senior Helpers

Trail

IMG Academy

SignZoo

BayView Dental Associates - Stickney Point

Insula Companies

Snarky Tea

Bowtox Boutique Med Spa - Lakewood

Invo Behavior & Therapy Services

Terraform Design

Ranch

JDub’s Brewing

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime

Causeway Bridge to Innovation LLC

Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee

CBJ Builders Group Incorporated

Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy

Trade Mark Interiors, Inc.

Cliff Roles/Photographer

Life Care Center of Sarasota

Valpak of the Suncoast

Design Concepts/Marine Concepts

Mictron, LLC

Vensure Employer Services

DexYP

Mid-West Insurance Agency Economic Driver

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Bavaro’s Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria 27 Fletcher Avenue Sarasota, FL 34237

Children First 1723 N. Orange Avenue Sarasota, FL 34234

DOGPerfect 5419 University Parkway Sarasota, FL 34202

Fresh Coat Painters of Sarasota County 5077 Fruitville Road, #109 Sarasota, FL 34232

Mid-West Insurance Agency 5483 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232

Modern Dental Implant Solutions 2477 Stickney Point Road, Suite 214A Sarasota, FL 34231

Pineapple Lain Boutique 407 S. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236

Regions Bank - Southgate 4034 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231

Seaside Springs Retirement Community 1301 S. Tamiami Trail Osprey, FL 34229

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Golf Classic

CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC

Friday, September 20

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MEMBERSHIP MEETING & LUNCHEON

ANNUAL MEETING Friday, October 4


The Sarasota County Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) Task Force offers free training to equip businesses, organizations, and other community entities to be Dementia-Caring and contribute to Sarasota County’s vibrant and inviting community.

• Post a Dementia-Caring window decal for customers to recognize your business as a supportive environment. To schedule a training for your Sarasota County business, organization, or community entity, please contact:

Training Objectives:

DCCI@elderaffairs.org

• Gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that can help organizations and businesses to provide a welcoming, respectful environment for persons living with dementia and their caregivers. • Learn about local resources in Sarasota County available to assist persons with dementia, their families, and caregivers. • Contribute to building a welcoming environment for those affected by dementia in Sarasota County, including caregivers and the more than 19,000 living with Alzheimer’s disease, so that they may continue to participate in and enjoy their community.

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AFTER HOURS SPONSORSHIP New Opportunity to Connect

Does your business want to connect with local young professionals? Sponsor an upcoming YPG After Hours! Sponsors have the opportunity to:

AUGUST AFTER HOURS Thursday, August 1 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Even Hotel | Lakewood Ranch Join us at our August After Hours event! Whether you’re looking to make new friends, build your network, or learn more about what Sarasota has to offer, this is a great opportunity to connect with other young professionals in the region. Along with drink specials, enjoy appetizing lite bites for the duration of the event. Members - Free Admission Non-Members - $15 Pre-registration is not required

Join us for this half-day event focused on learning new ways to grow personally, professionally, and as a leader in the community that we love. WHEN: Friday, August 23 | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. WHERE: Embassy Suites Sarasota Members - $60 Non-Members - $75

Presented by:

Display business logo on all advance publicity and social media Table display at event Speak for 2-3 minutes in front of 50-75 young professionals Please contact Sara Rachon, srachon@sarasotachamber.com for more information.

YPG is an amazing way to connect and get involved in the community.

Sarasota Chamber members at the Community Builder and Economic Driver levels receive three annual Young Professional Group memberships. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect young professionals in your organization to others in Sarasota! Please contact Craig McGonigal, cmcgonigal@ sarasotachamber.com for more information.


CLASS OF 2019 ADULT LEADERSHIP GRADUATION Congratulations to the 35 individuals recently graduated from the Adult Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2019! The night included comments from Heather Kasten, Chamber CEO/President, and Chris Pfahler, Adult Leadership Program Co-Chair; and a photo slideshow. Graduates also swapped class superlatives, adding to the celebratory atmosphere and highlighting the group's close bonds.

Save the Date for the Leadership Sarasota County Educational Conference

ENGAGE SARASOTA Dive Deeper into Sarasota Engage Sarasota is a community organization program for executives and residents who are eager to establish business and civic relationships, meet area leaders, and want to fast-track their knowledge about the inner workings of greater Sarasota- all with a minimum investment of time and money.

Partcipants will: Broaden their working knowledge and understanding of community via a monthly luncheon series with targeted topics at each program to our presenting sponsor, Willis Smith Construction, Co-Chairs Chris Pfahler and Monica Van Buskirk, and all who helped make our Celebrate Outstanding Leadership Awards Luncheon possible. This year's luncheon was sold out!

Acquaint themselves with formal and informal decision-making channels and local leaders - the people who make things happen Connect with topics and meet people who will enrich their lives as business persons and residents For more information, please contact Sara Rachon, Programs Coordinator.

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Target Industries

FAST-TRACK TRAININGS ACROSS INDUSTRIES n Fast-Track Trainings in the Automotive, HVAC and Plumbing industries n 93% of 2018 Automotive Fast-Track Training participants were retained n 100% of inaugural HVAC Fast-Track Training participants were placed in jobs n “With this level of hands-on experience, we’ll be able to go out and already be prepared for a myriad of scenarios that we would have otherwise ben blindsided by.”

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is the only National Fund for Workforce Solutions site in Florida.

28M

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Economic Impact: New Wages & Raises

5,365 Workers Trained

330

Employers Engaged

10.6M

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Invested in Regional Workforce Development

7,734

Certificates/ Degrees Earned

3,193

Workers Who Earned Raises

INTERNSHIP REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM n Supported 274 interns at local companies with $292,000 invested over the last four years n “This program allows us to attract more high-quality candidates because we can compensate the intern without adding expense to our bottom line [...]. Most importantly, interns create a continuous pipeline of raw talent for our future growth.” - Employer Feedback

CareerEdge Funders Collaborative is the workforce development initiative of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. CAREEREDGE FUNDERS: Bank of America, Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, City of Bradenton,City of Sarasota, 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, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, United Way Suncoast, US Chamber of Commerce, Walmart Foundation

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