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WELCOMING VISIT SARASOTA COUNTY VISITOR’S CENTER Page 14

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The Breast Health Center at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

offers advanced imaging technologies to our community, including 3D mammography.

At our hospital’s Breast Health Center, our primary goal is to deliver the highest quality care to the women of our community. In addition to breast ultrasound and MRI, we offer such women’s health diagnostic services as … 3D IMAGING TECHNOLOGY Unlike two-dimensional images of the breast, the 3D mammogram allows breast tissue to be examined one layer at a time, detecting very small cancers. A 3D imaging exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram, and takes approximately the same amount of time.

COMPUTER-AIDED DETECTION (CAD) Using sophisticated computer algorithms, any areas on the digital mammogram image that might indicate the presence of an abnormality are immediately highlighted. STEREOTACTIC BREAST BIOPSY Digital stereotactic localization is computer-assisted technology that maps the site of the abnormality. Once mapped, a tissue sample is taken immediately, speeding the healing process and improving accuracy, quality and efficiency of the biopsy.

Since breast cancer is most treatable in its early stages, it’s important for women to get regular mammograms. Ask your doctor when you should begin with a baseline screening and how often you should have a mammogram.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 941.782.2264 Connect with us! 8330 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com 2

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Physicians are on the medical staff of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. For language assistance, disability accommodations and the nondiscrimination notice, visit our website. 171123

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C H A M B E R S TA F F Kevin Cooper President/CEO kcooper@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4050 Brittany Lamont Vice President blamont@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4040 Dillon Buckland Communications Coordinator dbuckland@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4039 Mimi Cirbusova Young Professionals Group Coordinator mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4038 Matt Gower Membership Investment Manager mgower@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4058 Barbara Hines Leadership Sarasota County Coordinator bhines@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4026 Darlene Martin Membership Investment Representative dmartin@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4029 Craig McGonigal Membership Engagement Manager cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4034 Christine Miller Executive Assistant to the President cmiller@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4051 Megan Neal Membership & Events Coordinator mneal@sarasotachamber.com (941) 556-4031

THE CHAIR’S CORNER

A LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP I am both honored and excited to enter into my term as Chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For me, this is a legacy moment in many respects. I look forward to following in not only the legacy of leadership that the Chamber has demonstrated through its many years in Sarasota, but also the legacy of leadership that my firm, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, has demonstrated over our more than 90 years in Sarasota. It is with great pride that I follow in the footsteps of a name partner in my firm, George A. Dietz, a past Chair of the Chamber, to carry on the rich history of the Chamber in a community with an equally rich history.

focusing on the headline issues facing Sarasota. As an example, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, we are hosting Grid Un-Locked, a six-week program series featuring expert-led workshops which explore the facts, plans, and future of transportation in Sarasota.

As we look toward the year ahead, we do so with a focus on strengthening our connections – both within the community and with our membership. Your story is our story – the story of the Chamber is the story of its members. As an organization, ensuring robust layers of connection amongst our membership and bringing their businesses’ stories to life is our greatest priority. It is with that understanding that we enter this year with a tireless commitment to engage members both new and long-standing. We are setting our sights on being the voice of business in the community and

We are proud to be an organization for those who are as focused on doing business as they are on where they do business. Your Chamber is here to support, promote, and connect its membership and the greater Sarasota area. We want your experience to be professionally and personally rewarding. As Chair, I can certainly say my experience has been nothing less, and I am committed to making sure yours is as well. I encourage you to stay connected with me throughout this year and I look forward to continuing to write the story of business in our community.

We also are pleased to officially welcome Visit Sarasota County as they relocate Sarasota County’s Official Visitor Center to the Chamber of Commerce building on Fruitville Road. We are confident that this partnership will benefit both organizations, our community, and visitors to our beloved area.

SERVING OUR BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce exists to maximize our members’ success, the community’s competitiveness, and the area’s economic strength. Phone 941-955-8187 | Fax (941) 366-5621 Referrals/Consumer Info (941) 366-3144 PARTNERING TO BUILD YOUR BUSINESS MAGAZINE DESIGN BY DILLON BUCKLAND, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

CHARLIE BAILEY

CHAIR OF THE BOARD


GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR OF THE BOARD

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CHAIR-ELECT

JOHN LACIVITA

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

GEORGE McGONAGILL

Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen

Willis Smith Construction

Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay

MICHAEL BEAUMIER Gilbane Building Co.

CHRIS GALLAGHER Hoyt Architects

DR. DONAL O’SHEA New College of Florida

RICHARD BEDFORD Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc.

RICK HALLORAN Sabal Palm Bank

MARK PRITCHETT Gulf Coast Community Foundation

JEFF BENNINGHOFF WWSB - ABC 7

TERI A. HANSEN Barancik Foundation

DR. CAROL PROBSTFELD State College of Florida

MATT BROCKWAY Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.

PETER HAYES Tandem Construction

MYRON ROBINSON Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

JOE C. HEMBREE Hembree & Associates, Inc.

DAVID ROVINE Baltimore Orioles

STEVEN HIGH John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

RENEE RYCKMAN Escape Countdown

MARK HUEY EDC of Sarasota County

JOE SEIDENSTICKER Tableseide Restaurant Group

JEFF JACKSON PGT Industries

JIM SHIRLEY Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

MATT BUCHANAN Sarasota Ford KELLY CALDWELL Caldwell Trust Company PAUL CARAGIULO Sarasota County Government JENNIFER COMPTON Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP JOHN M. CRANOR, III Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen DR. MICHAEL CROSBY Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

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DAVID LAFFERTY Tidewell Hospice LISL LIANG SRQ Media Group

LEE DELIETO, JR. Michael Saunders & Company

LORRIE LIANG Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

STACY DILLARD-SPAHN Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, PA

JEFF MAYERS The Resort at Longboat Key Club

ANDREW DORR Githler Development, Inc.

ROBERT MEADE Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

PAT DORSEY Herald-Tribune Media Group

PHIL MOTT Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

SHAWN DRESSLER Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

DENNIS MURPHY CenterState Bank NA

BETH EBERSOLE Kerkering, Barberio & Co.

DR. TERRY OSBORN USF Sarasota-Manatee

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November 10-13, 2017

NOVEMBER 8 • 4 - 7:30 P.M. BRADENTON AREA CONVENTION CENTER PRESENTED BY:

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PRESENTING SPONSOR

More than 350 business and community leaders gathered on October 5th at The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s 97th Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon. The focus of this year’s event was telling the stories of its members. To do that, Chamber President Kevin Cooper hit the ground running last October, meeting with over 200 members to find out how The Chamber can help support their businesses. He quickly found that the story of our Chamber is the story of our members.

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To bring to life the story of the Sarasota community and the multitude of businesses who make up The Sarasota Chamber, a yearlong series titled “Your Story is Our Story” was launched at the event. The goal: to highlight the amazing things in Sarasota that you may not even know about. The three companies highlighted during this years luncheon were Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Libby’s Café + Bar, and PPi Technologies.

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L to R: Jennifer Compton, Ryan Nichols, and Ben Hanan of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.


F E A T U R E D C O M PA N I E S Click on each of the logos below to watch the video for each of these companies.

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VIDEO SPONSOR

VICE PRESIDENT BRITTANY LAMONT WINS CHAIR’S CUP

For the first time in The Chamber’s history, the prestigious Chair’s Cup Award, sponsored by Kerkering, Barberio & Co., was presented to a Chamber staff member instead of a volunteer. The Chair’s Cup, is typically awarded each year to a volunteer who best exemplifies the responsible leadership philosophy shared by The Chamber and Kerkering, Barberio & Co. This award reaffirms our commitment to continue as a positive force in our community. So it was surprising to all, including Vice President Brittany Lamont, when 2016-2017 Chair of the Board George McGonagill called Brittany to receive this honor instead of a volunteer. Noting her long-standing career and willingness to step up to see The Chamber through its transition this year, George reaffirmed that sometimes it’s the passion of the staff that moves the organization forward. “I love my job at The Chamber,” noted Brittany when accepting the award. “To work for an organization that has allowed me to grow and learn in this industry is a highlight of my career.” Brittany began her career with The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce as an intern in 2010 and now currently serves as Vice President. CHAIR’S CUP SPONSOR

PASSING THE GAVEL FROM GEORGE McGONAGILL TO CHARLIE BAILEY

PHOTOS BY CHRISTINE NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

Outgoing Chair of the Board George McGonagill, Vice President of Facilities at Plymouth Harbor, handed over the gavel to Incoming Chair of the Board Charlie Bailey, Shareholder at Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen.

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PHOTOS BY CASSANDRA DOWD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Shumaker Chamber University Creating a Win-Win Internship

Good Morning Sarasota California Pizza Kitchen

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wednesday, November 8 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Bradenton Area Convention Center

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TAX REFORM & CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE WITH

U.S. CONGRESSMAN VERN BUCHANAN Friday, October 27 • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

University Park Country Club • 7671 The Park Blvd, University Park, FL 34201

Join us for a luncheon hosted by The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and Manatee Chamber of Commerce featuring: U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan.

Friday, February 16 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

2018 SARASOTA SPRING SHOWCASE Wednesday, February 28 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota

At this luncheon, hear from Congressman Buchanan as he discusses the need for tax reform and a new simplified tax code that creates jobs, grows the economy and lets middle-class people keep more of their hard-earned money.

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Wednesday, December 13 Florida Studio Theater

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7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Complimentary for Members $10 Future Members

Thursday, October 19 Trustco Bank - Beneva Village Thursday, December 21 Zemil Jewelers

Thursday, November 9 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Millennials in the Worlplace with Geoff and Poppy Spencer

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Tuesday, December 5 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Success Principles with Michael Kline

Making home and office comfort easy has been Conditioned Air’s focus since 1962. No pressure. No hassles. Just honest answers, timely service and dependable work. For a better way to keep cool, call us today!

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MURRAY DEVINE, YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR THE SARASOTA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP (YPG) announced MURRAY DEVINE as the Young Professional of the Year at the 2017 YPG Summit: Thrive, presented by Kerkering, Barberio & Co. This award, which in years’ past has been announced at The Chamber’s Annual Small Business Awards, recognizes a young professional in the Sarasota region that has demonstrated outstanding leadership personally, professionally, and in our community. Murray Devine is the Manager of Communications and Marketing at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, overseeing the Foundation’s communications, media relations, social media, and marketing efforts for the last three years. Left: Keynote Speaker Chris Gallagher, Hoyt Architects

YPG EVENTS YPG PRO DEV SERIES IMPROVING COMMUNICATION SKILLS Tuesday, October 17 CoWork SRQ 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. SPEED NETWORKING WITH YPG, YLA, MYP, & YPN Thursday, October 26 Gold Coast Eagle Distributing 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. YPG AFTER HOURS Thursday, November 2 Louies Modern 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Complimentary for Members $15 Future Members YPG BOARD ALUMNI DINNER (INVITATION ONLY - SEE PAGE 14) Tuesday, November 14 Libby’s Café + Bar 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

L to R: YPG Chair, Robert Young YP of the Year Finalists: Andrea Knies, Murray Devine, Britney Guertin Kerkering Barberio & Co., Trish Entsminger, Presenting Sponsor

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YPG MEMBER APPRECIATION PARTY Friday, December 8 Willis Smith Construction Time: To Be Announced

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WELCOME ADULT LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2018! BETH GREEN AND CHRIS PFAHLER, Chair and Vice-Chair for the adult Leadership Class of 2018, welcomed the Class of 2018 at an orientation on August 22nd. The class will be together for an Opening Retreat later in October, having to be rescheduled due to hurricane Irma. Leadership Sarasota County is a series of county-wide programs designed to enhance participants’ awareness of our community and its needs by examining how leadership in the historical, geographical, educational, economic, governmental and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance the Sarasota County community and its citizens. SUZANNE BARKSDALE, Tidewell Hospice MATT BOMBELLA, Andrick & Associates RANDY BOUCK, Boys & Girls Clubs MATT BRAME, Synovus Bank RACHEL BRODSKY, Red Property Management AMANDA CHANDLER, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium WYATT CHOCKLETT, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota DAVID CUMBERLAND, Kerkering Barberio & Co. KELLY DEFEBO, Visit Sarasota County TIM ENOS, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department GAIL FARB, Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen KELLY FERNANDEZ, Persson & Cohen PA DONNA FOOTE, Sun Hydraulics LORI GENTILE, Independent Consultant DAVE GILL, Sean McCutcheon’s Air Conditioning & Heating SELMA GOKER, Solstice Planning & Architecture LINDA GOULD, Gould Solutions ANDY GUZ, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center NICKIE HARTSOCK, S.P.A.R.C.C. MACKENZIE JONES, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

ANITA KEITEL, Hall Architects MISCHA KIRBY, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens KENNEDY LEGLER, 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office ERIN LILLY, Engender Productions LLC AMY MACDOUGALL, Ian Black Real Estate DEBORAH MINNICK, SunTrust Private Wealth Management BRETT MORRIS, Momentum Consulting BJORN MORTON, Herald-Tribune Media Group TRACY O’NEILL, Kerkering, Barberio & Co. AMANDA PARRISH, Fawley Bryant Architecture LINDA POTEAT-BROWN, Easter Seals Southwest Florida JIM RIESER, Sarasota Police Department RICK SCHERZER, Willis Smith Construction ERICA SHEA, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. ERIN SILK, Venice MainStreet RUSSELL STRAYER, Dewberry Engineers Inc. CHRIS TIEFENTHAL, C & S Wholesale Grocers AMY TUTEN, Baltimore Orioles - Sarasota SUE WETZEL, Johnson & Johnson ERICA WUORIO, State College of Florida

LEADERSHIP SARASOTA COUNTY WELCOME YOUTH LEADERSHIP CLASS OF 2018!

LISA HESS AND MARK GORDON, Chair and Vice-Chair for the Youth Leadership Class of 2018, greeted the Class of 19 high school juniors. Steve Schenbaum, gameOn Nation founder, was a hit with the students and parents followed by Common Ground Adventures - led team building exercises for the group. MUNA ABUMUNSHAR, Sarasota Military Academy IAN BECKMANN, Riverview High School TYLER BERENDES, Cardinal Mooney High School JORDAN BROWN, Lakewood Ranch High School PAIGE CANEVARI, Venice High School JOHN COLOSIMO, Out-of-Door Academy MICHAEL FELTOVIC, Riverview High School ZAYDA FREDERICKS, Pine View High School ANNA GRIFFITHS, Sarasota Military Academy BEN HALL, Cardinal Mooney High School ALEX HANAN, Riverview High School SCOTT HENTHORNE, Cardinal Mooney High School ALLISON McHENRY, Riverview High School DARRELL NIXON JR., Sarasota Military Academy EMMABELLA RUDD, Riverview High School VICTORIA SNYDER, Riverview High School BROOKE WHEATLEY, Venice High School AVA WITTMER, Riverview High School SUSAN WYATT, Riverview High School The Youth Program is similar to the adult program, but on a smaller scale. It’s a county-wide program for high school juniors designed to nurture and develop positive leadership qualities. The focus of the program is about Sarasota County and how young people can make it a better place. We strive to create successful leaders and this program will give participants the knowledge, tools, and contacts to do so. It’s work and it’s fun. It’s learning about the community! GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER MAGAZINE

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RIBBON CUTTINGS July 14, 2017 - August 30, 2017 To book your Ribbon Cutting for a grand opening or relocation, contact Megan Neal, mneal@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4031.

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A-1 Fingerprinting & Drug Screening 3643 Cortez Rd., Suite 130 Bradenton, FL 34210 www.fingerprintingbradenton.com

Chick-fil-A 5384 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232 www.chick-fil-a.com/fruitvilleroad

LA Fitness - Sarasota Siesta Key Mall 3501 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 www.lafitness.com

Metro Diner 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Unit 1185 Sarasota, FL 34239 www.metrodiner.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes 5354 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34232 www.nothingbundtcakes.com

Performance Eyecare, P.A. 1058 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 105 Sarasota, FL 34236 www.performanceeyecaresarasota.com

Revitalize Chiropractic 3544 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34231 www.gorevitalizefl.com

Sarasota Apothecary 8620 South Tamiami Trail, Suite N-P Sarasota, FL 34238 www.sarasotaapothecary.com

Station 400 4832 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34231 www.station400.com

Three Dog Bakery 8455 Cooper Creek Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34201 www.threedog.com/three-dog-bakery-theshoppes-at-university-town-center/

Thriveology, LLC 1919 Baywood Drive, Unit #A Sarasota, FL 34231 www.thethriveologists.com

TriNet - West Wing 9000 Town Center Parkway Sarasota, FL 34202 www.trinet.com

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NEW MEMBERS Air Specialists, LLC All Event Rental and Design Amarco Restoration American Heart Association Arcos Apartments ARIUM on Palmer Ranch Barber Chair LLC Beulah Restaurant BGE Inc. Bluewater Gear Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen Century Business & Financial Services Cloud 10 Solutions Coldwell Banker Vacations Siesta Key St. Armands Commercial on the Coast, division of Realty Partners, LLC Connors Steak & Seafood Donna Valenti Photography Elite Health European Wax Center Excelerate F45 Training Sarasota Five-O Donut Co Floodpros USA Flooring Options by Carpet One Florida Shower Doors Go Rentals Grouper USA HARDCAR Security Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota Lakewood Ranch Keller Williams On The Water Bradenton Keller Williams Realty Select / The Bonessi Group, LLC Key Chorale, Sarasota’s Symphonic Chorus Manoly Furniture

June 2017 - August 2017

March of Dimes of Sarasota Max’s Table Mercker Solutions NETcinity Nia Clinic Office Furniture & Design Concepts Poet’s Walk Sarasota Pro-Motion Notions Re3 Stem Cell and Healing Institute, PLLC Ready2Move Moving & Storage ResCare HomeCare - Sarasota Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Sarasota RIC Construction Ridge Garden Apartments Rodizio Grill Sarasota Roofing By Curry Showcase Cabinetry and Design Sonic Drive-In Restaurant - University Parkway Sono Bello Station 400 Stock Development Stone Environmental Services, LLC SunDown Publishing Teresa K. Bowman P.A. The Bank of Tampa The Devyn The Dilweg Companies The Floridian Club of Sarasota The Sarasota Studio - Dimmitt Automotive Group The Westin Sarasota Tom James TooJay’s Gourmet Deli Travel Wizards, LLC Vincent Academy Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. Window Genie of Sarasota Corporate Trustee

THANK YOU CHAMBER CHAMPIONS!

CHAMBER MEMBERS IN THE NEWS SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB celebrates 90 Years Friday, November 17, 2017 with “A Grand Affair” event, complete with a commemorative program including the history of the club, the groups, the community activities, and the supporters. Sarasota-based TANDEM CONSTRUCTION, which lost the bid earlier this year for the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Stadium Project, will take over construction of their South Sarasota County spring training facility immediately after an Atlanta-based construction firm backed out. MANATEE CHILDREN’S SERVICES announced that they will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the 2017 Neptune’s Seaside Bash Gala on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The 2017 MLB postseason is still being decided, but the BALTIMORE ORIOLES are getting a jump on 2018 by releasing their home Spring Training schedule.

SELAH FREEDOM is proud to announce that Misty Laperriere, Director of Outreach and Law Enforcement Liaison, has won the prestigious Survivor Advocate of the Year Award at Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Annual Florida Human Trafficking Summit. Longtime landscape company ARTISTREE LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE & DESIGN announces the promotion of Joe Mantkowski to General Manager/Landscape Division. CENTAURI INSURANCE, a property and casualty insurance provider operating across nine states, was recently ranked #99 among the BUSINESS OBSERVER’S 2017 Gulf Coast Top 500 companies reflecting a 28 percent growth from the previous year’s listings. MANASOTA SCORE is initiating a new series of workshops that will be held the first and second Tuesdays of the month designed for startups and existing businesses. ACROPOLIS GREEK TAVERNA is pleased to announce the expansion of their dining and entertainment Mediterranean cuisine restaurants concept in Sarasota at the University Town Center. WILLIAMS PARKER HARRISON DIETZ & GETZEN is pleased to announce Jamie E. Koepsel has joined the firm to focus on corporate and tax law. GOODWILL MANASOTA has received the “Market Leadership by Share of Used Goods” for four years running; this was Goodwill’s third “Market Leadership by Donations” award and second “Operational Excellence” award at the recent Goodwill Industries International summer conference in Charlotte, N.C. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION to hold Fruitville Road roundabout meeting on Thursday October 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Sarasota City Hall.

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CELEBRATING YPG’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY THE SARASOTA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP (YPG), is celebrating 15 years in 2018! In honor of this anniversary, past YPG Board Members that served a full year or term are invited to an inaugural YPG Board Alumni Dinner on November 14th at Libby’s Café & Bar. YPG will be reconnecting and celebrating the achievements of the past YPG Board members and their service to the community. Join us for dinner, drinks, and camaraderie! Event includes dinner and dessert; cash bar available.

RSVP at SarasotaChamber.com/Events (Online registration is required—seating is limited). For any questions, please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova at mcirbusova@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.

Visit Sarasota County Visitor’s Center HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Visit Sarasota County (VSC) as they relocate Sarasota County’s official Visitor Center to our Chamber offices located at 1945 Fruitville Road while their administrative offices remain at 1777 Main Street.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Relocating the Visitor Center to The Chamber allows your Chamber to explore new and exciting ways to promote our community, our Chamber, and our membership. The community has seen, and benefitted from, a long-standing and strong partnership between The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Visit Sarasota County. This next step is a logical progression for that partnership.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VISITSARASOTA.COM

The new Sarasota County official Visitor Center will begin welcoming visitors the week of October 16. Visit Sarasota County expects to be fully operational by December.

GREATER SARASOTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER MAGAZINE

OCTOBER 2017

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The Bridge Magazine - October 2017  
The Bridge Magazine - October 2017  

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