SRQ Daily Oct 18, 2016
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"It was time to rebrand and grow the effort to help entrepreneurs succeed."
The HuB in Sarasota will relocate to a new space on Main Street, while the current building, still owned by developer Jesse Biter, will be rebranded as BOLD | Live, Work, Play.
Biter announced today that the building would take on a new name, a move that aligns with plans for a mixed-use development Biter plans to open in early 2018, BOLD Lofts. The new structure will include 97 apartments, and both BOLD Lofts and BOLD will feature private office rentals, common work areas and various amenities geared toward startups and freelancers. Biter expects to roll out a formal venture fund and incubator at BOLD in late 2017. The shared office space at the BOLD buildings, which will be built as BOLD Co-working, will operate somewhat differently than the HuB. “We are going to have more focus on networking, education and growth resources,” Biter says. “I have experience building three successful startups and my plan is to help others do the same.”
As for the HuB, which was founded by Rich Swier in 2009 in the Rosemary District, the move comes after four years in the Fruitville Road building bearing the startup incubator’s brand. Swier remains involved with a number of startups operating at the HuB and Assunta Swier, Rich’s wife, now serves as the HuB’s CEO. Now, the HuB will move into Palm Tower, a structure at the corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue and a prime locale in Downtown Sarasota. The building will undergo extensive renovations before the HuB reopens there in early 2017, but owners have committed to maintaining the building’s character and history. "Our goal is to make it the epicenter of innovation," says Rich.
“Our new concept will be different,” says Assunta. “Our coworker space will be 5,000 square feet (one floor) and we have many other floors in the building to attract tech companies. Our focus will be to continue to build the innovation economy.”
Both the rebranding of Biter’s buildings and the relocation of the HuB were announced in quick succession Monday afternoon. Biter, who became more heavily involved with the HuB when it moved into the Century Bank building he redeveloped four years ago, says the break between his projects and the HuB has been an amicable one. “I like Rich and Assunta a lot but the HuB has always been their brand it has always been more than co-working,” Biter says. “They have multiple HuB businesses. With the addition of BOLD Lofts, along with the amenities I plan to add during the construction, it was time to rebrand and grow the effort to help entrepreneurs succeed.”
“We see this as an expansion for the creative community,” Assunta says. “The current building will continue to offer amazing space and our new place will be a new concept we have been working on for a year.”
While trolling Pinterest to create that perfect inspo board, you’ve surely come across those trendy DIY projects featuring effortlessly distressed mason jars, side tables and chairs. However, don’t immediately balk at the supposed difficulty— the way to achieve this look is closer than imagined: think Sarasota’s own Rustic Rooster. The local furniture store carries the prestigious Annie Sloan chalk paint in almost every color imaginable. Use the hue of your choice to spruce up plain walls, or even dab it on a dresser to create a more shabby-chic feel through your house. One thing is for sure, if you have been contemplating whether or not to try out that chalky paint project you saw on Pinterest, now is the time.
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce State of Jobs Conference on Thursday, October 27 will bring together some of the area's top professionals to educate and prepare the next workforce generation. Speakers represent varied tracks including healthcare, information technology, business manufacturing, hospitality, marketing and the arts—all with a common goal in mind.
“This is the first year the arts have been included in the State of Jobs Conference and Sarasota Opera feels honored to participate,” says Director of Audience Development and State of Jobs speaker Sam Lowry. “The Arts in Sarasota are one of the biggest employers in Sarasota with a myriad of career opportunities available beyond being a performer. We are excited, along with our colleagues from the Sarasota Orchestra and the Ringling Museum, for the opportunity to inform the next generation of Sarasotans about our industry.”
Throughout the day, students will experience at least five sessions, three focused directly on their career interest. In addition to learning about their career, State of Jobs focuses on college readiness, leadership, social responsibility and preparing for being a professional.
Mireya Eavey, conference speaker and President of CareerEdge strives to grow workforce development in our community and region. “Similar to the State of Jobs Conference, CareerEdge’s greatest goal is to connect students with the professionals and potential resources they might need in order to succeed," she says. "For me, this conference is a great opportunity for students to not only learn about college, but is also a chance to discover a new industry, explore a new certificate program or just a chance to sort through their options before they walk across that stage at their high school graduation. We want to better prepare our young community members for a bright and promising future.”
SRQ magazine’s CEO and Editor and Chief Lisl Liang will return as a State of Jobs speaker and discuss what it takes to run a business in our region. "At previous State of Jobs conferences, many participants expressed an interest in owning and running their own businesses," says Liang. "As a local entrepreneur and founder of the SRQ|MEDIA enterprise, I am thrilled to engage our students in a workshop that gives them a few tools to experience the culture of accountability, adaptability and artisanship that go into the creation and diversification of a successful creative class company.”
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has appointed Melody Mora-Shihadeh as the new director of individual giving. In this role, Mora-Shihadeh will provide leadership for FST’s annual fundraising efforts. She will be responsible for setting strategies and executing fundraising plans for sustaining and growing the number of annual donors to FST’s diverse programming and special projects. Mora-Shihadeh joined the development team on September 12, previously working in administration and serving as company manager for FST between 2005 and 2008.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast was awarded a grant of $639,080 for the boardwalk and kayak launch on Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass from Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) Beach and Shoreline Funding. By 2018, Conservation Foundation will open Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass to the public, free of charge and 365 days a year.
The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund has granted $5,000 to Easter Seals Southwest Florida. The funds will provide support for Project Rainbow, a respite care program that offers home-based care for families in Lakewood Ranch with disabled children. With Project Rainbow, trained respite care workers provide home-based care services in four-hour increments to families of children who are chronically ill, medically fragile and/or developmentally or physically disabled. Project Rainbow staff supervise all of the minors in the home, not just the child with special needs.
Friendship Center is hosting a "People Helping People Awards Breakfast" in which several awards will be handed out such as: life changer award, visionary award, hidden gem award and Bob Cater senior advocacy award. Tickets are $80 per person.
Michael's On East, 1212 S East Ave Sarasota, 34239
SRQ Media is proud to announce the second installment of the SkillSHARE program, a peer mentor program powered by the Women in Business Initiative. The program will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:30pm at the SRQ Studios. Designed to foster connection from professional to professional, this special form of mentorship with a twist is a modern interpretation of what it means to mentor. Our mentors are Leadership Circle ambassadors from the Women in Business program and executive coaches who volunteer their time to work with women of all ages and points in their careers. Register online by submitting your deep-dive questions on professional development, team management, philanthropic engagement, career development and personal work-life balance. We hope you'll join us. Visit us online to find out more. To register for the October 20, 2016 SkillSHARE program, click here. No application fee. If selected—Registration Fee: $45/per person. SRQ Studios:331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.
SRQ Magazine Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Goodwill Manasota is proud to recognize those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, commitment and dedication to the community.
Michael's On East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239
Join us for engaging presentations and breakout sessions with community leaders and nationally respected industry leaders at GradNation. This community summit is designed to increase the graduation rate and ultimately prepare young people for success in college, career and life.
Sarasota Technical College , 4748 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota FL 34233
Buoys and ghouls of all ages are invited to dress up in costume for a Night of Fish, Fun & Fright on Friday, October 21 at Mote Aquarium. Sail the spooky seas and discover creatures from the deep in a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone. If you get hungry, enjoy deep sea delights in the "Diner of the Dead." Parents and children ages 2-5 are invited to participate in free Mommy & Me sessions as well as special educational activities for all ages in Mote's new Exploration Gallery. And don't miss underwater pumpkin carving in the spooktacular shark tank.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium , 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
The Players Centre for Performing Arts transports you to the Frankenstein Place for the macabre “fun”raiser, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing-along”. This is the second year the Players will screen the cult classic film by Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman while actors in costume sing the rock and roll hits in front of the screen. The night of debauchery will include prop bags and a costume contest. No outside props are allowed, but costumes are encouraged. Get your callbacks ready, because this exciting event will make you shiver with anticipation. Tickets are $25 but students under 24 are $12 with a valid ID.
The Players Centre of Sarasota , 838 N. Tamiami Trail., Sarasota 34236
The Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival is celebrating their 22nd anniversary by showcasing the finest artists and crafters from 30 different states as well as local and regional talent. The festival will feature unique and affordable quality art and crafts as well as a Green Market offering plants and exotic orchids. Hosted to support breast cancer awareness and research, the arts, the local community and the downtown Sarasota alliance, this festival is free and open to the public.
Central Avenue and Five Points Park, 1 Central Avenue Sarasota, 34236
Join and celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month with the 15th annual Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Hunsader Pumpkin Festival. The Buddy Walk is a short advocacy walk in which anyone can participate without special training. Other event features will include a special appearance by the Guardians of Justice, live music a raffle and silent auction photo booth children’s activities and more. After the walk, participants are free to stay on-site and enjoy the Pumpkin Festival at no extra cost. Funds raised during this event support Manasota BUDS' mission of providing families with supportive forum for sharing and networking, and promoting understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.
Hunsader Pumpkin Festival, Co Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
Cannons Marina and their fleet of boats are invading St. Armands Circle, where they plan to host the St. Armands Boat Show, a family friendly event designed for boat lovers of all ages. Showcasing new Grady-White boasts and Yamaha motors, this event is designed to capture the perfect complement of the nautical lifestyle that is St Armands Circle.
St. Armands Circle Park, St. Armands Circle Park, St Armands Circle 34236
The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is hosting the second annual Friendly Food Fight, a cook-off between Bradenton-area chefs using ingredients sourced from the Bradenton Farmers’ Market. The Friendly Food Fight marks the beginning of Eat Local Week, a nine-day celebration of the best in local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Friendly Food Fight chefs include Dana Johnson of Sugar Cubed Pastry Lab; Dave Shiplett of Birdrock Taco Shack; Rovshan Avila of La Mesa (opening soon); Erik Walker of Mar Vista Dockside; and Gaetano Cannata of Ortygia. Watch the spectacle, set in the heart of the Bradenton Farmers Market, and become a participant in the People Choice Award voting during the conclusion of the fight.
Bradenton Farmers Market, Downtown Bradenton - Intersection of Fourth Avenue West and Old Main Street
Come add your energy to the room as Cuban tres player, Renesito Avich as he records tracks for a live CD at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. The Tres guitar is the national instrument of Cuba and it gave birth to some of today's most important musical patterns. Salsa emerged from the first chords of Tres Cubano, as did other more primitive genres such as Changui, Kiriva and Nengon. Avich will be joined by Mauricio Rodriguez on bass and Benny Maldonado on percussion. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 on the day of the show, and can be purchased at www.wslr.org.
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center , 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, FL 34236
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