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Diverse Perspectives Yield Exquisite Design

Comprised of a diverse, forward-thinking team of designers, Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors has made an impact blending fresh perspectives into timeless design "An enduring and memorable design... Feb 25, 2021

Championing Students at LaunchPad4U

LaunchPad4U is a comprehensive community resource center available for students, teachers, parents, and community partners. Designed as a learning lab where innovative pilot programs can be launched, it... Feb 24, 2021

The Process of Exceptional Design

Blending the timeless with the unexpected, Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors creates exceptional living and working spaces. “At its heart, interior design is a form of alchemy, a process... Feb 11, 2021

FAFSA Help for Families

The Florida College Access Network estimates, “Each year Florida students leave $100 million dollars on the table!”  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem overwhelming,... Feb 10, 2021

Five Home Improvement Trends That Will Inspire Your Remodeling Project

Home has taken on a whole new level of meaning. With restaurant dining and vacation travel down, more money was put into home renovations than ever before. The home improvement industry experienced a 10%... Feb 9, 2021

In Conversation With 2020 Elite Top Attorney Honoree Matthew Kowtko

For the February 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Elite Top Attorney Honoree Matthew Kowtko of Kowtko Law Group, P.A. Below is an excerpt published in the In Conversation marketing feature... Feb 8, 2021

In Conversation With 2020 Top Doctor Dr. Daniel M. Cooper

For the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Top Doctors on current topics. Below is an excerpt from this published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Daniel M. Cooper,... Feb 1, 2021

In Conversation With 2020 Top Doctor Dr. Fabian Ramos On Adapting to Change

For the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Top Doctors on current topics. Below is an excerpt from this published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Fabian Ramos,... Jan 25, 2021

In Conversation With 2020 Top Doctor Ronald Torrance, II, D.O. On Innovation In Sports Medicine

For the January 2021 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed 2020 Top Doctors on current topics. Below is an excerpt from this published in the In Conversation marketing feature in which Dr. Ronald Torrance,... Jan 18, 2021

New Edward Jones Corporate Office Completed by Firmo Construction

Firmo Construction finished an 8-week corporate office buildout for local Edward Jones financial advisor, Brent Campbell. The second Edward Jones location Firmo has finished locally, the team worked... Jan 4, 2021

The Value of a Caldwell Trust Company Trust Officer

A Trust Officer with Caldwell Trust Company serves as a client’s financial quarterback, reviewing the client’s family circumstances in great detail, then integrating legal, financial, tax,... Dec 28, 2020

The Caldwell Trust Company Promise

As our founder wrote, “Standards for fiduciaries mandate a level of unwavering conduct, loyalty and personal integrity matched by few other disciplines in this changing and uncertain world.”... Dec 21, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Welcomes Four New Board Members

In its 50th year as a leader in positive youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties has celebrated this milestone by changing its name to better reflect its area of... Dec 16, 2020

Generation to Generation

Do you know anyone on earth who grew up more advantaged than me? Certainly, there were many who had more money and I wasn’t on anyone’s “A list” for parties or other social connections.... Dec 14, 2020

On the Fence About Selling Your Home?

You may be aware that we are currently in a seller’s market. Many factors are contributing to this hot market: historically low interest rates, the effect of COVID-19 on urban-dwellers’ interest... Dec 8, 2020

A Fiduciary Family

From our stunning historic office in downtown Sarasota, our experts at Caldwell Trust Company (CTC) are dedicated to instilling peace of mind in our clients when it comes to money matters. Founded in 1993... Dec 7, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County changes its name to reflect a new milestone

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County announced a change to its name to better reflect its impact on the communities the nonprofit serves. With the addition of its sixth Club location in Arcadia, the... Dec 2, 2020

Housing Shortage Means a Good Time to Sell

The real estate market continues to thrive in Sarasota and Manatee. While the pandemic has created uncertainty for many one thing is for sure regarding residential real estate—a rise in sales and... Nov 12, 2020

Ear Research Foundations supports hearing community during COVID-19 with clear face masks and Hearing Advocates Coalition

Ms. McLaren, Ear Research Foundation’s Help Us Hear (HUH) Program hearing aid recipient shares to us: “It’s difficult to talk to people when they’re wearing masks, because I can’t... Oct 7, 2020

Sailing Home Sarasota

Sailing is like life. Every story with a happy ending has some scary chapters, or you wouldn’t read the book. On the, “Key Breeze,” feel free to throw all cares to the wind, as your family... Sep 24, 2020

Unlock Local Deals with the Sarasota Big Pass

An exciting program is this September that will connect you to dozens of deals countywide. Welcome back, Sarasota Big Pass—Visit Sarasota County’s one-stop-shop of local deals and discounts... Sep 17, 2020

Plan your Weekend using Sarasota Big Pass

An exciting program is underway in August and September that will connect you to dozens of deals countywide. Welcome back, Sarasota Big Pass—Visit Sarasota County’s one-stop-shop of local deals... Aug 21, 2020

Use Sarasota Big Pass to Plan the Ultimate Local Getaway

An exciting program is underway in August and September that will connect you to dozens of deals countywide. Welcome back, Sarasota Big Pass—Visit Sarasota County’s one-stop-shop of local deals... Aug 13, 2020

A Different Type of Financial Planner: Your Most Trusted Advisor

Unfortunately the financial services industry has historically revolved around a sales culture, and the client often suffers. Allegiant Private Advisors is different. The firm’s independent, fiduciary,... Aug 10, 2020

What is a Thinking Partner and Who is Yours?

Am I taking the best approach in my business? Am I making the right investment decisions? What am I not thinking about that I should be thinking about? These are some of the common questions... Aug 3, 2020

The Value of an Independent Fiduciary Advisor

Trust is paramount when it comes to money matters, and one word makes working with Allegiant Private Advisors a safer option for clients: fiduciary.  What does this term mean? Simply stated, being... Jul 27, 2020

Do You Need an Advocate to Help Guide Your Financial Success?

The Allegiant Private Advisors team helps their clients prepare for the unexpected thanks to a personalized approach informed by real data and independent analysis conducted with their best interests in... Jul 20, 2020

Built to be Your Advocate

Imagine financial advisors who feel like family—trusted confidantes who can be counted upon to handle the most personal aspects of life. The experts at Allegiant Private Advisors (Sarasota’s 24-year-old... Jun 22, 2020

A Family-Centric Workplace

Debbie LaPinska, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, has been with PGT Innovations for 28 years and says her “years of service” is a testament to the company. “Because you don’t... Apr 27, 2020

Humble and Fortuitous Beginnings

What many may not know is that PGT Innovations’ humble beginnings were in the form of a porch enclosure company known as Vinyl Tech, started in 1980 with just three employees out of Venice. “What’s... Apr 20, 2020

Codes We Live and Build by Today

Though the company was a much smaller entity back in the 90s, PGT Innovations (known as PGT Industries, at the time) provided valuable support after a thread of bad storms—bringing hurricane... Apr 13, 2020

Celebrating 40 Years of Industry Innovation

Thirty years ago, there was no such thing as an impact-resistant window or door. But following the devastation of Homestead, Florida from Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a relatively new window and door manufacturer... Apr 9, 2020

Achieva Credit Union: A Neighbor Worth Getting to Know

There are certain taboos and erroneous myths associated with credit unions. The SRQ March BrandStory about Achieva Credit Union busts these myths. From “It’s too hard to join a credit union”,... Mar 31, 2020

A True "Cents" of Community: Advancing Education

Achieva Credit Union has been in Sarasota for 10 years and has been proud to be a GOOD neighbor every step of the way. The SRQ March BrandStory highlights several of the many of Achieva Credit Union’s... Mar 19, 2020

Who Says You Need A Bank to Bank?

It all started in 1937 when seven Pinellas County teachers were denied a loan from a bank. The teachers soon banded together to form a nancial institution of their own – a credit... Mar 12, 2020

Why Mentoring Matters

Many promising students get sidetracked and step away from their education when hurdles appear, not knowing where to turn for help. Mentoring matters for these students. A study showed that at-risk young... Feb 27, 2020

Looking To The Future

Continuing to remain on the cutting edge of bio research and cellular therapy, donors who come through the doors of SunCoast BloodBank soon realize that the facility doesn’t just host mobile blood... Feb 26, 2020

Hannah's Story

Without a caring, generous community that donates a piece of themselves to strangers, SunCoast Blood Bank could not provide life-saving help to individuals like Hannah Marsh. Hannah’s story began... Feb 20, 2020

Helping Local Cancer Patients

New donors who do not give blood frequently often do so at SunCoast Blood Bank in response to major incidents that are heavily publicized, such as the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Orlando, or devastating... Feb 12, 2020

Working Together to Save Lives

As the oldest blood bank in the state of Florida, and one of the oldest nonprofit blood centers in the entire country, SunCoast Blood Bank continues to cultivate a close-knit community of donors to treat... Feb 5, 2020

Ahead of the Trend

What are the benefits of an ASID Membership and engagement? To separate the decorators or someone with a air for decorating from professional designers, ASID joins those who have a combination... Jan 16, 2020

Leaders In Design

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers. Through education, training, business support and advocacy it has garnered... Jan 9, 2020

The Ringling Calls for Call for Donations of "Books and Bags for Kids"

Donate new suitcases, blankets, books, and toiletries for children in foster care at The Ringling. These items will be given to children during the Manatee County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association’s... Jan 4, 2020

BELIEVE in a Social Network of Services

Your zip code could be a more reliable predictor of your health than your genetic code. To better understand how the cultural aspects of our lives effect our physical health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation... Dec 25, 2019

Building the Community We All Want To Live In

Each of us identifies through our interests, experiences, and relationships. With a strong sense of belonging, we are inspired to create new things Recently, the Van Wezel Foundation has embarked upon... Dec 18, 2019

Foster Angels project

'Tis the Season of Sponsoring! The Foster Angels program ensures each child has a gift under their holiday tree by matching sponsors to the children’s wish lists. This year we will be serving just... Dec 4, 2019

Showing Community Care

Each of us cares for our community in a unique way. For donors working with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, it means being a resource during challenging times, with a mindset to listen to... Dec 4, 2019

The Guest Experience: Authentic Hospitality From the Ground Up

“What inspires me as a General Manager everyday is the opportunity to create an experience—make people feel good and really be happy to be here,” says General Manager... Nov 28, 2019

Making a Difference Every Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching there’s definitely something in the air - Something truly meaningful and heartwarming. It’s the sound of over 1,000 cats and kittens Cat Depot rescued... Nov 27, 2019

A Focus on Community

Year after year, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota staff gives their time to All Faith’s Food Bank, participates in the SE Guide Dog Walks and hosts the Turkey Trot to benefit ALSO each year—donating... Nov 21, 2019

Staying Awhile: A Unique Company Culture To Be Proud Of

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s company culture and relationship with their employees remain different than any other hotel chain. While there are a number of other hotel properties downtown available... Nov 14, 2019

A Helping Paw

Immediately following Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas Humane Society desperately needed to empty its shelter in order to make room for animals requiring refuge on the devastated islands.  In addition... Nov 13, 2019

Selby Gardens: Exploring the Master Site Plan

Since 2017, the leadership at Selby Gardens has participated deeply with its surrounding neighbors, hosting more than 60 meetings and workshops, listening to the input from neighborhoods and developing... Sep 18, 2019