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SRQ Daily Jan 1, 2018

Monday Business Edition

Monday Business Edition

"Startups can be terrific job generators, and they tend to stay where they are launched."

- Sharon Hillstrom, Bradenton Area EDC

[New Year]  Building Talent and Boosting Business in 2018
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The new year, like the opening of a business into any new market, brings with it challenges and opportunities. So what are the priorities of the business community in Sarasota and Manatee counties?

Kevin Cooper, president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, sees talent development in a tight labor market and affordable housing as top issues to tackle in 2018. “I lose young professionals because they do need to start at entry level jobs and build their way up, and we're having trouble with housing affordability,” he tells SRQ, “and then we're having trouble attracting people to come to the area, because cost of living is relatively flat across a number of lines except for housing.”

Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, says her organization will focus this year on building talent, something identified as a community need during industry roundtables in 2017. “We will place emphasis on creating internship collaboratives for each targeted industry sector,” she says. “Our partnerships with CareerSource Suncoast and education will be essential. The Cross College Alliance, which includes the colleges and universities in our region, will also provide important support for this effort.”

The EDC will also focus on global opportunities for business development, and the organization will continue seeking to attract successful companies to the area. But she’d also like to see entrepreneurship continue to flourish in the region. “Startups can be terrific job generators, and they tend to stay where they are launched,” she says. “The EDC will continue to provide concierge style assistance to start ups by connecting them to important resources in the region to support their endeavors.”

Cooper also hopes businesses look past the high of a growing economy and toward “how the community, families and businesses are preparing for when the current economic momentum slows.” He’ll also be focused on civic engagement in the coming year. 

[Opening]  Waterline Marina Resort Opens Eliza Ann's Coastal Kitchen

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, a full-service resort on Anna Maria Island, has announced the opening of Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen. As the resort’s signature restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen offers a menu inspired by coastal locales, bridging the heritage of the land and sea, led by Executive Chef James Baselici. The casual 76-seat restaurant with an open kitchen features rustic elements such as reclaimed wood top tables, an oyster shell chandelier and nautical influences throughout. Guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, wood grilled oysters, blue crab hushpuppies, daily specials based on local catch and simple vegetable preparations. Eliza Ann’s also features a solid fuel grill burning live oak to give filet mignon, fresh seafood and other dishes a smoky, natural wood flavor. Eliza Ann’s is open for dinner nightly from 4 to 10pm, with a late night happy hour from 10 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. features beer, wine, spirits and chef’s choice small plates all for $5. The resort plans to introduce breakfast and lunch service beginning February 2018. 

Eliza Ann's Coastal Kitchen

[Exec Moves]  LECOM Bradenton Announces Change of Leadership

Silvia Ferretti, D.O., Provost, senior vice president and Dean of Academic Affairs of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has announced a change in leadership at the college’s campus, with the retirement of Associate Dean Robert George, D.O. After a distinguished medical education career that included being the first associate dean at LECOM Bradenton, George will assume his role at LECOM Bradenton as Dean Emeritus with duties that include teaching, recruiting and fundraising. Mark Kauffman, D.O., an assistant dean at LECOM, will take George’s place at the Bradenton campus. Kauffman, received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from LECOM in Erie, PA, with the Class of 2000 and began practicing Family Medicine after completing his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital, an affiliate of LECOM Health, in Erie. In 2007, he returned to LECOM full time, developing the History and Physical Examination curriculum, becoming Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and then Assistant Dean of LECOM’s School of Graduate Studies.  

LECOM Bradenton

[Community]  Sarasota County, FLT Announce Surrey Rides for 2018

Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT), has announced the start of the 2018 surrey ride program. This popular program offers a fun option for residents and visitors who are mobility-challenged or might otherwise be unable to enjoy the experience of riding on the trail. FLT volunteers pedal the surrey and passengers on a free 45-minute surrey trip that leaves from Laurel Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Jan. 9 through March 28, 2018, with times available each day at 10am., 11am and noon. The ride includes information and the history of the Legacy Trail and its surroundings. Pre-registration is required by calling 941-486-2757. Space is limited to four participants per ride, per time slot, and participants must sign a waiver. Passengers meet inside the Sandra Sims Terry Community Center at Laurel Park. The surrey was a donation by FLT to Sarasota County to promote the Legacy Trail and other county parks. The Legacy Trail is the regional backbone of a recreational and nature-based trail system connecting communities across Sarasota County and stretching into neighboring Charlotte County. 

Friends of the Legacy Trail

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Live Music!

We are introducing a brand new category to the 2018 Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition for all of you music lovers. We are on the hunt for the Best Local Live Music Venue in our area. Cast your vote and support your local favorites in the 2018 Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition. 

Vote Here!

[SOON]  MUSIC: An Evening in Mayberry , January 5

The Dillards are a a musical group with a history dating back to The Andy Griffith Show over 50 years ago. Join them for an evening in Mayberry, and have the opportunity to relive musical memories and meet some of the Mayberry friendly faces. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Musical Landscapes , January 6, 7:30pm

See the world from your seat with an evening of musical panoramas. Whitacre's luminous reimagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm," guest conductor Stefan Sanders dynamically guides guests on this matchless musical tour. 

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cast, Cut and Cold - Glass , January 8 – March 24

Technically amazing and visually stunning examples of creations by more than two dozen masters of glass art including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Ciglar and Irene Frolic astound in this exhibition. Numerous examples, styles and methods of glass casting and etching are represented in this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mountaintop , January 10 – February 18

This performance depicts a fictionalized portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night of his life. With a theatrical imagination, the play gives viewers a window into what went on in the legendary man's life, and what his hopes, vulnerabilities and fears were.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in Love , January 10 – March 28

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love will offer an entrancing theater production that follows the story of Will Shakespeare, a struggling playwright tormented by writer’s block. To his rescue comes the vivacious Viola, Will’s greatest admirer. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit Call for Applications , January 10

SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.


Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Shine the Light Opening Night Reception , January 10, 5:30pm

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 13, 6:00PM

Join us for the 2018 Hospital Gala at the Rtiz Carlton to raise funds for the Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Emergency Services team. All proceeds work to ensure that our families and communities receive the best care and that the accidents or traumas people suffer from can have their urgent medical needs be addressed.

The Ritz Carlton, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive Sarasota, Florida 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Fred Johnson Jazz Quartet , January 13, 8pm

Fred Johnson is an accomplished musician who has toured with the likes Aretha Franklin, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. A jazz, world music singer, and percussionist, Fred has been collaborating with Tampa Bay musicians for a series of performances with the theme of unity. Don't miss the evening of inspirational poetry, music, and art.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

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