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"What we feel sets our culture apart is the ability for someone to come in, build a career, and make a real impact on the industry."

- Erin Cigich, Clickbooth

[Business]  Clickbooth Sarasota Takes Office Culture To New Heights
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com


Aside from the elevated seating areas, fully-loaded kitchen, funky decor and unique studio nooks, Erin Cigich, CEO of Clickbooth, has been a key player in establishing the premier tech-enabled company, headquartered in the growing tech city of Sarasota. Beyond its home base on Cattleman Road, its bandwidth continues to span globally, with satellite offices in Denver, CO and Banja Luka, Bosnia, including remote employees that bridge Israel to California and Canada. While the culture and feel of the company is that of a startup, Clickbooth has existed for over 17 years and continues to be recognized as the #1 CPA (Cost-Per-Action) network in the world by mThink Blue Book for three years running.

The company also recently brought home the title of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s #2 Best Place to Work Award. Clickbooth's digital marketing expertise currently leads the burgeoning industry of “strategic performance-marketing solutions” in a digital era saturated with companies promising agile customer acquisitions—keeping its reputable reputation with businesses and entrepreneurs by acquiring new customers at scale and connecting them to promotion partners, or “Affiliates,” who are experts in driving high-quality traffic of a particular product or service online.

"Clickbooth has achieved phenomenal growth by powering the customer acquisition goals of our clients, a mix of top brands and rising entrepreneurs,” says Cigich. “When clients work with us they are only paying for real customers—it's a model that is performance-based and strategic.”

And while much of Clickbooth’s work largely takes place on a computer screen or through a phone call, Vibe Manager Ryan Hill recognized the immediate importance of an inspiring office atmosphere, and designed the space to be conducive for creative thinking and networking gatherings, while embodying the company's vibrant culture. 

“We are in league with some of the most innovative  national corporations, and we consistently outperform other networks through a competitive blend of proprietary platform technology and an incredible, motivated team,” he says. 

Matching the walk to the talk, the Sarasota offices recently underwent a fully-renovated sweep for a more modern and eclectic design—right on par with hip city startups and companies known for their cool offices, like Google or Amazon. The new interior promises employee productivity and superior quality of work life. “Supporting national and international clients, our team works very hard—with our new offices we wanted to optimize every part of their experience," says Cigich. "What we feel sets our culture apart is the ability for someone to come in, build a career and make a real impact on the industry.”

Clickbooth recently teamed up with Pete Peterson, CEO of Dealers United to form Silicon Beach SRQ, a networking group for professionals in the Sarasota area with a focus on AdTech and MarTech. The group’s mission is to provide these professionals and other local businesses the opportunity to connect and grow. The new quarterly power-up mixer will kick off at the new office space on October 9 (401 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota).  

Photo by Ali Kesner of Kesner Creative Photography.

Follow Clickbooth.

[ShopTalk]  Mall-to-Home Collectibles
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com



It won't be a long weekend, but it can still be a fruitful one. The Collective returns to the Westfield Siesta Key Mall this weekend for a brick and mortar artisan pop-up shopping experience. The free-to-attend pop-up market hosted by Simply Events, an exclusive twist to Tampa Bay’s Most Unique Shopping Experience, will feature 20 of the best local decor artists and makers from Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Days. 

From small accents such as pillows, collectibles, candles, wall art and seasonal wreaths, to large furniture such as tables, vanities, desks, dressers, chairs and headboards, The Collective features a boho-chic selection of unique home finds and furnishings, and gets better year after year. 

Saturday, September 7, 10am - 8pm.
Sunday, September 8, 12pm - 5pm. 

Photo courtesy of Hillgrove Vintage.

The Collective Facebook Event Page.

[Education]  Dorian Concerns Assuaged, Sarasota and Manatee Schools Open Today

Following intensive deliberations and based on forecasts from the Tampa Bay – Ruskin office of the National Weather Service, the School District of Manatee County and Sarasota County Schools will hold school as regularly scheduled today, Tuesday, September 3.

School District of Manatee County Superintendent Cynthia Saunders and Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden have been in communication with each other through the weekend as well as with superintendents in other southwest Florida school districts. Both Bowden and Saunders ultimately agreed that schools should be open for the following reasons: Emergency Management Operations in both counties de-escalated activity on Saturday, August 31, without opening a shelter in either county; forecasts from the National Weather Service office in Ruskin since Saturday have consistently stated that the expected impact on southwest Florida counties is expected to be “minimal”; while wind levels may be elevated, they are not expected to come close to standards required to impact school bus transportation services; and thunderstorm activity in both counties is expected to be typical for this time of year.

Students in either county who are kept home tomorrow due to Hurricane Dorian will be able to receive an excused absence.

Schools in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties will open and close at their regular times, transportation will function as usual and after school activities, athletics and aftercare will operate as previously scheduled. 

School District of Manatee County

[Business]  CenterState Names Hall Vice President, Community President for Sarasota/Manatee

Brian D. Hall has just been named senior vice president and community president for CenterState’s Sarasota/Manatee Market effective immediately. Hall takes leadership of commercial and retail banking for Sarasota and Manatee counties following the recent retirement of Jim Kuhlman. Hall joined CenterState Bank in 2013 after serving eight years as president, CEO and organizing director of Sarasota-based Sabal Palm Bank. He also held various senior management positions with the former SouthTrust Bank in Sarasota, as well as for Star Bank and Irwin Union Bank in Ohio and Indiana. Previously, he served as a Regional Director and past Campaign Chair of United Way Suncoast, and served as past Director and Treasurer of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. 

Reporting to Hall will be Chris Perkins, Area Executive/Commercial Team Leader, who now takes on the additional oversight of commercial banking for Sarasota County as well as Manatee County. Also reporting to Hall is Renee Brady, Private Banking Team Leader, who oversees the local Private Bank as well as Cindy Denison, Retail Market Manager, who oversees all nine full-service branches across both counties. 

CenterState Bank

[Science and Nature]  Local Astronomy Group Hosts Free Viewing Event on Saturday

Following its annual summer hiatus, the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, has announced the return of Sidewalk Astronomy for another season of outdoor events. Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 7, starting at 7:45pm, and continuing until at least 10:30pm, the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing in the parking lot at the southeastern corner of Sarasota's Celery Fields Park.

Home to the Sarasota Audubon Society, located at 6893 Palmer Boulevard, Sarasota, public parking will be available just west of the Nature Center building. The telescopes will be set up in the parking lot on the east side of the Nature Center. Telescopes will not be set up at the top of the hill.

Observing highlights will include spectacular views of the gorgeous ringed planet Saturn, as well as the giant planet Jupiter and the waxing gibbous moon. Other deep-sky wonders will also be observed as they become visible during the evening.

As always, Sidewalk Astronomy is free of charge and is open to people of all ages. 

Local Group of Deep Sky Observers

[4WALLS]  Call for Entries: 4WALLS Design Competition

Are you an architect, interior designer, contractor, builder, or developer? Submit a recent project to the 4WALLS Design Competition. We're looking for the best multi-unit projects designed as public or private spaces.

The competition is open to multi-family, commercial or mixed use buildings, new home communities and public spaces. Your project does not have to be fully realized, but must have complete renderings to be considered.

The 4WALLS winners will be announced in the December 2019 edition of SRQ Magazine. 

Learn more and submit your entry HERE

[TODAY]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

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

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  GALA: ACS Real Men Wear Pink Fashion Show , September 21, 5pm

Don’t miss the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink fashion show at 5pm on September, 21st in the Grand Court at The Mall at UTC. The show will feature Sarasota and Manatee candidates and each man will be dressed by one of the stores in the UTC Mall. These men are raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in our community.  Public is Welcome. Reserved Seating available. Contact Bethany Lynch at bethanyk.lynch@cancer.org to reserve your seat. Let's support these men in our community who are dedicated to fighting breast cancer.

The Mall at UTC, 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SPORTS: Totally Tailgate Benefiting Girls Inc. , September 21, 630pm

Get ready to tailgate at the 4th Annual Totally Tailgate benefiting Girls Inc. of Sarasota County. Girls Inc. invites you to the largest tailgate party under one roof with fan favorite food and drinks, classic games, raffles, multiple screens to watch your favorite football games and the opportunity to brag about the team nearest and dearest to your heart. Come out and represent your favorite team and support Girls Inc.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

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