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SRQ DAILY Sep 9, 2019

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"These individuals will be going into an industry with a lot of growth potential."

- Mireya Eavey, CareerEdge Funders

[Insurance]  Training Provides Entryway To Insurance Industry
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

The insurance industry holds a surprising amount of opportunity in the Sarasota area, but even if people living here know that, how do they break in? A new program from CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and the Women’s Resource Center could help more people take their first step into a lucrative field.

Free 4-40 Customer Service Insurance Training, one of CareerEdge’s Bridges to Careers programs, will provide prospective job applicants with training to earn a key certificate for entry-level insurance employees. Working with State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, a three-week class will be offered at the Women’s Resource Center in Sarasota. 

“The 4-40 is a way to an entry-level job, and one where we have a lot of job openings,” says Mireya Eavey, executive vice president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. “Starting wages are $16 an hour, and employers are telling us that’s just the beginning. These individuals will be going into an industry with a lot of growth potential.”

It’s a certification many individuals earn through online prep and testing, but through the new program, students will work with an SCF instructor, and will hear from local insurance employers who come in as guest speakers. The first three-week class runs Oct. 21 through Nov. 7, with classes taking place from 9am to noon from Monday through Thursday.

For employers, it’s a chance to build the talent pool in an industry where demand for workers is expected to grow.

“The Sarasota area and Southwest Florida as a whole is growing,” says Russ Bobbitt, President and CEO of Purport & Martin Insurance Agency. “It’s not only growing in tourism and construction, but in technology. It’s growing in manufacturing and in a number of other very attractive areas. The good thing for the insurance industry, especially on the agency side, is we are able to hook into that growth. We need skilled, motivated individuals to work with all of those businesses and assist then with insurance needs.”

The 4-40 license is a versatile one, Bobbitt says, that provides an introduction to a broad array of skills needed in insurance.

The only cost to students will be a criminal background check, which runs about $47 and must be completed for individuals to earn their 4-40 insurance license regardless. Candidates can register on the CareerEdge website and must do so by Sept. 30.  

Bridges to Careers

[Business]  EDC of Sarasota County Hosts Annual Meeting This Thursday

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County will hold its 19th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on September 12, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The luncheon will include a recap of the past year’s work and will present the EDC’s two major annual awards: the 2019 Clyde Nixon Business Leadership Award, which is given annually to an individual in Sarasota County who embodies the personal and business values that were so clearly demonstrated by Sun Hydraulics’ founder Clyde Nixon; and the 2019 Ringling College Innovation by Design Award, which is given annually to an individual or company who has used creativity in design to successfully solve market problems.

Mark Huey, CEO and President of the EDC, will report on the successful efforts of the organization, including jobs creation, annual economic impacts and the shift in emphasis toward workforce attraction. The EDC Board also will install its new Chair and announce new Board members.

For more information or to register for the event, visit the website below. 

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

[Healthcare]  Manatee Diagnostic Center Acquires Advanced Ultrasound Technology

Manatee Diagnostic Center (MDC), a freestanding imaging center acquired by Manatee Memorial Hospital and part of the Manatee Healthcare System, now has an innovative new tool for patient care with the acquisition of the LOGIQ E10 ultrasound system from GE Healthcare, available at MDC’s four locations. This next-generation ultrasound system is designed to help shorten patient exam times while giving physicians detailed information to help make informed diagnoses and treatment decisions for patients. The LOGIQ E10 acquires and reconstructs data in a similar way to an MRI or CT system, powered by an advanced Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) with 48 times the data throughput and 10 times the power of previous GE systems. Comprehensive tools help to give clinicians the information they need for confident diagnoses. 

Manatee Diagnostic Center

[Government]  Florida Senate President Appoints Manatee Commissioners to State Advisory Boards

Two Manatee County Commissioners have been appointed to state advisory councils by Florida Senate President Bill Galvano. This week Galvano informed Commissioner Carol Whitmore that she has been appointed as a member of the Department of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council for a three-year term that begins immediately. Galvano also notified Commissioner Betsy Benac that she has been appointed as a member of the Florida Greenways and Trails Council for a term that expires in 2021. In letters to the two Commissioners, President Galvano thanked them both for their "willingness to serve on behalf of the Florida Senate." 

Manatee County Government

[Government]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Health Care Advisory Board

Manatee County is accepting applications for four seats on the Health Care Advisory Board. The Manatee County Health Care Advisory Board is a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the Manatee County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County. The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices, programs and related data to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care.

Manatee County is accepting applications for one representative of the substance abuse field; one representative of a social service agency that typically focuses on the improvement of social welfare, self-sufficiency or addressing inequities; and two business representatives in Manatee County.

Applications are due Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. The application may be found online at the website below. 

Manatee County Advisory Boards

[BrandStory]  Firmo Construction's BrandStory is now online

Now available to view and download on issuu.com, the SRQ September BrandStory highlights the place makers and innovative imprints of Firmo Construction. 

Since 2003, the full-service construction management firm has spearheaded projects in underutilized areas of Sarasota County to earn those areas a greater community purpose and environmental impact. From commercial, hospitality, medical, retail and office tenant improvement, their buildings symbolize catalysts for change—structures that have opened the doors for activation and revitalization in corridors, often overlooked or neglected. 

Firmo Construction | 205 N. Orange Avenue Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34236 | (941) 917-0494

Click here to view the feature

[TODAY]  FILM: Sun Xun: Time Spy , August 11 – February 16

A mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing and woodblock printing. He uses analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of the time.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  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]  GALLERY: CFAS: Halflants + Pichette , September 12 – October 10

Center for Architecture Sarasota opens its fifth season at the McCulloch Pavilion with its new Solo Architecture Series. The first exhibit of the series features the Sarasota firm of Halflants + Pichette. The opening reception is September 12 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Information and registration is available at the CFAS website.

McCulloch Pavilion, 265 South Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[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]  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

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 26, 7pm-830pm

Register now for the Forty Carrots 17th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, “Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child,” featuring renowned child psychologist and best-selling author Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. Greene will share how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship using his empirically supported model of collaborative problem solving. Discover how to nurture empathy, resilience and independence, improve communication and avoid power struggles. RSVP is required. Register at www.fortycarrots.org.

Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Grey Matters A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 27, 11am

Join us at the Grey Matters luncheon symposium at 11am on September 27th at The Ritz-Carlton. The luncheon will be hosted by The Roskamp Institute, and will involve presentations and interactive Q&As from their leadership team in addition to featuring New York Times bestselling author Kimberley Williams-Paisley as the Keynote Speaker. Attendees will hear updates on various areas of brain health, potential treatments and information for caregivers, preventative measures, early symptom warnings and clinical research updates regarding the potential for new treatment. Proceeds raised go towards research and development at The Roskamp Institute. 

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner , October 5, 7pm

Truly Valued presents its 3rd Annual Taste of New Orleans Benefit Dinner with speaker Edward James III. Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and live entertainment by the Soul Sensations. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs and services for youth designed to provide knowledge, skills and inspiration that will help them grow to lead happy and successful lives as adults. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Tickets are $50. Visit www.trulyvalued.org to purchase tickets. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240

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