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SRQ DAILY Nov 25, 2019

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"We support more than just 'investments'; we work with the sale and leasing of commercial properties for business owners and investors. We are also a true alliance of all the participants in Commercial Real Estate."

- Susan Goldstein, President of the Commercial Real Estate Alliance, as part of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee

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[Real Estate]  Commercial Real Estate Rebrands As Alliance
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Commercial real estate professionals in Sarasota rebranded the name of their professional organization to better reflect the activity being done. The Commercial Investment Division, a part of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, beginning in December will operate as the Commercial Real Estate Alliance.

“We worked to create a name that represented who we are and the communities we serve,” said Susan Goldstein, the organization’s 2019 President.“We support more than just ‘investments’—we work with the sale and leasing of commercial properties for business owners and investors. We are also a true alliance of all the participants in Commercial Real Estate.”

Goldstein, a commercial real estate agent at Michael Saunders and Company, also said the rebranding better positions the organization’s place within the Sarasota-Manatee business community. That’s why the group now calls itself an Alliance, bonding business leaders and commercial agents. To stress the change, the Alliance has a goal in 2020 of positioning itself as a clear resource for all commercial real estate dealings in the region.

The Alliance represents more than 300 commercial real estate agents, brokers, lenders, attorneys and other organizations in the industry. It provides mentorship programs, education efforts, communications services, networking events and business development. 

Photo courtesy Commercial Real Estate Alliance: Joe C. Hembree, 2019 CREA President-Elect; Erick Shumway, 2019 CREA Vice President; Susan Goldstein, 2019 CREA President; and Ken Hughes, CREA Director..

[Workforce]  Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Heads to DC to Present Business Owners' Priorities for Workforce
John Witte, john.witte@srqme.com

Mireya Eavey of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Jennifer Behrens of the Atlantic Mold and Machining Corp trekked their way North this week, to present the collective concerns of local business owners, nonprofit founders, and other representatives of Sarasota's managerial class regarding what they see as long developing cracks in our community's workforce. Business Leaders United, a nonprofit representing a national coalition of privately-owned companies, claims that 62% of small and mid-sized businesses in the United States have trouble filling skilled positions in their companies. Through the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses have identified similar issues, regarding both entry level jobs and the development of the skill sets needed to move workers into mid and upper level employment. 

In May of this year, the Chamber of Commerce organized a public forum with the University of South Florida to discuss these concerns and develop uniform language regarding the issues. Attendees included members of the Florida Policy Institute, the Bradenton EDC, Suncoast Technical College, United Way, Unidos Now, the Baranick Foundation, the Sarasota County Libraries, and many others. The group identified issues like a lack of state and federal funding for technical education, apprenticeship programs, child care, affordable housing, or voluntary pre-k education as primary concerns in supporting the workforce. Specifically, the group voiced support for the full utilization of the Sadowski Trust Fund, the Continuation Florida Job Growth Grand Fund, and HB7071 which would expand vocational and technical education in the state of Florida.

With these concerns in hand, Eavey and Behrens met with Senators Scott and Rubio, and Congressman Buchanan. “We can only do so much without policy. At some point is feels like we're stuck in a loop,” Eavey told SRQ Daily. “They need to understand the situation here.” 

[Education]  Sarasota County Schools Partners with State and Local Governments on Hurricane Preparedness

Through a collaborative effort with Sarasota County Emergency Management, Sarasota County Schools has received a $1,057,700.00 grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management to make improvements to select schools currently serving as hurricane evacuation centers. The grant also provides funding to add Taylor Ranch Elementary as a mid-county shelter location. 

Throughout the 2020 calendar year, Taylor Ranch Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, Gulf Gate Elementary and North Port High School will undergo improvements to ensure the continued safety of evacuees during a hurricane. Upgrades to these school sites will include wind impact protection for all windows, mesh impact barriers in exterior areas, including stairways and outdoor restrooms, and improved drainage systems. 

The school district will also retrofit Taylor Ranch Elementary to make it the 12th general population hurricane evacuation center in the county. This location will better serve mid-county residents. The grant calls for an engineer to assess and make structural recommendations for Taylor Ranch Elementary to serve as an evacuation center. In addition, it enables the District to replace and install impact windows, wind impact screens, mesh debris barrier systems and improved roof and drainage systems. The upgrades to Taylor Ranch Elementary will add space for approximately 1,280 evacuees in the event of a high-impact hurricane. 

[Education]  TSA Competition Draws Students from Across the Region

More than 60 schools attended the 14th Annual Manatee County Technology Student Association (TSA) District Competition that took place on Saturday November 16, 2019 at Southeast High School (SEHS) in Bradenton. The event began at 8 a.m. and the auditorium and gym was filled with more than 1,200 students, 90+ advisors and hundreds of parents, event judges and event coordinators. Manatee County has the largest and longest running TSA District Competition in the State of Florida.

Almost 500 elementary students from 31 elementary schools; and more than 700 middle school and high school students from Manatee County, Sarasota County, Hillsborough and Lee County also competed at SEHS. More than 30 events focused on Catapults, Dragster, Structures, Flight, Graphics, Architecture, Video and other challenging technology and engineering areas. 

[News]  Christopher Cavaliere Presented on Employment Law Issues to the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick lawyer Chris Cavaliere recently gave a live webinar presentation to the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) on the topic, “Best Practices for Classifying Independent Contractors, Complying with Employment Laws and Avoiding Liability.” The FCCC is a statewide association comprised of the Florida Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. It provides education and accreditation for Clerks of the Court and Comptrollers as well as information and technical assistance to local governments.

Cavaliere fights on the side of employers in legal disputes, helping businesses prevent and resolve legal disputes, particularly those with their own employees. Focusing on labor and employment law, he assists both large and small employers with HR and employment issues relating to hiring and firing, background checks, employee handbooks, compensation, overtime, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, unpaid wages, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other topics. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Reverend Barry & The Funk , December 5 – December 8, 7:30pm

As part of Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, SCD Artistic Director’s passion to collaborate with local musicians, SCD will join forces with Reverend Barry & The Funk, an 8-pc funk band featuring a 3-pc horn section, and one of the fastest-rising “buzzworthy” acts in the state of Florida. Fueled by their recent #1 Global Position on ReverbNation’s Funk Charts after the release of their debut album “SxyGdLuv,” and the success of their recent breakout single “LoveShine,” the band is now headlining festivals and larger venues around the state. This is the first time that SCD will be partnering with a funk band, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they are already a Sarasota favorite. This production will feature original choreography by Artistic Director, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott in collaboration with the SCD dancers. This unique evening is sure to be unlike any other, and is not to be missed!

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SWAC Lecture: Richard Skolnik , December 3, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join the Sarasota World Affairs Council for the next program in its 2019-20 Lecture Series, “Global Health: Why You Really Must Care,” featuring Richard Skolnik, former Director for Health in the South Asia Region of the World Bank and Executive Director of Harvard’s US-supported AIDS treatment program for Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. He will discuss some of the key challenges in global health, the threats they pose for the U.S. and the world, and how they might be addressed. Each SWAC lecture is followed by a members-only reception with the speaker in a historic building on Sarasota Bay. The lecture is free, but reservations are suggested.

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Art of Performance: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol: Tijuana , December 6 – December 7, 7:30PM

This Mexico-city based theater ensemble has created a suite of works that explore ideas of democracy in the 21st Century and blends them with narrative collages from Mexican history. The solo work Tijuana is the staged result of a real anthropological theater experiment undertaken by Lagartijas ensemble member Gabino Rodríguez, in which he abandoned his life in Mexico City to work on an assembly line in a Tijuana factory on the U.S. border. Passing under a false identity for six months, he earned the legal minimum wage to explore how the current day Mexican working-class survives.

Historic Asolo Theater , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  SEMINAR: PINC 2019 , December 12, 8am-8pm

PINC is People, Ideas, Nature, and Creativity. It's a one-day, conference-style experience delivered by a cascade of international speakers from every imaginable discipline, skill, and talent you can think of. Speakers range from Iditarod champions, the founder of Vertical Farming, a famous felt artist and a lawyer whose territory is outer space, all the way to Nobel Prize winners, perfume virtuosos, a Master Acoustician, and the doctor who performed the first-hand transplant. Whether a speaker or a guest, the PINC experience attracts creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, specialists, designers, artists, scientists, and anyone looking to stimulate their mind, heart, and soul. It's an opportunity to participate in an eclectic mix of the fundamental pieces that create the human experience. If you want to be inspired, you want to be at PINC.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , December 2, 12:15pm-1:45pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant in Sarasota. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat a delicious meal with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15-1:45pm.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch & Bubbles - Celebrating Sarasota County Teachers , December 11, 10:30am-12pm

On Wednesday, December 11, join the Education Foundation for a morning of brunch & bubbles as they honor phenomenal teachers in Sarasota County. The awards ceremony will recognize an Alumni of Distinction and unveil the 2020 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year. The event is from 10:30am to 12pm. Please use complimentary valet service. 

The Westin Sarasota, 100 Marina View Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 34th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights , December 14, 6pm

Don’t miss the 34th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 14 beginning at 6pm. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island. All boats must pass approx. 1/3 of the marina side Bayfront Park, to be considered for judging. The Bay front Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of the island near the fountain.

Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School: The Nutcracker , December 14 – December 15, 2pm

Returning for the third year, the Sarasota Cuban Ballet brings its stunning production to the VPAC for three performances. Accompanied by 26 musicians from The Venice Symphony with guest conductor Joeseph Caulkins, and a brand new set, these pre-professional performers will stun you with their elegance and strength in this holiday tradition. Single tickets on sale now at veniceperformingartscenter.com or (941) 218 3779.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave building 5, Venice, FL 34285

[SOON]  GALA: The Hospital Gala , January 11, 6pm-11pm

The Hospital Gala has raised more than $2.2 million to benefit Sarasota Memorial Hospital ER/Trauma Services and Cardiac Services. This year, proceeds will support Cancer Services to help the SMH cancer care team deliver the best life-saving care for you, your loved ones and those in our community.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 9th Annual New Year's Eve Bayfront Fireworks , December 31 – January 1, 12am

Ring in the New Year at the Sarasota Bayfront Midnight Fireworks Spectacular! See one of the best fireworks displays Southwest Florida has to offer. Make your reservations now by calling Marina Jack at (941) 365-4232. Proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children.

Bayfront Park, 5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236

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