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SRQ DAILY Aug 31, 2020

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Monday Business Edition

"I've been pushing Sarasota to be 'Silicon Beach' for years. I'd like to attract more tech investors to the area. It's good for Sarasota and the small business in our area. "

- Jesse Biter, BOLD Cowork

[Startup]  Johnson Joins BOLD Community of Entrepreneurs
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Nationally renown entrepreneur Cameron Johnson just joined the BOLD community in Sarasota. The arrival of someone in the tech space joining in the business effort has business leaders buzzing about whether Sarasota can become a more serious spot for incubating companies.

“I’ve been pushing Sarasota to be ‘Silicon Beach’ for years,” said Jesse Biter, BOLD co-founder. “I’d like to attract more tech investors to the area. It’s good for Sarasota and the small business in our area.”

BOLD is a project Biter, a software developer-turned-real estate developer and a serial entrepreneur, has worked on for years. The idea is to create a workspace and networking environment where company founders work in close proximity and draw from one another’s energy and skillsets.

The “live, work, play” campus, which houses both coworking spaces and lofts in Downtown Sarasota, announced Johnson’s arrival last week. Johnson, CertificateSwap.com co-founder, said the startup community in the region played a major role in his decision to relocate to Sarasota.

“I knew I wanted to be in Florida and I wanted to be near other young entrepreneurs looking to make a difference,” he said. “I fell in love with Sarasota after my Mastermind club held a meeting on Siesta Key. Earlier this year I came down on vacation with an eye to live here and I came across BOLD. I saw a thriving community of young entrepreneurs and I felt right at home.”

Johnson purchased a condo at the recently-completed BLVD Sarasota, but has joined BOLD Cowork, the 40,000-square-foot shared office program, which now serves over 60 individual businesses. Some work in office suites, but there is also workspace for many solopreneurs and smaller businesses who don’t require full offices. A press release from Bold states Johnson is now “often found at BOLD Cowork.”

"While I don't have any specific investments yet defined, as I get deeper involved in the community I'm sure those will come naturally," he told SRQ. "I love supporting other entrepreneurs and startups and have invested in 50+ over my business career, separate from my own businesses."

As for Johnson’s background, he’s been launching businesses from a home computer since age 9. He and friend Nat Turner launched CertificateSwap.com while he was still a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. That was after he’d already become a millionaire in high school launching companies like EZ Mail and SurfingPrizes.com. He’s since appeared regularly on Oprah Winfrey programs and been featured in Forbes.

Tom Frascone, a BOLD co-founder, said he was excited to see Johnson join the region’s growing entrepreneur network.

“He became a millionaire when he was in high school, he wrote a top-selling book when he was 23,” Frascone said. “He was a finalist on Oprah’s ‘Big Give,’ he owns multiple car dealerships and he has investments in all types of other businesses. The BOLD Community is excited to have Cameron as part of the community.”


[New Hire]  Mary LeMay Joins The Children’s Cancer Center

With more than 30 years of experience in business development, human resources and marketing Mary LeMay has now joined the team as a Community Liaison and Development Manager at the Children’s Cancer Center to assist in opening a new facility here in the Sarasota and Manatee area. The Children’s Cancer Center is ecstatic to have Mary as a dedicated member of the team to lead this new initiative to make a deep impact in the lives of families battling pediatric cancer in the Sarasota/Bradenton Area. 

[Recognition]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Honored with Gold Quality Achievement Award

Manatee Memorial Hospital has received the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Receiving Center Gold Quality Achievement Award for the sixth time, for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. “Manatee Memorial Hospital staff are dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Kevin DiLallo, CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized once again for our staff’s dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline.” “We commend Manatee Memorial Hospital for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.” 

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[Home Sales]  Guy Peterson Designed Estate Sells for $4.2 Million

Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty recently closed on 1775 Cherokee Drive, a Cherokee Park estate designed by acclaimed architect Guy Peterson. Built by Murray Homes, the residence features an open floor plan and glass walls that forge a connection with its natural Florida surroundings. According to the MLS, this is the most expensive, non-waterfront sale in Sarasota county this year. Schemmel had both sides of the sale.“It is incredibly rewarding when we get to work with a Buyer that appreciates every detail that a Seller put into the architecture and interior design of a home," says Joel Schemmel, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. "This transaction was one of those instances.” 

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[New Development]  Windward at Lakewood Ranch Now Open

A private, gated neighborhood offering 16 floor plans of single-family homes and villas, ranging from 2 - 6 bedrooms and starting from the high $200s, Windward suits every style and specification. With a vibrant mix of amenities including a clubhouse, two swimming pools, pickleball and tennis courts, a fitness center, an activities director, miles of trails and so much more, Windward residents are also sure to find something moving in every moment. 

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[New Hire]  Community Day School Hires Staff Rabbi

Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is pleased to announce that it has hired Rabbi Anat Moskowitz to work on staff. She will serve in a part-time capacity, performing outreach to the community and leading K-8 Shabbat services as well as assisting with the planning of special services and events, advising on curriculum, and guiding students, families, and teachers on Judaic issues and beyond. “We are pleased to welcome Rabbi Moskowitz to our team to support our Jewish curriculum and programming for students, families, and our teaching team,” said head of school Dan Ceaser. “It is our hope that we will find support from the community to make this a full-time position in the future – this will be especially important as we move to our new campus and explore year-long Jewish programming opportunities.”  

Pictured: Rabbi Anat Moskowitz. Photo by Jennifer Bernthal.

[Virtual Learning ]  Lead Youth-Serving Organizations to Provide Daytime Programs for Remote Learners

As schools across Sarasota County prepare to welcome students back on August 31, teachers are designing lesson plans for both inside and outside of the classroom. Thanks to lead support from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Girls Inc. of Sarasota County will open their facilities during the school day to a limited number of families with school-aged children to virtually access their teacher’s educational resources. “Now, more than ever, our community’s future leaders are depending on organizations like ours to help them stay on track to achieve their full potential,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “We’re proud to work alongside Girls Inc. of Sarasota County to supplement students’ educational needs during the day, and alleviate caregivers’ worries so they can continue to work.”  

[New Grant]  Children First Awarded $10,000 Grant from Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union has awarded Children First a $10,000 grant to provide scholarships for the most at-risk children and families in Sarasota County. Scholarships are one of the agency’s highest priorities, creating every opportunity for children living in poverty to make important cognitive, social, and developmental gains so they are on par with their peers and ready for success in Kindergarten and beyond. “In addition to providing comprehensive care and services for our children, scholarship support also allows parents and caregivers to receive the opportunities and education needed to work towards self-sufficiency and strengthen the entire family," says CEO Philip Tavill. "We are deeply grateful to Suncoast Credit Union for their partnership in transforming lives.”  

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[Asolo Rep Announces Changes to the 2020-21 Season]  Asolo Rep Announces Changes to the 2020-21 Season

In response to the ongoing public safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Asolo Rep announced today that it is making adjustments to its 2020-21 season. The theatre has postponed their season opener Billy Elliot: The Musical, originally scheduled to open November 21, 2020. The theatre has scheduled Billy Elliot to be the fall musical opener of its 2021-22 season. “The show would require a long rehearsal period starting in October for twelve school-aged children,” said Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “With schools uncertain of their own openings and rightfully limiting activities of all kinds, we felt we should not bring these young artists into our theatre.” The theatre also announced the cancellation of Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, originally scheduled to open in early January.“The scope and timing of our production simply cannot be accomplished while ensuring artist, staff, and audience safety,” said Edwards. “That said, it is our dearest desire to move forward with the rest of our announced season of plays. 

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[Schedule Update]  Van Wezel Announces Changes to 2020-2021 Season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the following changes to the 2020-2021 season:

  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze on Friday, December 11, 2020 has been postponed to Fall 2021. The Van Wezel hopes to announce the new date soon.
  • Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert on January 4, 2021 has been rescheduled to January 3, 2022.
  • Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater on February 16-17, 2021 has been postponed. The Van Wezel hopes to announce new dates soon.

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[Special Deal]  Mote Aquarium Announces September Florida Resident Deal

Florida residents receive 50 percent off admission to Mote Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in September. Tickets must be reserved in advance online at mote.org/visit. Use code HALF (case-sensitive) at checkout. 

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[SOON]  HEALTH: Virtual: The Players 5K , August 1 – August 31

Walk or run on your own or with a group of friends anytime between August 1 - August 31, 2020. Participants will receive an event t-shirt, lanyard and Players swag. Prizes and incentives are offered! Please list shirt size in order notes. Registration Deadline is July 15.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Homeschool Third Thursday + ROAR , August 20 – August 31

Join a museum educator for a live virtual tour (rec. ages 8+), and a virtual Roar storytime for our littlest learners (rec. ages 2-8), on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long.Beginning August 20th with the exhibition Being Seen, each month will feature a new theme, with rotating arts resources that you can use all month long. Tickets are required, space is limited.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  SPORTS: Football Legend Reggie Williams at A Bookstore1 Special Virtual Event , September 8, 7:00pm

NFL Football legend Reggie Williams will virtually visit Bookstore1Sarasote for a Zoom book launch of his new memoir, Resilient by Nature. This amazing memoir follows the story of Reggie Williams: ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, renaissance man, and the epitome of determination in the face of extreme challenges. The event is free, but registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event.

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 5th Annual Reef and Beach Cleanup , September 12 – September 13

Calling all Scuba Divers, Fisherman and Land Lubbers! This event is for everyone who cares about our shoreline and water ways. This is a "one of a kind" competitive trash collecting event. Bring friends and family. Trash collectors of all ages are welcome. There is NO entry fee. Community Service hours available for groups and students. Over $6,000. dollars in prize money will be spread out over 20 different categories. Categories include: most anchors, most recyclables, chain & other metals, tires, non-recyclable trash, fishing gear, nets, rope, tackle and an award to the most unique item brought in (as determined by judges). We've added a new category this year. There is now a category for Lion Fish. Lion fish are taking over our reefs. They are an invasive species that are killing off indigenous species.

Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. West, Palmetto, FL

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show , September 11 – September 13, 10am-7pm and 10am-6pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you'll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project. When it's all said and done and you're ready to celebrate your home, we'll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Glass in the Gardens at Selby Gardens , August 8 – September 20

The third annual summer glass show, In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, opens Saturday, August 8 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. This year, nature-inspired glasswork, exclusively created by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists, will embellish the Tropical Conservatory and Koi Pond against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. Many spectacular pieces will also be on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. The botanically-themed glassworks will be available for sale with a significant portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission.

Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Online: STEMventures with Mote , July 6 – August 31, 8am-9pm

Looking for fun and engaging programs that you and your child can do at home? Try these pre-packaged STEMventures. These themed packets delivered via email will include education materials and links to videos of our early childhood educators introducing topics and activities. Follow along with us from the comfort of your own home, pause when you need to and complete at your own pace. The Coast Counts: Join us to learn how humans and animals alike count on our coasts. Roleplay as a Mote scientist while learning how to monitor the health of Florida's coastal habitats and the inhabitants found there. Hide and SEAk: Ready or not, here we come: to learn all about how animals hide from predators and "SEAk" out their prey. Investigate the adaptations ocean animals have at their disposal like patterns, textures, bioluminescence, and more. Sea Shapes and Sizes: From the smallest plankton to the biggest blue whale; round pufferfish to arrow shaped barracuda; the ocean is filled with all shapes and sizes. Join Mote Educators to learn what this variety does for ocean animals then explore the shape of the ocean floor. Each Pre-Packaged STEMventure Theme: $45 for members, $50 for non-members. Upon registering for any OSM program, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to your weekly Guide to help prepare for a virtual week with us. Supplies for all of our OSM programs should be easily found around the home. The guide you receive in your confirmation email will detail what you need so you can prepare for your OSM week.

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