Grants

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Board Approves $2.3 Million in Grant Funding

The grants are designed to strengthen organizational programming to support emerging needs in the community.

07/29/2019 By Staff

Lights, camera, action

Jason Buff Takes Portrait Photos That Are a Cut Above Your Average Headshot

The photographer has made a name for himself by capturing the spirit of his subjects.

07/29/2019 By Olivia Letts

Education

New College of Florida is Named ‘Best Buy’ in 2019 Fiske Guidebook

New College has appeared on Fiske’s “Best Buy” list since 2003.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Finance

Selby Gardens Is Debt-Free For the First Time

The gardens has zero long-term debt and a zero balance on its line of credit, which formerly totaled more than $2 million.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Omeza Expands With New Hires

The Sarasota-based startup also closed a $7 million funding round this month.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Cruise Control

Sarasota's Cruise Car Wins Hong Kong Disneyland Contract

This is the first time Cruise Car has sold directly to Disney.

07/25/2019 Photography by Staff

Philanthropy

Local Nonprofits Embark on Entrepreneurial Initiative

Three organizations join a new cohort of Margin & Mission Ignition, an initiative of The Patterson Foundation focused on developing and implementing earned-income plans.

07/25/2019 Photography by Staff

Robocalls

House of Representatives Passes Bill Cracking Down on Robocalls

Area code 941, which covers most of Florida’s 16th congressional district, received more than 44 million scam robocalls in 2018.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Accreditation

Historic Spanish Point Receives Highest National Museum Recognition

Historic Spanish Point opened to the public in 1982, and first achieved American Alliance of Museums accreditation in 2002.

07/25/2019 By Staff

Class and Sass

Emanne Beasha Lights Up the Stage on America's Got Talent

Ten-year-old opera singer and North Port resident Emanne Beasha is the sweetest "diva" you'll ever meet.

07/25/2019 By Olivia Letts

Straw poll

What Your Straw Says About You

So you've made the decision to ditch plastic straws. Great. But what type of straw alternative should you opt for?

07/25/2019 By Olivia Letts

Economy

Workforce, Recession Top Concerns for Florida's Small Businesses

Government regulations and healthcare costs also made the list, according to a new Florida Chamber of Commerce study.

07/24/2019 By Staff

Jobs

North Port Area Chamber to Host Multi-Industry Job Fair

More than 40 employers from the area will be on-site to meet with job seekers.

07/24/2019 By Staff

Transportation

DeSantis Announces Plan for Expansion of Florida’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Using funds from the 2018 multi-state Volkswagen settlement, the plan will increase the number of charging stations along major thoroughfares throughout the state.

07/24/2019 By Staff

Fast Track

Local Professional Earns Public Relations Accreditation

Melanie Reda is the manager of digital strategy at FCCI Insurance Group.

07/24/2019 By Staff

Awards

PGT Innovations Named to Forbes’ 'Top Employer' List

The full list includes 1,431 companies across the U.S. in 25 industry categories; in the state of Florida, PGT Innovations was one of only 185 companies to make the list.

07/24/2019 By Staff

New Hires

The Ringling Hires Senior Director of Development

Mark Terman has more than 30 years of development experience.

07/23/2019 By Staff

Limelight

Sarasota Magazine's Women of Influence

The annual event welcomed dozens of women to the Ringling College campus for panels, cocktails, conversation and more.

07/23/2019 Photography by Evoke Studios

Homelessness

City, Local Agencies Collaborate to Start Homeless Court

This specialized court handles homeless individuals charged with minor criminal activity.

07/23/2019 By Staff

Closings

Sarasota YMCA to Close Fitness Centers

Members will have access to both fitness centers through 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019.

07/23/2019 By Staff