Retail

Holiday Gift Card Spending Expected to Rise

Americans plan to spend $29.9 billion on gift cards this holiday season, up from $27.6 billion last year, according to new survey results.

12/07/2018 By Staff

Weekend Planner

Your Top 7 Things to Do: Dec. 6-12

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Brian Wilson’s Christmas show at the Van Wezel and more.

12/06/2018 By Ilene Denton

Real estate

Sarasota County Home Sales Drop

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County were down in October when compared to October 2017, according to new data.

11/21/2018 By Staff

Philanthropy

Latino Nonprofit Expanding College Readiness Program

UnidosNow, a Sarasota nonprofit that works to empower Latinos to achieve the American Dream, is expanding its Future Leaders Academy initiative.

11/21/2018 By Staff

Health care

Dental Office Offers Free Care Nov. 17

University Parkway Dental is offering either one free cleaning or an extraction to every patient.

11/07/2018 By Staff

Halloweekend

This Week's Top Food and Drink Events

Ready for a shriek filled with scary good food, craft fear and much morgue?

10/30/2018 By Ashley Cooper

Retail

Americans' Holiday Spending Expected to Top $1,000 on Average

American consumers plan to spend an average of $1,007 during this year's holiday season, 4.1 percent higher than last year's spending, according to new survey results.

10/29/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Homes Sales Up

Sales of single-family homes, townhouses and condos in Sarasota and Manatee counties rose between August and September.

10/19/2018 By Staff

Retail

Online Sales Up 8.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Overall retail sales increased by 3 percent between September 2017 and last month, according to new data.

10/19/2018 By Staff

Education

Booker Middle Recognized for College and Career Readiness Programs

Booker Middle School was recently honored by a nonprofit that helps students from low-income rural and urban communities become college- and career-ready.

10/19/2018 By Staff

Data

Retail Group Anticipates Rise in Holiday Spending This Year

The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday retail sales will increase by 4.3-4.8 percent, for a total of between $717.5 billion and $720.9 billion.

10/04/2018 By Staff

Education

School Moving to Jewish Federation Campus in 2021

The Hershorin Schiff Community Day School recently inked a long-term lease with The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

10/01/2018 By Staff

Marketing

Workshop Aims to Help Businesses Create Eye-Catching Videos

Google trainer Pamela Starr will lead an upcoming Manasota SCORE workshop, "Sharing Your Story Through Video."

09/27/2018 By Staff

Education

Florida No. 47 in Ranking of 'Best States for Teachers'

To compile the rankings, Wallethub looked at teachers' salaries and income growth, tenure protections, overall school quality, teacher turnover and more.

09/25/2018 By Staff

Nonprofits

Education Foundation Adds Six New Board Members

Nancy Harris, Kent Hayes, Anne Rollings, B.J. Ivey, Michael Feltovic and Stephanie Hawkins recently joined the nonprofit's board.

08/22/2018 By Staff

Data

Florida No. 1 in Ranking of Growth of Women-Owned Businesses

Florida recorded the fastest growth in new women-owned businesses in the country between 2007 and 2018.

08/22/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Homebuilder Confidence Steady

America's Housing Market Index reading is 68 this month, the same as in June. It had risen as high as 74 last December before declining.

07/20/2018 By Staff

Retail

Back-to-School Spending Projected to Reach $82.8 Billion

That's down from last year's estimated spending of $83.6 billion.

07/19/2018 By Staff

Media

Radio Station Shifts Format

The Sarasota radio station WSRQ is changing its programming from talk radio to music beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, June 29.

06/28/2018 By Staff

Philanthropy

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards Over $5.8 Million in Grants

The money will be used to support efforts to improve infant health, address homelessness and more.

06/27/2018 By Staff