Energy

Florida Power & Light Plans to Build World's Largest Solar-Powered Battery System

The system will be charged by an existing solar power plant in Manatee County.

03/29/2019 By Staff

Design

New Program Aims to Encourage Historic Preservation in Newtown

Property owners interested in making improvements or restorations to their buildings could be eligible for a portion of $200,000 in funding.

03/27/2019 By Staff

Health care

Money Will Fund Program to Improve Birth Outcomes Among African-Americans

A Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County event in January raised more than $37,000 that will be used to fund the nonprofit's Save My Life program.

03/26/2019 By Staff

Real estate

Home Sales Up, Condo Sales Down in February

After dropping in January, sales of single-family homes in Sarasota and Manatee counties increased in February when compared to a year prior.

03/25/2019 By Staff

Technology

Florida Ranked 18th Most 'Innovative' State in U.S.

Florida was ranked as the nation's 18th most "innovative" state in a new study published by the finance and research website Wallethub.

03/22/2019 By Staff

Weekend Planner

Your Top 5 Things to Do: March 21-27

Cirque des Voix under the Big Top, Five Centuries of Florida History festival and more.

03/21/2019 By Ilene Denton

Technology

New Partnership Aims to Improve Job Descriptions, Workforce Development

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

03/15/2019 By Staff

Education

New Training Program Focuses on Improving Communication Skills

State College of Florida is offering a new two-day class that covers "breaking through the communication barriers."

03/14/2019 By Staff

Hunger games

A Wine and Design Workshop, Craft Beer Yoga and More Top Food and Drink Events

Also on tap: a party benefiting Mote Marine Laboratory, a food truck rally and more.

03/13/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Real estate

Home and Condo Sales Down in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Sales of single-family homes and townhouses and condos in both Sarasota and Manatee counties were down in January, when compared to January 2018.

02/21/2019 By Staff

Networking

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce's 'Party in the Park' Takes Place March 13

The party includes live music, networking activities and games, food, drinks and more.

02/15/2019 By Staff

Retail

2018 Holiday Shopping Totaled $707.5 Billion

Retail sales were up by 2.9 percent over 2017, below a projected increase of 4.3 to 4.8 percent, according to new statistics.

02/15/2019 By Staff

Events

'Creativity Conference' Scheduled for March 29-31

The Florida Creativity Conference is presented by the Florida Creativity Alliance, Inc., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre.

01/28/2019 By Staff

Retail

Consumers Increasingly Expect Free Shipping With Online Orders

Three quarters of consumers expect free shipping on orders under $50, according to a new National Retail Federation survey.

01/21/2019 By Staff

Education

State Grant Will Fund New Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity recently awarded $3.6 million to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

01/18/2019 By Staff

Beer

Distributor Inks New Deal With Lakewood Ranch Brewery

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing will begin carrying cans of beer from Naughty Monk this month.

01/08/2019 By Staff

Tourism

Florida Airports High in On-Time Holiday Travel Ranking

Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers was ranked No. 3 in the nation and Tampa International Airport was ranked No. 4.

12/14/2018 By Staff

Education

New Grant Intended to Improve Teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

A $5 million federal grant awarded to the University of Florida will be used to boost education in 11 Florida counties, including Sarasota and Manatee counties.

12/11/2018 By Staff

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