Monday, Nov. 2, 2015
A quick digest of top business stories in Sarasota and Manatee deliveredFREE–to your desktop Monday through Thursday.

FST Celebrates Capping of $1 Million Schools Endowment Fund
Florida Studio Theatre (floridastudiotheatre.orghas announced that the FST Schools Endowment Fund has reached its $1 million goal. Housed at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, this endowment is funded by individual FST donors and a 2-to-1 match from The Patterson Foundation for donations benefiting explorations offered on Created by the Sarasota County School District with support from The Patterson Foundation, EdExplore SRQ connects classrooms to community arts, science, and culture organizations.

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Results from last poll: How often do you visit your bank?

Once a week 12%
Twice a month 26%
Rarely. I do almost all banking online 62%

RASM Global Business Council Named a Platinum Council
For the first time, the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee’s Global Business Council has been named a Platinum Council by the National Association of Realtors Global Business and Alliances Group. The Global Achievement Program is designed to recognize and reward the most active associations in global business. Achievements are evaluated in five focus areas: Communication, Community Outreach, Membership Value Creation, Education, and Media Outreach/Social Media. Of the 110 Realtor Association Global Business Councils nationwide, only a select few were named Platinum Councils.

Sponsor the Annual Unity Awards
Show your company's commitment to diversity by becoming a sponsor! Biz(941) and La Guia magazines are proud to once again honor the people and companies who are making our workplaces and communities more accepting and productive in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Unity Awards will be featured in the January issues of both Biz(941) and La Guia, as well at an awards luncheon ceremony that will include a special guest speaker. For details about how to have your company included as a sponsor please contact account executive Keith Magnuson, or (941) 487-1110.

CS&L CPAs Hires New Staff
CS&L CPAs (cslcpa.comhas recently added Angela Guerrero as an account manager, Julia Bitkova as a tax supervisor, and Jeremiah Coker and Elizabeth Birta as staff accountants. 

Gordon Joins PEMCO
Scott Gordon has joined Progressive Employer Management Company’s Sarasota office as senior vice president of sales. Gordon has more than 23 years of sales experience, having formerly served as vice president with SOI, a provider of bundled human resources products.

Ask the Experts: Marketing, Advertising & PR Guide Jan. 2016
Are you a marketing, advertising or public relations executive? Our readers are looking for your advice about how to effectively reach their target audiences. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share your expertise in a useful question-and-answer format in this special advertising section coming to Biz(941). For details about how to have your company included please contact account executive Keith Magnuson, or (941) 487-1110.

WBTT Names New Board Chair, Board Member
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (westcoastblacktheatre.orghas named two supporters to leadership roles: Marian Moss as board chair and Doris Johnson as board member. Moss fills the vacancy left when the former board chair, Julie Leach, was named WBTT’s executive director this summer.  

Artist Series Concerts Welcomes Four New Board Members
Jean Abrams, Michael Beitzinger, Linda Cerone and Olivia Swaan have joined the board of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (ASC). Abrams has served as the ASC’s board treasurer and has been involved with the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Ballet; Beitzinger is the chair of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance and serves as vice president of Iberia Bank and branch manager of the bank’s Main Street location in downtown Sarasota; Cerone is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and professor emeritus at the Cleveland Institute of Music; and Swaan is a harp player originally from Dublin, Ireland.

Top Lawyers of Sarasota and Manatee
Savvy consumers demand focused legal representation. Showcase your specialized expertise with a special Top Lawyer profile in the January issues of both Biz(941) and Sarasota Magazine.  To be sent a profile example and participation options for this marketing opportunity, which includes an on-site photo shoot, please contact account executive Keith Magnuson at or (941) 487-1110.

Port Manatee Looks to Partner with Charlotte County
Port Manatee (portmanatee.comleadership shared an update on the multimodal trade and transportation hub with members of the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 27. Carol Whitmore, chair of the Manatee County Port Authority, stated intentions to jointly pursue business opportunities that mutually benefit the port and the people of Charlotte County.

Art Galleries Opening
Muse Galleria ( reopened at 817 Honore Ave. in Sarasota; the shop opens at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 2. For more information call (941) 320-0485 or email Marcia Anderson at Also, Dr. Adam T. Cohen, a local veterinarian who has been creating ceramic artwork for more than 40 years, is hosting a grand opening Open House Art Gallery on Friday, Nov. 13, at 2642 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. Five percent of all proceeds accrued will be donated to various animal rescue shelters.

Billy Casper Golf to Manage The Meadows Country Club
Billy Casper Golf (billycaspergolf.comhas been selected to manage The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota. The company's BCG Private division will oversee club operations, including its tennis program, three golf courses, fitness center, pools and restaurants.

Weekly Stock Report
Sarasota-Manatee Florida Publicly Traded Companies
High-low quotes Oct. 26-30 High - Low 52-Week Range Friday Closing Quote
AlphaPoint Technology (APPO) $0.11 - $0.05 $0.01 - $0.30 $0.10
Intertape Polymer Group (ITPOF) $11.79 - $11.41 $10.40 - $17.36 $11.41
MobileBits (MBIT) $0.04 - $0.03 $0.01 - $0.05 $0.03
PGT Inc. (PGTI) $13.72 - $10.97 $8.25 - $16.28 $12.08
Roper Industries (ROP) $186.66 - $176.86 $137.34 - $178.92 $186.66
Sun Hydraulics (SNHY) $30.49 - $28.62 $28.54 - $43.68 $29.24
Source: Yahoo! Finance

New! - November/December 2015 issue online 
Biz(941) May/June 2013It's our People to Watch issue, and we’ve discovered 19 exciting and enterprising individuals who are impacting our economy and quality of life in the 941. From techies to developers to civic activists, these are the people you need to know. Our CEO profile, Resurrection Man, showcases Ed Burr of GreenPointe Holdings, who has big plans for the huge former Quay property in downtown Sarasota. We also focus on commercial real estate; in Space Quest, we talk to three top brokers to track where commercial real estate is rebounding best. And read about our latest Innovator, great holiday gifts for the executive in Business Class, and learn just how important destination weddings are to our economy in Tourism Beat.

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