ISSUE NO. 78 | April 30, 2019
New Release: April 2019 Bridge Member Magazine
"Even in my short stint here, it is evident that this organization is doing great work for our member businesses, their employees, the community and the region as a whole."
- Heather Kasten, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce CEO/President
"This is more than just a career choice for me - this is my family's future. This program has already helped me develop skills that I will be able to use to guarantee a bright future for myself and my loved ones."
- Marshall, Recent HVAC Installation Fast-Track Training Graduate
Featuring the 2019 Frank G. Berlin Small Business Awards Finalists, the April 2019 Bridge Member Magazine provides you with all of the latest news on events, membership and Chamber programs.
Congratulations Youth Leadership Class of 2019
20 high school juniors from across Sarasota graduated from the Youth Leadership Sarasota County program this week. At the Graduation last week, keynote speaker, Kristi Hoskinson from FCCI Insurance, echoed the program's focus on engagement and leadership development, emphasizing the importance of values-based leadership practices.

Over the course of the nine month program, participants visited key points of influence and innovation across Sarasota, including Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota County Courthouse and Ringling College of Art & Design.

As the Youth Leadership Class of 2019 embarks on the next stage of their leadership journey, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Leadership Class of 2020. Applications can be found at and are due by May 31.
Thank you Anthony Manganiello III and Jessica Farrelly, current Youth Leadership Co-Chairs, for all of your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm!
For more information or questions, please contact Sara Rachon.
Wednesday, May 15 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Topic: Real Estate Trends in Sarasota, The Impact to Local Business
Embassy Suites Sarasota
202 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34236
Real estate is one of the largest industries in Sarasota, and it has a strong impact on local business.
Join us on May 15th for a Shumaker Chamber University with Dr. Clifford A. Lipscomb from Greenfield Advisors, a boutique real estate analytics firm. Dr. Lipscomb’s presentation will inform on real estate trends in the Sarasota MSA with an eye towards the differences inside and outside of Opportunity Zones. He will speak from experience in raising an Opportunity Zone fund in South Carolina and data analytics to provide a powerful message about where he sees the best opportunities for growth in the Sarasota market.
Chamber Members - $30
Non-Members - $40
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For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas, Events Coordinator.
Tuesday, May 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Art Ovation Hotel Sarasota
1255 N. Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

As the times are changing, so is Leadership Sarasota. Leadership continues to evolve and grow and offers many exciting programs and events for the Sarasota community.

This year's awards will recognize the varied leadership our alumnus are providing to our community and beyond in three unique categories:

  • Lifetime of Leadership Award
  • Impact in Action Award
  • Leadership Sarasota Dedication Award

We look forward to an exciting reunion celebrating over 33 years of friendship and leadership!

Leadership Alumni - $65
Future Alumni/Late Registration - $75 
Please Note: Limited space is available. To register or for more information, please contact Sara Rachon .
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Thursday, May 16
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Bird Key Yacht Club
301 Bird Key Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236

Make connections with Chamber business professionals!  Meet us at our after-hours event, Chamber Connect--held bi-monthly on the third Thursday at various locations throughout Greater Sarasota. You are invited to enjoy light appetizers and complementary beer and wine in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client.

Chamber Members - Complimentary
Non-Members - $20

This is an event that you don't want to miss and a great way to kick-off an early start to the weekend!
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Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 2 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8 | 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15 | 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 16 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
To book your ribbon cutting, please fill out the Ribbon Cutting Form . For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas at
(941) 556-4031.
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