ISSUE NO. 77 | April 23, 2019
Newtown HVAC Maintenance Fast-Track Training
CareerEdge, the Chamber's workforce development initiative , is working with Cool Today to develop an HVAC Maintenance Fast-Track Training at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club, which will launch in May and run through August.

This program is in response to employers' need to recruit and rapidly train people in the HVAC maintenance process. Beyond that, program employers are looking to develop these employees further through mentorships and apprenticeship programs over time. CareerEdge brought employers together to determine the industry’s workforce needs and to identify the specific components of this new program. 

Sarasota City Commissioners unanimously approved over $30,000 in funding for this program in mid-April.
For more information or questions, please contact Mireya Eavey .
Member Tip: Event Registration
Chamber Events are one of the many opportunities that the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce provides to help connect, promote and support its Member organizations.

Held at various locations across the Sarasota area, our events are designed to cater to the different schedules and needs of our Members.

Develop your business and make new connections in just a few clicks! To register for an event follow these steps:

2.Select the event that you are interested in attending. Click register on the individual event page.

3.Click the Log In button on the top righthand corner of the screen.  
Please contact Craig McGonigal for assistance with your username or password.
4.Indicate the number of individuals that you are registering. Click Next.

5.Select your individual profile name from the Profile drop-down menu. If registering more than one individual, repeat this step. When finished, click next.
6.Enter payment information. Click submit registration. We look forward to seeing you at our events!
For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas .
Wednesday, May 8 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wicked Cantina Sarasota
1603 N. Tamiami Trail | Sarasota, FL 34236
Hungry for new business?   Leverage your lunch with the power of business connections and referrals at our Power Hour Lunch. Hosted the second Wednesday of every month, you are given the opportunity to join us at various Chamber Member restaurants where each guest is invited to make an introduction to the group and pitch an "elevator speech" about their business. 
Let's network and have lunch together! 
Chamber Members - $20
Non-Members - $35
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 
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Presented by:
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 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!
Hosted by:
Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 25 | 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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.
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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