ISSUE NO. 76 | April 16, 2019
CHAMBER BUZZ 
Announcing 2019 Small Business Awards Finalists
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2019 Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards Finalists. The awards luncheon is sponsored by the Herald-Tribune Media Group, and recognizes local member businesses in various categories. Finalists are judged on several areas including innovation of product or service, business growth and contributions to the community.

Based on the scoring criteria, the 2019 Small Business Awards Finalists are:
Hospitality & Tourism:
Sponsored by: Sarasota Bradenton International Airport


Nonprofit:
Sponsored by: Hyatt Regency Sarasota


Retail Business:
Sponsored by: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Products and Services:
Sponsored by: Kerkering, Barberio & Co.


Professional Services:
Sponsored by: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

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For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas, Events Coordinator.
MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Leadership Sarasota County Class Project Unveiled
Last week, the Leadership Sarasota County Class of 2019 volunteers celebrated the completion of class project with the Sarasota YMCA Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Youth Shelter. Dedicating time across the last several weekends, the 39 professionals completed interior and exterior improvements, including a restored storage shed, an enlarged kitchen pass-through window, new outdoor seating areas and a lion mural to invoke a sense of courage and new beginnings to accompany teens entering the shelter.
For more information or questions, please contact Sara Rachon, Programs Coordinator.
FEATURED EVENTS
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
For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas, Events Coordinator.
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Electronics Recycling Event
Thursday, April 18
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34236

Old electronics pile up quickly. What should you do? Throw them away? Absolutely not! Operation DATA DUMP is a free electronics recycling event hosted by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and SouthTech, made possible by Quicksilver Recycling. Bring us your old electronics and drop a business card in the bowl to be entered into the drawing for a brand-new Microsoft Surface Go!
Winners for the drawing will be announced on the SouthTech Facebook page.

This event is complementary for all Members.
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Thursday, April 18
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Embassy Suites Sarasota
202 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

Rise and shine! Meet us at the Good Morning, Sarasota breakfast event at the Embassy Suites Sarasota to jump-start your morning with Chamber business professionals.
We welcome you to enjoy a light breakfast, coffee/juice and door prizes in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client. Held bi-monthly at various locations throughout Greater Sarasota.

Chamber Members - Complimentary
Non-Members - $20

This is an event that you don't want to miss!
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Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 18 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 18 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.
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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