ISSUE NO. 88 | July 16, 2019
The Future of Selby Gardens
As the recent winner of the Small Business of the Year Award at the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Small Business Awards, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is an exceptional local organization and member of our Chamber.

For more than three years, Selby Gardens has been working to design a Master Plan to preserve its 15 acres in downtown Sarasota as a world-class botanical garden. To make this dream a reality, they need your help! Please consider signing their petition to tell the City of Sarasota's City Commissioners and local Planning Board members that you support the Master Plan! 

The project will protect irreplaceable collections from rising sea levels and hurricanes while adding 50 percent more walkable garden space to Selby Gardens’ existing footprint. It will also turn the property into the first "net-positive" botanical garden complex in the world - meaning more energy will be generated than consumed. 

The Master Plan creates diverse opportunities to connect individuals with their mission and will also help sustain Selby Gardens for decades to come.
Revolutionizing Job Descriptions and Training
CareerEdge Funders Collaborative
Earlier this year, our workforce development initiative joined a pilot program in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This Job Data Exchange (JDX) JobSchema+ pilot program focuses on creating standardized open sourced job descriptions to meet the hiring needs of modern workplaces. Through our CareerEdge initiative, the Chamber is working with PGT Innovations, Four Winds Network Services and Suncoast Technical College on this project.
Thursday, July 18 | 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Gaia Stone Gallery of Sarasota | 1955 Northgate Blvd | Sarasota, FL 34234
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, an open bar and door prizes in a laid-back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client. 

This is an event you don't want to miss and a great way to kick-off and early start to the weekend! 
Chamber Members - Complimentary
Non-Members - $20
Hosted by:
For more information or questions, please contact Tim Thomas, Events Coordinator.
Thursday, July 25
Topic: Establishing a Work/Life
Balance for Working Parents
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
CitySide Apartments
700 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Join us for the next YPG ProDev series event, which will address work/life balance for working parents!
Speaker Kathleen Sullivan has over 30 years of experience working as a manager and leader. She possesses a Master's Degree from Tufts University and is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Business "Head Start Fellows" Program. Ms. Sullivan is the current Vice President of Programs at Children's First Inc.
Please Note: Registration includes lunch. The deadline to register is Monday, July 22.

YPG/Chamber Members - $15
Non-Members - $20
Hosted by:
Thursday, August 8
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlisle Inn - Sarasota
3713 Bahia Vista Street
Sarasota, FL 34232

Learn how our two neighboring counties work together and what’s in store for the future of our region. Sarasota County Administrator Jonathan Lewis and Manatee County Administrator Cheri Coryea join us to present a look at their respective counties, including recent successes and what’s to come . Find out more about the work each county is doing independently, as well as together, in order to impact our region and build the framework for cultural and economic growth into the future.

Chamber Members - $30
Non-Members - $40
Presented by:
In partnership with:
Upcoming Events
Thursday, July 18 | 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 8 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14 | 11:45 a.m. - 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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