MANATEE -- A Holiday Taste of Sam's Club, offering free samples of holiday foods and tips on preparations, will be Nov. 16-18.
From noon to 5 p.m. each day, free samples of a variety of holiday foods will be offered and Tastes 'n' Tips employees will be on hand to offer suggestions and beverage pairings.
The Bradenton Sam's Club is at 5300 30th St. E. and the Sarasota Sam's Club is at 300 N. Cattlemen Road.
Businesses hold holiday student book drive
BRADENTON -- Three local businesses are holding a holiday book drive for students of Team Success, a Title 1 charter school in Bradenton.
"We plan to give each student three books for Christmas," said Mary LeMay of Alltrust Insurance. "We want the children to know that Christmas is not just about toys; it's also about their education."
Alltrust Insurance is a sponsor of the book drive, along with Gateway Bank and Al Purmort Insurance.
The book drive will be held between Friday and Dec. 15. The public is asked to donate new or used books for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The drop-off locations are Gateway Bank at 2100 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, and 1100 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; Al Purmort Insurance at 3340 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and Team Success school at 202 13th Ave. E., Bradenton.
CruiseOne Travel Agency opens in Bradenton
BRADENTON -- CruiseOne, a new travel agency has opened at 6094 14th St. W.
Specialties of CruiseOne include worldwide ocean cruising and riverboat and land trips through Europe, South America, Asia, the U.S. and Russia.
The owner is a certified diver and escorts fellow divers and students to exotic locales worldwide. For more information, call 941-355-9704.
11 businesses qualify for GrowFL Economic class
SARASOTA -- Eleven Sarasota County area businesses have qualified to participate in the 2013 GrowFL Economic Gardening class coordinated locally by the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County.
GrowFL fosters growth among "second-stage" businesses that have grown beyond the startup or first stage of business development.
Companies named to the 2013 GrowFL class are Ambo Foods Inc., Anexio, Biolife LLC, Datum, JMX International, Karins Engineering Group, Resource One, SouthTech, Voalté, Voice Tech and Weber Manufacturing.
The GrowFL class of chief executives meets monthly for peer discussions and twice yearly, CEO Forums allow participants to learn from other business owners who have grown businesses through
and beyond second stage. Participating businesses receive no-cost research services on business development that accelerates product development, marketing, sales or process improvement.
GrowFL participants must meet criteria for number of employees and level of annual revenues. For more information or to join the waiting list for companies seeking to participate in GrowFL in the Sarasota County area, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siesta Key to presentLight Up the Village
SIESTA KEY -- For the 28th year, the Siesta Key Village Association will present Light Up the Village from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24.
Siesta Village will be decorated in holiday colors with the Christmas tree lighting taking place at 6:15 p.m. at the Gazebo, located at Ocean Boulevard and Canal Road.
Santa Claus will be arriving on a float in the holiday parade which will begin at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:40 p.m. traveling north on Beach Road and into the village.
If you are a business and want to participate, call the parade coordinator at 941-346-7401.
There will be free transportation by the Siesta Island Trolley from Siesta Public Beach to the village from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sarasota firm ranked No. 3 in development specialties
SARASOTA -- The Adams and Reese marketing and business development department has been ranked No. 3 in the nation on the 2012 list of the "Top 50 Law Firms in Marketing and Business Development," according to Marketing the Law Firm, a publication of American Lawyer Media.
Rankings are based on achievement in a variety of marketing and communications related categories, including the ability to effectively communicate and advance the firm's growth and business goals.
-- Herald staff reports