SAMA meeting Jan. 16 to discuss manufacturing politics, policy

January 5, 2013 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Sarasota Area Manufacturers Association will host a dinner meeting Jan. 16 to discuss politics and policy and how it relates to manufacturing.

The event, which will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch, will feature Brock Mikosky with Associated Industries of Florida.

Advance reservations are required before Jan. 12.

Cost is $25 for SAMA members, $40 for non members. Contact Pdstrawpds@comcast.net or call 941-376-4272.

Willis A. Smith selected by Edison State College

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. was recently selected by Edison State College as a prequalified construction general contractor.

The Edison State College District Board of Trustees approved the list of select contractors for the calendar year 2013 at its November board meeting.

Prequalification is limited for projects with an estimated construction value or size of up to $40 million per single project.

Ryland Homes celebrates new phase at Oakleaf

ELLENTON -- Ryland Homes recently celebrated its newest phase with a grand reopening at Oakleaf Hammock, Ryland's gated residential community on 70th Avenue East, off Mendoza Road just east of I-75 in Ellenton.

The newest phase at Oakleaf Hammock features 39 new three-, four- and five-bedroom single-family homes priced from the low $200s.

New one and two-story homes at Oakleaf Hammock range in size from 2,256 square feet of living space to 3,500 square feet. Eight floor plans are available.

The five-bedroom Siesta model home is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Oakwood Hammock features a basketball court, multi-sports field, community picnic area and children's playground.

Innovative CFO Solutions celebrates 10th anniversary

SARASOTA -- Innovative CFO Solutions, Inc., a provider of interim and part-time CFO services, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The company provides financial management to both large, established businesses as well as growing, entrepreneurial ventures.

"We have been privileged to serve businesses across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as the Tampa Bay area. Our client relationships are typically long-term in nature, which means we have been providing needed financial management in both good and in challenging economic times," said Raymond Reher, president and founder.

Taco Bell purchased on State Road 70

BRADENTON -- Taco 70, LLC has recently purchased

the Taco Bell restaurant at 6310 State Road 70 E. in Bradenton from Tromble Land Company, LLC for $1,675,000.

Jag Grewal with Ian Black Real Estate represented the buyer and Clint Conway with Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group represented the seller.

Florida Chamber CEO to speak at kick-off breakfast

SARASOTA -- On Feb. 8, Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce will speak at the annual Sarasota Chamber Kick-Off Breakfast.

The event will be held from 7:30-9:15 a.m. at the Sahib Shrine Center, 600 N. Beneva Road. Cost is $35 members; $50 for non members.

Wilson will speak on the six pillars, critical factors determining Florida's future. The chamber also will present its 2013 goals and announce new member benefits and opportunities for the coming year.

ReVive collects food donations for All Faiths Food Bank

SARASOTA -- ReVive has been collecting canned and boxed food donations for the All Faiths Food Bank. In 10 days they collected 716 pounds of food, supplying 560 meals. The drive continues through Jan. 15.

"It's around this time that giving slows down," said ReVive owner Julie Clarke, encouraging people to clean their pantries and help out.

For added incentive, there will be a prize drawing for a free HD Kindle Fire at the conclusion of the drive. Customers receive entries to the drawing for each can or box of food they donate.

Customers visiting ReVive also get tickets for coming in and for any items purchased in the store or by connecting to the company's Facebook page. For more information, call ReVive at 941-923-9999.

-- Herald staff reports

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