First Watch restaurant chain based in Bradenton to expand

January 7, 2013 

BRADENTON -- First Watch restaurant chain has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with Knoxville-based Capstone Concepts, LLC to open eight restaurants during the next five years in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, Asheville, N.C., and Bowling Green, Ky.

Capstone currently owns and operates restaurants in Knoxville, N.C., and Kentucky.

The first restaurant is expected to open in Knoxville in the first half of 2013. Each of the restaurants will employ about 25 people. Day-to-day operations for the First Watch restaurants will be handled by Capstone Concepts Chief Operating Officer James Geib, who has been with Capstone for three years and has almost 30 years of restaurant experience, including the management of 144 Arby's restaurants located in three states.

"We believe there is a real demand for a brand and concept like First Watch here," said Geib.

In 2011, First Watch opened its first company-owned restaurant in Tennessee with a location in Brentwood. First Watch also has three locations in Kentucky.

Chamber small business of the year awards set

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber Small Business of the Year Awards submissions are being accepted for 2013.

The awards are presented to small businesses excelling and recognize quality and excellence as exemplified by the business and its growth, productivity, customer service, job creation, and overall contribution to the community.

Submit nomination at www.ManateeChamber.com/Nomination.aspx (only one submission is required). The awards will be announced at a luncheon May 23 at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton.

Medallion home sales and closings surge in 2012

BRADENTON -- Medallion Home generated 239 sales in 2012 exceeding $80 million and closed 165 homes.

Fourth-quarter sales were up 63 percent over the same period in 2011.

"We had a strong fourth quarter and we're hopeful that is a precursor heading into the season," said Director of Sales and Marketing Gregg Glasser.

Medallion Home currently builds homes in Country Meadows, Harbour Walk, Bella Sole, and The Reserve, all in Bradenton, as well as Riva Trace in University Park and River Plantation, Gamble Creek Estates, Fox Brook Estates, and Twin Rivers, all in Parrish.

Manasota SCORE schedules new workshops

MANATEE -- Manasota SCORE's new Grow Your Business! workshops are designed for business owners who want to grow and improve their business performance.

The workshops cover specific areas to accelerate improvement, and a

free online Business Needs Assessment tool can help business owners decide which workshops would be beneficial.

The workshops will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon at ComCenter, 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. The cost for each session is $25. Registration can be completed online at www.manasota.score.org. For additional information, visit the website or call 941-955-1029.

PR association to host speaker Jan. 22

SARASOTA -- Joan Lowery, co-founder and president of Lowery Communications, will be the keynote speaker at the Central West Coast of Florida Public Relations Association meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Meadows Country Club.

Lowery's will challenge the audience to become more aware and effective communicators. Cost is $25 for FPRA members, $35 for non-members. To register, go online at http://cwcfpra.com.

-- Herald staff report

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