Business briefs: Businesses invited to get more media savvy

February 13, 2013 

Businesses invited to seminar on media

MANATEE -- The Manatee Chamber along with C1 Bank and On A Shoestring will be hosting local media at "Is This Newsworthy or Not?" seminar 8:45 a.m.- noon Feb. 25 at the Manatee Chamber, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch.

The cost is $25 for Manatee Chamber members; $35 non-members and $20 for non-profit Manatee Chamber members. Reservations required to Lisa at 941-748-3411 or LisaR@ManateeChamber.com. Register online at www.ManateeChamber.com/events.

Timeshare Owners Group to have spring meeting

PALM-AIRE -- The Florida Timeshare Owners Group spring meeting will be held 1 p.m. March 3 in the Champs Room of the Palm-Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way.

The Florida Timeshare Owners Group is an independent association of timeshare unit owners who want to get the most from their investment. Membership is open to all timeshare owners regardless of their residential location or the location of their timeshare properties.

Information: fdebar433@gmail.com or 941-351-1384, or by accessing the Group's website www.tsownersgroup.com which includes a membership application. Interested nonmembers may attend one meeting subject to an advance seat reservation and a nominal door charge.

Winter Forum on aging scheduled for March 1

SARASOTA -- The 2013 Winter Forum: Technology and Connections in Positive Aging is set for 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 1 at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts.

Speakers will be sharing how innovative uses of technology promote greater well-being and personal connections.

The event is hosted by the Institute for the Ages.

Cost: $75 Includes full continental breakfast, coffee break, lunch, morning program and afternoon panel; $50 for morning program only.

Register: www.institutefortheages.org or call 941-365-4242.

Deadline nears for filing USDA discrimination claims

The United States government is establishing a claims process to make available up to $1.33 billion or more to farmers who alleged discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) based on being female, or based on being Hispanic, in making or servicing farm loans during certain periods between 1981 and 2000.

Successful claimants could receive an award of up to $50,000 or up to $250,000 in cash, depending on the evidence submitted. USDA will also provide a total of up to $160 million in debt relief to successful claimants.

The deadline for filing claims is March 25. For more information, or to file a claim visit www.farmerclaims.gov.

-- Herald staff reports

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