Business Briefs

February 22, 2013 

Development of Rosedale Links, a new phase at Rosedale Golf & Country Club is under way.

The new phase will contain 445 homesites when completed. Of the 224 homesites that have been platted, 162 have been selected by approved builders.

M/I Homes will have two models and Ashton Woods Homes will have three. John Cannon has applied for one model permit with more planned. Rosedale Construction will apply for three permits, one for a model and two inventory homes as well as an additional five permits for current sales.

The development's newly remodeled 22,000-square-foot clubhouse offers a fitness center and Junior Olympic swimming pool, meeting space, a private members' lounge, and patio dining.

Keller Williams model prompts growth

With approximately 80,000 agents across the country, Keller Williams has reported growth the last few years, exceeding competition like RE/MAX, Century 21, and even Coldwell Banker.

"Keller Williams associates: we are one family. We have one destiny," CEO Mark Willis told more than 10,000 associated during an event in Texas. Willis said closing percentages were up 31 percent in 2012 and gross commission up by 28 percent. The total profit share for the year totaled over $55 million, up by 44 percent from 2011.

In Manatee County, Keller Williams has more than 300 agents across three different offices. Joanne Owens, a Broker/Owner for Keller Williams on the Water said that number represents significant growth over the past two years.

"We're all profitable and we're profit-sharing with our agents," Owens said. "I share up to 48 percent of the profits with the people who help build my company. It's why we have camaraderie and team work."

It's also why the company has had such healthy growth, she said.

Owen's is clearly excited about the companies accomplishments, including its 2012 J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction rating and its number nine ranking on America's top 150 Workplaces.

Chamber luncheon to feature Congressman

The Manatee Chamber, Sarasota Chamber and STARTUPS are hosting a luncheon March 1 to allow people to hear from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure committee.

One of the largest committees in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee currently has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, mass transit and railroads. Shuster also serves as the chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense.

The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Polo Grill & Bar / Fete Catering & Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood

Ranch. Reservations are required. Contact or 941-748-3411. The cost is $20 for Manatee Chamber, Sarasota Chamber and STARTUPS members; $35 for non-members and includes lunch.

-- Herald staff reports

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