Business Briefs: SunPass users with iPhones or iPads can now access their accounts through a free app released recently by officials with Florida's Turnpike.

February 26, 2013 

Customers will be able to view transponder and account activity for 90 days, edit vehicle information and replenish their accounts with a previously stored credit card.Android users already have access to a free app with similar functions.Turnpike Executive Director Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said about 900,000 customers access the SunPass website to view their accounts every month."In an increasingly mobile society, it makes sense to offer our customers as many choices as possible to self-service their SunPass account," she said in news release.

Mosaic recognized for global work

The Mosaic Company received a 2013 Excellence Award in Corporate Philanthropy.

The President's Award from The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy recognizes Mosaic's work helping smallhold farmers in Guatemala, India and eight African countries break the cycle of insufficient crop yields and poverty through The Mosaic Villages Project.

President and CEO of The Mosaic Company, Jim Prokopanko, accepted the award today at The Annual Excellence Awards ceremony at The McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City.

In partnership with non-governmental organizations, The Mosaic Villages Project works to bridge the gap between food security and water scarcity. Participating farmers are granted no-interest loans to buy crop nutrients and receive agronomic education of nutrient application. Farmers then repay their loan through the sale of surplus crop yields at harvest.

On average, farmers participating in The Mosaic Villages Project have seen crop production increase three to five times over traditional farming practices.

Additionally, Mosaic works with its implementing partners to address unique cultural and community development needs, including supporting HELPS International install water filters and energy efficient stoves in Guatemalan villages to improve the health and well-being of farmers and their families; Mosaic also provided technical, science-based work to develop a Mayan heirloom seed bank with HELPS.

Bruce Williams Homes to be exclusive builder in Winding River

Bruce Williams Homes will be the exclusive builder for remaining home sites in the Winding River community in east Manatee County. BW Homes will break ground on their model home, The Blue Cypress, in March with the opening scheduled for August 2013.

Winding River consists of 107 acres on the banks of the Manatee River, off Upper Manatee River Road. The homes will range from 2,600 to 5,000 square feet with starting prices in the low $400s.

-- Herald staff report

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