Business Briefs: Bank brings in books

March 6, 2013 

Business Briefs

IBERIABANK, a 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corp, recently collected 5,245 used books through the company's "i Gives Back" community outreach program.

All books will be given to Friends of Manatee County Central Library and Friends of Selby Public Library in Sarasota County. Books were donated by people in the community, clients and associates of IBERIABANK.

IBERIABANK's State Road 64 branch in Bradenton collected more than 1,000 books during the two-month drive. The Palmer Ranch office in Sarasota collected the second highest number of books with more than 800 donations. All books will be given to the two nonprofit chapters to either be used in the public library system or sold to raise money for educational programming and events.

IBERIABANK will continue the "i Gives Back" community outreach program with a shred event on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IBERIABANK branch located at 2815 University Parkway. Residents and small business owners can dispose of outdated bank statements, checks, contracts, junk mail and other documents securely.

Neal communities sells 81 homes in February

Neal Communities continued to break sales records in February 2013, with 81 new home sales throughout several communities. February's number not only topped January's 71 sales, it also broke the record for the most sales per month in the company's 40-plus year history.

Neal has sold more than 150 homes as of the end of February, a more than 50% increase in sales from this time last year,

"Prices are low, mortgage rates are still low, and we have a huge variety of inventory to suit almost every need in the market right now," said David Hunihan, Director of Sales for the Lakewood Ranch-based, new home building company. February's sales were spread out over 13 communities, spanning from Parrish to Englewood.

Sarasota chamber names top partners

Adam Miller of Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions and Joe Schiess of Eager Beaver Carwash received the 2012 Chamber Partners of the Year Award at this year's annual Kick-Off Breakfast. The award honors Chamber Partners who have gone above and beyond throughout the year.

"Their commitment to being ready to participate and volunteer at Sarasota Chamber events as ambassadors, offer assistance to other Partners with their projects, and attending monthly committee meetings qualifies them for this honor, " said Sharon Viner, V.P. of CNLBank and Chamber Partners Chair.

The Chamber Partners Committee currently consists of 45 volunteers who reach out to new and existing Chamber members.

-- Herald staff reports

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