Business briefs: Job fair and business expo set for Sarasota

May 20, 2013 

SARASOTA -- and the "Taking Care of Business" Networking and Business Alliance will hold a Business Expo and Job Fair on May 29 at the Sahib Shriners' Hall, 600 N Beneva Rd.

The free event showcases more than 90 local businesses, schools, online companies and employment agencies.

"The Business Expo and Job Fair combination showcases a duel need in our area. First, many business owners desire better exposure throughout the community through advertising, print media, online exposure and trade shows," said Donna Powell, group organizer for Taking Care of Business. "Many of these same businesses are also looking to hire people."

Recruiters and employers such as AFLAC Insurance, Aerotek Staffing, Itt Tech, PGT Industries, Webster University, Manasota Insurance, Tidbits Newspaper and Menu Magazine Gateway Bank and Bailes Executive Recruitment and Staffing are set to participate. Featured businesses at the Expo include Rapid Web Design, Elite Family Care, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Center for Integrated Medicine, All that Glitz, John Gough Business Brokers and My Signature Living Custom Interior Designers.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hobby Lobby opens in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- Hobby Lobby, a national arts and crafts retailer, opened Monday at Pinebrook Square, 8440 Cortez Road.

The building, formerly occupied by Big Lots, underwent an expansion and renovation to house the new store. A Grand Opening is planned for May 24.

Hobby Lobby is a privately held retail chain of arts and crafts stores based in Oklahoma City. The company currently has 530 stores across the country and offers more than 65,000 crafting and home décor products.

Product lines include craft and hobby supplies; scrapbooking and paper crafts; yarn and needle art; home décor and framing; wedding and floral; fabric and sewing; beads and jewelry making; baking and party supplies; artist supplies; and seasonal and novelty items.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.

Look for a full story on the retailer coming Wednesday.

Bradenton-area makes Top 10 for women workers

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy site, has crunched the numbers to find that the North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota area is among the nation's best medium-sized metro areas for women in the workforce.

To calculate their top 10 lists for best cities for working women, NerdWallet looked at three factors: median salaries for full-time, year-round female employees; the gender wage gap by city; and population growth

Based on those factors, the Bradenton-Sarasota-North Port metro area was listed No. 10 for medium-sized metro areas. Durham-Chapel Hill was number one on the list.

The local area has a median income of $35,134 for working women, about 87 percent of what men make in this area.

It also has a .80 percent growth rate.

Scott approves sales tax holiday for August

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida shoppers this August will get to buy computers without having to pay sales taxes.

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law a bill reauthorizing the state's popular back-to-school sales tax holiday. This year's sales tax holiday will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4.

Shoppers will not have to pay the state's 6 percent sales tax on clothes worth $75 or less or on school supplies worth $15 or less.

But this year's tax holiday also has a new twist. Those looking for a new computer worth $750 or less also will not have to pay taxes on their purchase during the three-day period.

This tax break also applies to tablets, laptops, electronic readers.

Shoppers will still have to pay taxes on the purchase of a cellphone.

-- Herald staffand wire reports

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