Business Briefs: SCF named to the Manufacturing Institutes M-list

June 19, 2013 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota has been named a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute's "M-list" recognizing schools for excellence in manufacturing education.

The Manufacturing Institute is an organization dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing nationally.

SCF is one of 11 Florida College System institutions to be selected. The college has been recognized for meeting the workforce need in the local manufacturing community and offering certification programs endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers that allow students to earn job promotions and advance into for-credit academic pathways.

For the past two years, SCF has collaborated with local workforce agencies and state and community colleges on the Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing grant project to provide manufacturing education and training.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the program gives local entry-level and highly skilled workers the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills and earn certifications and college credits to expand future career opportunities.

SCF also partnered with Suncoast Workforce to provide Florida Ready to Work credentials to unemployed and underemployed workers in the manufacturing industry. More than 200 participants have completed a training program through the grant project, participating in courses that lead to certifications.

Business moves to Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- John Neal and Charles Varah representing the Pasold family have formed the Big Summer Golf Card Holdings, LLP, after purchasing the Big Summer Golf Card program, offering summer golf packages throughout most of Florida.

Big Summer Golf Card has relocated its office to Lakewood Ranch, 5812 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.

"We are excited about this new location and about the many new additions we plan to introduce to the program in the coming months," said John Neal, president of Lakewood Ranch based custom home building company John Neal Homes and a partner in the new sports-based company.

Operating for more than 20 years, the Big Summer Golf Card has provided golfers with discounted summer golf throughout the Southwest, South and Central Florida regions. More than 70 golf courses participate in the program, which reaches about 17,000 golfers in the Florida market.

For information about course participation and programs go to www.bigsummergolf.com

Stylist named 'The Artist' finalist

BRADENTON -- Cheyanne Clark, stylist at Cutting Loose, has been named one of six finalists for W magazine and Bumble and bum

ble's The Artist contest.

Clark was selected from 455 entries for her look inspired by 1940's hairstyles for men and women. Clark has been with Cutting Loose for five years.

W magazine and Bumble and bumble have partnered to present The Artist. Stylists from all over the country compete to be named The Artist and get the chance to go to New York and style W's "Look of the Month" feature in their October Generation W issue. Bumble and bumble began as a New York city salon to this day cultivating creativity while remaining dedicated to the craft of hairdressing. The winner will be announced in July.

To vote for Clark watch her video and vote once a week on W magazine's Facebook page, facebook.com/wmagazine/app_611843035500964.

Clark works at Cutting Loose in University Park, 8429 Honore Ave.

Best Buy recalls batteries for MacBook Pro

Best Buy is recalling 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro over a fire risk. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that there have been 13 reports that the battery caught fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg. Best Buy Co. is voluntarily recalling both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the notebook computers. The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September of 2008 through June of 2012 for about $50.Consumers should stop using the battery and contact Best Buy for a replacement or refund. The model number "MC-MBOOK13B" is on the label of the black battery and "MC-BOOK13W" is on the label of the white battery. The ATG logo is on both.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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