Business Briefs: Harris Bank to sponsor Blues Fest

June 27, 2013 

BRADENTON -- BMO Harris Bank is returning this year as Presenting Sponsor of the second annual Bradenton Blues Festival.

Dave Maraman, regional president at BMO Harris Bank, says he's both a fan of the blues and a strong supporter of regional growth.

"We're honored to support Realize Bradenton and its mission to transform downtown Bradenton into a vibrant riverfront destination," he said. "A large part of our mission at BMO Harris Bank is to encourage and support cultural efforts and initiatives."

Tom Seguin, chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and owner of Suncoast Gems, also recognizes the festival's positive economic and cultural impact on Bradenton.

"As a business sponsor I'm happy to contribute because I know that this type of event adds to the sense of place-making in Bradenton that sparks interest in the continued redevelopment of our downtown," Seguin said.

Isham says that other major sponsors include Florida Blue, Urology Partners, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Manatee Printers, Inc., LA Events, and Coastal Orthopedics.

The Bradenton Blues Festival returns to Riverwalk, Dec. 7. The lineup includes vocalist Shemekia Copeland; Eddie Shaw & the Wolfgang; Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot; guitarist, singer, and songwriter Anthony Gomes; John Nemeth; Mississippi soul-blues man Johnny Rawls; Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones with Dennis Gruenling band; and soulful, rising blues star, Albert Castiglia.

Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the gate; $25 per person for groups of 10 or more; $20 for students; and $10 for children, ages 5-12. Children under 5 will be admitted free.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Lennar Homes builds multi-generational homes

Lennar Homes plans to roll out its innovative NextGen 'Home within a home' program for multi-generational families in Bradenton and across southwest Florida.

NextGen homes are designed to accommodate multi-generational families.

"For thousands of American families today, the family unit includes grandparents, in-laws or adult children, sometimes with children of their own," said Matt Devereaux, director of sales for Lennar's Southwest Florida Division.

NextGen homes are designed to provide private living space within the family home. That means a private entry, a bedroom and bath, an eat-in kitchenette and a living room, and some floor plans offer a private garage, Devereaux said. Lennar tested NextGen homes in several Florida communities last year and they proved very popular, he said.

Devereaux said Lennar will build a NextGen model homes at River Strand

in Bradenton.

Serenity Gardens buys assisted living facility

BRADENTON -- Serenity Gardens LLC has closed on the purchase of a 15-bed assisted living facility.

The company bought the facility, located at 2211 29th Avenue West, from Horacio Argeles for $450,000.

Debra Cooper and Angela Varga with the Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group in downtown Bradenton office handled the transaction.

Herald staff report

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