Business Briefs: June 29, 2013: Manatee Chamber largest in Tampa Bay

June 29, 2013 

Manatee Chamber largest in Tampa Bay

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has once again been recognized as the largest Chamber in the Tampa Bay Region, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The Manatee Chamber, which is 5-Star Accredited from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, had 2,001 businesses and organizations as members when the Journal conducted its research this month.

"We are honored and excited that our Chamber is once again at the top of the list. This distinction is a testament to our more than 2,000 members and their investment," said Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber.

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has also received past recognition as a National Chamber of the Year award winner and holds the distinction as the only three-time winner of the Florida Chamber of the Year award.

Facebook carefullyplacing ads on its pages

Facebook, seeking to keep customers comfortable marketing wares on its pages, is beefing up efforts to prevent ads from showing up alongside violent, graphic or sexual content.

Starting next week, the owner of the world's largest social-networking service will more stringently monitor where ads end up, the company said in a statement.

Advertiser Nissan's British unit and lender Nationwide Building Society suspended some Facebook ads earlier this year amid complaints that the site allowed content that encouraged violence against women.

Facebook is working to strike a better balance between fostering free speech and not offending marketers whose spending is vital to sales growth.

"While we already have rigorous review and removal policies for content against our terms, we recognize we need to do more to prevent situations where ads are displayed alongside controversial" content, the company said in the post.

Facebook, which has more than 1.1 billion users, said the new policy won't have a "meaningful impact" on business.

AAA honorsMichael's on East

SARASOTA -- Michael's On East has been awarded its 24th consecutive Four Diamond rating by AAA.

Michael's On East is the only Sarasota restaurant to be presented a Four Diamond Award in 2013.

"Only 2.6 percent of the 29,000 restaurants approved by AAA made the Four Diamond list during this most recent award cycle," said Chris Kralik of AAA Sarasota. "We are both pleased and proud to have Michael's On East represent AAA as a 24 consecutive year award winner."

AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive dining experience. Menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality ingredients.

There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective and trusted reviews.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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