Business briefs | Halfacre Construction receives builder awards

July 25, 2013 

Halfacre Constructionrecognized

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Star Building Systems has recognized Halfacre Construction for its 2012 accomplishments at builders conferences in Las Vegas and Orlando.

Halfacre received the Outstanding Builder Award for 2012, which recognizes building partners for market share and sales volume achievements. Halfacre also received the Million Dollar Award for sales volume in excess of $1 million and was recognized with Star's President's Club Award.

The company also received the President's Club Award for cumulative sales of more than $6 million since becoming an authorized builder for Star in 2004.

Star Building Systems has manufactured custom metal buildings since 1927 with headquarters in Oklahoma City and manufacturing plants across the country.

Halfacre Construction is a family owned business that was founded in 1970. The Lakewood Ranch-based commercial construction company has more than 40 years of experience constructing prefabricated steel buildings, tilt-up concrete construction, concrete masonry units, conventional steel structures, insulated concrete forms, portable classrooms and refrigerated warehousing.

Manatee chamber hostsmonthly coffee club today

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Coffee Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

Members and prospective members are invited to enjoy breakfast, updates on chamber activities, programs and events and networking. There is no charge for members to attend. The event is also the United Way kickoff and is sponsored by an anonymous donor.

Contact Kim Dalglish at 941-748-4842, ext. 121, for more information. Visit the chamber online at

Marketing health care lawpresents challenges

CHICAGO -- It will make you stronger. It will give you peace of mind and make you feel like a winner. Health insurance is what the whole country has been talking about, so don't be left out.

Sound like a sales pitch? Get ready for a lot more. As President Barack Obama's health care law moves from theory to reality in the coming months, its success may hinge on whether the best minds in advertising can reach one of the hardest-to-find parts of the population: people without health coverage.

The campaign won't come cheap: The total amount to be spent nationally on publicity, marketing and advertising will be at least $684 million, according to data compiled by The Associated Press from federal and state sources.

About 16 percent of Americans are uninsured, but despite years of political debate and media attention, more than three-quarters of them still don't fully understand the new health care law, according to recent surveys.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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