Business briefs: CareerEdge gets $20,000 for job support

October 1, 2013 

Bank of America has awarded a $20,000 grant to CareerEdge to support workforce solutions programs in the region.

CareerEdge is a nonprofit collaborative whose mission is to provide an exceptional labor force to the Manatee-Sarasota region's growing industries by forming workforce partnerships. CareerEdge reported successes this quarter in job creation and job-readiness development.

"A skilled workforce is important to the strength of a community," said Bank of America Sarasota President Ed Luecke.

CareerEdge offers Bridges to Careers, a job-readiness program for low-skilled workers.

As of March, CareerEdge had served 1,846 workers in the region's health care and manufacturing sectors and through its Bridges to Careers program. Those figures include 390 job-seekers and 1,456 incumbent workers served, resulting in more than 230 promotions, 920 wage increases and 300 job placements.

Local company launches 'traincation' program

BRADENTON -- IRISS has launched a program to cross promote their SMART Academy and Bradenton as the premier destination for a "Traincation."

IRISS' SMART Academy provides electrical maintenance courses that deliver hands-on experience with theory, industry best practices, and safety. The state-of-the-art training facility features simulated equipment including switchgear and transformers. These labs provide students both inspection and maintenance training to ensure electrical assets are properly sustained.

"We are blessed to be in an area thriving with tourist attractions," said Martin Robinson, IRISS CEO. "Not to mention the draw of the award winning white sandy beaches and warm weather for the upcoming winter months. We recognized this opportunity to develop a program to promote our electrical maintenance training in conjunction with highlighting attractions our students would enjoy."

Anyone who registers for a Traincation at IRISS' SMART Academy will receive a $50 gift certificate for one of five attractions around Bradenton. Attractions include an elevated adventure course, fishing charter, amusement center and two waterfront restaurants.

There are seven courses taught through IRISS's Safety and Maintenance Academy of Reliability Technologies or SMART Academy.

In addition to training available at the SMART Training Academy, IRISS offers on-site or regional classes.

Realtors host chili cook-off fundraiser

BRADENTON -- Keller Williams on the Water teamed up with Brookdale Senior Living Bradenton last week along with several other local business to raise money to support the Alzheimer's As


Keller Williams on the Water Agents created their best home-style chili, served up bowls throughout the afternoon and brought out a few items to auction in hopes of raising money for the Alzheimer's Association.

Developer D.R Horton says community nearly sold out

BRADENTON -- There are just three homes left at University Grove Estates, according to developer D.R. Horton.

"We just started selling in this community in August 2012, and now we're down to just three homes remaining," said Darren Saltzberg, City Manager of the Tampa/Sarasota Division. "This highly desirable area off University Parkway is close to shopping, restaurants and is just minutes from the new University Park Center which will open next year."

Herald staff report

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