Business briefs: Alliance to host seminar

October 4, 2013 

Young Leaders Alliance to host seminar

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Young Leaders Alliance is presenting Steve Shenbaum of game on Nation, LLC who will host an interactive and entertaining lunch designed to improve communication and leadership.

Shenbaum will offer ways to harness the motivating power of Game Dynamics (Mystery, Incentive, Laughter, and Empowerment) through game on's curriculum. He has worked with organizations including TD Waterhouse, Edward Jones, Humira, Gatorade, NASCAR, Pittsburgh Pirates and University of Florida. Don't miss this chance to laugh, learn and train like a pro!

The YLA luncheon will be held Oct. 24 at Polo Grill & Bar/Fete Catering on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. The event lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the cost is $25 for YLA and LWRBA members and $35 for non-members or at the door.

Tickets are still available. For more information or to register, visit or call (941)757-1664.

Neal Communities ends third quarter strong

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Neal Communities blazed through the summer season and finished the third quarter of 2013 with strength - breaking last year's record 442 home sales ahead of schedule.

The Lakewood Ranch-based, new home builder sold 65 homes in September, climbing to 657 total so far year to date.

The greatest contributor to Neal's home sales in September was Central Park at Lakewood Ranch with 12 sales. Other notable numbers and communities include nine home sales at Sugar Mill Lakes, Neal's newest community in Palmetto and six homes at Woodbrook in Sarasota.

Neal Communities is debuting new communities during the fourth quarter of 2013. Eagle Trace off of State Road 64, just north of Lakewood Ranch will open at the beginning of December.

Twitter unseals IPO papers, hopes to raise $1B

NEW YORK -- Twitter has unsealed the documents for its planned initial public offering of stock and says it hopes to raise up to $1 billion.

The company is also disclosing that it generated $317 million in revenue in 2012 and that it has more than 215 million active users. That compares with Facebook's nearly 1.2 billion and LinkedIn's 240 million.The company disclosed last month that it had filed confidential IPO papers to start the process of going public. On Thursday, San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. unsealed the papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Twitter's moneymaking potential has minted the company with an estimated market value of $10 billion, based on the appraisals of venture capitalists and other early investors. The IPO could value it higher or lower.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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