Business briefs: Suncoast leader headed to Peace Corps

February 20, 2014 

MANATEE COUNTY -- Suncoast Community Capital's board of directors is loaning its executive director, Tim Dutton, to the Peace Corps for the next two years.

Suncoast Community Capital is a nonprofit that operates in both Manatee and Sarasota counties and works with low-income families, neighborhoods and communities to increase financial stability.

Felipe Colon, SCC's chairman, said the mission for the Peace Corps and for his his agency are parallel. Dutton is planning to work for the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan's growing nonprofit sector.

The Peace Corps has five decades of experience placing U.S. citizens in countries around the world where their skills can be put to good use.

Started by President Kennedy in 1961, more than 200,000 U.S. citizens have served in more than 130 countries.

For the next two years, Suncoast Community Capital will continue its flagship programs, Bridges to Careers (a partnership with CareerEdge), Build-A-Business (a business development training program) and VITA (a voluntary income tax assistance program).

An interim director will be named.

Neal homes to unveil newest model, The Savoy

UNIVERSITY PARK -- John Neal Homes will unveil its newest model, The Savoy, in the Landsdowne Crescent neighborhood in University Park this weekend.

The Savoy is the first new model to open in seven years at the gated community off of University Parkway.

The one-story Savoy floorplan offers 2,547 square feet, three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, a grand entry and a den.

Lansdowne Crescent will feature single-family homes in the neo-classical design.

John Neal Homes is currently building in Lakewood Ranch, The Concession and University Park.

Doctor to help childrenin Dominican Republic

SARASOTA -- Andrew W. Moulton is set to travel to the Dominican Republic this month to help children with deformities of the spine.

The nonprofit mission, through the Butterfly Foundation, brings deformity focused spine surgeons and comprehensive teams to developing countries to teach local spine surgeons as well as perform surgeries on children with severe scoliosis.

Moulton is President and co-Founder of the Butterfly Foundation, promotes the advancement of spine deformity treatment technology and training local surgeons. Later this year, Moulton will again travel with the foundation team to Vietnam.

To learn more about the foundation, visit www.butterflyfoundation.com

Moulton is a Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Spine Surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.

Young professionalsfrom area set to meet

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Manatee Young Professionals will meet with their counterparts from Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.

The meeting will take place 5 to 7 p.m. March 6 from at the Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.

The event will feature complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar.

There is no charge for paid MYP members and all other guests.

The Manatee Young Professionals is a program of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. For more information about MYP, contact Lindsey Leech at LindseyL@ManateeChamber.com

-- Herald staff reports

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