Business briefs: Young professionals host networking session

March 14, 2014 

MANATEE COUNTY -- The Manatee Young Professionals will host its monthly MYPower Networking Lunch on March 26 at Waterlefe Golf and Country Club.

The 11:45 a.m. luncheon will be at 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton. Participants are welcome to share a 60-second "commercial" about what they do and who their ideal client would be. The Manatee Young Professionals is a program of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, striving to provide business, social and community resources for young professionals.

The cost is $12 for paid MYP members and $17 for all others, and includes lunch. Reservations are required. RSVP by email to Lindsey at LindseyL@ManateeChamber.com or call 941-748-4842, ext. 133. This event is open to the first 45 reservations only.

State OKs Haven Industries as 'Employment Center'

SARASOTA -- Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc. is certified as an "employment center" by the Florida Department of Management Services.

Respect of Florida is a state use program that helps participating non-profit organizations market their products and services produced by people with disabilities to government entities. Community Haven is an occupational day training program that serves more than 140 adult clients with disabilities.

John McBride, RESPECT's service contacts director, will work with Community Haven's Director of Adult Services, Brad Jones to identify future procurement opportunities. RESPECT operates as a preferential purchasing program for government agencies. The advantage to RESPECT employment centers and government entities is that these products and services are exempt from the competitive bidding process -- providing employment to Floridians with disabilities and saving government entities time and money.

In addition to commodities, government entities also use RESPECT's pre-negotiated service contracts to meet specific needs from landscaping and janitorial services to call centers and vehicle cleaning. Haven Industries has recently expanded service-based employment opportunities through Haven Landscaping & Janitorial Services, Heavenly Haven Bakery, and Chair Caning.

RESPECT also provides resources to source new products and services. A recent referral from RESPECT resulted in a contract with a Cape Coral company to package 44,000 pounds of aquatic planting media into 10 and 20 pound bags.

State of jobs conference is set for April 16-18

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Young Professionals Group will host a State of Jobs Conference from April 16-18.

The conference, which will be held at Sarasota County Technical Institute, will be a three day event to educate high school stu

dents and young professionals about career opportunities at diverse companies in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The State of Jobs Conference is the first of its kind in the area and seven tracks will be offered on the following career paths: Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, Hospitality & Tourism, Business & Finance, Law and Architecture & Construction.

Advance registration and track selection is required.

More event and sponsorship information can be found at www.stateofjobs.net.

-- Herald staff reports

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