Business briefs:

May 10, 2014 

Chamber announces

finalists

BRADENTON -- The 2014 finalists for the Manatee Small Business of the Year Awards presented by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce will be feted May 22 at an awards luncheon.

The 2014 finalists are Anna Maria Historic Green Village; Clean As A Whistle of Manatee; Cortez Heating & Air Conditioning; Creations by L; CS&L CPAs; Duncan Real Estate; Gator Air Conditioning; Grapevine Communications International; Hide-Away Storage Services; L.A. Events; Leadership Simplified; Manatee Learning Academy & Learning Unlimited; Pet's Life Naturally; Richards Plumbing Repair; Robbins Insurance & Financial Services; and Tim Lester International Realty.

You will need a reservation to learn about the winners live and join in the celebration May 22 at 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance on 9th.

For information contact Lisa Reeder at 941-748-3411.

Work session set for injection wells

MANATEE -- On Tuesday, Manatee County's commissioners will meet in a public work session concerning a controversial proposal to build a deep injection well for industrial wastewater.

The early-afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Manatee Room on the fourth floor of the Manatee County Administration Complex at 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

The injection well system is to be built at the site of the former Piney Point Phosphates fertilizer production facility near Port Manatee. Commissioners previously discussed the injection well system in a work session in early 2013. That discussion covered both the deep injection well and two shallower wells the county plans to build at Port Manatee. Those shallower wells would pump up to 15 million gallons a day of treated wastewater into the ground. The deep injection well is being designed to pump 1 million to 2 million gallons of industrial wastewater to depths of up to 3,500 feet.

Manatee County has applied for permits to build the wells. The state Department of Environmental Protection issued draft permits for the wells earlier this year. A public comment period on the well runs until Friday.

Custom Air earns Trane's highest recognition

SARASOTA -- Custom Air and Plumbing has recently received the "Top Dealer" award for all Trane Comfort Specialists across South Florida.

The Award is given to the dealer that exhibits the highest level of installation, service, customer satisfaction and employee training.

Being recognized by Trane as the "Top Dealer" means that Custom Air and Plumbing strived to satisfy their customers with the product, installation, customer service and knowledge of Trane equipment. This is the third time in four years that Custom Air and Plumbing has received the manufacturers' award.

-- Herald staff reports

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