LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will feature inventor Ron Klein, credited with inventing the magnetic strip on credit cards, at its luncheon next week. Klein will speak about overcoming challenges and turning ideas into business success at the luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. To register, visit www.lwrba.org/Events
Local resident wins SUV from AutoMaxx
MANATEE -- In celebration of its 10th anniversary, AutoMaxx of Florida, a locally owned dealership at 8490 N. Tamiami Trail, held a monthlong customer appreciation celebration culminating in the giveaway last week of a Ford Explorer to customer Patsy Davis-Miller of Sarasota. Chris Leedom, AutoMaxx' dealer principal and president of the Florida Independent Automobile Dealers Association, said he was honored to offer the vehicle as a grand prize.
Suncoast Technology plans techbyte luncheon
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LAKEWOOD RANCH -- the Suncoast Technology Forum will hold its next techbyte luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Jayne Jenkins, chief executive officer of the Churchill Leadership Group, will present "Leading from Your Strengths." Cost is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. To register, go to www.suncoasttechnologyforum.com.
Rosedale breaks ground on new model home
MANATEE -- Rosedale Construction has broken ground on a new model home and spec home at Rosedale Golf & Country Club near Lakewood Ranch. Both homes, called the Sterling II and Sterling VI, are expected for completion in January 2014 and will be ready for public viewing by Jan. 15.
$69 million in aquaculture sold in Florida in 2012
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's aquaculture industry sold $69 million worth of fish, alligators, aquatic plants and other animals last year. State agriculture officials said this week that ornamental fish made up the most sales, with $35.5 million sold in 2012. Sales of aquaculture for human consumption -- things such as marine fish, clams, oysters, shrimp, prawns, alligators and turtles -- totaled $24.1 million.
The last statewide aquaculture survey was conducted in 2005 and showed $66 million in sales. Officials say sales of ornamental aquaculture declined between 2005 and 2012. Most of the state's aquaculture farmers are small and family owned; 61 percent of the farms are less than 3 water acres in size. Aquaculture farmers have suffered losses in recent years due to unseasonably cold winter weather.
Survey says state continued to add jobs in June
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida continues to add jobs, according to a new employment survey. Payroll provider ADP reported Wednesday the state added nearly 13,000 private sector jobs during June. ADP's survey is separate from the one that is conducted by government agencies. ADP stated that Florida's job growth was among the highest in the nation behind California, Texas and New York.
The survey showed that the growth was largely in service jobs. The results could bode well for another drop in the state's unemployment rate. State officials will announce the new rate next week. The state's May unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. State economists, however, recently concluded one reason Florida's jobless numbers have dropped is that people are leaving the labor force or delaying looking for a job.
-- Herald staff and wire reports