H&R Block to host hiring event
BRADENTON -- H&R Block will host a hiring event Thursday at the CareerSource Suncoast Bradenton Career Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. E.
Interviews will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for office managers at $10 and up per hour and tax professionals at $9 and up per hour. There are multiple openings for positions in Bradenton, Ellenton, Englewood, Sarasota and Venice. All jobs are full-time seasonal.
All candidates must e-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to event. The employer will conduct background checks, reference checks and drug screening.
Beer garden uses ELAN for customer service
SARASOTA -- Employees can control TV channels, music and more from their smartphones at Mandeville Beer Garden with ELAN's technology control system.
The beer garden, Sarasota's first, carries 30 draft beers and more than 150 bottles as well as "classic beer-garden style food." The control system automates audio, video, lighting, surveillance cameras and the HVAC system and is designed to lighten the load for owner Rebekah Gelvin and her staff.
Mark van den Broek, owner of the Sarasota-based electronics integration firm Smarthouse Integration, worked with Gelvin to create a "smart lighting" timeline that adjusts light levels throughout the day to accommodate ambient light. The garden also has an intelligent HVAC schedule, an integrated security system, 10 surveillance cameras and three separate zones of audio and video.
SCF to offer course on workplace skills
BRADENTON -- State College of Florida is offering a class for people interested in sharpening their workplace skills.
Back to School: Starting a New Chapter will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 18, Room 110. Cost is $25 for the two-night class.
For information call 941-752-5203 or visit scf.edu/encore50.
McDonald's cuts 225 jobs in push to revive business
NEW YORK -- McDonald's says it is cutting about 225 corporate jobs as part of a push intended to revitalize its flagging business.
The hamburger chain says the cuts include about 135 positions at its corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, where it has about 2,100 employees. An additional 90 positions are being cut overseas, the company said.
The move comes as McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook has said he will target $300 million in cost cuts by 2017. McDonald's has conceded that it failed to keep pace with changing tastes. In its flagship U.S. market, the company last month reported its seventh straight quarterly decline in sales at established locations.
McDonald's also cut 63 jobs in December and 65 more in January.
-- Herald staff and wire reports