BRADENTON -- The area's largest consumer expo and business networking event is set to take place next month.
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The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce will host the expo, sponsored by Sam's Club, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.
The 2015 Chamber Expo is set for 5-8 p.m. Nov. 5. The cost is $5 and parking is free.
Chamber Expo 2015 will feature local products and services. The Expo, which is open to the public, attracts more than 800 attendees and more than 150 exhibitors. Chamber member restaurants and caterers will provide hors d'oeuvres for the event, which will include live entertainment, a cash bar, and door prizes.
Exhibitor booths are still available. Contact Kim Dalglish at 941-748-4842 or KimD@ManateeChamber.com or visit http://business.manateechamber.com/events for more details.
CareerSource hosts job fairs in Sarasota, Bradenton
MANATEE -- CareerSource Suncoast and Westminster Towers & Shores will pair to host a job fair from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bradenton CareerSource job center, 1112 Manatee Ave. E.
Westminster Towers & Shores is a senior living community located along the Manatee River. Interviews will be held for full- and part-time registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and MDS coordinators/RNs.
No appointment is needed for this event, but applicants can e-mail resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. The employer will conduct background checks, reference checks and drug screening.
A free, all-day job fair with more than 50 employers will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex at 1845 34th St. in Sarasota. CareerSource Suncoast is working with the City of Sarasota, Goodwill Manasota, Sarasota County Government and CareerEdge to host the fair.
CareerSource Suncoast's Mobile career center will be on site helping with resumes, online job applications and will have printing stations available for those who need to print resumes. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring multiple resumes and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
FPL wins national award for electric reliability
MIAMI -- PA Consulting Group, an international firm that analyzes electric utility performance across the United States, awarded Florida Power & Light the 2015 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award.
The ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award is given to the regional award recipient that has demonstrated sustained leadership, innovation and achievement in the area of electric reliability. FPL received the ReliabilityOne Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Southeast U.S., making the company eligible for the national award.
"We appreciate this honor, which recognizes FPL as the most reliable electric utility in the nation," said Eric Silagy, president and chief executive officer of FPL in a statement. "This award is a direct reflection of the commitment of our employees, who each and every day deliver outstanding value for our customers. We are constantly working to improve our service by investing in innovative technology that makes our grid stronger, smarter and more resilient, particularly where it concerns Florida's severe weather."
According to a release from FPL, since 2006, FPL has invested more than $2 billion to strengthen their system. FPL has improved service reliability by approximately 20 percent in the last five years and is on track to achieve its best performance record in 2015.
Motorworks Brewing, The Donut Experiment collaborate on brew
BRADENTON -- Motorworks will release their second beer in collaboration with Anna Maria Island's The Donut Experiment. The beers are inspired by the donut shop's best-selling flavors. The first Collaboration Donut Brew, Keylime Pie Donut Experiment Hefeweizen, was inspired by The Donut Experiment's Key Lime Donut and the second is modeled after The Donut Experiment's raspberry vanilla donut.
The Raspberry Vanilla Donut Experiment Saison is on tap at Motorworks, 1014 9th St. W. and is amber in color with a pungent fresh raspberry aroma, as described in a Motorworks release.
The brew has a medium body and silky mouthfeel from the use of lactose sugar and 5 pounds of dry ingredient donut batter from The Donut Experiment. Up-front flavors of tart and subtly sweet raspberry are apparent followed by a drying finish and lingering spiciness from the batter.
The beer is only available at the Motorworks tasting room along with 25 other fresh-brewed beers. Visit motorworksbrewing.com to see what's available.
-- Herald staff reports