LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Feld Entertainment plans to share the business of entertainment with members of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance at their July membership luncheon.
Jeff Meyer, Feld's senior vice president of event marketing and sales, will discuss how Feld has brought more than 300 jobs into the area's market since their move to Ellenton in 2013, and what makes them successful.
The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15 at Polo Grill's Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Cost is $25 for members until noon July 13, $35 for members after noon July 13, and $35 for non-members. Register online at lwrba.org/event-1892798
Feld Entertainment's live touring family entertainment shows attract in 30 million customers each year. Feld productions have appeared in more than 75 countries on six continents.
Neal to construct design studio in south region
BONITA SPRINGS -- Lakewood Ranch home builder Neal Communities has begun construction of a full-service design studio at its south region headquarters in Bonita Springs.
Michael Greenberg, the southwest Florida regional president, announced this week that the 4,200-square-foot studio at Waldrop Center at 28100 Bonita Grande Drive will serve homebuyers considering homes in Neal communities being built in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples.
Plans call for space for designers, mortgage and title counselors, a conference room, a Waterscapes Pools & Spa location and a display area for cabinets, flooring, granite and fixtures.
The project will be completed this fall.
In Fort Myers, Neal Communities has built in Coastal Key, Verandah and Watermark, with new communities, Cypress Walk and Daniels Place coming soon. In Estero, the Villa Palmeras community recently sold out, Oaks of Estero is under construction, and Estero Place currently selling homes. The Canopy and Reflection Lakes communities in Naples are also selling.
Networking social aims for young professionals
BRADENTON -- The Manatee Young Professionals and their guests plan a networking social for casual business networking, geared toward professionals ages 21 to 40. The casual event is set for 5-7 p.m. July 9 at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W. There is no cost for paid MYP members, and $5 for guests. No RSVP necessary.
Macy's cuts ties with Trump over immigrant comments
Macy's is joining the line of companies cutting ties with Donald Trump over the real estate mogul's comments about Mexican immigrants. In this case, it's neckties. The retailer has marketed a line of menswear with the Trump label since 2004. But in a statement issued Wednesday, Macy's said it was "disappointed and distressed" over Trump's June 16 remarks
regarding U.S. immigration policy in which he made derogatory remarks about Mexicans. He said Mexican immigrants were bringing drugs and crime into the United States. "We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form," Macy's said in a statement.
Trump made the comments at the kickoff of his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and has been taking heat ever since.
Trump has already lost business from Univision, which will not air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. NBC, Trump's partner in the pageants, has also announced it will sever ties with Trump, and will keep him off his hit reality show "Celebrity Apprentice." Mexican TV companies Televisa and TV Ora have also parted ways with Trump.
The move by Macy's is a sign that the Trump brand name, a major source of income for the billionaire, is becoming tarnished as a result of the controversy.
Trump has showed no sign of backing away from his view on immigration. In response to the Macy's announcement, Trump issued a tweet: "We must have strong borders & stop illegal immigration now!"
-- Herald staff, wire reports