Business briefs, Oct. 30, 2015

Tytan Comics celebrates Halloween Comicfest

BRADENTON -- Tytan Comics will join other comic book merchants worldwide in celebrating Halloween Comicfest. Tytan will have comic book specials, games, activities and a costume contest.

Halloween Comicfest is in its fourth year and Ty Harris, owner of Tytan Comics, 306 12th St. W., hopes children and adults alike will discover new comics and characters they enjoy on Saturday.

Regular updates, information about "The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever," participating store's events and a listing of the free comics can be found online at

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Manatee Port officials court Charlotte County

CHARLOTTE COUNTY -- Port Manatee officials this week travelled to Charlotte County to build a trade relationship they hope will bring more business to the port and further build what they say is its reputation as Southwest Florida's port.

Four elected members of the Manatee County Port Authority, the port's top two directors and port staff members attended the Oct. 27 meeting of the Charlotte County County Commissioners.

Carol Whitmore, chairwoman of the port authority, told the Charlotte County commissioners the port wishes to jointly pursue business opportunities "that will mutually benefit our port and the people of Charlotte County." Charlotte County does not have a port. Port Manatee and Port Tampa Bay are the only two deepwater cargo ports in Southwest Florida.

Charlotte County Commission Chairman Bill Truex said he thinks the ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal will "create tremendous opportunities for Charlotte County." He said he is impressed by how the port has positioned itself to accommodate an expected uptick in traffic from the upsized canal.

Other port authority members attending the meeting were John Chappie, Robin DiSabatino and Charles Smith.

AT&T offers tips to keep tabs on teens on Halloween

MANATEE -- Parents can keep an eye on their teens and tweens when they're out on Halloween by using mobile devices.

Here are AT&T's Halloween safety tips and tricks:

Pre-program ICE, or In Case of Emergency, numbers into your child's speed dial on their cell phone. Make sure your child knows how to use their device in an emergency.

Make sure your child's cell phone is fully charged before they leave the house.

Use the alarm clock on your child's device to give them periodic reminders to text or call home along their route or to remind them when it's time to head home.

Make sure the volume on the device is at its highest so it can be heard in a crowd. Kids can also download a flashlight app and the Red Panic Button app, which at the touch of a button sends text messages with a child's exact coordinates on Google Maps to family members.

-- Herald staff reports