Introducing the latest SRQ Moving Story: Every 1 Counts

SRQ MEDIA is pleased to share Every 1 Counts, the latest video documentary produced by Moving Stories, SRQ’s new in-house video and documentary division. Created for Step Up Suncoast, Every 1 Counts highlights the nonprofit’s ongoing Every 1 Counts campaign as well as the critical early childhood programs offered by this community-focused organization.

SRQ MEDIA worked closely with Step Up Suncoast and Grapevine Communications to develop the video documentary. “As a full-service creative agency, we immerse ourselves into each project to develop a distinct artistic vision, so we are very particular about choosing our partners in production to help bring all the facets of that vision to life,” reflects Kristie O’Kon, Director of Client Relations of Grapevine Communications. “From the start, the SRQ video team shared our passion for Step Up Suncoast and took the lead to ensure their story was told. The resulting video exceeded both our and our client’s expectations and seamlessly conveyed the message we envisioned.”

Click here to view Every 1 Counts 

Moving Stories employs the authentic documentarian process to create videos projects that share compelling stories about companies and organizations in our community. Rooted in video, design and authentic storytelling, the SRQ Moving Stories division produces media productions that evoke emotion and inspire action.

SRQ MEDIA is currently booking productions for Spring 2020. If you would like to experience the Moving Stories authentic filmic storytelling approach, please contact our team at: GrowMyBuiness@SRQME.COM

SRQ Modern Education Symposium Wrap Up

Left to Right: Dr. Kirstina Ordetx, The Pinnacle Academy; Siobhan Young, St. Martha Catholic School; Tim Seldin, NewGate School; Wes Roberts, SRQ MEDIA; Nancy Clarke, Island Village Montessori; Christine Bradford, Sarasota Christian School; Laura Murphy, The Out-Of-Door Academy; Cindy Hoffman, Island Village Montessori

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 SRQ MEDIA hosted the Modern Education Symposium, which explored local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Representatives from The Out-Of-Door AcademyNewGate SchoolSt. Martha Catholic SchoolSarasota Christian SchoolThe Pinnacle Academy and Island Village Montessori School engaged in a lively moderated panel discussion that covered topics ranging from curriculum and educational programming to guidance for parents on how to choose the school that is best for their child.

The evening kicked off with a short presentation by each school representative.

Principals, Educators, and Headmasters provided insight about their school’s mission and values and shared heartwarming stories about students and alumni. The audience learned about the ethos of each private school that was represented–from faith-based education, to brain-based learning, to the Montessori approach.

The evening continued with a moderated panel discussion, where SRQ MEDIA‘s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts asked the MOED Symposium participants a series of questions that delved into education. The panelists discussed how parents can match their child to a school that connects to their best way of learning and opened up a conversation about the value of private education within the community.

When asked about aspects that drive parents to enroll their children in a private or charter school answers ranged from individualized attention, a different way of learning, adaptability, safety, happiness, and a place where their students can feel loved and accepted.

The flexibility to adapt, innovate and change is a big factor for parents to enroll their children in a private education. “We almost never have the same classrooms each year,” remarked Head of School Dr. Kirstina Ordetx from The Pinnacle Academy. “They’re redesigned every year. Next year we’re piloting a classroom specifically designed for twice exceptional learners, who have been duly diagnosed as both gifted and needing remediation. Every one of us can make those types of changes on a needed basis…after all, that’s private school. We can do that!”

When asked about how to adapt to the changing needs of a child, St. Martha Catholic School Principal Siobhan Young described their school’s dedication to individualized education. “Our Pre-K student’s goals change on a weekly basis and are specific to their individualized needs, which is something that we offer to all of our students. As our students grow older we ask them to then set goals for themselves. They should be part of that goal setting process”

“As a Montessori school, we’re very focused on offering a multi-age environment, which works its own magic. Having everyone on one campus together benefits a wide range of students,” said Arts Educator Nancy Clarke from Island Village Montessori, Venice campus.

“Gone are the days when one teacher stands at the front of the room teaching one batch of information and hoping that most kids catch it,” said Christine Bradford, Elementary and Middle School Principal of Sarasota Christian School. “You want to hear the word ‘differentiation’ from educators about how they’re going to approach teaching and learning differently within the classroom to help the varying needs of students.”

The panel also discussed topics like financial aid (with the exception of Island Village Montessori school, which is tuition-free, all schools that were represented do offer tuition assistance through a variety of methods and programs), diversity, STEAM, and the hot topic of how much homework is too much homework? In response, Cindy Hoffman, Principal of Island Village Montessori Sarasota campus shared, “My campus goes through fifth grade and you can find studies that say for younger children, homework is actually quite detrimental. Kids need to be kids and we do work them hard all day. They need to go home and play. Our philosophy is to provide just a little bit of homework to hone time management and responsibility skills.”

Guiding parents on the selection process Tim Seldin, Head of NewGate School commented, “We really encourage you as parents to take your time, get to know us, talk with other parents, spend time with us in the classroom. Each one of us reflects a unique educational choice and it’s so incredible that for a small town, there’s such a rich tapestry of options for children.”

While each school presented their individual missions and pathways to learning, among the panelists there was consensus that ultimately, each educational organization genuinely supports and advocates for the very best education possible for the future generation. “We have a long road to figure out what your child’s passion is going to be and it’s our goal to help them find their passion. It’s a journey, not a race. And, we want your children to love school. We want our students to become life long learners,” remarked Laura Murphy, Admissions Director of Lower School Admissions & Alumni Relations from The Out-Of-Door Academy.

A thank you to our fantastic Modern Education Symposium panelists for their insightful contributions to the conversation and to Mattison’s for catering the evening!

Want to learn more? Check out the SRQ RocketKids Magazine to learn more about the schools represented on the SRQ Modern Education Panel.


October SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit Wrap Up

SRQ MEDIA recently hosted the seventh rendition of SkillSHARE, a Mentorship Summit where a powerhouse group of women from a variety of professions and backgrounds met to engage through conversation and deep relationship building.

Dubbed ‘Mentorship at the Speed of Light,’ SkillSHARE is a networking-focused program that engages insightful interactions between local women professionals.

Mentors from the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle exchanged valuable, experience-based advice and guidance with a group of motivated mentees through deep dive engagement, ah-ha! moments, and dialogue.

A huge thank you to our fabulous mentors and mentees who participated in SkillSHARE at SRQ Studios this October! Photos from the program can be viewed HERE.

Missed this session? The next SkillSHARE program will take place in February 2020. Learn more at:

October BrandStory: The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Now available for view and download, the SRQ October BrandStory highlights the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Master Site Plan.

As Marie Selby Botanical Gardens engages in a visionary ten-year, three-phase Master Site Plan, sharing the positive cultural, environmental and preservational impacts of the next evolution of this treasured cultural institution has never been more significant. Printed in the SRQ October 2019 magazine, the Selby’s BrandStory explores facets of the organization’s Master Site Plan and shares the Botanical Garden’s commitment to the preservation of their beloved living collection. The feature addresses expanded public accessibility, efforts required to remain resilient in an evolving environment, and the Plan’s visionary direction for the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to become the world’s first certified Net Positive Energy botanical garden complex.


For Your Browsing Pleasure: Announcing SRQ MEDIA’s Redesigned Website

Have you noticed our new look? SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the official launch of a new website. Within the site’s new design and layout, SRQ articles and features are organized using a curated approach. The updated website also offers enhanced search capabilities and the ability to share videos.

Look for videos produced by SRQ MEDIA’s Moving Stories Division. Moving Stories employs the authentic documentarian process to create videos projects that tell moving stories about the companies and organizations in our community. “The new website reflects a strong local presence by curating the incredible wealth of stories our team produces in print, online and in video,” comments Lisl Liang, CEO and Editor In Chief of SRQ MEDIA. “Visitors will experience authentic local content within a dynamic and simplified user-friendly space.”

Click here to see the redesigned website

September BrandStory: Firmo Construction

Now available for view and download, the SRQ September BrandStory highlights the place makers and innovative imprints of Firmo Construction.

Since 2003, the full-service construction management firm has spearheaded projects in underutilized areas of Sarasota County to earn those areas a greater community purpose and environmental impact. From commercial, hospitality, medical, retail and office tenant improvement, their buildings symbolize catalysts for change—structures that have opened the doors for activation and revitalization in corridors, often overlooked or neglected.


SRQ MEDIA Supports Visit Sarasota’s Sarasota Big Pass to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

An exciting cross-county program is underway this September that will connect you to dozens of deals courtesy of local businesses and Visit Sarasota. Introducing the Sarasota Big Pass—a one-stop-shop to take advantage of some of the region’s best promotions ranging from Buy One Get One, 25% Off and $5 off Discounts at favorite local attractions, restaurants, hotels and more. Since the Sarasota Big Pass is only available for a limited time, now is the perfect opportunity to plan a Staycation and cross a few local hot spots off from your bucket list. As the media sponsor for this local program, SRQ MEDIA has put together a list of not-to-be-missed Big Pass Deals and ways to experience a world-class vacation without traveling past the county line.


What’s better than a Staycation on one of Sarasota County’s picturesque beaches? When you book rooms at Big Pass participants like Zota Beach Resort, The Lido Beach Resort and the Inn on Siesta Key you’ll receive a 25% discount off your accommodation. No need to pack up your beach bag at the end of the day – stay oceanside for a sunset cocktail and ease into an evening at the beach.

Sip and Dine

Grab a friend and hit the town for BOGO drinks and dining at some of the area’s most popular spots. Use your Sarasota Big Pass to get a Buy One Get One drink at Evie’s Tavern in downtown Sarasota or two draft beers for the price of one at Rudolph’s Restaurant at the Sarasota Modern Hotel. Ready for dinner? Choose from an abundance of Big Pass promotions offered by local restaurants and cafes. With deals like Buy One Entrée, Get One 50% Off from Le Petit Jardin Café in Venice, 25% off your bill at Siesta Key Oyster Bar, and deals at downtown Sarasota hotspots like Bavaros Pizza, 99 Bottles, and Element, you can experience big flavors without a big hit to your wallet.


Take advantage of the region’s cultural offerings with special promotions from Urbanite Theater, The Ringling Museum, and Historic Spanish Point. Learn more about the Suncoast through a BOGO Discover Sarasota City Sightseeing Tour, or head out East with the family for BOGO tickets to TreeUmph! Adventure Course or a Buy One Get One child ticket to Big Cat Habitat. With shopping deals offered by local boutiques and promotions on unique experiences that range from yoga to axe throwing, the Big Pass is your ticket to some of the best attractions in the area.

All deals are available online. Physical passes are not required to redeem the deals, but a Big Pass can be downloaded from the Visit Sarasota website and can be picked up at one of the official Sarasota County Visitor Information Centers around the County:

Downtown Sarasota (inside the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce)
Address: 1945 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Venice Center (inside the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce):
Address: 597 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Welcome Center (Located at Baggage Claim):
Address: 6000 Airport Circle, Sarasota, Fl 34243
Hours: accessible 24/7; staffed daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit the Sarasota Big Pass Website to learn more

SRQ MEDIA is proud to sponsor the September Big Pass in partnership with Visit Sarasota and local businesses.

Images courtesy of Visit Sarasota