SRQ’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition is Now Open!


Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 6th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

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Women in Business, Hear Me Roar Leadership Circle Members at the 2018 Hear Me Roar luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The finalists and winners of the 2019 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota where we recognize past Women in Business Leadership Circle Classes as well as the new inductees. All nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in a special Women in Business awards supplement in the May 2019 issue of SRQ Magazine.

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Shannon Rohrer-Phillips engaging with local young professional at SkillSHARE. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. There are several programs that stem from this initiative.  The SkillSHARE program focuses on mentorship at the speed of life, facilitating connections for local women to get answers about professional and personal development questions with three mentorship summits each year. Currently in its third year, SMARTgirl catalyzes youth leadership and development by engaging middle school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for coming on board to support the SMARTgirl program. Thank you also to Seaside Bank for their sponsorship of the Women in Business Initiative throughout the year.


SMARTgirl students from Girl Scouts Gulfcoast Florida eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

To nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. 

Nominations are open through Friday, January 25, 2019; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!


In Your Mailbox: The December 2018 Giving Issue is Here!


The holidays bring with them cheer, warmth and togetherness. It seems that everyone’s hearts from “three sizes” this time of year, and this is perfectly captured in the interest our readers show in our annual December Philanthropy Edition. Get to know more about the nonprofit organizations that you probably already appreciate here on the Gulf Coast, and the wonderful people behind their good causes. We hope that sharing this heart-warming edition will add a little zip of extra brightness to your holiday season. Happy holidays SRQ family! #LOVELOCAL


  • Girl Boss: Even in the year 2018, the world of Wall Street CEOs remains a male-dominated field. But the philanthropy world has welcomed female CEOs for a long time, and, over the last decade, the nonprofit sector on the Gulf Coast became dominated by women. Female presidents lead Community Foundations and Education Foundations for Manatee and Sarasota counties. Private and family foundations from Selby to Patterson to Barancik chose to put women leaders at the helm, in some cases since formation.

SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Unforgoatable: Goat yoga at Pineapple Yoga Studio has us stretching and smiling all the way through.
  • Strings Attached: Natalie Kondos believes in the healing power of music.
  • A Home for Seabirds: Save our Seabirds organization talks the need for long-term aviary.
  • Drawing on Hope: Matthew Haines wants to make a difference turning philanthropy to art.
  • Critter Crazy: Cat Depot’s new leader Jackie Ott Jaakola is no stranger to making life better for animals.
  • At the Root: Holistic healing starts from the head down at Caring Hair Foundation.
  • Fostering Success: Freedom Fellows Foundation is on a mission to help the uncertain find their way
  • A Community Cure: In the midst of an opioid crisis, Dr. Joe Smyser wants to help Sarasota help itself.

CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

CARGO- The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Holiday Gift Guide: Let us take the legwork out of gift-giving with a round up of specially sourced gear of the year.
  • Artful Tides: Meet the outstanding local artists coming to newly-branded Sarasota Art + Handmade Art Show.

FORAGE- At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Boomtime Charity: What does the strong economy and new tax code mean for philanthropy?


  • Plastic Peril: The latest exhibition at Ringling College of Art + Design puts microplastics under the artist’s microscope.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here to access the pages of the DECEMBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.

In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s 2018 November Issue is Here


An eclectic collection of architect and design stories grace this month’s annual edition dedicated to all things house and home. Design trends turn the corner this fall with insight from domicile builders including Nutter Custom Construction, Murray Homes and Yoder Homes. We also dive into trends for tiny spaces—including how to “Get the Look” with treasures from local boutiques. Read on and enjoy! #LOVELOCAL


  • Living Small: Scale down to size with snug staycations in tiny homes, intimate gatherings in backyard sheds, remodeled shipping containers as unconventional work studios and full-service mobile mini-bars. These compact structures remind us to live simply and find cozy splendor in boutique-style spaces.
  • Rudolph Lives On: Paul Rudolph would be walking the earth at 100 this year—Sarasota Architectural Foundation commemorates the maverick of mid-century modern by giving some TLC to his iconic Cocoon House design on Hudson Bayou.
  • Prairie Retreat: The Goodmans left idyllic farmland and their rustic mountain home to migrate to the Gulf for a coastal lifestyle in a custom-built modern abode. There was only one architect for the job.

SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • A Modern Movement: [STRANG], a stylish architect firm brings fresh eyes to Sarasota, having recently moved into the new Rosemary BOTA Center.
  • Social Sales Team: Dealers United discuss innovating car sales in a social media world.
  • A Stronger Mission: Finish Line’s Julie Henry explains how nonprofits can evolve and become stronger.
  • What’s Up Doc?: Amongst the hustle and bustle of academic administration, Dr. Larry Thompson’s finds his own roadmap for Ringling College.

CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • The Jaeger Maestro:  Local artist Tim Jaeger takes the helm of Sarasota’s newest gallery—GAZE Modern.
  • Audio Empire:  Brazilian conductor Alexandra Arrieche makes her Sarasota Ochestra debut.
  • 700 Shades of Grey: From its origins in ancient China to its arrival at ArtCenter Manatee this month, the traditional art of Sumi-e painting remains as demanding as it is delicate.
  • Dual Roles: From SARTQ to the Sarasota Museum of Art, Rae Ramos has his hands full with the local arts scene.

CARGO- The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Rug Revival: Go for a magic carpet ride on any one of these exotically sourced area rugs.
  • Purest Intentions: Purify: An Urban Sweat Lodge brings a hot new hobby from LAX to SRQ.
  • Riding Dirty: Buckle up—a rare Cord 812 Phaeton convertible from the 30’s demands your attention.
  • Solar Light: An increasing number of high-end products allow you to light up your domicile using solar power cells to brighten the lanai through the evening.

FORAGE- At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Culinary Improv: Eatery 84 combines technical prowess with a commitment to fun—and the result is a recipe for joy.
  • Pass the Sriracha: Drizzle red and spice up your feed with some Sriracha sauce, three ways.
  • Love Local Beertail: Check out SRQ’s 20th Anniversary specially-made cocktail with Louies Modern

RECONNOITER- Case Study, Agenda

  • Red, Red Tide: Harmful algae blooms went to Southwest Florida’s head this year, impairing business and politics.


  • Voyage to Paradise: A preview of the Paul Gauguin exhibit come to Selby Gardens.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here  to access the pages of the NOVEMBER 2018 SRQ digital edition.



Tribute to Business- SRQ Magazine’s January 2019 Edition

New year, new opportunities!

With a new year of circumstances and growth, SRQ Magazine invites businesses to participate in our annual Tribute to Business for the upcoming January edition. With 60,000+ impressions with readers in print and online, this special section is a golden opportunity to promote your one-of–a-kind organization helping provide economic opportunity to locals and the wonderful people behind your business. You will be interviewed and photographed by the award-winning SRQ creative team to ensure that your story connects with our readers.

Space Closing: Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Click to view the last year’s Tribute to Business2018-09-TRIBUTE TO BUSINESS

Contact your Business Development Executive or Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your space and article today. SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton


Medical Pioneers- SRQ Magazine’s January 2019 Edition

Medical Pioneers has returned!

Last year, we unveiled a new special section targeting the extraordinary medical community along the Gulf Coast. Great news! We’re bringing it back! Medical Pioneers is a great way to educate and inform our community about new and emerging treatments available at your practice. Whether you specialize in life-saving cardiology advancements or cosmetic procedures for healthy, glowing skin, this section is a perfect opportunity to showcase the amazing cutting-edge technology and expertise of area healthcare providers, physicians, researchers, and health and wellness companies.

Space Closing: Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Click to see the most recent Medical Pioneers.

Flip Book_Medical Pioneers-SPREAD AND COVERContact your Business Development Executive or Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your space and article today. SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

Spotted! SRQ Magazine’s La Strada Video on ABC7 – Sarasota

What are you doing Saturday?  SRQ Magazine hopes to see you out on Dolphin Street, Downtown Sarasota from 6:00pm to 11:00pm to celebrate SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary at La Strada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival.

This video can also be spotted on ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB, our new partner!

Bring the family out for a magical #LOVE LOCAL evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00PM to 11:00PM
Dolphin Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
(located between S. Orange Ave. and S. Pineapple Ave., South of Ringling blvd.) 


Advance Admission | $10/person online
At the Door Admission | $15/person
Kids 12 and under, free

VIP Ticket | $45/person, includes access to the SRQ Studio VIP space, featuring exclusive live performances, catered bar and bites

Reserved Festival Table | $150, includes admission for six and reserved table street-side for the evening

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota FordSabal Palm BankMarina JackAloft SarasotaAl Purmort InsuranceGold Coast Eagle DistributingChillounge Night and Sir Speedy Printing.

The beer and sangria proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children.

For event questions please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Rebecca Brey at or 941-365-7702 x221.

SRQ’s Modern Home Symposium: *INSPIRE, November 8

*INSPIRE— Modern Home Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2018

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SRQ Studios, 331 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
$5 cover includes a drink and light bites


Join SRQ MEDIA this November, for *INSPIRE, Modern Home Symposium as we dig deeper into one of our most anticipated annual publications, Modern Home magazine, which published in the July 2018 edition of SRQ magazine. Come hear about the inspiration behind some of Sarasota’s most iconic home designs.

Meet the panelists:

David Young

David Young, DWY Landscape Architects

David W. Young, ASLA, founded DWY Landscape Architects in 1999 and has dedicated his talent and career to creating meaningful spaces that touch the lives of the people who encounter them. He believes it is important for people to reconnect with nature and considers landscape architecture the perfect platform for this to occur. David has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards for environmental sustainability and design excellence from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was presented the FLASLA Environmental Sustainability Award of Honor in 2012.

Steve Murray BW

Steve Murray, Murray Homes

Since moving from London in 1999, where he ran a successful construction and real estate business, Steve has built Murray Homes into one of the most unique and qualified luxury home build, land development and waterfront construction companies in Sarasota. With a specialism in Bird Key, Longboat Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, West of The Trail, and Lakewood Ranch, Steve’s unique knowledge of residential waterfront and luxury home construction and renovation is second to none. Murray Homes has built over 120 exceptional homes and estates in the Sarasota area.


Nathan Cross, NWC Construction

Nathan Cross, Owner and President, NWC Construction is an NAHB Certified Green ProfessionalNAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler. He is dedicated to the home building industry and the people it serves. His commitment to excellence, superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, and personal service has earned him a long list of industry awards and designations, including 2011 Florida Home Builders Remodeler of the Year and 2009 Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando Builder of the Year.

Tim delVescovo BW

Timothy Del Vescovo, Del Vescovo Design Group

Timothy A. Del Vescovo is the founding principal of Del Vescovo Design Group, a full service architecture and interior design firm.  He is a licensed, award-winning interior designer. Mr. Del Vescovo was formally educated in an architecture curriculum focused on Classical architectural principles as well as Bauhaus / Modernist theories.

Modern Home magazine and the accompanying symposium celebrates the innovation, creativity and inspiration of thought-provoking residential homes on the Gulf Coast by recognizing modern lifestyles, architecture, design and furnishings in the region. We are eager to explore the new, upcoming projects brought to life by our local architects and custom home builders.

Click here to check out last years’ Modern Home magazine.