Monthly Archives: September 2013

SM2: Attracting Entrepreneurs

New Venue, Same Great Discussion


On Thursday, September 19, SRQ Media Group hosted the first event in our 2013-2014 series of breakfast symposiums, SM2: Regional Economic Development: Attracting Entrepreneurs, which took place at our new venue, The Francis. This gathering of approximately 100+ regional leaders, local business owners and other professionals throughout Sarasota and Manatee County garnered a very enlightening discussion about attracting and retaining individuals in our progressive entrepreneurial industry. During the discussion, we received a collaborative mix of insight from our panelists, Rich Swier, Dean Eisner, Sarah Hand and Mark Pritchett.

Two of our panelists provided some great feedback on the event:

“I am excited to see the conversation about entrepreneurship happening in Sarasota. I realize this is an absolute statement, but I believe it is true – every challenge we face as a community can be solved through entrepreneurship.”

–       Rich Swier, Founder of the HuB

“I believe that SM2 is providing a very necessary format for discussions that are essential for ‘growth by design’ of the Sarasota-Bradenton area. Overall, the attendees covered a fair sector of our population.”

–       Sarah Hand, Founder of Spark growth

We will host the second event in our 2013-2014 series of breakfast symposiums, SM2: Regional Sports Inovation, on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at The Francis (7:30am-9:00am). Tickets are $35/person and available online at (ticket price includes full buffet breakfast). We look forward to seeing you there!


Space Closing: December Roundtable

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The Giving Back to the Community Roundtable shares meaningful “giving back” stories with our readers during the biggest month of giving. Companies share their community philosophies and non-profit organizations tell our readers about how the community has supported their mission. Be one of those to inspire our readers with your tale of giving back. The Giving Back to the Community Roundtable will run in the December edition of SRQ magazine. Profiles include a 250-300 word Q&A, a 250-300 word Company Profile, a Profile Photo, Company Logo and Contact Info. The space closing date for the Giving Back to the Community Roundtable is Thursday, October 10, 2013. Contact our sales division at 941-365-7702 x211 or for more information.

De-constructing the Construction

It’s hard to believe that within the next few weeks, our office renovation will come to end, and our dream office will be a reality. Officially beginning back on August 7, Rock Solid Construction completely dismantled our office space and re-built it into a spectacle of grandeur that months ago seemed like just a vision. While it feels like the process was quick and smooth, Rock Solid VP, Nikki Taylor, breaks it down and shows that it’s not as simple as it all may seem. “One might assume that you just send in the swing-a-hammer brigade, but construction is a bit more complicated than that. Choosing the right people with the right skill sets takes time and know-how. The other elements that are so important are setting a timeline and scheduling; one slight alteration can completely change everything,” states Nikki. “I think that the thing that most sets Rock Solid apart from other builders is our ability to understand our client’s needs, and to successfully implement the right process to fulfill them, which ultimately ends with a phenomenal end product.”  Stay tuned for upcoming posts soon to be released about the final weeks of SRQ’s Rock Solid renovation, including behind-the-scenes pics of the finished product.

From the Renovation: “The cabinets have arrived!” Next stop, installation.

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A large truck rolls up outside our office, and then a loud knock at the door; at the same time, the phone rings. On the line is Karen Mckeivier, senior designer at CabinetScapes, a local kitchen and bath design firm that is partnering with us on our office renovation. “Did the cabinets arrive,” Karen eagerly inquires. “The cabinets have arrived,” we replied. According to Karen, “what’s exciting about the RENO project at SRQ Magazine is the idea that from the time of concept to the physical application of the kitchen only took about one week. In the past, it could take months to see your dream kitchen take its physical form. We have figured out a way to shorten this process, and for as little as a few thousand dollars for materials, we can have a quality kitchen installed using all-wood cabinets.” We are extremely excited about Karen’s team participating in this renovation project. Here are a few photos of her recent work–any guesses on which would look best in our new offices?

Hot Guitars, Custom Design

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As part of SRQ’s celebration of local arts and culture, we will showcase custom painted/designed guitars at our Hot List RETROspective event. Each guitar is inspired by one of twelve local non-profit and cultural arts organizations, including Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera House, Ringling Museum, Asolo Rep, Goodwill Foundation, All Faiths Food Bank, Easter Seals, Southeastern Guide Dogs, Every Child Inc., Mote Marine, SRQ Airport and Selby Gardens. Each of the twelve guitars will be displayed at a silent auction during the event with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the corresponding organization.

To see these beautiful works of art up close and meet the local artists who created them, purchase your tickets to Hot List RETROspective at