Monthly Archives: September 2016

IN YOUR MAILBOX: The Arts and Culture Issue is Here!

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It’s that time again—Sarasota’s cultural season heads into high gear and (lucky for you) we are here to guide the way. Our October issue highlights all things arts and culture going on through 2017, from sculpture to film, dance to theater and everything in between. Contributor Michael Adno returns to our pages for What Would Chick Do? a deep dive profile of the Ringling’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Matthew McLendon, an influencer changing the way modern art is consumed, down to the museum as a medium itself. Staff writer Phil Lederer pours over studio glass as a fine art form in Working Glass Heroes, investigating the major players pushing Sarasota toward becoming a Mecca for the form, along with the not-so-shiny voices on the edge.

Over at the Asolo, Lederer brings the fifth (and final) season of the American Character Project to the forefront in Staging a Nation, where seminal shows like Guys and Dolls and The Great Society explore what it means to be an American. Editorial Associate Elizabeth Steiner gets a jump on the next generation of stars coming from the educational programs at the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Ballet in Next on Stage. In the vein of visual arts, we talk to Orensis Films about the burgeoning local indie film scene in Indie Coast and showcase the once forgotten photos of the Sarasota circus heyday Elizabeth Siegfried found tucked away in an attic in Cirque d’histoire.

Here at SRQ, we like to think of food as an art form as well—thus, Editor Aviel Kanter brings you four edible stories ripe for gobbling up. Start with Peruvian Steak and Eggs from Chef Darwin in Latin Flare; move on to the deep-sea fare at Veronica Fish and Oyster with Café Society; then sip, slurp or twirl your way through the traditional ramen bowls found at Goichi’s Sushi Cafe in A Broth Above; finally, get a foodie education from the experts at Pomona Bistro, State Street and Taste of Asia in Professional Grade. And we couldn’t forget about contributor Nicole Carbon’s look at what makes Chef Steve Phelps of Indigenous tick in Backyard Dining.

Feeling full yet? There’s even more to love in the October issue, from a talk with virtual reality junkie Jeff Hazelton (Easy Rider) to a look at inside the studio of Gum Surfboard’s Brett Telinger (Making Waves), and even a cameo by Chicken the dog in this month’s roundup of Goods (Citizen Canine).

While we can’t wait for you to soak in everything we present in the October issue, we’d rather you get out there and experience for yourself the fire within the Creative Coast!

The SRQ team

Register for SkillSHARE-An Evening of Speed Mentoring; Thursday, October 20th, 5pm

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There is still time to register for SRQ SkillSHARE speed mentorship and networking summit on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 pm at SRQ Studios! Powered by the SRQ Women in Business Initiative, SkillSHARE is the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. This event is a way to meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to your most burning questions about career and personal development. Opportunities to gain mentorship and advice from some of Sarasota and Bradenton’s most notable women don’t arise every day. If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should register, here a few more reasons why SRQ SkillSHARE is a can’t miss event. 

1. This is mentorship, at the speed of life! Each one of the 24 selected participants will be paired with our distinguished mentors hand picked to answer their questions in a 10-12 minute mini session. These sessions are unstructured, allowing for an easy flow of conversation, guidance and direction from each mentor. Us women thrive in a fast-paced environment, so we think mentorship shouldn’t be any different. If you are trying to find time to squeeze in professional development but it somehow always gets banished to the bottom of your list, this event is for you. You can get straight to your most earnest questions about career development without devoting a standing monthly lunch to personal growth.

2. It’s all about who you know. Not only will you learn from our panel of talented women from the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle, you will also have a chance to make valuable connections with like-minded professionals. Bring extra business cards for networking, as you never know who may help with your next career advancement opportunity.

3. You’ll learn from the best of the best. All of our panelists are truly remarkable women; as winners and finalists of our annual SRQ Women in Business competition, each mentor inspires us to be the best that we can be. Not only are they each outstanding in their respective fields, but they believe in the power of investing in other women. Make sure to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to learn from their experience and to gain valuable business connections.

Applications are accepted through Friday, October 7, 2016! To apply, click here. 

We hope to see you on October 20, for an evening of mentorship, networking and unforgettable conversation!

SRQ Welcomes The Fall Intern Class of 2016

 

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From left to right: Thomas Schwarz, Taylor Young, Diana Morales, Kevin Brandt and Morgan Bortz. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Summer has come to an end and school is back in session, but our fall interns will not just be learning out of a textbook. They will be gaining hands-on professional experience with our transformative intern program. With focuses on advertising, marketing, photography and editorial, each intern will develop core knowledge and gain a deep understanding of their specific field of interest. Our fall internship program has brought us fresh faces from Ringling College of Art and Design, University of South Florida, State College of Florida and Venice High School. As an advocate of all things local, SRQ magazine strives to expose our interns to the tremendous cultural, business and educational assets in Sarasota and Bradenton so that they strongly consider making our region their home when they look for their next job.

Meet the newest interns working with the SRQ team this fall:

Thomas Schwarz, Editorial Associate. Thomas is currently a senior at the University of South Florida majoring in professional and technical communication. He is a man on a mission to effectively communicate and convey his message to a broad audience. Thomas’ dream job encompasses his passion for editing, writing and public relations. Thomas has a love for art, culture and 70s music, especially Pink Floyd and Jimmy Hendrix. His favorite activity outside the office is taking his dog Indie (a rescue from Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue) to Anna Maria Beach. He will be working closely with the editorial team creating content.

Taylor Young, Marketing and Editorial Associate. Taylor, a rising State College of Florida sophomore has always dreamed of working at a magazine and couldn’t wait to start learning the ropes at SRQ. She loves staying up to date on  the most current fashion trends and hopes to one day to do public relations for a fashion house in LA or New York. What inspires her most about fashion is that it is a form of expression. She will be working alongside Ashley Grant and Madeline Crotts on the SRQ Gives Back platform, and will assist Aviel Kanter with the magazine’s digital and print style sections.

Katlin Thompson, Marketing Associate. After receiving an associate’s degree from the State College of Florida, this Sarasota native is thrilled to intern at SRQ magazine and gain professional experience before finishing her degree in marketing and communication. When Katlin is not interning or working at a local clothing boutique, you can find her on North Lido enjoying the sun, riding her beach cruiser around St. Armands or petting every dog she sees at the local farmers market. She will be working with Madeline Crotts on the implementation of SRQ Media’s marketing, event and social media initiatives.

Diana Morales, Marketing and Editorial Associate. After graduating from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in editing, writing and media, Diana came back to her hometown longing for the beach and excited for new opportunities. Diana has a true passion for art, incorporating creativity and innovation with everything she does. During her time with SRQ this summer, Diana’s interested was peaked for our marketing and event planning programs. She has extended her internship through the fall and is excited to continue working alongside our dynamic team. She will be coordinating events and implementing marketing strategy alongside Ashley Ryan while continuing to tackle assignments for the editorial team.

Kevin Brandt, Photography Associate. Kevin is a senior at the Ringling College of Art and Design studying photography and imaging. After he graduates, Kevin hopes to find a job where he can travel the world and capture it through his camera lens. His favorite things to take photos of are landscape and wildlife. Kevin’s passion for nature stemmed from is upbringing in Stuttgart, a rural farm town in Germany. He will be gaining professional photo experience and collaborating with Wyatt Kostygan while interning this fall.

Morgan Bortz, Marketing Associate. Morgan is a Venice High senior planning on attending the University of Florida to earn a degree in business administration with a joint law degree. She is currently a leader in Community Youth Development, an organization dedicated to shaping today’s teens into successful business leaders and a driven board member of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. She looks forward to giving back to the community, expanding her marketing knowledge and networking during her time at SRQ magazine. She will be assisting Jennifer Miller and Ashley Ryan with the special advertising opportunities.

Internship opportunities are now posted for Spring 2016. Click here to review the positions and for more information.

Thank you Katlin for helping us craft this Inside the Brand post!

Common Entrepreneurial Myths Debunked at Sept 22, SB2 Symposium on GOOD GROWTH

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Yesterday, SRQ magazine hosted a well-received SB2: GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators breakfast symposium at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. As guests filled their plates with a mouth-watering breakfast spread, series sponsor Lesley Hatfield of CS&L CPA’s welcomed those in attendance. As a locally grown business, giving back and supporting worthwhile initiatives are just as important to CS&L as their mission to provide the finest level of personal service and technical expertise.

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Tammie Sweet,
Director of GrowFL gave a compelling presentation on the common myths of entrepreneurial ecosystems and what it takes to strive economically as a community. GrowFL helps local communities build entrepreneurial efforts centered on the Economic Gardening philosophy. This philosophy embraces strategies for second–stage companies in a community, region or state. “These are companies that have between 10-99 employees and 1 million to 50 million in revenue. They are hidden in the fabric of your community. We help them identify where new market potential may be as well as provide peer environments where they can get with other CEO’s of second–stage companies.” said Sweet.

  • Myth:   Ecosystems can be created and controlled by one organization
    Fact:    When targeting areas for entrepreneurship stimulation, clusters offer a fertile environment where survival rates are higher and performance better than elsewhere.
  • Myth  You  know that you have a strong entrepreneurship ecosystem when there are more and more start–ups
    Fact: For a booming economy, bet on high growth firms, not small business.
  • Myth Job creation is the primary objective of fostering and entrepreneurship ecosystem
    Fact: Job creation is a by-product, but it is not the objective.
  • Myth  In order to strengthen your regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, it is necessary to establish co–working spaces, incubators and the like
    Fact: These types of intentionally created support mechanisms are just a piece of the puzzle.
  • Myth  There is one one recipe for success
    Fact: There is no right way to do this. Try, fail and try again.

Tammie left us with impressive statistics on our region’s economy and job market stating that the Sarasota-Bradenton area was ranked 60th out of 381 cities across the United States for jobs gained in 2015 and 5th in Florida.

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Between sips of coffee and bites of bacon, guests were able to hear from movers and shakers in the Sarasota-Bradenton economic community. Panelists hailed from a variety of organizations: Jeff Maultsby from the Sarasota County Government, Joan McGill from the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Steve Queior from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Peter Straw from the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association. Panelists were passionate about the current state of our economy, the value of education and the importance of a bi-county relationship.

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Jeff Maultsby of Sarasota County speaks on our communities current economic climate. Phot0 credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Steve Queior, 
President and CEO of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce kicked off the conversation by explaining how significantly our economy has grown since The Great Recession. “We lost 38,000 jobs in The Great Recession and we have since gained them almost all the way back. One of our challenges is we have to create more higher paying jobs for the standard of living for our neighbors and residents.” Steve was also recognized for this 12 years at the helm of the Sarasota Chamber, a position he will be wrapping up this coming month.

“To achieve innovation, you have to disrupt your business. The Great Recession, disrupted every business in our community and we were fortunate enough to have leadership strong enough that said ‘hey if we get together we can find solutions to this’,” Peter Straw,  Executive Director of the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association pointed out.

When asked about the recent decision to decision made by the county in regards to turning down incentives panelists were quick to share their thoughts.

“Florida is a much more business-friendly state than it was 8 years ago. The question is what kind of incentives do you offer and what kind of payback do you get for the incentives,” said Peter Straw.

Jeff Maultsby, Director of Economic and Business Development for Sarasota County argued, “When it comes to attracting businesses to our community, incentives are probably 4th or 5th on the list of things that are important to the company that is considering our community. First and foremost is talent. Where will I get my people? That is the number one question we get all day every day. It’s challenging for us to sometimes make that case to companies.”

Education and retention of young talent were on the forefront of conversation throughout the morning discussion. “Workforce is always an issue that companies struggle with at all levels whether it’s large or small. We are working very hard with our education institutions to create training programs that are specific,” Joan McGill, Vice President of Business Development for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County added.

“Education and training equals economic development, it equals career pathways for our young people and neighbors of all ages and we’re doing some good things in this area in education and training, ” said Steve Queior. 

 Jeff Maultsby closed the conversation by stating,”Winning for us is doing the greatest amount of good for the most amount of people in Sarasota county. The core principle of economic development is to raise the wealth of our community so if we can have that impact I think that’s a win for us.”

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Thank you to our SB2 series sponsors, The Resort at Longboat Key Club, CS&L CPAs and The Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for their continuous encouragement and support. Your example inspires us.

A gallery of images from SB2: GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators is available online.

Join us Thursday, November 17 for the next installment of the 2016-2017 SB2 season with GOOD COAST: A Good Place to Work, Live, Play and Give. Keynote speaker and President of the Florida Philanthropic Network, Stacy Carlson will give us insight on opportunities created by our reputation as a philanthropic region.

For a 2016-2017 SB2 season pass or more information on the entire SB2 series, visit SRQSB2.com.

 

Don’t Forget to Buy Your SB2 Ticket- GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators; This Thursday,9/22 at 7:30am​

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There is still time to reserve your spot at this weeks SB2: GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators symposium on Thursday, September 22nd from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at The Francis! You are invited to think differently and be inspired by a discussion on the regional indicators leading economic growth. Regardless of what business you’re in, the economic climate is of critical importance. Understanding our collective finances plays a key role in how we spend, how we budget and how we make decisions in our personal and professional lives. If you aren’t convinced yet here are a few reasons you should be at SB2: GOOD GROWTH Economic Indicators this Thursday.

1. You don’t want to miss hearing from our keynote speaker Tammie Sweet

As the current Director of GrowFl, Tammie Sweet has been working with Florida Economic Gardening Institute to help local communities build entrepreneurial efforts encoded on the Economic Gardening philosophy. This philosophy embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state. She will be sharing the impact this has made on local communities, giving insight on assisting second–stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida.

2. Our Powerhouse Panel

Our panelists are true leaders and innovators of economics in our local community. We will hear from Joan McGill of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Steve Queior of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Maultsby from Sarasota County, and Peter Straw of the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association. After your breakfast, you’ll learn first hand from these individuals, their experience with the economic climate in the region and how they recommend becoming financially smart.

3. Breakfast is on us

Enough said. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered this Thursday. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious. And the coffee is hot. You don’t have to wake up and wonder if you’ll have time to scarf down a breakfast bar on the way to work. We’ll take care of a well–balanced breakfast for you.

The unbeatable conversations are well worth the early wake-up call. Buy your tickets today at SRQSB2.COM. We promise you’ll walk away with more insightful knowledge than you know what to do with.

The 2016-2017 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAsThe Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport