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: srqhearmeroar.com

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

In Your Mailbox: The 2019 September Trendsport Issue is Here!



  • TRENDSPORT: SRQ editors’ trends in food, fashion and beyond for 2019.

While we may not be Parisian trendsetters dictating the runways for Fall fashion, or Wall Street masterminds predicting hot stock market investments, or even divine forecasting fans of a fantasy football league, we’d like to think we’ve got a discerning eye on what’s having a moment in the SRQ spotlight. From burgeoning jackfruit options, a proliferation of public murals, a tessellation of mosaic tiling, the contentious welcoming of CBD, advanced Cybersecurity protection, to a wild foray of animal prints and a rising uptick in drone flying—order a snifter of honeyed mead, buckle on a pair of platform wedges and slide into our Rolls-Royce rental to see where we’re headed this season.  

As a locally grown, locally owned company, SRQ Media pays tribute to our community’s visionary local businesses and the people behind them who work hard to create economic opportunities every day on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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

  • Bamboo Boom: Mixon Fruit Farms is up to their ears in bamboo crops in its first ever harvest.
  • Goodwill Hunting: An interview with the latest President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International Steven C. Preston.
  • Parenting Balance: An interview with award-winning author and clinical child psychologist Ross W. Greene

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

  • The Space in Between: The Modern Works Festival at Urbanite Theatre gives emerging artists a voice.
  • Building a Brain: Moments of time converge and coalesce as sculptor Zach Gilliland maps his memories in steel.

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

  • Pineapple Parade: Doling out the crowning tropical fruit of liquid gold.
  • Scavenger Savvy: The Copper Acorn takes thrifting next level—sourcing and staging the scene for enchanting vintage affairs.
  • A Bathroom Exposé: Lock yourself in to some notably cool and unorthodox public restrooms found behind closed doors.

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

  • Pizza’s Made Man: Bavaro’s Napoletana & Pastaria brings pizza panache South of the Bay.
  • Best Kept Secret: Siam Gulf’s cover is about to be blown as the Thai hidden gem that it is.
  • Forks & Corks: Seeking shelter at The Ringling and looking at the glass half full at the 12th Annual Grand Tasting.

AGENDA: Insight on Politics, Government and Business

GIVING COAST: Stories from our Philanthropic Community

  • Funding Tech Futures: Tech has been good for Andrew and Judith Economos. Now they will give back to students in the field.



Living Lakewood: Despite being the region’s homebuilding game-changer for now roughly a quarter century, there’s still incredible growth on the horizon east of Interstate 75. In fact, Lakewood Ranch has become the most popular places to buy a home, not only in the greater Sarasota area, but the entire United States.

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

CLICK HERE to access the pages of the September 2019 SRQ digital edition.

-Team SRQ

Save the Date: RocketKids Modern Education Symposium | October 23, 2019

Join SRQ MEDIA on October 23, 2019 from 5:30-7pm to explore the options at local private and charter schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Hear from representatives from: The Out-Of-Door Academy, NewGate School, St. Martha Catholic School, Sarasota Christian School and the Island Village Montessori School.

Free admission. Light bites and refreshments. RSVP online at SRQMAG.COM/MOED.