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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!

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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.

 

2016-2017 SB2 Season Launches on Sept 22 with Good Growth: Economic Indicators at 7:30am

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Regardless of what business you’re in, the current economic climate is a hot topic and of critical importance in the community. From diversification of the marketplace, workforce readiness, jobs, the expanding healthcare sector and economic development priorities, this massive topic is dominating  C-suite discussions.  Join us as we take look at the economic indicators currently leading our region’s growth and diversification at SB2 Good Growth: Economic Indicators on Thursday, September 22, 2016  at 7:30 am at The Francis. SRQ MEDIA is an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think and “do” differently.

Introducing Keynote Speaker Tammy Sweet

Tammie Sweet serves as Director for GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and leads the program throughout Florida, which helps local communities build entrepreneurial efforts centered on the Economic Gardening philosophy. This philosophy embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state. A 20–year veteran of economic development, Tammie holds numerous awards for her leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tammie is a 2005 graduate of Leadership Collier and was part the Leadership Florida Class XXV. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Florida Virtual School and is former Chairman of the Florida Economic Development Council.

Meet our Good Growth Panelists

We are excited to announce our powerhouse line–up of panelists who share a common dedication to economic growth within the region.

If you’ve ever attended SB2 before, you know that these events start early (7:30 AM kickoff), but that the hot coffee, friendly faces of fellow movers and shakers in the community and unbeatable conversation are well worth the wake-up call. Don’t wait, purchase your tickets today by visiting SRQSB2.COM.

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

 

 

 

Madeline Crotts Joins the SRQ Team

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Meet Madeline Crotts, Associate Producer-Marketing, Events and Programs. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

It’s always exciting welcoming a new member to our SRQ MEDIA team. We recently welcomed Maddie Crotts aboard as the new Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs. She will be in charge of scheduling, coordinating and executing all of SRQ MEDIA’s marketing, event, public relations and community engagement programs.

Maddie graduated from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality with a degree in Event Management. Upon receiving her diploma, Maddie backpacked through Europe to experience the culture and most importantly the food of various countries. She is an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority Alumni Chapter and regularly participates in various local events.

 She is passionate about her work, and is no stranger to meeting tight deadlines all while keeping a positive attitude. Maddie joins us with a background in the non-profit world and media industries. “I love the creativity that comes from events. I strive to gain as much knowledge and experience in this industry as it is constantly evolving,” she says.

 One of the few natives from Sarasota, Maddie is happy to be back in her hometown and excited to become more involved in the community. “This town is so eclectic and unique. SRQ MEDIA embodies the essence of Sarasota, which ultimately drew me in.”

Next time you attend one of our signature events, you will see Maddie working her magic to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Please join us in welcoming Maddie to the SRQ team. We are thrilled to have you!

 

Don’t Forget to Buy Your SB2 Ticket- Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation; Next Thursday,7/28 at 7:30am​

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There is still time to purchase tickets to our can’t miss SB2: Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation symposium next Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 7:30 AM at The Francis! SRQ Media is an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think and “do” differently, and let’s be honest, who can resist a well-prepared breakfast?

You will meet the minds behind some of the region’s most inspiring organizations that have challenged conventional thought to bring about progressive change to the region and local community. Keynote speaker, Lilly Weinberg, Director of Community Foundations of the Knight Foundation will give a special presentation on the strategies and cultural shift non-profit organizations can facilitate to manage internal change and transformation. Joining her on stage for discussion is our group of esteemed panelists; Dr. Michael Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory and AquariumJohnette Isham, Founding Director of Realize BradentonMireya Eavey, President of United Way Suncoast, and Dr. Larry Thompson, President of Ringling College of Art and DesignJaime DiDomenico, President of Cool Today will begin the morning with a few remarks as the event sponsor, and SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts will moderate the panel discussion to capture the “rethink” that must occur to navigate change.

If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join us, here are 3 reasons why we think you should set the alarm early for bacon, coffee, and great discussion!

  1. Inspiring Non-Profit Transformation is going to SELL OUT! While we can’t see the future, we’re pretty sure based on the amount of interest and early ticket sales that this event is going to meet capacity. If you are planning to go, learn, enjoy breakfast and network, don’t wait! Make your purchase now.
  1. We Have a Powerhouse Keynote Speaker In support of numerous transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts, The Knight Foundation is a major mover and shaker in the non-profit community. As the Director of Community Foundations, keynote Lilly Weinberg manages the Knight Foundation’s $140 million investment in 18 non-resident communities.
  1. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on July 28th. The conversation is early, but the breakfast is delicious, and the coffee is hot. Trade in that granola bar for a well-balanced breakfast, courtesy of the dynamic team at The Francis. Did we mention there is bacon?

Don’t wait–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 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAsThe Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

 This event is sponsored by Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today.

Thank you and see you next week!

 

Why You Need SRQ ACCESS

The new edition of SRQ ACCESS is available for purchase now!

The new edition of SRQ ACCESS is available for purchase now!

When our the editors of SRQ | The Magazine introduced a newcomer and visitors guide in 2007, there simply wasn’t a doubt of what to call it. Ever since, SRQ ACCESS has been a mainstay in local hotels and visitor centers across the region as the official guide to the region. Much more than the title of the publication, SRQ ACCESS is just that – a point of entry, rite of passage, unprecedented access live local and a guidebook to the most magical things to see, do, taste and enjoy while in Sarasota and Bradenton.

This year, we’re happy for you to meet this annual publication and know that it will grant you access to the countless treasures along the Gulf Coast. Opening with how to navigate the region, SRQ ACCESS accounts for those that plan to drop anchor here and venture out to the nearby keys and beautiful areas just outside of our community.

If you’re looking to learn (or brush up) on Sarasota history, SRQ ACCESS has you covered. If you’re hoping to plan out your social calendar with major cultural events for the full year, SRQ ACCESS has a calendar of major functions. But if the way to your heart is through your stomach, come hungry. SRQ ACCESS has the most comprehensive list of places to dine and enjoy the flavors of the region.

The convenient go anywhere size of SRQ ACCESS makes it the perfect totable tour guide for visitors and locals alike.

The convenient go anywhere size of SRQ ACCESS makes it the perfect totable tour guide for visitors and locals alike.

While we are proud to provide SRQ ACCESS for newcomers and visitors, we know that there are those of you (like us) that love to live local, and that there’s nothing more special that knowing where you live like an old friend. With SRQ ACCESS, we’re sharing all of our secrets with you – shopping tips, where to eat, what to order, what you should do over the weekend and the long story of where we come from. The go anywhere size is perfect for stashing in your tote or beach bag to plan your adventures in Sarasota, Bradenton and beyond, whether you’re a tourist or a tourist in your own town. As you go through this year’s copy and dog-ear the pages and make a master list of everything you want to try this year, we hope that you get to know feel closer to this great region and that gain access to Sarasota and Bradenton like never before.

SRQ ACCESS can be purchased on newsstands throughout 2016.