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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.

 

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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 

 

 

 

Five Reasons You Should Be at the Philanthropy SB2, March 24

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If you like doing good and supporting those who do, you should consider joining us for SB2: Foundations on Thursday, March 24th at 7:30 AM at The Francis! As an organization that prides itself in facilitating relevant conversation and events that challenge us to think differently, SRQ Media loves hosting SB2 breakfasts as much as we love opening a fresh box of SRQ | The Magazine each month. We hope that you’ve already bought your tickets. We’ll have some of the top regional thought leaders in private and community foundations on stage with moderator SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts.  If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should join, we have a few reasons why we think you should cancel your plans, wake up a few minutes earlier and join us.

1. Mark Brewer is a non-profit, foundation guru. There’s just no other way to say it.

SB2: Foundations will commence with a keynote address by Mark Brewer, President and CEO of Central Florida Foundation. Mark’s experience in the field of non-profit leadership and management is dramatic. He has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through the Foundation with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on the independent sector, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the independent sector in public policy. We are thrilled to have him join the SB2 stage and know that he will make a tremendous impact on the quality of information shared at SB2.

2. Our local panelists really know their stuff. 

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with local foundations, chances are that you’ve heard of our panelists. And if you’ve worked with them, you already know how talented, articulate and helpful they are. We are so looking forward to their very candid responses on the philanthropic climate on the Gulf Coast and how organizations can best benefit from the services provided by foundations. We’ll hear from Roxie Jerde (Community Foundation of Sarasota County), Mark Pritchett (Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Teri Hansen (Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation), Alex Quarles (Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation) and Bob Blalock (Blalock Walters, P.A.). Learn about best practices and critical funding from these local notables at SB2.

3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. 

Or so we’ve heard. Regardless if you’re more fruit and yogurt or bacon and eggs, we’ll have all major food groups covered on March 24th. 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 on the 24th. We’ll take care of a well balanced breakfast for you. And we promise that this event is one of the best ways you’ll spend your morning this month.

4. Great minds think alike. 

If you’re planning on spending your morning with us, chances are, other amazing people are, too! For those in the non-profit community, this is a great chance to catch up with your friends from other organizations and spend some quality time together that doesn’t involve sending emails back and forth. Bring a co-worker that is great at coming up with creative ideas. Talk to other guests about donor relations strategies that have worked for them and use the morning as a chance to meet new people or reconnect with great people and organizations that make a difference in our community.

5. SPOILER ALERT: This event will sell out! 

There’s no doubt about it. Sarasota is a giving place. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned while hosting SB2, it is that you love to learn about ways to grow and develop the community organizations that make our region such a giving place. We’ve sold a large portion of tickets already and fully expect to sell out. If you’re planning on coming to SB2, don’t wait until the week of March 21st to purchase your tickets! Get them while you still can.

For tickets, visit SRQSB2.COM.

SB2: Foundations is sponsored by Blalock Walters, P.A., and the 2015-2016 SB2 series is loyally supported by CS&L CPAs, The Resort at Longboat Key Club and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.  

Why You Should Be at SB2: Hosting a Crowd

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Each month, we like to take a minute to introduce our audience to the upcoming SB2 topic and recognize why it is of importance for our community. On April 30th at 5PM, you’re invited to join us for Hosting a Crowd: Economic Impact of Major Events & Festivals. We will hear from Katherine Harris of the Modern Pentathlon, John KorffFounder of the Sarasota Music Half Marathon, Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director of Suncoast Charities for Children and Steven High of The Ringling and RIAF.

As our region continues to grow and expand, we host more events than ever before. From notable athletic competitions to special interest festivals, hosting a crowd translates to economic benefit for local businesses and our total economy. Here’s why you should join us on April 30th:

1. Know the audience. As the events we host are as different in category as the people that attend them, learn from our experts on what each particular crowd is looking for. As our major event planners and representatives will share – the organizers and participants are looking for different things (infrastructure and accommodations, to ease of access and kid-friendly options). What can we do to attract them and ensure an enjoyable experience?

2. You can reap the benefits! What are ways that local businesses and individuals can make the most of large-scale events? It only makes sense that with an influx of individuals to the region, all sectors of local business should be benefitting. We can’t wait to hear our panelists’ recommendations on marketing ourselves for repeat visits to the region.

3. Learn to prepare for the crowd. How do we, as a region, adequately prepare for large (and growing) crowds in our own backyard? Any good host wants their guests to feel at home – so how do we stack up as a destination for major events?

And of course, we can’t mention why you should be at SB2 without mentioning The Powel Crosley Estate – beautiful, historic, stately…and located right on Sarasota’s gorgeous bay. We’ll enjoy cocktails, small bites and the view from 5-6PM. Panel discussion begins at 6PM followed by a question and answer period. Hosting a Crowd is sponsored by Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. The SB2 series in Bradenton is sponsored by Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Purchase your tickets today at www.srqsb2.com.

See you there!