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


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 





Jesse Panuccio to Deliver Keynote Address at SB2 Symposium on September 24, 2015; 7:30am

Official DEO Headshot - Jesse Panuccio (2)

The 2015-16 season of SRQ Magazine’s SB2 Regional Symposia will kick off on Thursday, September 24, 2015 with the topic of Financial Forecast: Economic Development in Sarasota and Bradenton from 7:30-9am at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota. Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has confirmed as the guest keynote speaker. The panel will also consist of regional economic representatives from Sarasota and Bradenton and will be moderated by SRQ Magazine Executive Publisher Wes Roberts.

As the keynote speaker for SB2: Financial Forecast, Panuccio will provide information on the state of Florida’s economy. As Executive Director of Florida DEO, Panuccio coordinates and manages statewide workforce programs, community development opportunities and economic initiatives. Appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2013, Panuccio has overseen state-of-the-art fraud safeguards for employment insurance and launched the Competitive Florida Partnership to bring hands-on assistance and economic development to the state’s rural counties.

The new SB2 format for the 2015-16 season will feature an in-depth keynote presentation from a notable regional expert in the field to join the regional panel to expand on the context of the topic and deliver fresh perspective on how our community fits into the broader picture of the state, region and country. SB2 is a bimonthly regional community and business event series produced by SRQ Magazine that encourages collaboration through a discussion on key regional issues and topics.

Join us for networking, a delicious breakfast buffet and insightful conversation. Hosted at The Francis, Sarasota.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the regional panelists for Financial Forecast. The SB2 2015-16 Series is loyally supported by annual sponsors CS&L CPAs, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and The Resort at Longboat Key Club. Thank you to Keynote Speaker Jesse Panuccio Sponsor SunTrust Bank. Tickets are available for $35 per person at SRQSB2.COM or $210 for the series, including two SB2 Cocktail Rumbles at the Powel Crosley Estate. For series, event and keynote sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Grant at (941) 365-7702 x204 or Ashley.grant@srqme.com.


SRQ “Where the Votes Are” Returns for November Election Findings Presentation, 11/19/2014


SRQ Magazine hosted a group of influential local political watchers at our studios on Wednesday to review recent November general election results. The morning was cold, but the group assembled enjoyed coffee and bagels along with their morning dose of political repartee to start off their day. “Where the Votes Are,” presented by Senior Editor and political guru Jacob Ogles, has become a mainstay in our community. As the voter demographic information becomes available, Jacob spends hours reviewing the voter statistics and prepares a presentation divulging the biggest upsets of the political scene.



This presentation included his findings on the more notable races in our area – particularly that of U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, the gubernatorial race, Florida Right to Medicinal Marijuana Initiative, and the voter demographic relating to age, race and party breakdown.




A few of his key findings included:

  1. Democrats produced a higher turnout than most counties in the state but Republican turnout far outpaced that.
  2. Running with party ID is better than running with none, as NPAs only did well in absence of a Dem, and then only among Dem voters
  3. White voters were the only racial demographic to come out at greater than 50 percent turnout. Similarly, only voters over the age of 40 turned out at that rate.
  4. The vast bulk of turnout for Dems was in the City of Sarasota, where Dems won for Governor, Congress and County Commission. North Port was close, with Scott winning by 500 of 19,000 votes. Venice and Longboat Key trended Republican.
  5. Marsh did well in some Republican areas like LBK, but he trailed in much of South County, including North Port.
  6. Both parties now have solid GOTV mechanisms, but sheer mass keeps the county firmly in GOP control



Special thanks to those who joined us bright and early on Wednesday morning. To view Jacob’s presentation and key findings online, visit www.srqmagazine.com, Dig Data. Photos from Wednesday’s event can be viewed on CLICKSRQ.COM, click here.

Join Us at the November 20th SB2: International Tourism and Business


SRQ | The Magazine is pleased to announce the esteemed panelists that will take part in the SB2 Symposium event on Thursday, November 20, 2014. The wide-ranging expertise of all four panelists promises to deliver a thoughtful, engaging and timely discussion on the trends of doing business globally, international tourism, the impact of tourism on new business development and the assets of the region to attract and retain international businesses.

Meet the Panelists

  • Elliott Falcione, Executive Director of Manatee County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Virginia Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County
  • Sharon Hillstrom, President and CEO of Bradenton Economic Development Corporation
  • Mark Huey, CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
  • Jeff Mayers, General Manager, Resort at Longboat Key Club

Purchase your individual $35 tickets or reserve a table for this breakfast discussion and learn more about this timely event at www.srqsb2.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

November 20, 2014, 7:30- 9 am · The Francis, Downtown Sarasota; 1289 N. Palm Avenue