Honors

City Renaming Sarasota Park After 'Mr. Downtown'

The City of Sarasota is holding a dedication and ribbon cutting to rename Pineapple Park as Paul N. Thorpe Jr. Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22.

07/21/2017 By Staff

Honors

Four Sarasota County Businesses Named to State 'Companies to Watch' List

Sarasota's AdRizer, Big Top Brewing Company and Clickbooth and North Port's Lightspeed Voice were recently included among 50 Florida businesses selected as Florida Companies to Watch by GrowFL.

07/21/2017 By Staff

The Arts

Theater Director to Take on New 'At Large' Role

Florida Studio Theatre associate director Kate Alexander is resigning from the theater's board of trustees and stepping away from day-to-day operations in order to take on a role as associate director at large.

07/21/2017 By Staff

Deals

Outdoor Furniture Company Leases South Trail Space

The parent company of Fortunoff Backyard Store recently leased 14,670 square feet of retail space in Sarasota.

07/21/2017 By Staff

New hires

Rowing Park Nonprofit Picks New Leader

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc., the nonprofit that manages Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park, recently hired Stephen Rodriguez as its president and chief executive officer.

07/21/2017 By Staff

Tourism

New Sarasota Hotel Opens Friday

Sarasota's first Westin hotel is set to open on Friday, July 28, with reservations for stays beginning Monday, July 31.

07/21/2017 By Staff

Health Care

Venice Regional Bayfront Health Names Chief Financial Officer

Maria Caruso selected as new CFO.

07/20/2017 By Staff

Female Factor

Four Local Businesswomen Share Their Best Career Advice

Four achievers on what they’ve learned about success, balance and identity.

07/19/2017 By Vicki Dean Photography by Alex Stafford

Services

New Cleaning Service Opens

Ryan Bates recently opened Sarasota's first Window Genie, a national franchise that specializes in residential and light commercial window cleaning and more.

07/19/2017 By Staff

Honors

Local Communications Director Picked for State Leadership Training

Branan Jacobs, the director of communications for MagnifyGood, was recently selected as a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class VIII.

07/19/2017 By Staff

Deals

Gym to Lease Space in New Lakewood Ranch Development

L.A. Fitness will lease 34,000 square feet in The Green at Lakewood Ranch, a new 525,000-square-foot mixed-use development.

07/19/2017 By Staff

Health care

Planned Parenthood CEO Retiring

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida chief executive officer Barbara Zdravecky announced last week that she will retire in January 2018.

07/19/2017 By Staff

Retail

Back-to-School Spending Expected to Rise

Survey results suggest back-to-college spending will hit an all-time high this year, while back-to-school spending will also increase.

07/19/2017 By Staff

What I've Learned

How Loyalty and Thousands of Potholders Helped Build a Real Estate Empire

Merle Whitehead created RealtyUSA, the largest independent real estate company in New York.

07/19/2017 By David Hackett

Game On

A Sports-Inspired Company Turns Execs into Business Champions

“We want our audience to take part in an experience that lets authentic conversation and truth come to the surface.”

07/19/2017 By Sylvia Whitman

Biz Rules

How to Manage Rising Workers' Comp Costs

The number of workers’ compensation claims in Florida increased 24 percent from May 2015 to May 2016 and premiums paid by Florida businesses rose 14.5 percent.

07/19/2017 By Susan Burns

Education

College Picks New Dean of Nursing

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota recently hired Roseanne Fairchild as the college's new dean of nursing and health professions.

07/18/2017 By Staff

New hires

Sarasota Law Firm Adds New Trusts, Estate Associate

The Sarasota law firm Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen recently hired Colton Castro.

07/18/2017 By Staff

Data

White-Black Homeownership Gap Widens

The rate of black homeownership fell to 42.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017, while the rate of white homeownership rose to 71.9 percent, the widest gap in America since World War II.

07/18/2017 By Staff

Data

Online Retail Sales Up

Overall, retail sales changed little between May and June, but were up last month by 3.2 percent over June 2016.

07/18/2017 By Staff