Mother's Day Spending Expected to Top $23 Billion

Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last year’s $172.22.

04/24/2017 By Staff


Colombian Official Visits Port Manatee

Port Manatee and Colombia are looking to expand commercial ties following a visit to the port by Juan Barrera, the general deputy director for the United States of ProColombia USA.

04/24/2017 By Staff


Financial Adviser Named 'Woman of the Month'

Jennifer Lee, owner and financial adviser at Modern Wealth, was recently named Woman of the Month by the Lakewood Ranch chapter of Successful Women Aligning Together.

04/24/2017 By Staff


Retail Sales Up Slightly in March

American retail sales increased by 0.3 percent between February and March, according to calculations released last week by the National Retail Federation.

04/20/2017 By Staff


Confidence in the Housing Market Dips

The percentage of Americans who reported that now is a good time to buy a home fell by 10 points.

04/19/2017 By Staff


Housing Starts Down

The number of American housing starts dropped by 6.8 percent between February and March.

04/19/2017 By Staff


Asset Management Employee Earns Credential, Promotion

Luke Nicholas of Sarasota's Allegiant Private Advisors recently earned the chartered financial analyst credential.

04/18/2017 By Staff


Payroll, Human Resources Company Opens Miami Office

Sarasota's Progressive Employer Management Company, a payroll, human resources, workers’ compensation and employee benefits provider, recently opened a new office in Miami.

04/13/2017 By Staff


North Port Picks Marketing Firm to Help with Economic Development

Sarasota's Grapevine Communications, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency, was recently chosen to provide marketing services for the City of North Port.

04/11/2017 By Staff


Business Meetup Focuses on Workers' Compensation

Manasota SCORE’s next Success Strategies for Business Owners Meetup will focus on workers’ compensation and how employers can protect themselves.

04/07/2017 By Staff


Downtown Sarasota Forum Concentrates on 'Optimal Living'

The Downtown Sarasota Condo Association is hosting a "forum on optimal living" with several representatives from local government, business groups, nonprofits and more.

04/05/2017 By Staff


Florida Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Point in 15 Years

After dropping in February, consumer sentiment among Floridians rose to its highest level in 15 years in March, according to the University of Florida's latest Bureau of Economic and Business Research consumer survey.

04/05/2017 By Staff


Florida Ranked the 13th Most 'Stressed' State

The ranking is based on stress levels related to work, money, family, health and safety.

04/04/2017 By Staff

Economic development

'Florida Companies to Watch' Applications Available

GrowFL, the state of Florida’s "economic gardening" program, is now accepting applications for its annual Florida Companies to Watch awards program.

04/03/2017 By Staff

New hires

Trust Company Picks New Vice President

Venice's Caldwell Trust Company recently hired Tony Blasini as vice president of employee benefits.

04/03/2017 By Staff


Sarasota County Strikes Deal with Airbnb on Bed Tax Collections

Sarasota County recently reached an agreement with Airbnb that will allow the Sarasota County tax collector to begin reporting, collecting and remitting Tourist Development Tax money on short-term Airbnb rentals.

04/03/2017 By Staff

Money Talks

Brother, Can You Spare a Raise?

Wages are finally rising here, but the region still trails the state and nation.

04/03/2017 By David Hackett


Property Tax Payment Deadline Is Friday

Delinquent taxpayers must add 3 percent to their payment after March 31.

03/29/2017 By Staff


Sarasota County Revamping Development Code

Sarasota County is asking for public input into its Unified Development Code, which updates and brings together land development and zoning regulations.

03/29/2017 By Staff


Downtown Office Plaza Sold for $17 Million

Charles Githler and two partners who operate New York's EDM Realty Partners, LP recently purchased downtown Sarasota's Northern Trust Plaza.

03/28/2017 By Staff