Data

Fourth of July Cookout Spending Expected to Rise

Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year.

06/23/2017 By Staff

New hires

Investment Firm Picks New Vice President

The Sarasota investment advisory firm J.L. Bainbridge & Company, Inc. recently hired D. Ryan Thompson as vice president.

06/21/2017 By Staff

Data

Rate of Housing Starts Drops

The rate of new housing starts dropped by 5.5 percent between April and May and in May stood at 2.4 percent below the May 2016 rate.

06/20/2017 By Staff

Networking

Latin Chamber Holds Mixer

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is holding its next Conexiones event on Thursday, June 29

06/20/2017 By Staff

Data

Father's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Father's Day shoppers are expected to spend $134.75 on average for the holiday, with total spending expected to reach $15.5 billion.

06/14/2017 By Staff

Appointments

Insurance Agent Picked for National AARP Council

Englewood's Carolyn Pope, the owner of Pope Insurance, was recently selected by UnitedHealthcare to serve on a forum created to gather information to enhance products and services that benefit AARP members.

06/14/2017 By Staff

Data

Retail Import Growth Slows, But Is Expected to Rise

The National Retail Federation is predicting that imports at America's major retail container ports will hit a new high later this summer.

06/13/2017 By Staff

Politics

State Senator Speaks in Sarasota July 20

Florida Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, the chair of the state Senate's Appropriations Committee, will speak at The Argus Foundation's next Meet the Minds luncheon.

06/12/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Business Travel Association Predicts Major Losses This Year

The Global Business Travel Association is predicting that the United States will lose more than $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures in 2017 due to "mounting geopolitical uncertainty."

06/08/2017 By Staff

Research

Florida Consumer Confidence Drops Again

Florida consumer confidence dropped in May for the second month in a row, according to new research published by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

06/05/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Powerboat Festival Returns June 24-July 4

Last year's Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival generated $37.2 million in economic impact for the area, according to the nonprofit that produces the event.

06/05/2017 By Staff

Media

Sarasota Financial Adviser Picked to Contribute to Forbes

Raul Elizalde, the president and chief investment officer at Sarasota's Path Financial LLC, was recently selected as a guest columnist for Forbes.com.

06/02/2017 By Staff

Data

138,000 Jobs Added in May

The American economy added 138,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent.

06/02/2017 By Staff

Data

Graduation Gift Spending Expected to Reach New High

A new survey found that consumers expect to spend $5.6 billion on graduation gifts this year.

06/02/2017 By Staff

Data

Mothers Paid 71 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to Fathers

The wage gap between mothers and fathers is even wider than the broader wage gap between women and men, according to a new report issued by the National Women's Law Center.

05/26/2017 By Staff

Data

Home Sales Up, Condo Sales Down

The number of single family home sales in Sarasota County increased by 8.3 percent between April 2016 and last month, while Manatee County experienced a 1.5 percent increase.

05/24/2017 By Staff

Marijuana

Cannabis Networking Event Scheduled for June

MJ Cannaday, a networking and investment event for the legal cannabis industry, is scheduled to take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 22.

05/24/2017 By Staff

Technology

Software and Marketing Company Moving to Sarasota

The software and digital marketing company FloorForce is relocating from Boca Raton to downtown Sarasota and has announced plans to hire 72 full-time employees over the next five years.

05/23/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Unemployment Rate Drops

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month, down 0.3 percentage points from March.

05/22/2017 By Staff

Networking

Latin Chamber of Commerce Gathers Thursday

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is holding its next Conexiones networking event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at Palmetto's Freedom Boat Club.

05/22/2017 By Staff