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

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

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

Tourism

First Sports Event Showcase Set for Aug. 15

The showcase will feature area sports events and allow for local businesses to learn more about the events and create new partnerships.

07/17/2017 By Staff

Hospitality

Presentation Focuses on How Businesses Can Connect to Millennials

The Suncoast chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association is hosting a presentation on how to connect your business to millennials on Wednesday, July 12.

07/10/2017 By Staff

Sports

Local Golf Pro Wins Ohio Tournament

Sue Ertl, the head golf teaching professional at University Park Country Club, recently won the senior division title at the 2017 Ohio Women’s Open.

07/05/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Powerboat Festival Returns

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.

06/28/2017 By Staff

Food

Local Restaurant Group Hires, Promotes

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals recently promoted Sarah Firstenberger to the role of executive director and hired Maggie Wood as event manager.

06/23/2017 By Staff

Tourism

New Longboat Key Resort Opens

Longboat Key's new Zota Beach Resort opens for business Friday.

06/22/2017 By Staff

New business

New Car Detailing Service Opens

The environmentally friendly car wash and detailing service DetailXPerts recently opened a new franchise that covers Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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

Hospitality

Restaurant Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Landings location of Gecko's Grill & Pub is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its opening with a party that benefits Sarasota County's 4-H foundation and clubs.

06/08/2017 By Staff

Food

New Siesta Key Daiquiri Deck Opens

The restaurant and bar is the company's fourth location and is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily.

06/07/2017 By Staff

Media

NBC Sports Group to Broadcast Some of This Fall's Rowing Championships

Portions of the 2017 World Rowing Championships, hosted by Sarasota's Nathan Benderson Park, will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Group.

06/07/2017 By Staff

Party City

Sarasota's Catering Business Booms

As Sarasota tourism surges, the catering business booms.

06/07/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Technology

New Local Tourism Network Launches

The Sarasota web firm Professional Web Designs recently launched the Suncoast Vacation Network, a network of websites created to help visitors learn about and explore popular local vacation destinations.

06/05/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Rowing Youth Championships Coming to Sarasota

Nathan Benderson Park will host the USRowing Youth National Championships June 9-11.

06/01/2017 By Staff

Tourism

'Dr. Beach' Picks Siesta as Country's No. 1 Beach

Stephen Leatherman, popularly known as "Dr. Beach," announced Thursday that he ranks Siesta Beach as the country's No. 1 beach.

05/25/2017 By Staff