8th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Returns November 10th-13th!

This November 10th-13th, the world’s preeminent master sand sculptors will be competing in the Siesta Key Crystal Classic. Now in its 8th year, this popular visual and cultural arts festival have hosted over 250,000 attendees on our #1 beach!

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Over the course of approximately 4 days, 12 teams of two master sand sculptors, who hail from all over the world, create 8 – 10′ high, 3-dimensional sand sculptures out of the whitest, finest sand in the world. They compete for prize money and an award at the largest sand sculpting doubles competition in the United States.

This Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival also features a Vendor Village on the sand Friday through Monday, live entertainment daily and until 9 pm Friday & Saturday, sculpting lessons, an amateur contest, The Learning Curve – Arts & Science lab, Quick Sand competitions and demonstrations all taking place on the #1 beach on Siesta Key. Awards & prize money are given on Sunday, 11/12/17 at 3 pm.

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Information regarding the 2017 event schedule, ticket options, and parking passes can be found on the website: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

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“See and Be Scene” at Sarasota Film Festival

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The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best-known and emerging independent voices. Although the Sarasota Film Festival is one of nearly 850 film festivals in North America, they continually rank in the top ten percent.

In February, the Sarasota Film Festival unveiled their new campaign artwork created by Tyler Mathis, a Motion Design student at Ringling College of Art and Design. The annual celebration of film returns to Downtown Sarasota March 31st – April 9th, and the theme is a multidimensional play on words: See & Be Seen, Sea & Be Seen, and See & Be Scene. “For that reason, we are excited to share an artwork triptych, each of which captures the different iterations. Which one is your Festival?”

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This year’s Festival will welcome some celebrity star power, as well. Oscar-nominated actor Stanley Tucci, Golden Globe-nominated actress Rosanna Arquette, actress Diane Lane, documentarian Rory Kennedy and actress-filmmaker Aisha Tyler are set to attend this year’s festival.

For more information and tickets to the Sarasota Film Festival, please visit their website here!


The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a Proud Supporter of the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival!

 

Celebrate the Tropical Way at Hob Nob

hobnob-fb-cover-1Join us at Hob Nob for tropical luau – a member showcase featuring unique cultural experiences from Chamber member businesses. Looking to join in on the fun? Showcase your business or attend and expand your network to over 400 Sarasotans, elected and business officials.

Hob Nob 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017 |  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  |  Phillippi Estate Park
5500 S Tamiami Trail  Sarasota, FL 34231

We invite you to get your ticket and join in on the fun and get involved. How?

1.)  Sponsor. Get your name out to the community and in front of our 400 attendees. Receive recognition on all Hob Nob marketing materials, signage at the event and the opportunity to do giveaways at your booth.

2.)  Exhibit. Showcase your business by participating as a Food Booth, decorate your booth like the tropics, hula and all, and provide a food item. This is a great way to meet contacts and make connections.

3.)  Attend. Bring your staff and connect with other attendees while enjoying complimentary food and drink from over a dozen Chamber Member Teams.

Click here to see Sponsorship and Ticketing options!

Live reggae music from Jah Movement Reggae Band!

Jah Movement Reggae Band specializes in the Best top 40 Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, R&B, Funk, Soul and Old School Hip-Hop to keep you dancing and feeling Irie! Jah Movement was recently voted ‘2016 Best Reggae Band‘ by Tampa Bay Creative Loafing ‘Best of the Bay‘ and Sarasota voted lead vocalist, Shantel Norman, ‘Best Entertainer‘ in the Herald-Tribune’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.


Click Here to Register. For more information on Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Brittany Lamont at blamont@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4040.

Vote Sarasota for America’s Happiest Seaside Town!

The city of Sarasota has been named one of the top 10 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns 55045036341936194312017” by Coastal Living! Now it’s our turn to rally support and vote to become the happiest seaside town in America!

Vote here (every 15 minutes) daily until midnight, Oct. 17. The winning town will be announced Jan. 11, 2017 and will be featured in the May 2017 issue of Coastal Living and the top towns will be featured in an online gallery.

Why have we been chosen?
The jubilation created from big circus fun never really left the city of Sarasota, even after the Ringling Bros. Circus moved elsewhere.

But maybe the seaside breeze, the white sand and the coastal blue green waters are more to blame. Maybe the “circus” fun never left — after all there is a large circus heritage and tradition that remains in Sarasota to this day. Or maybe the enormous catalogue of arts, dining, attractions and eco amenities have helped to contribute to the “at ease” sensation of vacationing in this Florida Gulf Coast destination!

Sarasota could be considered the definitive happy town. It’s smaller than major metropolitan cities: you can land on the tarmac of the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport and be looking out to the Gulf of Mexico on Lido Beach in a matter of minutes. It’s more cultural than any other city of its scale: with multiple professional theatres, a ballet, an orchestra, an opera and countless galleries and museums. There are more parks and acres of untouched Florida wilderness than you can imagine, not far outside the city limits. Finally, the local chefs come from all over the world and serve dishes that may be considered works of art themselves, often using ingredients from nearby local farms. What else could you ask for in a city our size?

Share your happy town photo! Get on instagram and post your photo using the hashtag #CLHappyTownSarasota and #CLHappyTown.

Vote For Sarasota Here!


Editor’s note: This article, in entirety, is the property of Visit Sarasota County. See original posting here.

Networking on a New Level

Recently, we surveyed our members to get your feedback on what type of events you’re interested in. In an effort to provide you quality, top-notch events where meaningful connections can be made, we made some changes and are introducing two new events!

We are excited to introduce to you…

Chamber Connect

The new Chamber Connect event will be replacing our monthly after hours, “Monday Mixer.” Make connections with Chamber business professionals at the new Chamber Connect event held bi-monthly at various locations throughout Greater Sarasota. Enjoy light appetizers, drink specials and door prizes in a laid back atmosphere perfect for meeting your next customer or client. Chamber Connect is typically held on the third Thursday bi-monthly, making it an event that you won’t want to miss!

Register for our first Chamber Connect at Around the Clock Fitness on October 20

State of the Community Lunch Series

The new “State of the Community Lunch Series,” brings presenters from around the Greater Sarasota area to share insider information with you over lunch. Topics range from new things coming to Sarasota, important happenings and issues our local businesses need to know. Enjoy local cuisine from various member restaurants, while great speakers keep you engaged with the happenings in Sarasota. The State of the Community Lunch Series is held quarterly on the last Friday of the month.

Register for our first State of the Community Lunch Series with the Executive Director of the 2017 World Rowing Championships on September 30th at Seasons 52

Visit sarasotachamber.com/events to register for these new events!

For more information on these new events or on hosting one of these, please contact Craig McGonigal, cmcgonigal@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4034.

 

Save the Date for Chamber Fun this Fall!

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is bringing the fun this Fall Season for Annual Events! We’ve got an event lineup that is sure to bring fun times for our members!

First up!


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Wednesday, August 17 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sarasota Lanes
2250 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237

The Greater Sarasota Chamber is excited to roll in a new bowling event for all ages and skill levels on Wednesday, August 17, at Sarasota Lanes. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and bowling will begin rolling at 5:30 p.m.

This event includes networking, 2 games of bowling, contests and prizes, team bonding and much more. We hope you join us for a fun bowling night in your “spare-time!”

To register, click here!


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Friday, September 16 | 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
TPC Prestancia
4409 Tournament Players Club Drive
Sarasota, FL 34238

The 2016 Sarasota Chamber Golf Classic welcomes golfers of all skill levels on Friday, September 16, at TPC Prestancia. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m.

This exciting day includes networking, 18-hole game and cart, complimentary beverages and snacks, a cook out lunch, contests and prizes, award reception and much more! The tournament is a scramble format, allowing golfers of all skill levels to participate.

To register, click here!


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Friday, October 7 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1000 Blvd. of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236
Hyatt Regency Sarasota

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce will recognize the achievement of its members at its 96th Annual Meeting Friday, October 7.

Outstanding top member businesses, which have hired our neighbors, invested in the future and reached a milestone anniversary of local service to our area, will be celebrated on stage and honored for their achievement.

To register, click here!


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Wednesday, November 09, 2016 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Blvd
Palmetto, FL
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With over 175 exhibitors and over 1000 attendees, Chamber Expo is a three-hour, power-packed event where you can boost your brand awareness and meet your next customers. Hosted by the Sarasota and Manatee Chambers of Commerce, Chamber Expo is the area’s largest “Business After Hours” trade show of the year.

Why Exhibit? Great opportunity to showcase your business to hundreds of business owners and decision makers from Manatee and Sarasota counties at this combined Expo and Business After Hours.

Exhibitor Space includes 8-foot skirted table, two chairs, curtain backdrop and sides, identification sign, and four complimentary admissions to event. Corner booths and sponsorships available.

To register, click here!


Contact Brittany Lamont for Sponsorship Opportunities at blamont@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4040.

Visit sarasotachamber.com/events to register.

Save the Date! Annual Events Coming Soon

A new year brings new events. With anywhere from 100 to 500 people at each, our annual events provide some of the best networking opportunities, as well as some of the most fun! Here’s a look at what you can expect this year.

Annual Kick-Off Breakfast

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Friday, February 19, 2016 I 7:30 – 9 a.m. I Polo Grill
A breakfast event featuring an innovative key speaker and announcements about new Chamber member benefits and enhanced Chamber opportunities and goals for the upcoming year. This year we welcome Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation. This interactive presentation will stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future and engage business and community leaders in identifying key trends and the factors that drive our local economy. The Annual Kick-Off Breakfast is presented by Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

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