Shop Local, Shop Chamber 2018

The holiday season is just around the corner and with that comes the opportunity to support your local businesses as you shop. Here are just a few ways you can shop local and help support Sarasota’s small businesses:

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Communities thrive when small businesses succeed. Presented every year by American Express, Small Business Saturday follows Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 24. Support your fellow Chamber members on Saturday, November 24 by shopping local. Whether you’re downtown or searching around the many shopping plazas in Sarasota, there are plenty of small businesses to be found.

Making An Impact

In 2017, an estimated 108 million consumers reported shopping or dining at local independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday — generating roughly $12 billion in reported spend.

Find Retailers

Find local Chamber member retailers by visiting our online directory. You can view the directory on our website on your mobile device. Search for local retailers using keywords like “Shopping” to find the right destination for your holiday shopping list.

Coupons and Discounts

Before you wait in line on Black Friday or add items to your cart on Cyber Monday, don’t forget to check out the discounts and holiday specials your fellow Chamber members are offering this season. Visit the Coupons and Discounts section of The Chamber website to view the available offers by our members for our members.

Communities United

As shopping small catches on in communities everywhere, Small Business  Saturday goes from a cause to a day of community celebration.
90% of consumers surveyed said Small Business Saturday has had a positive impact on their community.

 

When you shop local, you shop Chamber. When you shop Chamber, you support the flourishing small businesses that keep our community afloat. We hope you’ll join the celebration of small businesses nationwide for Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 24.

Visit the Sarasota Chamber’s Membership Directory Here


Facts presented on this blogpost, are directly taken from American Express’ Small Business Saturday website. See more here.

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Siesta Key Crystal Classic Begins This Weekend!

Starting this Friday, November 9th-12th, twenty-four of the premier master sand sculptors from all over the world will be competing for 1st place on Siesta Beach. The festival will also have four additional sculptures this year for both the doubles and a new solo competition.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival now in its 9th year and has hosted over 260,000 attendees on the best beach in the USA!

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In only 24 sculpting hours, (spanning the four-day event), the master sculptors create sand masterpieces and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. The Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

The festival will be open until 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday nights with live music, lighted sculpture displays, and drinks from the party tent. Reverend Barry & The Funk will be playing Saturday night with 22N taking the stage on Sunday night!

The festival also features live music all four days, a large shopping village, and a variety of food and drink vendors. Other activities include the “Quick Sand” speed sculpting competition, sand sculpting lessons & demos, and an amateur competition.

For more information and to view the festival schedule, visit the website: www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com.

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.

Congressional Update and Roundtable Discussion with Vern Buchanan

A feature by Kevin Cooper, Vice President of Public Policy for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.

On a recent afternoon in September, over 40 key Chamber members and community leaders participated in a luncheon and roundtable discussion with United States Congressman Vern Buchanan. Not only does Buchanan represent the area’s interests in Washington, D.C., but he is a Longboat Key resident and former Chairman of the Board for The Chamber. Not long after seeing the President sign his Veterans Identification Card Act into law, Buchanan was in the area to share his thoughts and focus for the near future.

IMG_5702Earlier in the day, Buchanan met with a number of tax professions who represent corporations of all sizes. The Congressman shared with The Chamber group how he would like to see the tax code significantly simplified. Specifically, the length and complexity of conformity, he contended, is both challenging and costly for taxpayers. Buchanan also linked tax code concerns to budget deficits. Continue reading “Congressional Update and Roundtable Discussion with Vern Buchanan”