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3/3/2001

Business Briefs

Award-winner named

     C.J. Fishman, of Fishman & Associates Inc., has been recognized by the city of Venice as a "Pillar of the Community." Fishman is a former president of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce , a member of the Sertoma Club of Venice and a frequent emcee at community events.

Sarasota chamber events

     The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce will be offering free small business counseling each Tuesday in March from 1-3 p.m. at its office, 1819 Main St., Suite 240, Sarasota. Call 955-8187 for reservations.

     The chamber's March power networking sessions are scheduled for March 6 and 20. Both sessions begin at noon and will be held at the chamber office. For reservations call 955-2508, Ext., 253.

Englewood chamber events

     The Englewood Area Chamber of Commerce has scheduled three events for March.

     Business card exchanges will be held on March 7 at Alterra Sterling House, and on March 21 at Just Ask Rental by True Value. Both events begin at 5 p.m. The charge is $2 for members and $4 for non-members. For more information, call the chamber at 474-5511.

     The next Network at Noon meeting will be held at Angie's House of Chan on March 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The speaker will be Jill Leah of Manatee Community College.

     For more information or to make a reservation, call Ruthann Pearce of Dixie Pools at 473-0112 or contact the chamber.

Investment seminar

     Lisa A. Van Ullen, a financial advisor and retirement planning specialist with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, will host a free seminar on investing during volatile markets on March 13.

     The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Venice, 455 U.S. 41 Bypass North, beginning at 11:30 a.m. A complimentary lunch is included.

     Brent Houck, vice president of Travelers Insurance, will be the guest speaker.

     For reservations, call Cindy at 483-3555

Business of the Year

     Nominations for the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards are due by March 16.

     The program, which is in its 22nd year, recognizes businesses in four categories: businesses with one to five employees; businesses with six to 25 employees; businesses with more than 26 employees; and new businesses (in business more than one but no more than three years).

     The awards luncheon will take place on May 30.

     Nomination forms can be obtained from the chamber at 257 Tamiami Trail North or by calling 488-2236.

Magazine honored

     American Profile, a four-color weekly national magazine with regional editorial content for community newspaper readers, is the recipient of the 2000 Launch of the Year award presented by Dr. Samir Husni, a.k.a Mr. Magazine.

     American Profile shares the honor with "O, The Oprah Magazine," the first time two magazines have split the honor in the award's 16-year history.

     American Profile, which appears in the Venice Gondolier every Wednesday, showcases hometown America and its heroes.

     The award is based on several criteria. In addition to innovation and impact, Husni looks at a magazine's relevancy to its intended market, publicity generated from its launch and its diversification and specialization.

     Husni, a journalism professor at the University of Mississippi, reviewed 874 new launches for 2000.

FLAIR starts service

     Florida Air Inc. (FLAIR), operating in cooperation with Harbor Air Inc., began intrastate air service Feb. 15 on a Sarasota-Fort Myers-Marathon-Florida Keys route flown four times a day.

     The new commuter airline added a Sarasota-Tallahassee route on Feb. 19 and a Sarasota-Orlando-Jacksonville route on Feb. 22.

     A Sarasota-Fort Lauderdale/Miami-Florida Keys route started on March 1. All of the routes are scheduled to be flown four times a day.

     The chief executive officer of FLAIR is Rudi Dekkers, who also owns Huffman Aviation Inc. in Venice.

     For more information about FLAIR, call 1-(877)-683-5247.

Crane acquisition

     Crane Environmental, formerly known as Environmental Products, has acquired Force Filtration Systems, a company specializing in small and medium reverse osmosis systems.

     Crane designs, manufactures and installs water purification systems throughout the world from locations in Venice and Trooper, Pa.

Kirk-Pinkerton anniversary

     The Kirk-Pinkerton law firm recently celebrated its 75th anniversary.

     Founded by James E. Kirk in Sarasota in 1926, the firm now has 20 lawyers in offices in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton.

     The firm's attorneys provide a full range of legal services, and currently represent the developers of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota.

Turner attends symposium

     Maggie Turner of Turner Photography attended the 2001 Presidential Circle symposium in Key Biscayne recently.

     The Presidential Circle is an association of the nation's elite professional portrait and wedding photographers. Turner Photography is one of 275 studios in the nation to be inducted into membership.

     Turner Photography is located at 1661 Bal Harbour Drive. The phone number is 496-8828.

PGT on PBS

     PGT Industries' WinGuard impact resistant windows and doors were selected as replacement products for a West Palm Beach remodeling project for the PBS show "This Old House."

     The home owner selected the windows and doors for their hurricane protection, noise abatement and security features.

     WinGuard windows and doors are the only complete line of products that meet or exceed Miami-Dade construction codes, the most stringent in the nation.

New Blalock agent

     Andrew Linebarger has become an account executive at James T. Blalock Insurance Agency, a division of Roger Bouchard Insurance Inc.

     He wil be responsible for commercial production for the company.

     The agency is located at 211 S. Nokomis Ave. Its phone number is 488-6791.

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