â¢ The Opportunities for everyone at the Grand Sarasota Chamber of Commerce The initiative provided grants to 38 local businesses through the Business Assistance Fund program. This program was designed to help minorities, small business owners and nonprofit organizations with resources that will help our local businesses grow and prosper.
Of the 150 nominations submitted, 38 winners were chosen by a selection committee made up of local business owners and community leaders.
The grant recipients are: 301 Tires, Luxury Barber Lounge, Abundant Blessing Consulting Services, Margwine Organization, Inc., American Field Inspections, Mary Butler, LLC, Around The Way Non-urgent medical transport, Minet’s Table, Best solutions for employment, Mission Made Possible, LLC , Biom Probiotiques, Mountain View Media, Black and Tan Cigar Bar and Lounge, Music Compound, Compound Catering, My Reality Speaks, LLC, Dapper Bowtique, NewSara Logistics, Drummerboy Entertainment and Newtown Country.
As well: Emerge Sarasota, Oueens of Domestic Violence Awareness Inc., Family Fixins, RDA FL Solutions, Flashfoot Academy, Settles Stump Grinding & Tree Service LLC, Freestyle Healing SRQ, Single Mom & A Mop, Happy Soul, Styles By Maria, King HR Services, The Freeland Eddie Law Group, PA, La Brisa Tacos y Mariscos, Tunstall Tires, Learn My History Foundation, Wee Kare Concierge, Love At Home Care, LLC and WillMoores Twangy Sauce for Wings.
The Opportunities For All grant was provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.
â¢ Place SantÃ© Center associated with the Southwest Florida Health Planning Council, Inc. to certify three of its staff as Navigators for the Affordable Care Act.
Ximena Granada, Tracy Green and Fran Polar are certified sailors and are currently scheduling free and open to the public appointments. Granada and Green are both community health workers at CenterPlace Health and Polar is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
The three-person team will help the public enroll in affordable health insurance. Granada and Polar are bilingual and speak fluent English and Spanish.
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The position of Navigator was created by the Affordable Care Act to assist people who register for coverage through Medicare Exchange and to refer or assist with registration for Medicaid.
Mariners are paid by state and federal grant programs and cannot be compensated by insurance companies.
Mariners must complete comprehensive federal training, criminal background checks, as well as state training and registration (if applicable), before assisting consumers.
The mission of CenterPlace Health is to provide effective and efficient delivery of quality and affordable health services to a diverse population, with compassion and caring.
â¢ Florida State College, Manatee-Sarasota, will offer an entry-level real estate sales associate pre-license course from January 31 to April 4.
The 63-hour course, led by real estate broker Kelly Repassy, ââfrom Keller Williams Real Estate, is required by the state of Florida to obtain a real estate license and is a requirement to take the state exam, which is not included.
The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at CFS Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway, Sarasota. Registration is $ 349 per person and includes the manual and the practical exam on April 11.