Sky’s the limit for aviation businesses, jobs in Manatee County

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Manatee County’s aviation, aerospace and defense industry is relatively small in number of jobs – about 1,000 at last count – but those jobs are high-value. In the aviation niche alone, annual earnings per job average $57,000, compared to around $40,000 for all industries in Manatee County. It’s also a growing [...]

2018-11-19T16:17:57+00:00 November 19th, 2018|News|

For businesses, public recognition is more than a feel-good moment

By Sharon Hillstrom Who doesn’t like to be recognized for excellence? Whether in your favorite sport, school work, a hobby or at the office, praise is always appreciated. For a business, however, the value of public recognition can go far beyond a feel-good moment. For businesses, being recognized for business growth, economic impact, employee relations [...]

2018-10-25T18:07:35+00:00 October 29th, 2018|News|

Bradenton Area EDC Videos Demonstrate Manatee County’s Business Allure

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Smart organizations monitor their metrics beyond the bottom line. The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is no different, but what we measure isn’t what you might expect. While preparing for our annual meeting coming up on November 2, we analyzed our entire marketing pipeline for recruiting companies to locate in [...]

2018-09-17T15:04:39+00:00 September 17th, 2018|News|

EDC’s Robust Network, Sophisticated Approach Help Manatee County Businesses Grow

By Sharon Hillstrom Anyone operating a business knows there can be obstacles to growing your business.  A few examples include finding the right talent for your workforce, managing permitting challenges during a facility expansion, and finding a new location to meet client demand for a new product or service. What if you had a [...]

2018-08-17T15:59:03+00:00 August 20th, 2018|News|

Bradenton Area EDC Appoints Established Business Program Manager

BRADENTON – Elizabeth Cordes has been appointed Established Business Program manager at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC), announced Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer. Through in-depth consultation and intelligence gathering, Cordes will measure, evaluate and develop strategies to increase competitiveness for established businesses in Manatee County.  “The EDC offers a robust network [...]

2018-08-13T19:01:39+00:00 August 13th, 2018|News|

Bradenton Area’s Diverse Life Sciences Industry Impresses at Boston Conference

BY SHARON HILLSTROM The weather was miserable when we attended the BIO conference in Boston last month, but we didn’t mind at all. In fact, the steady downpour made our “Bradenton Area” branded umbrellas a huge hit at our booth as we talked with more than 150 attendees from life sciences businesses of all [...]

2018-07-13T17:14:44+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|News|

State College of Florida a Regional Powerhouse for Academics, Career Education

Photo credit: State College of Florida BY SHARON HILLSTROM Touring the new Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) brought home to me how the institution has grown to be a regional powerhouse for academics, leadership and career education. The stunning edifice and cutting-edge technology, the focus on collaborative [...]

2018-06-25T17:35:45+00:00 June 25th, 2018|News|

Downtown Bradenton Redevelopment Is More than Just Talk; It’s Real

Photo credit: Realize Bradenton BY SHARON HILLSTROM I received an email recently alerting me that the Bradenton Blues Festival scheduled for Dec. 1 is already one-third sold out. Last year, the nationally recognized, world-class blues experience sold out 12 days in advance and drew 3,000 attendees from 33 states, five foreign countries, and 229 Florida [...]

2018-05-18T19:59:11+00:00 May 18th, 2018|News|

Manatee County Applies Winning Strategies for Talent Attraction, STEM Learning

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Andrew Newman is quite a catch. He is a college-educated, skilled employee with three professional internships under his belt. He also happens to be a big fan of the Bradenton area. Sun Hydraulics Corp. successfully wooed Newman from Missouri to a mechanical engineering job at Sun’s facility in the Bradenton area in [...]

2018-04-23T16:15:42+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|News|

Pirates’ 50th Year in Bradenton Highlights Region’s Sports Performance Industry

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Regardless of the final score when the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Phillies at LECOM Park today, the Buccos are perennial winners in our book. The organization is celebrating a 50-year relationship with Bradenton that has brought substantial benefit to our community’s economy and quality of life. Consider that Pirates Spring [...]

2018-03-26T15:13:55+00:00 March 26th, 2018|News|
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