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Business Observer Friday, Oct. 29, 2004 15 years ago

Free Press (Sara/Mana edition)

This week's items: University Park Country Club CafE renovated, expandedISP expands coverage by 30%Home to be given away to Manatee County family New training program for the boating started

Free Press (Sara/Mana edition)

University Park Country Club

CafE renovated, expanded

Owners and senior management at the University Park Country Club celebrated a topping out ceremony at the Park Grille and CafE. The $2 million renovation and expansion of the clubis restaurant features views of the lake and golf course scheduled for completion in late November. The project includes a 2,500-square-foot addition, renovation of the existing dining room and lakeside cafE along with renovation and expansion of the kitchen.

High-speed Internet provider

expands coverage by 30%

BreakFree Wireless Internet has expanded its high-speed broadband wireless Internet service to businesses in the Port Charlotte and Englewood areas. With this expansion, made possible by new repeater antenna locations in Port Charlotte and Englewood, BreakFree increases its coverage area by more than 30%.

Home to be given away

to Manatee County family

De Morgan Homes will give one of the homes in its Oak View subdivision to a needy family. The family will be selected by a panel of Manatee County clergy and human servicesi managers. The panel is seeking nominations of deserving families from churches and other organizations within the county.

New training program for the

boating industry to start up

Representatives from the boating industry and Manatee Technical Institute teamed up to start a new finishing and laminating training program specifically targeted to meet the needs of area boat manufacturers this fall at MTIis main campus. Those companies helping to fund the program will comprise an advisory board that will approve the curriculum and instructor.

Growing ink-jet refilling chain

isnit just focused on saving

Island Ink-Jet, a growing chain of ink-jet cartridge refill service shops, claims its service saves buyers hundreds of dollars when compared to the cost of purchasing new cartridges from the printer manufacturer.

Using refills also helps preserve the environment. Refilling a cartridge rather than replacing it conserves oil that would otherwise be used to manufacture a new cartridge. In addition, refilling a cartridge instead of throwing it away helps reduce the space strain in landfills.

Sarasota company listed as

one of the 500 fastest growing

Carbiz Inc., which recently announced aggressive expansion plans, is listed on the 2004 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 ranking of North Americais fastest growing technology companies.

Based in Sarasota and Toronto, Canada, Carbiz provides Internet and software solutions to the North American automotive industry. The company was included on the Fast 500 in 2002.

Seminar focused on how to get a job as an immigrant in U.S.

Immigration attorney Donna Scarlatelli spoke on iUnraveling the Mysteries of U.S. Immigrationi during a recent seminar.

Scarlatelli holds a masteris degree in international administration and served with the U.S. Refugee Program in Southeast Asia and was attached to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. She focused onYhow the immigration system works and opportunities for living and working in the United States, developing a strategy for achieving oneis goals, marketing oneself for the job offer as well as other topics.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

receives safety award

Employees at Sarasota Jungle Gardens were honored recently by their insurance company with an award for safety on the job. Representatives from Zenith Insurance Co. in Sarasota presented the 2003-2004 Outstanding Safety Achievement Award to the gardens.

The award is especially poignant as employees at Sarasota Jungle Gardens work with dangerous animals such as alligators, crocodiles and snakes.


i The Tervis Tumbler Co. launched a new Web site at

i Attorney Maureen Avial added mediation services to her family law practice.

i Marketing By Design added seven new accounts, including Karate America, Knight Games, Unique Shield, Intensive Air, San Marco Development, Hospice of Southwest Florida and Watson Capital.

Development company donates to Challenge Day Program

Neal Communities donated $1,000 to Manatee High Schoolis Challenge Day Program, a national program for high school or middle school students to address such issues as violence, racism, teasing, stereotypes, tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Manatee High School will sponsor four Challenge Days this year.

New businesses Web site wants to help other businesses

Jim and Marjorie Paterson opened Consultant Search Inc., Bradenton. The business is aimed at helping other Sarasota and Manatee area companies and organizations find qualified computer and information technology consultants to handle computer projects. Companies list their projects, with a description, budgets, required qualifications and other information on the Consultant Search Web site at

Sarasota bank starts-off

donations for fundraiser

First State Bank in Sarasota made a $5,000 donation to the Fund for the Florida Center for Child and Family Development. First State Bankis donation was the first in a fundraising drive attempting to raise $100,000. The fund was established to provide ongoing operating support for the Florida Centeris programs and services.


i The Tax Deferred Exchange Co. launched a new Web site at

i The Andy Gray Schools of Real Estate Inc. added a 24-hour mortgage broker licensing course. The first course will be Nov. 12-14.

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