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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 – Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) Graduation
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 – 6:00 – 8:00pm
MelEcho Productions Receives Contract from Ringling School of Art and Design to Produce 2006 Annual Video
Congratulations Times Two – MelEcho Productions Selected Second Consecutive Year to Produce YMCA Videos
Thursday, November 16, 2006 6:00 – 8:00pm
Pines of Sarasota Project Approved for contributions through Enterprise Zone Program
Pines of Sarasota received notice of approval from the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development for its application for Community Contribution Tax Credit Project (CCTCP) sponsorship. Pines of Sarasota is located in the Sarasota Enterprise Zone at 1501 N. Orange Ave.
The Pines of Sarasota is a charitable, non-profit community dedicated to providing adults with limited resources excellent care. Since 1948, Pines of Sarasota programs have provided residents with health, social, and support services and programs to enhance quality of life in a residential setting. The Pines also employs more than 350 people, with approximately 25 percent from the enterprise zone.
The CCTCP incentive allows businesses that make contributions to the Pines project eligible to apply for tax credit equal to 50 percent of the value of its contribution against Florida Corporate Income Tax or Sales and Use Tax account. This approval also allows insurers that make contributions to the project, eligible to apply for a tax credit equal to 50 percent of the value of the contribution against its Florida Insurance Premium Tax.
The first part of the industrious Pines project is a beautiful new skilled nursing facility with a modern rehabilitation/therapy center, which began construction last year. Residents in the existing older facility will be moved to the new location after completion possibly by December.
Anyone interested in a contribution to the Pines Project may contact Richard Enslein, Campaign Director, at 941.780.3895.
As a project in the Sarasota Enterprise Zone, Pines of Sarasota also benefits from a waiver of county impact fees for roads, emergency services and fire and rescue, saving Pines approximately $75,000.
For more information about the Sarasota Enterprise Zone contact Dru Jones, Economic Development Coordinator, Newtown Redevelopment Office at 373.7780 or go to www.ez.sarasotagov.com.
The Human Society of Sarasota County Seeks Board of Directors Candidates
Black Business Professional Network Interview on Black Almanac
Empowered Minds Newsletter – Announcement
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