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The Bradenton Area on Florida’s west coast has evolved from a center of agriculture, retirement and tourism...



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Envisioning a Culinary Market District for the Bradenton Area

BY SHARON HILLSTROM Who would have thought that Bentonville, Arkansas would become a destination for visitors interested in American art, or students pursuing culinary arts? But that’s exactly what’s happening in the once-sleepy town that is home to Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters. I visited Bentonville last [...]

Innovative collaboration creates deeper pool of IT talent in Bradenton area

BY SHARON HILLSTROM In today’s world, all businesses require some sort of technology to operate, but not all companies can afford to have tech support and related specialists in-house. This is particularly true for smaller markets like the Manatee-Sarasota region, where most businesses have fewer [...]

Bradenton area groups support millennials by working together

BY SHARON HILLSTROM They are 18 to 34 years old, and they are a force to be reckoned with. This week, they are convening in Manatee County at the second MCon Millennial Conference to support leadership development and address topics such as housing, financial stability, [...]