Friday, March 26, 2010

First Watch Franchise

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BRADENTON — The First Watch restaurant chain has signed a multi-unit franchise agreement with FW Florida, Inc., which plans to open five First Watch restaurants in the North Central Florida area including Ocala, Gainesville, and The Villages.

The company’s principals also have secured development rights for First Watch restaurants in Iowa.

FW Florida, Inc. President Joe Cody has more than 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry and currently is a multi-unit, multi-brand franchise operator for Arby’s, Qdoba, Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza, Erbert & Gerbert’s and Taco John’s. Cody was also one of the original franchisees for TGI Friday’s.

First Watch has 80 restaurants in 11 states and is based in Bradenton.

Cortez businesses hold open houses

BRADENTON — The Purple Coconut Salon and Spa, Allion’s Dance Studio and Budget Signs, new businesses at 5203 Cortez Road, are holding open houses from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 3.

Barbecue, a live band, temporary tattoos, an Easter basket raffle and discount prices will be offered at the event. For more information, call (941) 761-0984 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (941) 761-0984 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Builders to hold reverse trade show, job fair

LAKEWOOD RANCH — The Gulf Coast Builders Xchange is holding reverse trade show and construction job fair March 31 to stimulate business for local subcontractors.

Subcontractors will be able to talk with representatives from area general contractors, who will answer questions and share tips on winning contracts. Local businesses and other vendors also will display their products and services.

The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Polo Grill & Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Julie Ivings at or (941) 907-7745 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (941) 907-7745 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Economic development focus of luncheon

SARASOTA — A panel discussion on Economic Development — The Attorney’s Role will be held Thursday at a noon luncheon at Michael’s On East.

Peter Straw, executive director of the Sarasota Manatee Area Manufacturers Association, Kerry Kirshner, of the Argus Foundation, and Kathy Baylis, of the Sarasota County Economic Development Corp., will speak at the Sarasota County Bar Association luncheon.

The discussion will be an inquiry into what really needs to happen to rejuvenate the regional economy.

Document company opens in Bradenton

BRADENTON — Documented, LLC, a company providing home inventory services, has opened. The company provides homeowners with reports containing just about everything they own along with digital images. Documented also provides a data backup CD, software so homeowners can view home inventory results on their PC and a homeowner information package. For more information, call Gail Ferraro at (941) 677-6124 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (941) 677-6124 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or

— Herald staff reports

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