Main Plaza/Hollywood 20 sells for $18.1 Million

A local investment group with ties to PGA golfer Greg Norman acquired the Main Plaza/Hollywood 20 complex in downtown Sarasota for $18.1 million, with an aim of reviving the aging office and retail center.  The group, comprising of entrepreneurs Jesse Biter, Eric Baird, and David Chessler, say they have… Keep Reading

Local entrepreneur wins another award

The Review’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year is getting some statewide recognition.  Eric Baird, founder of Bradenton-based, a shipping and mail forwarding company, recently received the Governor’s Business Diversification Award for Export Excellence… Keep Reading

Entrepreneur of the Year 2009: A Package Deal

Revenues at Bradenton-based have grown 156% since 2006, from $10.147 million to $25.99 million last year. For leading that growth, company founder Eric Baird has been named the Review’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year… Keep Reading


A Gulf Coast-based shipping company nearly doubled its revenues this year, from $15 million to a projected $28 million.  Keep Reading

Shipping magnate

Readers of the Gulf Coast Business Review selected Eric Baird as Entrepreneur of the Decade. He’s the founder, president and CEO of Sarasota-based, a shipping and mail-forwarding company to people overseas. Keep Reading

Eight Gulf Coast companies make Inc. 500

Inc. Magazine’s annual ranking of the fastest-growing privately held companies ranked eight Gulf Coast companies among the nation’s top 500. Keep Reading

Hoop Dreams

All Brett Morrow really wanted was a place to teach his 12-year-old son how to shoot a basketball. But in the process, he ended up finding a way to put a dent into a growing problem on the Gulf Coast: The amount of empty warehouses and industrial facilities that have multiplied exponentially during the recession. Keep Reading

Logistical shuffle in CEO suite

Eric Baird, the Business Observer’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year, has taken a less active role in day-to-day operations of the fast-growing package forwarding company he founded, Keep Reading Closes Round Led by Palm Beach Capital, a Sarasota package forwarding service company, has closed a round of funding led by Palm Beach Capital with participation from Logisticap Partners and other investors. Financial terms were not disclosed., founded in 1997 by CEO Eric Baird, provides online shopping foreign nationals in over 200 countries with flexible package receiving/forwarding services. Keep Reading

Firm exports its way to excellence

The Gulf Coast isn’t necessarily considered a hub for global exports, but one local firm, Sarasota-based, took a big step recently to alter that perception. Keep Reading, Teltronics win award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given and Teltronics Inc. its Faces of Trade award. The award recognizes American-owned and operated companies with fewer than 500 employees “that have demonstrated outstanding international success through exports,” the release said. Keep Reading Moves Up Nine Spots to Claim #45 on Biz(941)’s List of Top Companies continues to bring home the awards. Biz(941) has released their rankings for Top Companies in Sarasota and Manatee counties placing at #45. With a revenue sales growth of 30% in 2010 over 2009, they are poised to continue their upward trend of success in 2011. Keep Reading Receives Investment Infusion

SARASOTA, Fla., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — announced today that the company has just received a substantial investment, and this funding now positions the company for exponential growth and new strategic acquisitions. is the number one rated international package forwarding service with both business and personal customers across 220 countries. Keep Reading Receives Private Equity Investment, a Sarasota, Florida-based international package forwarding service, has received a “substantial” investment. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed. Backers include private equity firm Palm Beach Capital, Logisticap Partners, and other unnamed co-investors. Keep Reading

Package Forwarding Company in Bradenton Is Named ‘Exporter of the Year’ by U.S. Export Promotion Magazine

February 5, 2009 – Access USA Shipping in Bradenton, Florida, which does business as, has been named a 2009 Exporter of the Year award winner by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department. Keep Reading

Company Overview of Access USA Shipping, Inc.

Access USA Shipping, Inc., doing business as, provides package-forwarding services. The company offers international shipping logistics, export compliance, customs documentation and expedited import handling, door-to-door delivery, and repackaging and package consolidation services. It serves consumers, shoppers, and businesses in the United States and internationally. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Sarasota, Florida. Keep Reading

Job Creation Efforts Place #1 for Highest Average Wage in Sarasota County, the leader in international package forwarding and shipping, has placed first in highest average wage among the Sarasota County companies that have been participating in the county’s job creation incentive program. Currently on its 18th month, the program was designed to incentivize companies to create jobs for the community. is happy to report that they have created 14 jobs giving the overall company average wage of $69,249, the highest to-date. New positions were added to all facets of the company within the executive management, warehouse and logistics and customer service and personal shopping teams. Plans continue for to create 100 jobs over the next five years, as promised. Keep Reading You’ve got mail? Then you’re going to need local company

When opened in Bradenton about 10 years ago, it started as a small, manual mail processor. It has become an international, package and mail forwarding business that serves about 13,000 customers globally. That is the reason this year, The Manatee County Economic Development Council selected for the Exporting Excellence award. Keep Reading

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