Sarasota recently became the home of Frederic Jean Augé, who is one of the world’s preeminent specialists in the area of botanical preservation. Preserved botanicals are commonly used in the floral and interior design industries. These are actual leaves, flowers, trees and other natural botanical products that have been preserved to last indefinitely. For example, it is becoming increasingly common to see preserved palm trees in offices and shopping malls. To preserve flowers and foliage, there are two methods: the “systemic method” and the “immersion method”. In the systemic method, the botanicals stand in a tray of artificial sap, which is a proprietary formula developed by individual specialists and derived from natural products. The temperature and humidity of the ambient air is controlled to facilitate perspiration. By osmosis, as the plant perspires, it absorbs the artificial sap, thus eventually preserving it. In the immersion method, which is mainly used to preserve flowers, the fresh botanicals are completely immersed in a preserving liquid over a period of time. Eventually, the preserving liquid replaces the natural sap and the flower is preserved. The “science” of preserving botanicals is in developing immersion liquids or artificial saps that can best preserve a particular species. The “art” of the process is choosing the dyes and other methods to make the plant look most natural when the process is done. Mr. Augé has mastered both the science and the art of preserving botanical products and he is working with a local company to develop a manufacturing facility in Sarasota. He already has a production line up and running and is activity engaged in research and development of new products. So, what is the problem? He says that they are getting larger orders than they anticipated and they do yet not have the space and the production capacity to meet the demand. Mr. Augé is looking for an investor to help fund the expansion of the business. With sufficient funding, the business could create 10 or more specialty manufacturing jobs. For foreign investors, it could possibly be a vehicle for qualifying for a business visa.
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