Business calendar for week of Aug. 20
Business expo: The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will host the 2012 Small Business Development Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21 at the CrossPointe Fellowship Hall, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The event is open to the public. Information: email@example.com or 941-778-1541.
Health care event: The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will host “Health Care Reform’s Impact on Business: What you need to know now” at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Polo Grill Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. A team of experts from the medical, insurance and accounting fields will answer questions and address issues of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The cost is $25 for members and nonmembers.
Chamber lunch: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Networking Lunch for chamber members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at Woody’s River Roo in Ellenton. Enjoy lunch and make some business connections. Cost is $12 and reservations are required, as seats are limited. Information: Nicole Onorato at 941-748-4842, ext. 122, or NicoleO@ManateeChamber.com.
Saving for college: Mike Valley, an Edward Jones Financial adviser in Bradenton, will host a free college savings presentation at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Ezra’s Restaurant, 5629 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Dinner will be served. The seminar is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Dianne or Jackie at 941-792-8397.
Networking event: Webster University Sarasota will host the S.W.A.T. networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Webster University, 8043 Cooper Creek Blvd. University Park. Come enjoy a night of great networking, light bites, door prizes and new connections. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to Robyn Spirtas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative update: The Manatee Chamber, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Home Builders Association, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and the Sarasota Chamber will host Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater for a luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Lakewood Ranch Golf Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. Hear the latest from Tallahassee, key upcoming legislation, important Medicaid and Medicare dilemmas, and unemployment compensation. Reservations required to Lisa at 941-748-4842, ext. 123, or LisaR@ManateeChamber.com.
Chamber event: The Manatee Chamber’s Coffee Club event will be 7:45 to 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at Rice’s Appliance TV, 6430 14th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature coffee, networking and door prizes. No RSVP required.
Chamber event: The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Shumaker Chamber University and its Business Women’s Initiative will present Politics, Women, Media Business at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Featured guest speaker Susan McManus, political analyst and USF Tampa professor, will answer questions. Pre-register by Sept. 13 to receive the discounted price of $30 for members of the Chamber and the League of Women Voters; $35 for nonmembers. Information: www.sarasotachamber.com/events or Amy Mosshart at email@example.com.
Jobs meeting: Suncoast Workforce has scheduled its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd. This event will include a panel discussion on best practices for hiring, training and retaining a skilled workforce. RSVP by Sept. 17 at SuncoastWorkforce.org. No refunds after that date. Registration is $35. Information: Peggy O’Connor at 941-358-4080, ext. 1117, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business expo: The DeSoto Square Business Palooza Event has been scheduled for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the DeSoto Squaremall, next to Macy’s. This event was created to bring future business and franchise owners together with current business owners who might be looking to expand, relocate or just improve their business by providing access to brokers, lenders, merchant services and other basic information. Information: Alyssa Wetzel at 941-747-5860 or AWetzel@Simon.com.
Action Business Club: meets 7:30-9 a.m., first and third Tuesdays, at River Club Country Club, 6600 River Club Blvd.
American Business Women’s Association 1st Class Chapter: meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday for networking and at 6 p.m. for dinner, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Dinner is $20. Contact Sharone Martinelli at 941-720-2380.
Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club: meets 6:30-8 p.m. first and third Mondays at Bible Baptist Church, 2113 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton. Contact Steve Zeris at 941-518-6450.
Michael Valley: local Edward Jones financial adviser, hosts a coffee club 9-10 a.m. the first Tuesday at 3226 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Bradenton meets for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in Bradenton at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, email@example.com or www.SWATnetworking.com.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Lakewood Ranch meets for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the River Club in Lakewood Ranch, 6600 River Club Blvd. Cost is $11 for members and $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.SWATnetworking.com.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Manasota meets for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Ramada Waterfront Hotel, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost is $11 for members and $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, email@example.com or www.SWATnetworking.com.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event, 5:30-7 p.m., Longwoodrun Grill Pub, 5802 Longwoodrun Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-388-7613.
Lassen’s Leads Club-Business Partners of Sarasota Chapter: noon-1:15 p.m., Hillview Grill, 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. $12 fee includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or wendy@leadsfL.com or see www.leadsfL.com.
Lassen’s Leads Club-Sarasota Women’s Chapter: noon-1:15 p.m., 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. $12 fee includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.leadsfl.com.
Open Network Manasota: networking and lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., The Bearded Clam, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $12 admission includes lunch. Call 941-504-9525.
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County: 1-3 p.m. 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. $5 donation requested. This employment success class includes cutting-edge tips for today’s resume, interviewing skills and job research strategies from a professional career adviser. Register at 941-366-1700.
Business Networking International-Circle of Success Chapter: networking 7-9 a.m., Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. $10, includes breakfast. Contact Dave Strickland, 941-545-1103 or email@example.com or see www.bni.com.
Business Networking International-Lakewood Ranch Chapter: networking 7:30-9 a.m., Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. First visit free and includes continental breakfast. Contact Michael Miele, 941-907-3828 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bni.com.
Lassen’s Leads Club-Sarasota Professionals Chapter: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Mediterranean, 1970 Main St., No. 1, Sarasota. $14, includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore, 941-371-1151 or wendy@LeadsFL.com, or visit www.leadsfl.com.
Lassen’s Leads Club-West Coast Professionals Chapter: noon-1:15 p.m., IHOP, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Two member businesses speak each week; visiting businesses can present their services. Menu pricing. Contact Wendy Moore, 941-371-1151 or email@example.com, or visit www.leadsfL.com.
Lakewood Ranch Professional Women’s Networking Group: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., River Club Cabana on the Green Restaurant, 6600 River Club Blvd. $12.50, includes lunch. RSVP by previous Tuesday with Elaine, 941-961-0559. Information: www.lrpwng.com.
Suncoast Business Alliance Bradenton: 7:45 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 6023 14th St. W., Bradenton. Register at www.meetup.com/SrqGrape/calendar/15504829.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Longwoodrun Grill Pub, 5802 Longwoodrun Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-7613.
Executive Network of Manatee: Business leads/referral group, 7:30 am, Days Inn Restaurant, 3506 First St. W., Bradenton. Contact Barbara Edwards, 941-792-2363, BERealtor@aol.com or www.executivenetworkmanattee.com.
Fox Business Group LLC: learn and lunch and networking meeting, noon-1 p.m., Country Pancake House and Restaurant, 8205 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Contact Andy Fox at 941-758-2404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manasota Business Network: business support network, 8-9 a.m., Jennifer’s Restaurant, 1401 Manatee Ave. W., No. 103, Bradenton. Seeking informational speakers and guests interested in becoming members. Contact Susan Humphreys at 941-737-1233 or email@example.com.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Senior Corps of Retired Executives-Counselors to America’s Small Business: one-on-one free counseling sessions for anyone starting a business or struggling with their business. Tuesdays at Manatee Chamber of Commerce-Lakewood Ranch, 4215 Concept Court, and Thursdays at Manatee Chamber of Commerce-Bradenton, 222 10th St. W. Appointments through Reba at 941-748-3411, ext. 100, or rebap@manatee chamber.com.
State College of Florida small business counseling sessions: 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 1945 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Appointments at 941-955-2508, ext. 520.
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee: free employment strategies programs including developing an effective job search, career exploration, networking, interviewing skills and resume review. At 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Appointments at 941-747-6797.
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