July 9, 2012 

UPCOMING EVENTSc

Travel event: Women Owners of Florida Inc. will host a panel discussion on what to do for summer from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Hilton Garden Inn, Sarasota. The event will feature Ann Lee from Lee and Co., a travel agent who will speak on travel outside the area and how to get the best deals. Stephanie Grosskreutz, Managing Director from Visit Sarasota County, will talk about where to go on the Suncoast for a "staycation." There also will be a fashion show from the Women's Resource Center Manatee. For more information, contact Deborah Shuck at 941-685-0250 or go to www.womenownersoffl.com.

Chamber networking: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at AutoWay Ford, 5325 14th St. W., Bradenton. The event will feature networking, door prizes, and complimentary appetizers and drinks. There is no cost to attend and no RSVP is necessary. For more information, call Nicole at 941-748-4842 ext. 122.

Chamber luncheon: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host a "Power Connection Lunch" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at MacAllisters Grill and Tavern, 8110 Main St., Lakewood Ranch. Attendees will have an opportunity to make brief comments regarding their business. The cost is $12. Register online at www.Manateechamber.com or call Nicole at 941-748-4842 ext. 122.

Foreclosure workshop: The Neighborhood Community Foundation will sponsor a free foreclosure prevention workshop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wingate by Windham, 5464 Lena Road, Bradenton. The event strives to help residents develop a better understanding of the foreclosure process, legal rights, and available options and solutions to remain in their homes. To register for the Save Your Home Foreclosure Prevention Workshop, visit www.Neighborhood-Community.org or call 877-306-5299.

Agent meeting: The Manasota Chapter of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents is having its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Troyer's Dutch Heritage, 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. The speaker this month is CPA Stephen Valentine, and the topic is inside/outside basis. The cost for non-members is $30. Contact Ben Cooper at 941-713-9190 or Benacooper@aol.com to make a reservation.

Chamber luncheon: The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its power networking lunch for 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. For more information or to register, please go to www.latinchamber.org.

Networking social: Manatee Young Professionals will host casual business networking from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 12 at Riverhouse Reef and Grill. No RSVP necessary. There is no cost to attend for paid MYP members or for those who join on-the-spot and $5 for all others. Complimentary hors d'oeuvers and a cash bar are included. Bring business cards and a friend.

Creative thinking seminar: COBROOKE Ideas Architecture Design is conducting a series of creative thinking seminars in support of the new book "Going in Circles While Moving Forward." The seminars will help companies integrate design thinking into their business. The first seminar has been scheduled for July 17 at Keiser University in Lakewood Ranch. For more information or to register, visit www.cobrooke.com or email seminars@cobrooke.com.

Technology seminar: SuncoastTechnology Forum is hosting its next educational and networking event, the TechbyteLuncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 17 at the PoloGrill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. The keynote speaker will be Edward Lin, founder and CEO of HealO Medical LLC. The is $15 for pre-registered STF and Tampa Bay TechnologyForum members and guests; and $25 for non-members. Register online at www.suncoasttechnologyforum.com.

Marketing seminar: The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association have collaborated to host a professional development seminar: Getting More Out of your PR and Marketing Dollars. The event has been scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the Fete Ballroom, 10670 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch. Trevor Moawad, director of IMG Performance Academy, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. For more information or to register visit www.lwrba.org. Cost for breakfast, workshops and keynote speaker luncheon is $50 for LWRBA or CWC-FPRA members and $65 for non-members. Cost for the luncheon only is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Business fundraiser: Anytime Fitness in Parrish will be hosting an Open House to benefit Manasota Operation Troop Support July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MOTS is a local Bradenton organization that supports U.S. troops currently deployed to the Middle East and their families. The Open House we will feature a local music DJ, local business prize raffles, and a rummage sale and food sale. All proceeds will benefit the MOTS organization.

Political luncheon: Sarasota Bradenton International Airport CEO Rick Piccolo has will speak at the Argus Foundation "Meet the Minds" luncheon at 11:30 a.m. July 26. The cost is $30. For details and registration, call 941-365-4886.

MONTHLY/BIMONTHLY events

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 9th St. West. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, director@swatnetworking.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 $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, director@swatnetworking.com 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 in Manasota. Cost is $11 for members $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, director@swatnetworking.com or www.SWATnetworking.com.

WEEKLY EVENTS

MONDAY

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 wendy@leadsfl.com, 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.

TUESDAY

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 dstrickland@kmbs.konicaminolta.us 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 mmiele@mga-insurance.com, or see 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 wendy@leadsfl.com, or visit www.leadsfL.com.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

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: leads/referral group, 7:30 a.m., Days Inn Restaurant, 3506 First St. W., Bradenton. Contact WBPadelford@yahoo.com or visit www.executivenetworkmanatee.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 andy@foxbizgroup.com.

FRIDAY

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 garysueh@yahoo.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.

To list a business meeting or event, email Josh Salman at jsalman@bradenton.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday before publication; items must include full address of meeting place, date and time of event, and a telephone number.

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