Business calendar

November 19, 2012 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Homeowner meeting: The Federation of Manatee County Community Associations will hold its next meeting at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Synovus Bank at 2520 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton. The speaker will be Joe McClash, who for the past 20 years has served as a county commissioner for District 7 in an at-large capacity. He'll review some of the workings of the commission and will be available for questions and answers from the audience. All Manatee County home and condo owners are welcome to attend this meeting. For information, go to www.thefmcca.com or call 941-795-1318.

Technology luncheon: Cihan Cobanoglu, dean at USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership, will be presenting the importance of technology in hospitality and tourism at the next Suncoast Technology Forum Techbyte Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Information and registration are available at www.SuncoastTechnologyForum.com.

Women business meeting: Women Owners of Florida Inc. will host Alex Sink as the speaker for its meeting at noon Nov. 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn across from the airport on Tamiami Trail. Sink presently serves as a senior adviser with Tampa-based Hyde Park Capital. She previously served as Florida's chief financial officer from 2007 to 2011 and was the state's Democratic nominee for governor in 2010. For more information contact Deb Shuck at 941-685-0250.

EDC event: The Manatee Economic Development Corp. will introduce its branding and marketing strategy during a special event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Manatee Convention Center. "Charting the Course: Introducing the Manatee County Vision" will feature keynote speaker Gray Swoope, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. For sponsorship info and details, emailcindyu@manateeedc.com.

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 Ninth St. W. 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 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 p.m.-3 p.m. 340 S. Tuttle Ave. in 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.

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 President Sarah Meaker, 941-773-5349 or Sarah@meakerandassociates.com or see 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: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., The River Club, 6600 River Club Blvd. $12.50, includes lunch. RSVP by previous Tuesday to 941-313-5813. 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: Business leads/referral group, 7:30 a.m., 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 andy 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Bob Evans, 7393 53rd Ave E, Bradenton. Contact Chris Moss, 941-907-9149 or christopherlmoss 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.

The University Professional Women's Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club: noon to 1:15 p.m., Bonefish Grill, 8101 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota. The lunch fee is $15. For reservations and information contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or wendy@LeadsFL.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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