Business Calendar for week of Feb. 3, 2014

February 3, 2014 


Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Networking Social: The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will host a networking social 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Truman's Tap and Grill, 11161 SR70 E., Lakewood Ranch. Meet and mingle with other members and enjoy the kick-off to the Ranch Reward 2014 Program. Cost: $20, free to LWRBA members. Information and registration: 941-757-1671 or

Manatee Chamber of Commerce Power Connection Lunch: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host its power networking lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Arts and Eats, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton. All attendees will be given the opportunity to give a brief commercial on their business. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Cost: $12 members, $17 nonmembers. Information: 941-748-4842, ext. 122 or

Windstream Communications Educational Luncheon Series: Windstream Communications is sponsoring an educational luncheon series beginning 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Keiser University Auditorium, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota. Speaker Jonathan Cox, expert in Cloud Solutions will address Cloud services/disaster recovery, unified email management, and a meet anyone, anywhere and anytime in high definition video conferencing. Seating is limited, registration is required. The educational series is free. For information and registration, contact Pat Keever at 941-556-6909 or email



Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event, 5:30-7 p.m., Longwood Grill and Pub, 5802 Longwood Run 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; includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or or see

Lassen's Leads Club-Sarasota Women's Chapter: noon-1:15 p.m., 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota. $12; includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or wendy networking and lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Crave Cafe, 6290 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. $12 admission includes lunch. Call Paul Declark at 941-504-9525 or visit'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 President Linda Singer, 941-685-0949 or or see

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, or see

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, or visit

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, or visit


Lakewood Ranch Professional Women's Networking Group: 12:30-1:30 p.m., The River Club, 6600 River Club Blvd. $12.50, includes lunch. RSVP by previous Tuesday to 941-313-5813. Information:

Local Leads of West Manatee Small Business Networking Group: The group meets for lunch at noon Wednesdays at Ezra's Cafe, 5629 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: Dave Norris at 941-400-2346.

Suncoast Business Alliance Bradenton: 7:45 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 6023 14th St. W., Bradenton. Register at


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, or

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


Manasota Business Network: a support network, meets 8-9 a.m. Seeking informational speakers and guests interested in becoming members. For meeting location, contact Susan Humphreys at 941-737-1233 or

The University Professional Women's Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club: noon-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


Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club: meets 6:30-8 p.m. the 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 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Cost is $11 for members and $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, or

S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Lakewood Ranch meets for lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. Cost is $11 for members, $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, or

S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Manasota meets for lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Bobby's Clubhouse, Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Blvd., Sarasota. Cost is $11 for members, $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, or


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., Bradenton. Appointments through Reba at 941-748-3411, ext. 100, or rebap@manatee

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 Angie Monroe at 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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