Manasota SCORE: Converting prospects to customers – everything starts with a sale. The session offers training for new salespeople and will serve as a refresher for experienced salespeople, covering topics such as selling and body language, selling processes and methods, and prospecting pitches. When/where: 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday/Nathan Benderson Park finish tower, third floor, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Cost: $20. Registration: manasota.score.org. Information: Call 941-955-1029 or email Peter Gruits at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association: The CWC-FPRA will hold its annual media breakfast that will includes a panel discussion featuring media representatives who will discuss the ways local news outlets are reinventing themselves across multiple platforms. After the panel discussion, a series of rotating roundtables will give attendees the opportunity to speak to media representatives and gain insight on how to pitch stories and develop relationships with the press. When/where: 8-11 a.m. on Wednesday/Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Cost: $45 for CWC-FPRA members, $55 for guests. Registration: cwcfpra.com/events/2017-media-breakfast/
APICS Florida Gulf Coast: Optimizing Supply Chain Performance. Joe Kirchner of CPIM will be the guest speaker. When/where: 5:30-8:15 p.m. on Wednesday/Peridia Golf & Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd. E., Bradenton. Cost: $32 for members, $37 for guests. Information: Call 941-848-6663 or email Pat Gray at email@example.com.
Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors: The public is invited to attend a presentation led by Scott Juds, founder and president of SumGrowth Strategies, on “Conquering the Seven Faces of Risk: Retirement Investing With Algorithmic Trading.” Participants will learn how to avoid the seven faces of risk; how to meet long-term retirement objectives; and how to invest with algorithmic trading. When/where: 4 p.m. on Thursday/Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee, 2320 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Cost: $18. Information/registration: aaii.com/localchapters
Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance: East Meets West Regional Business Expo. In collaboration with the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, the LWRBA will hold the ninth annual expo. More than 750 from Manatee and Sarasota counties are expected. Complimentary tasting samples will be provided by restaurant partners, goodie bags will go to the first 250 guests and a cash bar will be available. When/where: 4:30-7 p.m. on Nov. 28/Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Information/registration: lwrba.org.
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County: 2017/18 Business of Art workshops. The series of four workshops is designed to assist individual artists of all disciplines to build the business and administrative skills necessary to support their career as an artist. When/where: 8:30 a.m.-noon on Nov. 28/Center for Arts and Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Information/registration: sarasotaarts.org.
Manasota SCORE: Introduction to SCORE and doing business in Florida. The workshops will include information on business planning, business structures, and profit and loss. In addition, there will be opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and SCORE volunteers, as well as the change to register for free, confidential business mentoring services. When/where: 5:30-8 p.m. on Dec. 5/Nathan Benderson Park finish tower, third floor, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Cost: Free. Registration: manasota.score.org. Information: Call 941-955-1029 or email Peter Gruits at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manasota SCORE: Success strategies for business owners workshops. The workshop will offer information and advice to help market and grow a business. The program will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice. This program is titled “Doing Business In and With Sarasota County” and will include experts from the county’s planning, tax collector, procurement, health and utilities departments to answer regulatory questions and give tips on how to sell services or products to the county. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Register at the library or at manasota.score.org.
Manasota SCORE: The Buffett Approach to Business Management. The interactive session will help attendees gain perspective and insight on techniques that other companies have used to redefine their processes and operations. When/where: 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 12/Nathan Benderson Park finish tower, third floor, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota. Cost: $20. Registration: manasota.score.org. Information: Call 941-955-1029 or email Peter Gruits at email@example.com.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: Networking event. Longwood Grill and Pub, 5802 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-388-7613. Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County: An employment success class includes tips for today’s resume, interviewing skills and job research strategies from a professional career adviser. $5 donation. 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Call 941-366-1700. Time: 1-3 p.m.
Business Networking International-Circle of Success Chapter: Networking. Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. $10, includes breakfast. Contact president Lisa Pierce at 941-739-8883 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit bni.com. Time: 7-9 a.m.
Business Networking International-Lakewood Ranch Chapter: Networking. First visit free and includes continental breakfast. Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Contact Michael Miele at 941-907-3828 or email@example.com, or visit bni.com. Time: 7:30-9 a.m.
Manatee River Business Exchange Club: A networking and community club. Popi’s Place IV, 3911 U.S. Hwy. 301 N., Ellenton. Call Susan Keeler at 336-287-7437. Time: 11:45 a.m.
Local Leads of West Manatee Small Business Networking Group: Bella Mia, 5917 Manatee Ave. W. Call Jules Kessler at 941-720-8909. Time: Noon
Best of Lakewood Ranch: Networking event. Longwoodrun Grill & Pub, 5802 Longwoodrun Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-388-7613. Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Executive Network of Manatee: Business leads/referral group. Mocha Joe’s, 3633 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Contact Barbara Edwards at 941-518-4041 or BERealtor01@gmail.com, or visit executivenetworkmanatee.com. Time: 7:30 a.m.
Fox Business Group LLC: Learn and lunch networking meeting. Country Pancake House and Restaurant, 8205 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Contact Andy Fox at 941-758-2404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Time: Noon-1 p.m.
The University Professional Women’s Chapter of Leads Club: Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 5425 University Pkwy., Sarasota. Contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or email@example.com. Time: Noon-1:15 p.m.
Landlord Association of Manatee: The organization meets on the second Thursday of each month from September through May at the Synovus Bank building at 2520 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton. The meeting runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Landlord Association is dedicated to providing education and support to landlords and property managers through communication with professionals. The first meeting is free. Call Leslie Walker at 941-224-9166 for more information.
Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club: Bible Baptist Church, 2113 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton. Call Steve Zeris at 941-518-6450. When: 6:30-8 p.m. first and third Mondays of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Bradenton. $14 members, $19 guests. Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. first Tuesday of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Lakewood Ranch. Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop. $14 members, $19 guests. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. second Tuesday of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Manasota. Primo’s Ristorante, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $14 members, $19 guests. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. third Tuesday of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Parrish. Popi’s Ellenton, 3911 U.S. 301, Ellenton. $14 members, $19 guests. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. first Thursday of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Venice. Hotel Venezia, 425 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice. $14 members, $19 guests. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. second Thursday of each month.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Anna Maria Island. Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach. $14 members, $19 guests. Contact Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 or visit SWATnetworking.com. Lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. third Thursday of each month.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee: Free employment strategies programs including developing an effective job search, career exploration, networking, interviewing skills and resume review. 1926 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Appointments at 941-747-6797.
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