SCORE: Marketing Plan, a Manasota SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workshop will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at Argosy University, 5250 17th St., Sarasota. The workshop includes how to use successful marketing principles to attract and retain customers and learn to identify product/service pricing strategies, customer demographics and buying habits. Registration: $25. Information: www.manasota.score.org.
Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance: The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance will host a Breakfast of Champions "Let's Play Ball," 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Speaker will be Steve Blass, former Major League Baseball pitcher and current broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, author and motivational speaker. Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Information: 941-757-1664.
Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce invites you to a video marketing seminar 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. The seminar will address how to increase your marketing by combing email, video and social media. Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Seating is limited, reservations are required. For information, call Lisa Reeder at 941-748-3411 or LisaR@manateechamber.com.
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Suncoast Community Capital: Suncoast Community Capital will offer a free six-week small business development program 6 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Orientation and classes are at the Manatee Office Center, 302 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, Suites 307 and 308. Topics: Employee or employer/setting personal goals; So you want to start a business?; Planning your business; marketing your business; financials; and, operating your business and wrap-up. Instructors offer one-on-one counseling sessions to all students. Registration and information: 941-744-2666, ext. 4 or www.suncoastcc.com.
Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Speaker will be Dr. Matt Kroenig, Georgetown professor, author and national security expert, Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Reservations are required. For information, call Lisa Reeder at 941-748-3411 or LisaR@manateechamber.com.
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 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; 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 opennetworkmanasota.com.
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 President Linda Singer, 941-685-0949 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.leadsfL.com.
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: www.lrpwng.com.
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 www.meetup.com/SrqGrape/calendar/15504829.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Longwoodrun Grill & Pub, 5802 Longwood Run 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.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 wendy@LeadsFL.com.
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, email@example.com or www.SWATnetworking.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.SWATnetworking.com.
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, email@example.com or www.SWATnetworking.com.
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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 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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