Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will host a special breakfast with Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, 8-9:30 a.m. today at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. Hear special updates on issues that may affect your business and the community. There will be a special awards presentation by the United States Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Information: manateechamber.com/events.
Fox Business Group: The group will offer a "Staffing Your Business with Quality Employees" seminar 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Fox Business Group associates Teresa Chaffee and Barry Clarkson will cover the landscape of what it takes to attract talented employees from job descriptions, resumes, application for employment, general differences and much more. Cost: $45. Information and registration: 941-350-4162 or email email@example.com.
CareerSource Suncoast: The company and All N Professional Services will host hiring events 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday at 3660 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota. Interviews will be held for janitors and beach clean-up. There are multiple job openings. Candidates must register and add their resume to employflorida.com prior to the event. Employer will conduct background checks, reference checks and motor vehicle record check. Information: 941-358-4080 or careersourcesuncoast.com.
Fox Business Group: The group will offer a "Finance for the Entrepreneur" seminar 6-9 p.m. Thursday at AmericInn, 5931 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Instructor Ray Reher will address the interpretation of financial statements for the business manager or owner. Cost: $45. Information and registration: 941-350-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will recognize small businesses in the
community and announce the finalists for the 36th Annual Manatee Small Business of the Year at a special awards luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Luncheon: $38. Information and reservations: Lisa Reeder at 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com/events.
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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or see bni.com.
Lassen's Leads Club-Sarasota Professionals Chapter: 12:15-1:30 p.m., Mediterraneo, 1970 Main St., No. 1, Sarasota. $14, includes lunch. Contact Wendy Moore, 941-371-1151 or wendy@LeadsFL.com, or visit 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 email@example.com, or visit 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: lrpwng.com.
Local Leads of West Manatee Small Business Networking Group: The group meets for lunch at noon Wednesdays at Bella Mia, 5917 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 meetup.com/SrqGrape/calendar/15504829.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Longwood 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manasota Business Network: The group meets 8 a.m. Fridays at Water's Edge, 2015 32nd Ave. W., Bradenton. The group is a non-compete business and referral group looking for informational speakers and guests interested in becoming members. Information: Susan Humphreys at 941-737-1233 or email@example.com.
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: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Deb Gerard at 941-224-4144 or 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: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Barbara Kaberna at 941-685-2216 or 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 Primo's Ristorante, 8076 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Cost: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Dee Griffin at 941-302-5592 or SWATnetworking.com.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Parrish meets for lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at River Wilderness Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish. Cost: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Karen Reinagel at 727-252-9980 or SWATnetworkinhg.com.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Nokomis meets for lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Mission Valley Country Club, 1851 Mission Valley Blvd., Nokomis. Cost: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Amy Gour at 941-753-1358 or SWATnetworking.com.
S.W.A.T. Networking: Successful Women Aligning Together-Anna Maria Island meets for lunch 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach. Cost: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Deb Gerard at 941-224-4144 or SWATnetworking.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., 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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