Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s Business After Hours event provides members and guests an opportunity to network while enjoying great food and drinks. $10, free for members. Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Reservations are not required. 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com/events. 5-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Station 2 Innovation: “The Emerging Independent Professional” is a lunchtime network-and-learn session, focusing on the crucial aspects of the sales process and what you need to know to excel in today’s growing independent market. The session is free, bring a brown bag lunch. Station 2 Innovation, 912 Seventh Ave. E., Bradenton, 941-877-1599 or station2innovation.com/events-info. 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance: Andrea Nierenberg of the Nierenberg Group will present an executive briefing: “Customer Service: It’s Not a Department,” a refresher and reminder of the tactics, skills and strategies any company need to build its customer service skills. $10 members, $20 nonmembers. Keiser University, 6151 Lake Osprey Dr., Lakewood Ranch. Reservations: 941-757-1664 or lwrba.org. 8-9 a.m. Wednesday.
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Manatee Chamber of Commerce: Kevin McNulty, president and CEO of NetWeave Social Networking will present a two-hour “2016 Are You LinkedIn? Workshop.” Learn how to use LinkedIn not just to connect to others, but to actually make meaningful connections that can turn into business for you and your company. $25-$28. Manatee Chamber of Commerce, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. Reservations: 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com/events. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. Longwood Grill and Pub, 5802 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-7613. 5:30-7 p.m.
Open Network Manasota: networking and lunch. $12 includes lunch. Crave Cafe, 6290 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Paul Declark at 941-504-9525 or opennetworkmanasota.com. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County: An employment success class includes cutting-edge tips for today’s resume, interviewing skills and job research strategies from a professional career adviser. $5 donation. 340 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-1700. 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 Linda Singer, 941-685-0949 or email@example.com or see bni.com. 7-9 p.m.
Business Networking International-Lakewood Ranch Chapter: networking. First visit free and includes continental breakfast. Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Michael Miele, 941-907-3828 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or bni.com. 7:30-9 a.m.
Lakewood Ranch Professional Women’s Networking Group: networking event. $12.50 includes lunch, RSVP by previous Tuesday. The River Club, 6600 River Club Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-313-5813 or lrpwng.com. 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Local Leads of West Manatee Small Business Networking Group: Bella Mia, 5917 Manatee Ave. W., Dave Norris at 941-400-2346. 12 p.m.
Suncoast Business Alliance Bradenton: Perkins Restaurant, 6023 14th St. W., Bradenton. Register at meetup.com/SrqGrape/calendar/15504829. 7:45 a.m.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. Longwoodrun Grill & Pub, 5802 Longwoodrun Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-7613. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Executive Network of Manatee: Business leads/referral group. Mocha Joe’s, 3633 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Barbara Edwards, 941-792-2363, BERealtor01@aol.com or executivenetworkmanatee.com. 7:30 a.m.
Fox Business Group LLC: learn and lunch and networking meeting. Country Pancake House and Restaurant, 8205 Natures Way, Lakewood Ranch. Andy Fox, 941-758-2404 or email@example.com. noon-1 p.m.
Manasota Business Network: A non-compete business and referral group looking for informational speakers and guests interested in becoming members. Robin’s Downtown Cafe, 428 12th St. W., Bradenton. Susan Humphreys at 941-737-1233 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 8 a.m.
The University Professional Women’s Chapter of Leads Club: Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 5425 University Pkwy., Sarasota. Wendy Moore, 941-371-1151 or email@example.com. noon-1:15 p.m.
Manatee WCR Toastmasters Club: Bible Baptist Church, 2113 Morgan Johnson Road, Bradenton. Steve Zeris, 941-518-6450. 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. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or 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. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or 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. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or 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. River Wilderness Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd. W., Parrish. $14 members, $19 guests. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or SWATnetworkinhg.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. Left Coast Seafood, 385 US 41 Bypass, Venice. $14 members, $19 guests. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or 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. Deborah Gerard, 941-224-4144 or 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 rebap@manatee chamber.com.
State College of Florida small business counseling sessions: Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 1945 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Appointments, 941-955-2508, ext. 520. 1-3 p.m. Mondays.
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, 941-747-6797.
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