Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance to strenghten legislative push

LAKEWOOD RANCH - The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance plans to strengthen it’s new legislative arm this year to shape government policy impacting its members. The alliance has grown from primarily a networking group at its first meeting eight years ago to an organization now helping about 470 members achieve business success through hard times.

Alliance leaders said Wednesday the next step in their development will heavily involve the recently formed Pro Business Ranch, a break off entity that raises money for endorsed candidates and highlights issues that affect Lakewood Ranch businesses.

“Everybody’s excited about this presidential election; that’s the big thing,” said Craig Cerreta, chairman of the Business Alliance Governmental Affairs subcommittee. “But we’re not interested in that. We’re involved more locally. That’s where the rubber meets the road, and decisions are made that impact businesses.”