Chamber Expo 2014: The Manatee and Sarasota Chambers of Commerce will host its Business and Consumer Expo 2014 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Area business have an opportunity to showcase their business to hundreds of business owners and decision makers from Manatee and Sarasota counties at this combined Expo and Business After Hours, featuring more than 150 exhibitors and quality networking. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be live entertainment, door prizes and a cash bar. Admission: $5. The event is open to the public. Information: 941-748-4842 or manateechamber.com.
Manasota SCORE: A Starting Your Business workshop will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at ComCenter, 9040 Town Center Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch. Cost: $25. Reservations: manasota.score.org.
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., Mediterranean, 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 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 meetup.com/SrqGrape/calendar/15504829.
Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Longwoodrun Grill & Pub, 5802 Longwoodrun 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.
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 $17 for members and $16 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, director 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 $12 for members, $17 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, director 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 is $12 for members, $17 for guests. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Information: 941-962-0884, email@example.com 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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