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UPCOMING EVENTS

CareerSource Suncoast: The organization with B&I Contractors will host a hiring event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today at 3660 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota. Many positions are available including electricians, electrician helper, pipefitter/welder, plumber, plumber helper, sheet metal mechanic, and sheet metal helper. No appointment is needed. Apply online at bandiflorida.com/careers and send your resume to jclass@bandiflorida.com prior to the event. Employer will conduct background checks and drug screenings. Information: 941-714-7449 or careersource.com.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will host a members-only Power Connection Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday at IMG Academy Golf and Country Club, 4350 El Conquistador Parkway, Bradenton. The event is a great opportunity to network and connect with other business leaders and each attendee is invited to give a brief commercial on their business products and or services. Reservations are required. Cost: $15. Information: 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com.

CareerSource Suncoast: The organization with GCA Services Group Inc. will host a hiring event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at 897 E. Venice Ave., Venice. Interviews will be conducted for general cleaners. There are multiple positions available. Appointments are not necessary. Information: 941-714-7449 or careersource.com.

Manatee Young Professionals: The group will host its monthly MYPower Networking Lunch 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, 222 10th St. W., Bradenton. The lunch will be catered by Freddy' Food Truck. Attendees will have the chance to promote their company and make business connections with other young professionals and will be invited to share a 30-second "commercial" about what their ideal client would be. Reservations are required. Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers. Information: 941-748-4842 or myponline.com.

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance: The group will host a Breakfast of Champions: "Building a Culture of Sustained Championship Performance," 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday at Palm Aire Country Club, 5601 Country Club Way, Sarasota. Guest speaker will be leadership expert, Cookie Boudreaux. Cost: $25-$35. Reservations and information: lwrba.org.

Manasota SCORE: The organization will host a Success Strategies for Business Owners meetup noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Foundation of Sarasota, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Barbara Langdon will discuss tips and tools on using Facebook to grow your business. The presentation will include content creation and assessment, as well as Facebook etiquette. The event is free. Registration is required at manasota.score.org/localworkshops.

Manatee County Government: Manatee County Government will host the Business Recovery Expo 2016 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. As almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen following a disaster, businesses

can improve their odds by attending this free event and visit exhibits from local disaster recovery businesses and business recovery professionals. Kay Tracy, Charlotte County Economic Development, will present a personal account of her experience "Assisting Businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley." Information: Bruno Kapacinskas at 941-749-3029 or bruno.kapacinskas@mymanatee.org.

Manatee Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber will host its monthly Coffee Club 7:45-9 a.m. Thursday at Humana, 6036 14th St. W., Bradenton. Enjoy breakfast and great networking and get updates on chamber programs and events. Reservations are not required. Cost: $10, free for members. Information: 941-748-3411 or manateechamber.com.

Manasota SCORE: The organization will host a Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workshop "Your Business Concept," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Robert Taylor Community Center, 1845 34th St., Sarasota. The workshop utilizes a 1-page business canvas to move an idea into a practical business plan and to identify characteristics of the target market. Cost: $25. Registration and information: manasota.score.org/localworkshops.

CareerSource Suncoast: The organization with JRL Ventures/Marine Concepts will host a hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at JRL Ventures, 6805 15th St. E., Sarasota. Interviews will be held for pre-mill carpenter, CNC mill operator, plug builder, detailer, and laminator. No appointments are needed. Wear close toed shoes as tours of the facility will be provided. Information: 941-358-4080 or careersourcesuncoast.com.

WEEKLY EVENTS

MONDAY

Best of Lakewood Ranch: networking event, 5:30-7 p.m., Longwood Grill and Pub, 5802 Longwood Run Blvd., Sarasota. Call 941-388-7613.

Open Network Manasota: 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.

TUESDAY

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 linda@lindasingerhomes.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 mmiele@mga-insurance.com, or see bni.com.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

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 andy@foxbizgroup.com.

FRIDAY

Manasota Business Network: The group meets 8 a.m. Fridays at Robin's Downtown Cafe, 428 12th St. 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 garysueh@yahoo.com.

The University Professional Women's Chapter of Leads Club: noon-1:15 p.m., Carrabba's Italian Grill, 5425 University Pkwy., Sarasota. The lunch fee is at menu pricing. For reservations and information, contact Wendy Moore at 941-371-1151 or star.site@verizon.net.

MONTHLY/BIMONTHLY

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.

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: Deborah 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: Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 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: Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 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: Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 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: Deborah Gerard at 941-224-4144 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 Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Cost: $13 members, $18 guests. Information: Deborah 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.

To list a business meeting or event, email Angie Monroe at amonroe@bradenton.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday before publication; items must include full address of meeting place, date and time of event, and a telephone number.

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