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The LWRBA is proud to introduce The Alliance Gives Back! Volunteer Days 2018, set for October 4th and 5th. This is your chance to give back to the community. The Alliance is encouraging all its member businesses and professionals to consider dedicating a few hours of their time on one or both our Volunteer Days. While volunteering, each volunteer participant will receive their own “Alliance Gives Back” T-shirt as a way to promote teamwork and unity!

Not only are we strengthening our community by working together, but volunteering has been proven to foster strong connections between people because of the shared core values that bring them together in the first place.

Visit the Alliance Gives Back! Page for information about how to sign up as a volunteer and full details about each volunteer activity.Signature Event
10th Annual East Meets West Regional Business Expo

On Thursday, September 20th, the 10th Annual East Meets West Expo is your chance to showcase your business to hundreds of potential clients and customers from all over Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Mix, meet and mingle with business professionals from across Sarasota and Manatee counties and catch a glimpse of the latest products and services from nearly 100 local businesses.   

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ATTENDEES: $5 advance tickets | $10 at the door
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Executive Briefing
Creating the "Wow!" Customer Experience
Wednesday, September 12
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Keiser University
6151 Lake Osprey Drive
$10 Members; $20 Non-members
Register Online

"Why are we not retaining customers?" "Why are we not getting referrals?" "Why do we not have good reviews for our business?" "Why is our business not growing?"
If you have asked yourself any of these questions within the last year, you need to attend this Executive Briefing. Join Jaime Marco, the President of Evolve Business Consulting, and learn how to Wow! your customers and clients every time. Ever notice how customer service is a lost art? Ever encounter unpleasant buying experiences? Don't fall into the same trap of ignoring your most important asset - your customers and clients!

Jaime will coach you on skills that will help you create a Wow! experience every time. Her revolutionary way of thinking and creative tactics will guarantee that your customers have a positive and memorable experience with every interaction with your company, which will ensure that they choose you over your competition.

LWRBA Luncheon
From the Farm to the Boardroom
Wednesday, September 26
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club
7650 Legacy Boulevard
$27 Members until 12pm, 9/21
$37 Members after 12pm, 9/21 & Non-members
Register Online

Recognized as one of the top female bankers in Florida, Rita Lowman (author of From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons) will share her story of leadership and success. Learn important leadership lessons about how to harness strength, tenacity and drive to become a brilliant leader, and also empower your team to be great!

About Rita Lowman

Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank, is a 40 year banker who has blazed trails for the industry throughout her career. Her career highlights include managing 22 acquisitions in her career including the NationsBank/Barnett acquisition in 1997 where she was awarded the Crystal Grenade. She also played an integral part as COO of C1 Bank as the company went public in 2014.

She has had numerous articles on banking published and is a requested speaker on subjects from Successful Management to Women in the Boardroom.  In 2014, she was recognized by the Florida Bankers Association with the coveted Chairman’s Award.  Rita was honored in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as one of the Power 100 Most Influential People by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Upcoming Events

12 Sep 2018 8:00 AM • Keiser University Auditorium ~ 6151 Lake Osprey Drive, LWR 34240
20 Sep 2018 4:30 PM • Robarts Arena - 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota 34237
26 Sep 2018 11:30 AM • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd, LWR
03 Oct 2018 5:00 PM • 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL 34240
24 Oct 2018 11:30 AM • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd, LWR

Committee Meetings

28 Aug 2018 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
05 Sep 2018 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
06 Sep 2018 8:00 AM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
10 Sep 2018 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
11 Sep 2018 4:00 PM • 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.

8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
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