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Please find listed below upcoming Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance events and committee meetings.
Cancellations made after 2 days prior to a fee event will be invoiced since guarantees have been made on your behalf.

Upcoming events

    • 03 Jan 2022
    • 05 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Programming Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Programming Committee’s role is to plan and implement educational programs and events. They strengthen your business through education and learning by identifying relevant business topics, and vetting potential speakers. This committee focuses on helping members to be the best version of themselves, both personally and professionally, by creating exciting and relevant luncheons, executive briefings, workshops and other specialized programming. Programming brings businesses, individuals and our region together.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Co-Chair: Mark Gordon
    E-Mailmgordon@businessobserverfl.com

    Co-Chair: Devin Dash
    E-Maildevin@axiomstrategic.com

    • 04 Jan 2022
    • 06 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
      

    Membership Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Membership team is focused on engaging and retaining our current members, as well as identifying and inviting new prospective businesses to become a members of the Alliance. This committee shares the benefits of the Alliance, welcomes new members, hosts membership appreciation events, assists with member ribbon cuttings and identifies potential new members.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Annemarie Graff
    E-Mail: annemarie.graff@ozk.com


    • 05 Jan 2022
    • 07 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Community Engagement Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The Community Engagement Committee works directly with our nonprofit members helping to foster relationships between nonprofit and corporate members and generating awareness of nonprofit members’ needs. The committee is also responsible for the annual Alliance Gives Back event, a volunteer initiative connecting business members and their families with our nonprofit members through fun activities.

    Meeting Time:
    1st Wednesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours

    Chair: Julia Heide

    Email: jheide@williamsparker.com


    • 10 Jan 2022
    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    YLA Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The purpose of this committee is to provide opportunities for young professionals to enhance their leadership, communications and project management skills by creating events and programs specifically for the YLA organization.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Javar Baity
    Email: javar@takestockmanatee.org


    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
      

    Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    The GAC committee is responsible for strengthening Alliance relationships with the all local, regional and state government officials. This committee stays at the forefront of all governmental issues that could impact our members or business community. Note: The GAC committee requires an application process to participate.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Wednesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Committee Chair: Ron Beck

    E-Mail: rbeck@gulfsidebank.com

    Interested parties please fill out the online application 

    GAC Application


     

     

    • 14 Jan 2022
    • 09 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    COMMUNICATIONS

    COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee Meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is focused on all communications and technology that help our members connect with each other, with the Lakewood Ranch Community and our region as a whole. The committee is integral in working to protect our brand by overseeing both internal and external communications across all platforms, media, website, social media, eblasts etc.

    Meeting Time:
    2nd Friday of the Month, 8:30 a.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: Julie Fanning
    Email: juliefanning@benderson.com



    • 25 Jan 2022
    • 27 Dec 2022
    • 12 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
     

    ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is focused on strengthening Alliance relationships with the local Economic Development Corporations, with SMR and with local business owners. This committee is a resource of community knowledge and connection for any Alliance member and new businesses looking to relocate to LWR.

    Meeting Time:
    4th Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month

    Chair: John Holz
    E-Mail: jholz@prarch.com


    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Fish Hole & Ed's Tavern - 10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

    Register on the YLA website


    January YLA Networking Social
    Ed's Tavern & The Fish Hole

        

    Thursday, January 27th
    5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Ed's Tavern & The Fish Hole
    10719 Rodeo Drive, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    $10 for members // $20 for non-members

    Join us for a night of networking with Lakewood Ranch's Young Leaders Alliance. Start the evening with some drinks and appetizers at Ed's Tavern on Main Street and continue with a round of mini golf at The Fish Hole. This is a great opportunity to build connections with fellow young professionals. Be sure to bring a friend!

    Admission includes one drink ticket for Ed's Tavern and your round of mini golf at The Fish Hole.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 5441 45th St E Bradenton, FL 34203

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 10:00am

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
    • Grove Ballroom - 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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    See what’s in store for the Alliance in the coming year. Our 2022 Annual Membership Luncheon will honor our outgoing board members and reflect on the successes of the past year, as well as introduce the 2022 Board of Directors.


    Your Story Matters: The Power of Communicating with Confidence,
    Clarity, and Creativity
    With Jason Martinez, Director of
    Brand Innovation, Game On Nation

    Learn and participate in proven story structure techniques embedded in universally known stories to confidently share your story with clarity and creativity and revere the stories of our authentic backgrounds and personal and professional missions.


    Luncheon Sponsored By


    Corporate Sponsor


    REALTOR® Association of Sarasota and Manatee


    Chairman's Award Sponsor


    Centerpiece Sponsor

    Standard Black Logo (20200916)


    Program Sponsor


    Video Sponsor

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 02 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Nate's Honor Animal Rescue - 4951 Lorraine Rd, Bradenton, FL 34211
    Register


    Join us for an evening of networking with your Alliance friends on the first Wednesday of the month from 5:00-7:00pm at Nate's Animal Honor Rescue in their new training building. Enjoy beer, wine and appetizers.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 09 Feb 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Grace Community Church - 4080 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. N, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Register


    When Crisis Hits

    Check-In & Networking 7:30-8:00 a.m.
    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Let’s face it, bad things can happen even to good organizations. The most important thing to remember is that it’s what you do after a crisis breaks that defines your reputation. What will you say when the right words mean everything, when reputation is the price, when every second counts and the trust of your customers - and employees -  hangs in the balance?

    Are you and your team ready in the event that flashing police lights and news media vans appear on your doorstep at the start of a workday – or the middle of the night?

    Do you know how you will address media inquiries and employee concerns?

    Who will be the official spokesperson for the company and what will he or she say?

    How will your on-site staff handle questions for employees and family members, and what should you be communicating to those individuals?

    This presentation will discuss the key elements of building a crisis communications plan for your organization, including how to prepare yourself – or your spokesperson – for media interviews.


    Speaker


    Jeff Durosko
    President, Jeff Durosko Communications (JDC)

    Jeff Durosko, a former journalist and 25-year veteran of public relations and media relations, offers a broad range of writing, crisis communications, strategic communications planning, employee communications, PR and media relations experience. From expert positioning to event promotion; hard news to feature pieces, Durosko has had success in every realm of the news media with clients in education, banking, professional services, technology pharmaceuticals and more. Durosko has built emergency communications plans for colleges, corporations, office complexes, financial services firms and manufacturers. Our team has handled everything from bomb scares and crime situations to infectious diseases on college campuses, data breaches and employee bad behavior; from a singular incident impacting a handful of employees and customers to the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • LWRBA Office - 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

    Register on the YLA website

    Building Your LinkedIn Brand

    Networking & Coffee 8:30a.m.
    Presentation begins at 9:00 a.m.

    Join us for an educational workshop with Amberly Bucci, digital marketing strategist, as she provides tips and best practices to improve your LinkedIn presence.


    Amberly Bucci, Digital Marketing Strategist

    Amberly Bucci is an award winning Digital Marketing Strategist in Sarasota, FL  Over the past 14 years, she’s helped over 500+ businesses get found online, grow their audiences, and boost their sales. She specializes in SEO and Social Media Marketing.

    Her campaigns have won two nationally recognized competitions – 2018 Best Social Media Campaign – Interactive Marketing Awards and 2017 Best in Search/E-Commerce Campaign – U.S. Search Awards. Her work and speeches have also been featured in numerous publications.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • LWRBA Office 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Register


    Maximize Your Membership!

    You've joined, now what? Don't worry, we've got you covered!

    Join us to learn about all the benefits, resources and tools available to you as a member. Enjoy light bites and walk away with your new member gift!

    Sponsored By 


    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com

     

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ed's Tavern - 10719 Rodeo Dr, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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    Register


    January 20th, 2022

    Members Only Event

    One representative per company.

    Door Prizes are welcome!!

    Sorry we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

    There's something to be said about doing business with people you know, you like and you trust. Bring your business cards and connect with other professionals dedicated to promoting one another. Hosted this month at Ed's Tavern in Lakewood Ranch, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your network & build a rapport with like-minded individuals.

    $25 fee includes a light lunch & non-alcoholic beverage. Payment due before the event.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club - 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Register


    Coming Soon to Lakewood Ranch

    Registration & Networking at 11:30 a.m.
    Program begins at 12:00 p.m.

    It’s an exciting time for the south Lakewood Ranch region, as three major commercial projects are set to open within the next year. In fact, a few tenants already open for business. Join us to learn what new offerings will be available to our community as we hear an update on Waterside Place at LWR, Center Point at Waterside, and Fruitville Commons.


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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Bayside Pet Resort Lakewood Ranch - 15117 Garnet Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

    Register on the YLA website


    February YLA Networking Social

    Bayside Pet Resort

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    Thursday, February 24th
    5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Bayside Pet Resort Lakewood Ranch
    15117 Garnet Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
    Free for members // $10 for non-members

    Join us at Bayside Pet Resort in Lakewood Ranch for a night of networking with Lakewood Ranch's Young Leaders Alliance. Enjoy a cash bar and appetizers.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Suncoast Technical College - 4748 S. Beneva Road 70 East Bradenton, FL 34203
    Register

    IS COLLEGE NOT IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FUTURE?
    EARN $50K, $60K, $70K OR MORE (NO TUITION DEBT!)

    It is time we shed the notion that the only plausible path to future success is through a four-year degree. This traditional pathway is simply not a fit for everyone. The reality is an education from a community or technical college can lead to a future just as fulfilling, not to mention lucrative, as an expensive university experience. Meanwhile, the need for skilled workers by our region’s employers is at an alltime high, with many offering financial support programs aimed at students to receive training, with jobs waiting for them on the other side.

    JOIN US TO...

    • Find out about opportunities available to our students in the region at trade and tech schools
    • Hear from our industry experts about myths surrounding these career pathways
    • Learn how these educational programs have the power to transform lives and lead to long-lasting, well-paying, and personally fulfilling careers

    Students and parents are invited to attend!
    Refreshments will be provided.

    PANEL DISCUSSION

         

    3 DATES/LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
    Free to attend - RSVP is requested

    WED, JANUARY 19
    5:30-7:00 p.m.

    State College of Florida Bradenton - 5840 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207

    Building 3 (Library) Rooms 143/146


    THURS, FEBRUARY 24
    6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Suncoast Technical College - 4748 S. Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233


    THURS, MARCH 3
    5:30-7:00 p.m.

    Manatee Technical College - 6305 State Road 70 East Bradenton, FL 34203




    THANK YOU SPONSORS


            

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 02 Mar 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Gulfside Bank Lakewood Ranch - 8470 Enterprise Circle, Suite 101, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Register


    Join us for an evening of networking with your Alliance friends on the beautiful terrace at the new Gulfside Bank in Lakewood Ranch. Enjoy a cash bar and appetizers.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 03 Mar 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Manatee Technical College - 6305 State Road 70 East Bradenton, FL 34203
    Register

    IS COLLEGE NOT IN YOUR IMMEDIATE FUTURE?
    EARN $50K, $60K, $70K OR MORE (NO TUITION DEBT!)

    It is time we shed the notion that the only plausible path to future success is through a four-year degree. This traditional pathway is simply not a fit for everyone. The reality is an education from a community or technical college can lead to a future just as fulfilling, not to mention lucrative, as an expensive university experience. Meanwhile, the need for skilled workers by our region’s employers is at an alltime high, with many offering financial support programs aimed at students to receive training, with jobs waiting for them on the other side.

    JOIN US TO...

    • Find out about opportunities available to our students in the region at trade and tech schools
    • Hear from our industry experts about myths surrounding these career pathways
    • Learn how these educational programs have the power to transform lives and lead to long-lasting, well-paying, and personally fulfilling careers

    Students and parents are invited to attend!
    Refreshments will be provided.

    PANEL DISCUSSION

         

    3 DATES/LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
    Free to attend - RSVP is requested

    WED, JANUARY 19
    5:30-7:00 p.m.

    State College of Florida Bradenton - 5840 26th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207

    Building 3 (Library) Rooms 143/146


    THURS, FEBRUARY 24
    6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Suncoast Technical College - 4748 S. Beneva Road Sarasota, FL 34233


    THURS, MARCH 3
    5:30-7:00 p.m.

    Manatee Technical College - 6305 State Road 70 East Bradenton, FL 34203




    THANK YOU SPONSORS


            

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 09 Mar 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Grace Community Church - 4080 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. N, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Register


    What is Intellectual Property and Why Should Business Owners Care?

    Check-In & Networking 7:30-8:00 a.m.
    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Ever wondered what “intellectual property” is?  If you think intellectual property rights are only for tech companies or large organizations with expansive resources, think again. Every business has some intellectual property, whether it be your company name, logo, website, domain name, product sold, or content created.  An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for all businesses.

    Elizabeth Stamoulis, Partner and Intellectual Property attorney at Williams Parker, will walk you through the basics. This event will provide an introduction to the different types of intellectual property (copyright, design and utility patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and digital assets), how they may relate to your business, and the protections available.  Liz will explain that there are cost-conscious, reasonable steps that can and should be taken by independent companies to protect their assets, add value, and defend against infringement by others.


    Speaker


    Elizabeth Stamoulis
    Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

    Elizabeth Stamoulis leads the firm’s intellectual property practice. Liz represents companies and individuals, helping them protect their creative works, proprietary information, and goodwill, and helping with day-to-day corporate advice. She regularly provides guidance regarding copyright, trademark, trade secrets, and general internet law matters along with business formation, contracts, and transactions. She represents a wide variety of clients, from business owners, entrepreneurs, real estate developers, investors, and healthcare entities to authors and illustrators. With a background in the arts, Liz enjoys helping others protect their intellectual property.

    Liz currently serves on the board of Children First and as legal counsel to the board of directors of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. As a former professional Greek dancer, Liz performed in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She also speaks conversational Greek.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 17 Mar 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Circo Downtown Sarasota - 1435 2nd St, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 25



    March 17th, 2022

    Members Only Event

    One representative per company.

    Door Prizes are welcome!!

    Sorry we cannot accommodate walk-ins.

    There's something to be said about doing business with people you know, you like and you trust. Bring your business cards and connect with other professionals dedicated to promoting one another. Hosted this month at Circo in Downtown Sarasota, this is a perfect opportunity to expand your network & build a rapport with like-minded individuals.

    $25 fee includes a light lunch & non-alcoholic beverage. Payment due before the event.

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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 21 Mar 2022
    • 19 Dec 2022
    • 10 sessions
    • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

    Events Committee Meeting

    Committee meetings are open to members only.

    This committee is tasked with creating unique and special occasions that will provide opportunities for our members to connect and engage with one another. This fun and lively group is responsible for the monthly networking socials, and signature events. Committee members have the opportunity to volunteer at Alliance events and programs.

    Meeting Time:
    3rd Monday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.

    Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per month

    Chair: Toni Perren
    E-mail:  tperren@yourobserver.com

     

    • 23 Mar 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club - 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Register

    The Changing Landscape for the Arts Community

    Registration & Networking at 11:30 a.m.
    Program begins at 12:00 p.m.

    We all appreciate the arts in one form or another and we have world class performances right here in our community. Come and discover the future of the Players Centre for Performing Arts and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, as CEO’s William Skaggs and Cheryl Mendelson share what’s instore for their organization’s future and what it could mean to you as a business person and citizen of the arts.


    Speakers:

    Cheryl Mendelson
    CEO, Van Wezel /Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation

    Cheryl Mendelson became the CEO of the Van Wezel/Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation in 2019, bringing over 2O years of experience as a nonprofit executive at renowned organizations in education, healthcare, arts and culture.

    Mendelson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Harris Theater in Chicago's Millennium Park. She played a vital leadership role in the strategic vision for the Theater, building a national reputation as a venue of artistic importance. Mendelson has been recognized as a thought leader in developing award-winning branding programs. She received three national marketing awards for the launch of the U.S. tour of the Paris Opera Ballet. Mendelson also pioneered new community engagement programs at the Theater. She founded Access Tickets, a program that partners with health and human service organizations and schools to provide access to visiting artists and underwrites performance tickets. In addition, she secured the first National Endowment for the Arts grant to establish the Harris Theater Learning Lab, a capacity building program to support the 35 resident music and dance companies who perform at the Theater.

    In 2016, Mendelson was named to the top ten list of Musical America's 30 Professionals of the Year. She was also featured as a "philanthropic powerhouse" in the inaugural publication of Chicago Woman Magazine and profiled in Sarasota Magazine's Top Women of Influence. Mendelson was named to the Gulf Coast CEO Forum in 2020 and currently sits on the Arts Advocates Advisory Board in Sarasota.


    William Skaggs
    CEO, The Players Centre for Performing Arts

    William Skaggs joined The Players Centre for Performing Arts as CEO in 2020, bringing extensive experience in philanthropy, operations, and financial services in higher education and performing arts contexts. A two-time graduate of Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a BA in Music and an MBA, William embraces a broad view of the value of the arts to a community via entertainment, education, and economic impacts.

    Skaggs served as Chief Development Officer at Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) in Bowling Green, Kentucky prior to joining The Players Centre. SKyPAC serves 300,000 people in Southcentral Kentucky via a 1,700 seat mainstage theatre and 200 seat studio theatre with Broadway tours, concerts, and education programming. SKyPAC experienced record totals of top-level donors and new sponsor commitments during each year of Skaggs’ tenure.

    Before his time at SKyPAC, Skaggs was a Financial Advisor with Mass Mutual serving individuals and families in planning, protection, and investing. Beginning with no book of business, Skaggs achieved Mass Mutual Rising Leaders in his first six months and the Mass Mutual Leaders Conference at the conclusion of his first ten months.

    Skaggs resides in Sarasota with his beautiful wife Jenny, three amazing children, and two spoiled dogs.


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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 01 Apr 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.


    Join us on Friday, April 1st on Lakewood Ranch Main Street as we celebrate everything Lakewood Ranch!

    The LWRBA is the chosen non-profit for this event. This free event will feature live music, beer tents, vendor booths, a kids zone, and more. It's sure to be a great time for the entire family!

    Free to Attend, no registration necessary.

    See you there!

    • 05 Apr 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 1155 State Rd 70 East Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202


    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBD

    Check-In & Networking 7:30-8:00 a.m.
    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Join us on the second Wednesday of the month for our LEADS morning educational program.


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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • 22 Apr 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club - 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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    SAVE THE DATE

    Friday, April 22, 2022

    At Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club

    7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202




    Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 AM 

    Shot gun start at 1:00 PM

    • 11 May 2022
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • TBD

    Check-In & Networking 7:30-8:00 a.m.
    Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.

    Join us on the second Wednesday of the month for our LEADS morning educational program.


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    Our Commitment to Safety

    The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is committed to the health and safety of its members. As we move forward in a return to regular events, the Alliance is monitoring and following the latest direction as outlined by local, state, and federal officials. To ensure the wellbeing of yourself and fellow members, we recommend all event attendees review and follow the latest guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

8430 Enterprise Circle, STE 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

941-757-1664 | info@lwrba.org

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