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About Our Events

It’s the oldest way to market your business and it’s still the most effective approach for creating long-lasting business relationships.

It’s no secret that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, and trust. The Alliance offers numerous events and programs that provide the opportunity to meet other professionals and start making connections right away. Which one will you attend next?

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Networking Socials

Your classic evening networking event. These gatherings are all about making new connections and strengthening relationships. Free to members, these events usually boast well over 100 attendees.



Enjoy a delicious lunch and hear from guest speakers about timely and regional issues facing businesses today.


Lunch with Ranchers

Connect with fellow Alliance members during lunch and share your 60-second elevator pitch with the group!


Breakfast of Champions

This breakfast event is all about achieving greatness. Our featured speakers hail from the world of sports and business and will inspire you to reach for the stars and attain championship level performance in work and life.


Classroom Connection

This educational series features guest speakers who address a variety of business topics to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help take your business to the next level.



Annual Membership Luncheon

Our Annual Membership Luncheon allows us the opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year and preview what’s in store for the Alliance in the year ahead. Outgoing Board members are honored and new Board members are introduced.


Ranch Scramble Golf Tournament

Fore! Grab your friends and your clubs for our annual golf tournament. Hosted by an Alliance member golf course, the Ranch Scramble is always a good time, featuring lunch, plenty of raffle prizes, and an awards ceremony to crown the Ranch Scramble Champions!


Road Show

Eager to learn about companies in the LWR region and make some great contacts with some regional leaders? Join us for a day-long excursion to visit both new and long-term businesses that make our region strong!


Tradeshow Tailgate: A Business Expo

Businesses from around the Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota/Manatee area come together for our annual tradeshow. Host a booth of your own and connect with new clients or just walk the floor and see what new products and services our members are offering.


Block Party

A huge block party on LWR Main Street featuring live music, member booths, food and beverage tents and more. This event is free and open to the public. Fun for the whole family!


The Sandies Awards

This celebratory event is all about honoring our dedicated members. Exemplary members are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee to be honored at our annual Sandies Awards luncheon.


Hob Nob BBQ

This premier networking event brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch region. Featuring grill teams of local businesses and restaurants, you'll enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun!


The YLA is a group of young professionals within the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. Its mission is to provide opportunities for young professionals to expand their network and enhance their leadership and communication skills through events and programs throughout the year. Want to know more? Click here.