About Our Events
It’s the oldest way to market your business, and it’s still the most effective for making long-lasting business relationships. We’re talking about good old-fashioned personal connections. It’s no secret that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, and trust. The Alliance offers a number of events and programs that provide the opportunity to meet other professionals to start making connections right away. Which one will you attend next?
Your classic evening networking event. Networking Socials are about making new connections and strengthening relationships. Free for members, these events usually boast well over 100 attendees.
LEADS stands for Leadership, Education, Awareness, Development, Skills. At this educational breakfast series, a guest speaker will address a variety of business topics to equip you with the knowledge and tools that help you take your business to the next level.
Find out what’s new at the Alliance. Enjoy a delicious lunch and hear from guest speakers about timely and regional issues facing businesses today.
Lunch with Ranchers
Our newest event series. Connect with fellow Alliance members during lunch.
Breakfast of Champions
This breakfast event is all about achieving greatness. A speaker from the world of sports or business will inspire you to reach for the stars and attain championship level performance in your work and in your life.
CEO Squawk Box
Limited to just 20 attendees and open to members only, the CEO Squawk Box is your opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader in our region. A guest CEO will share his/her philosophy on business, leadership, and how they’ve been able to achieve success in their careers.
Annual LWRBA Membership Luncheon
Our Annual Membership Luncheon honors outgoing board members and allows us the opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year. New members to the Board of Directors are introduced and we take a look at what’s in store for the Alliance in the year ahead.
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!
Economic Development Road Show
Do you want to learn about 50+ companies in the LWR region and make some great contacts with some regional leaders? Come on the bus for a day-long excursion featuring many new businesses and some long-term businesses that make our region strong!
East Meets West Regional Business Expo
Businesses from around the Lakewood Ranch/Sarasota/Manatee area come together for our annual trade-show style event. Host a booth of your own to connect with new clients, or just walk the floor and see what new products and services our members are offering.
Main Street 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 Members' Choice Awards
The event that’s all about celebrating our dedicated members. Exemplary members are selected by their peers through an online nomination and voting process and honored at our annual Sandies Awards luncheon.
The YLA is a group of young professionals within the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. The YLA’s 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. More info at www.LWRYLA.com.
We’re always looking for new and exciting opportunities for our members. You never know might pop up! Keep an eye on our weekly e-newsletter and events calendar for updates.