2012 Legislative Session Preview, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W. $25 for members; $50 nonmembers. RSVP by Nov. 23 to Lisa at (941) 748-4842 ext. 123 or manateechamber.com/events.

5  First Monday networking reception, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Loft Ristobar. $10 for walk-ins and day-of registrations. RSVPs requested; email Jamie Overmiller at jovermiller@sarasotachamber.com.

7 Destination Manatee 2011 Update, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. $35 EDC Investors; $45 for all others. Contact cindyu@ManateeEDC.com.

Manatee Young Professionals Monthly Network Social, 5-7 p.m. at South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. For more information email Kimberly Henley at kimberlyh@manateechamber.com.

13 Investor Update Breakfast, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, 7:45-9 a.m. at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd., Sarasota. $25 for investors; $30 for others. Register online at edcsarasotacounty.com/calendar.asp or call (941) 309-1200 ext. 103.

14 Power Hour Live! (PHL), The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce networking event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Homewood Suites Sarasota by Hilton, 3470 Fruitville Road. Members, $15; nonmembers, $20. RSVP 24 hours prior to the event. Go to sarasotachamber.com/events.

16 The Ultimate Holiday Party for Small Businesses, 6:30-11:30 p.m. at Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill and Bar, Main Street Lakewood Ranch. $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information and reservations, call Melissa at (941) 782-0899 ext. 235.

HanukkahHolidays

21-28 Hanukkah

25 Christmas

26-Jan 1Kwanzaa

December is National Write a Business Plan Month. Go to sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/writing-business-plan for smart tips.

Trendspotter

Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased 9 percent to $15,073 this year, significantly faster than workers’ wages (2.1 percent) and general inflation (3.3 percent).2011 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey

 

Reader Meter

Are you considering changing banks because of the big bank debit-card fiasco?

Yes

55%

I’ve already changed

27%

No

18%

Source: Biz(941) reader poll.

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