JAN. 6 The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce First Monday networking event, 5-7 p.m. at Affinity Kitchen & Bath, 1035 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota. $10 for members. Reservations are requested; visit sarasotachamber.com/events.
JAN. 15 Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Annual Membership Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers. For more information, or to register, visit lwrba.org.
JAN. 16 Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation Economic Forecast Breakfast, with economist Dr. Henry Fishkind, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Manatee Technical Institute, 6305 S.R. 70 E., Bradenton. $45 for EDC investors; $55 for non-investors. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (941) 748-4842 ext. 126 or visit thinkbradentonarea.com.
JAN. 27 Manatee Chamber of Commerce Pancakes & Politics 2014 Legislative Session Preview, 8:15-10 a.m. at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. $25 for Manatee Chamber and paid MYP members; $35 for nonmembers (includes full breakfast buffet). Reservations required; contact Lisa Reeder at email@example.com or (941) 748-3411.
JAN. 30 2014 Unity Awards Luncheon presented by Biz(941) and La Guia magazines, honoring local champions of diversity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. $40; $400 for table of 10. Purchase tickets at UnityAwards2014.eventbrite.com. For more information, email Molly Hunsinger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEB. 6 New Topics New College, “A Look at the Current Market,” with Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 5:30 p.m. at Sainer Pavilion, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. $20; free for New College faculty, staff and students. Reserve online at donate.ncf.edu/events.