By Beau Denton December 31, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.10 How You Can Outsmart and Beat the Big Guy, Shumaker Chamber University and the Young Professionals Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. $30. Visit to register or contact Amy Mosshart at [email protected].

16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

18 Sarasota Prime Time Networking Event, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cancer Support Community, 5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota. $5 for Sarasota Chamber members, $20 for nonmembers. For exhibit information, call Heather Kasten at (941) 556-4056.  

19  2012 Manatee EDC Forecast Breakfast, featuring Florida economist Henry H. Fishkind, 7:30–9:30 a.m. at the Bradenton Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton. $40 for EDC Investors; $50 all others. Contact [email protected] or call (941) 748-4842 ext. 126.

19 Unity Awards Luncheon 2012, Biz(941) and La Guia magazines,  11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. $35 per person plus service charge. Keynote speaker is Dennis Archer, former Detroit mayor and former president of the American Bar Association. For more information and tickets, visit For table reservations, contact Molly Turner at (941) 487-1140 or [email protected].

24-26 Manatee Chamber Legislative Trip to Tallahassee. Contact Neil Spirtas for more information at (941) 748-4842 ext. 124 or [email protected].

26  Economic Outlook 2012, featuring economist Sean Snaith, Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. To register, visit

Coming in February

2 Manatee Chamber 49th Annual Dinner, 6 p.m., at the Polo Grill Fete Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch. For more information, contact Marie Pender at (941) 748-4842 ext. 121 or [email protected].



Hi, Mom. I’m Home.

The recession is keeping adult children at home. Among males 25 to 34, 19 percent live with their parents, 5 percent higher than in 2005; 10 percent of 25- to-34-year-old women live with parents now, up 8 percent.

Source: CNNMoney, Nov. 4, 2011


Read MeterReader Meter

“Should online-only retailers pay Florida sales tax just like bricks-and-mortar stores?”

65 % Yes

35 % No

0 % Undecided

Source: Biz(941) reader poll.

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