Back pack - August 20th: First Day of School for students in Manatee and Sarasota.6 The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce First Monday networking event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 1040 University Parkway, Sarasota. $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Register at sarasotachamber.com.

7 Manatee Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m. at Manatee Cancer Center, 6215 21st Ave. W., Suite B, Bradenton. Free. For more information, contact Nicole Onorato at [email protected].

8Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Breakfast of Champions, 7:30-9 a.m. at Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7650 Legacy Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers. Register at lwrba.org.

9 Small Business Development Center “Writing the Ultimate Business Plan” seminar, 9-11 a.m. at State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota. $80, includes a copy of Ultimate Financial Forecaster software (a $99 value). To register, visit sbdctampabay.com/training/manatee-sarasota-training.

9Venice Area Young Professionals Mixer, 5:30-7 p.m. at Saltwater Café, 1071 Tamiami Trail N., Nokomis. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. For more information, visit venicechamber.com.

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First Day of School for students in Manatee and Sarasota.

UPCOMING

Sept. 5

East Meets West IV Business Expo, 5-8 p.m. at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. $8. For details, visit lwrba.org.

 

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