Spark Growth Riverwalk 2013, a unique four-day tech collaborative. Details at sparkgrowth.net.
Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce Cinco de Mayo and Taste of Latin America festival, Main Street, Sarasota. Details at latinchamber.org.
Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Membership Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. For reservations, visit lwrba.org.
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. $49, members; $60, nonmembers. For reservations, visit sarasotachamber.com.
Manatee Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event, 5-7 p.m. at the Community Coalition on Homelessness, 701 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. Free. Details at manateechamber.com.
Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce Networking Power Lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Westminster Towers and Shores, 1533 Fourth Ave. W., Bradenton. Details at latinchamber.org.
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards Luncheon, 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice. Details at venicechamber.com.
June 12 Englewood Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, 5-7 p.m. at Englewood Community Hospital, 700 Medical Blvd., Englewood. Details at englewoodchamber.com.
JUNE 29 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce 55th Anniversary Celebration at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside, 6-9 p.m., $55. To RSVP, call the chamber at (941) 383-2466.
Trendspotter: Women's Earnings
Florida women employed full time in 2011 had median weekly earnings of $668 or 83.8 percent of their male counterpart’s $797 median. This ratio was the second highest since 1997, just below the 2006 peak ratio of 84.2 percent. Nationwide, women earned $684 or 82.2 percent of the $832 median for men.
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Women’s Earnings in Florida—2011,” report released December 2012.
Should Florida legalize marijuana like Colorado and Washington?
72.97 % Yes
9.46% Only for medical purposes