Upcoming events include the chamber's 2021 Small Business Awards at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in June.

Upcoming events include the chamber's 2021 Small Business Awards at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in June.

Shumaker Chamber University (Virtual)

Thursday, April 8, 9-10 a.m.

Tony Daum, CEO and head coach at Excellence Performance Coaching will discuss how to connect to your client in a virtual, phone, or face to face environment; how to listen intelligently; to close effectively; and how to answer the question, "Who is my client?"

State of Community Lunch Series: Update on City and County of Sarasota

Tuesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Join the chamber for lunch on April 27 at the Carlisle Inn for a community update from city manager Marlon Brown and county administrator Jonathan Lewis, including recent successes and future plans. $35 for members; $45 for non-members.

Good Morning, Sarasota!

Wednesday, April 28, 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Enjoy this breakfast networking event at Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota University Town Center/Lakewood Ranch on the hotel terrace. Free for chamber members; $20 for non-members.

Shumaker Chamber University (Virtual)

Thursday, April 29, 9-10 a.m.

Christy Cardillo, CPA Partners, and Ann Marie Sale, CPA with Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, will answer questions about whether a business is qualified to claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Cardillo and Sale will also share how to take advantage of this additional CARES Act benefit available to eligible businesses as reimbursement for "qualifying wages."

Celebrate Women in Business Lunch

Friday, May 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This lunch on May 7 at Art Ovation Hotel will feature Jessica Muroff, CEO of United Way Suncoast. Muroff will share how she manages being CEO of United Way Suncoast as well as an active member of the community, writing a parenting blog, and being a wife and mother of two daughters.

2021 Small Business Awards

Friday, June 25, noon-1 p.m.

Now in its 31st year, the Frank G. Berlin Sr. Foundation Small Business Awards recognizes member businesses with locally owned and operated businesses in seven categories, including small business (1-25 employees), medium business (25-150 employees), large business (150-plus employees), work force innovation, community impact, Rising Star, nonprofit organization and, new this year, the Woman Entrepreneur Award.

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