Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Announces Summer Events

They include the East Meets West Expo on Sept. 14, which returns after a year off.

By Staff July 16, 2021

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch


Young Leaders Alliance Networking Social at Hyatt Place Lakewood Ranch

Thursday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The networking event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Lakewood Ranch (in the lounge/lobby area). Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be provided by the Hyatt Place. Free for YLA members, $10 for non-members.

YLA Lunch & Learn at Everglades University

Thursday, July 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join the YLA at Everglades University to hear from John Donnelly, adjunct professor in business, discuss entrepreneurship. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; $10 for YLA members; $20 for non-members

Networking Social at Pier 22

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 5-7 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of networking with views of the Manatee River at the Pier 22 ballroom in downtown Bradenton. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 5-7 p.m.; $10 Members; $15 for non-members.

ACG Event: Windows and Watercrafts at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

Wednesday, Aug. 25, 5-7 p.m.

Hear from a pair of seasoned business leaders: John Giglio, who recently sold Freedom Boat Club, a $24 million business, and Jeff Jackson, president and CEO of PGT Innovations, a $700 million company that’s bought a handful of businesses in the last three years. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served. 5-7 p.m.; $55 for ACG and LWRBA members; $75 for non-members.

YLA Networking Social at Glory Days Grill

Thursday, Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

An evening of networking that includes happy hour drink specials and appetizers at Glory Days in Lakewood Ranch. Free for YLA members; $10 for non-members.

Networking Social

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5-7 p.m.

Head to Sirius Day Spa, Salon & Medspa in Lakewood Ranch for an evening of networking, plus food and drink. Attendees will learn more about brain health and wellness. Free for members; $10 for non-members.

Alliance LEADS: Doers, Donors, and Door-Openers

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7:30-9 a.m.

The discussion at this event will discuss what nonprofits need from board members, advocates and donors to support their work;  ways to have a positive impact on nonprofits through meaningful service; and ways to support nonprofits through a variety of roles and engagement. The event will take place at Grace Community Church in Lakewood Ranch; $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

East Meets West Expo

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

$5 in advance; $10 at the door (sponsorship opportunities available for vendors and restaurants)

This annual event returns to Robarts Arena after a year off. Catch a glimpse of the latest products and services from nearly 100 area businesses and enjoy samples from local restaurants.

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