SRQ Rumble

Can you rock the sway?

Join us at the Powel Crosley Mansion for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. SRQ launched SB2 to bring together our two sister counties with collaborative programming-now, with our Rumbles we will inspire a return to respectful disagreement, and admiration of the art of rhetoric and a reminder that we should always challenge our own preconceptions in the face of overwhelming evidence.

The audience decides who has the winning argument based on which team swayed the most votes.

Motion: School vouchers will harm public education more than they will help.

Tickets are $25 per person.

MYP February Networking Social

Join Manatee Young Professionals (MYP) members and guests for casual networking in a great social setting.

The February MYP Networking Social will be hosted by O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar in downtown Bradenton on Thursday, February 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Thank you to O’Bricks for being a Friends of MYP Sponsor!

There is no cost to attend for paid MYP members or for those who join on-the-spot. Cost is $5 for all others.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are included.

No RSVP necessary.

Pancakes & Politics Legislative Preview

After the recent election, do you have questions about the upcoming legislative session? Then you’ll want to join us for a fabulous breakfast on Sarasota Bay to hear from your local delegation.

Invited Speakers Include:
Representative Jim Boyd, District 71
Senator Bill Galvano, District 21
Representative Julio Gonzalez, District 74
Representative Joe Gruters, District 73
Representative Alexandra Miller, District 72
Representative Wengay Newton, District 70
Senator Greg Steube, District 23

$30 for Chamber and MYP members. $45 for all other guests. Reservations required so reserve your seat today.

ArtSlam 2017

A Celebration of Youth & Creativity! Watch as teams of students and creatives take art out of the classrooms and studios and onto the streets! Engage in the creative process, experience temporary public art, and celebrate the creative youth in Manatee County.


Join us on Tuesday, January 10 for GENEROCITY, a night to learn, celebrate, and enjoy the non-profits and individuals that make our city the most generous on earth. This is your chance to meet nearly 30 Sarasota-Manatee based nonprofits working to make a difference both locally and globally. Become a volunteer, donate your time, or simply revel in the amazing accomplishments that are changing the world.

Enjoy an evening full of delicious lite bites, specialty cocktails and live entertainment.

Details to Note:

Agenda: Meet up to 30 nonprofits at the beautiful Marie Selby Great Room by the Bay. Each non-profit has an exciting and interactive way to relay their mission to you.

Attire: Business casual.

Refreshments: You can expect a variety of food and drink – delicious hors d’oeuvres, a specialty cocktail, wine and beer. (Unfortunately we can’t accommodate special dietary requests.)

Age: This event was planned with guests 21 and over in mind; you must have a valid photo ID to join us. Don’t forget it!

Tickets: Tickets are non-refundable, but please contact us if you would like to transfer a ticket to another name.

MYPower Networking Lunch – Sonny’s BBQ

This young professional event offers attendees the chance to promote your company and make business connections with other young professionals.

Join us for lunch at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Lakewood Ranch Office at the McClure Center, catered by Sonny’s BBQ on Wednesday, July 27 from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

Following lunch, you will share a 30-second “commercial” about what you do and who your ideal client would be. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with other young professionals.

Manatee Young Professionals is a program of the Manatee Chamber and geared toward professionals in the age range of 21 – 40 years.

MYP Community Service Project – Snooty’s Birthday Bash

Volunteers are needed to help out at Snooty’s 68th Birthday Bash & Wildlife Festival. Family and friends 15 years and older are invited to volunteer too!

Three shifts to choose from:
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Event set up
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Party assist
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Clean up

Please indicate what shift you would like to work in the registration comments.

Please contact Kimberly at with any questions.

Souper Tuesday Lunch-n-Learn with Peter Nealis on Funding Basics

Welcome to Souper Tuesday! This week we’re featuring Peter Nealis where he discusses Funding Basics. Peter is a member of the Taft Lawfirms’s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice focus on representing both venture capital funds and venture-backed companies from coast-to-coast in some of the most active industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy/cleantech and social and digital media. Time permitting, Peter may touch on fund formation, new money investments, follow-on and secondary financings and refinancings to IPOs and strategic and exit transactions. Read more about Peter here.

Come along and ask questions and share what you know in our casual, welcoming atmosphere. Network, learn and mingle with fellow professionals from Manatee & Sarasota counties and the surrounding area all along the Innovation Coast. We feature informative and exciting events handpicked from the area’s best and brightest, all of which will propel your skills and businesses forward. You’ll learn fresh perspectives and about new innovations in technology, business, education, and more. Mark your calendar and be prepared at each session to learn new tools and tactics and arrive early for business networking opportunities.

Once a month, one of our local soup makers shares in the making of the soup we serve. Bring your own soup or lunch to eat or share at this event. There is no cost for the soup but a donation jar will be present to benefit the local non-profit, Turning Points.

Be sure to subscribe to the Station 2 Innovation newsletter which includes our events and other important happenings that you’re sure to benefit from.

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OneBlood Blood Drive at Station 2 Innovation Bradenton

OneBlood will be on location at Station 2 Innovation from 12:30p-3p holding a blood drive. All donors will receive a FREE OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Plus all donors will receive a special offer from Crayola Experience—Purchase one admission ticket and receive a 2nd admission FREE.

You may walk-in and donate or register for a specific timeslot here:

More information about Station 2 Innovation and the event can be found here:

MYPower Networking Lunch

Sean Murphy and the Beach Bistro staff invite young professionals to their beautiful beachfront establishment as they host our monthly networking lunch on Wednesday, June 29 from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM.

Located on the beautiful white-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island and overlooking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico – you just might be tempted to take the afternoon off.

Seating is limited and this event is sure to sell out. Registration will close Friday, June 24.

Cost to attend is $15 for paid MYP members and $20 for all others.

Manatee Young Professionals is a program of the Manatee Chamber and geared toward professionals in the age range of 21 -40 years.