First Time Home Buyers


Join the Young Professionals Network (Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee), the Sarasota Young-Professionals (Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce) and the Lakewood Ranch Young Leaders Alliance (Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance) for a First Time Home Buyers Seminar. This fun and interactive, yet informative, event is designed to help young professionals learn the important steps to home ownership.

This event is FREE. Local young professionals and other first time home buyers are encouraged to attend (RSVP required):

Beverages and light bites will be served.

Questions? Please contact Gina White at or (941) 952-3405.

ProDev: Finding Your Center

Join Sarasota Young-Professionals on July 13th for a professional development workshop you won’t want to miss! If you’re struggling to strike the right balance between your job and your personal life, this is the event for you. Roxanne Joffe, founder and president of MagnifyGood, will share techniques for balancing career goals with a fulfilling personal life during this interactive session. Free lite bites and drinks will also be served.

This event will be at Cowork FL, located within in the historic Archibald building, on the 2nd floor. Please allow yourself time to park and walk. Free parking is available in the Links Garage, behind the former World of Beer.

Tickets are $5 for YPG/Chamber Members ($15 for future members). Get your tickets HERE:

For more information, please contact YPG Coorinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at or (941) 556-4038.

2017 YPG Summit: “Thrive”

The Sarasota Young Professionals Group is proud to host the 2nd Annual YPG Summit–This year, we’re focusing on helping you THRIVE! Learn new ways to grow personally, professionally, and as a leader in the community we love.

Registration opens Monday, June 5th. WE WILL SELL OUT AGAIN!!! Don’t wait to get your tickets: $50 for YPG Members, $65 for non-members.

Note: If you’re planning on attending the YPG Throwback Gala (Sarasota Through the Years), you can get your tickets for the Summit at “throwback” pricing–ONLY at the Gala! ($30 for YPG Members, $45 for future members).

Millennial Con 2017

The Manatee Millennial Movement’s follow-up event to last years #4Progress Millennial Conference. Join us for this FREE event at SCF – State College Of Florida focused on giving Young Professionals and Millennials a voice within their local government.

Presentation Topics include:

  • Internships
  • How gov’t works
  • adulting 101
  • sustainability
  • HR trends
  • How to get involved in the community
  • Taking care of the mind, body & soul
  • Much much more

Press release –

Manatee Millennials to host MCon2017 Millennial Conference in March
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 22, 2017) – Manatee County Government’s team of Millennial employees, the Manatee Millennial Movement (M3), announced plans today to host MCon2017 Millennial Conference, March 26 – April 1.

The weeklong conference will be held at State College of Florida and will offer young professionals a chance to weigh in on topics important to them such as housing, networking, financial stability, entrepreneurship and how to take ownership in your community, among others.
MCon2017 will serve as a catalyst in connecting young professionals and college students to the local organizations that are trying to positively impact the future of Manatee County, said Ogden Clark, one of the event’s organizers. M3 has spent the last two years informing local young professionals and college students about civic engagement opportunities, focusing on affordable housing, leadership roles and overcoming millennial apathy. MCon2017 is the follow up to last year’s #4Progress Millennial Conference and the 2015 #iSeeManatee event that brought out hundreds of people to talk about what they would like to see Manatee County look like in the future.

“We want to develop our county’s future leaders and have them take ownership in their community,” Clark said. “We also hope to highlight some of the great activities, spots and groups that exist in our community.’”

“We’ve had an extremely positive response from our past events, but it is vital to keep the discussion going. Momentum continues to build,” said Robert Barto, event co-organizer. “We are taking community feedback and engaging across all generations to make this the best MCON yet.”

Registration for the conference is free and available online:

The conference schedule goes as follows:

Sunday, March 26 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) – Cyclovia Bradenton
Location: State College of Florida- 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
This event will close 57th Ave West between 26th Street West and 34th Street West near SCF to cars but will be open for people to bike, skate, scooter, walk, or dance. A bicycle route around the campus will be marked off and the event is completely free and open to the public.
What to Expect: Bike Rodeo, Zumba, Bike Path,
Refreshments available for purchase and more.

Thursday, March 30 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Mcon 2017
Location: State College of Florida Gymnasium, 5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
FREE event at SCF – State College of Florida focused on giving Young Professionals and Millennials a voice within their local government. Presentation Topics include: Internships, How gov’t works, Adulting 101, sustainability, HR trends, How to get involved in the community, taking care of the mind, body & soul, and more. A final schedule of sessions and workshops will be sent out to registries before the conference.

Thursday, March 30 (5 – 7 p.m.) – Sip and Social sponsored by Manatee Young Professionals
Location: Darwin’s Brewing Co, 803 17th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Mix and mingle with Young Professionals in a fun, laid back atmosphere. Guests will have the chance to enjoy this craft brewery and learn more about becoming a member of the Manatee Chamber’s Manatee Young Professionals group.

Friday, March 31 (6 — 8 p.m.) – Realize Bradenton’s Music in the Park
Location: Riverwalk Amphitheater along the Manatee River near downtown Bradenton
The band Seranation will be playing at this event put on by Realize Bradenton and is a favorite of local music fans.

Saturday April 1 (9 a.m. to noon) – Mcon2017 Day of Service
Location: Lincoln Middle School, 305 17th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221
Applied, hands-on learning is prevalent at Lincoln Middle School with opportunities to learn about urban gardening, hydroponics, earth boxes, healthy eating, tools, seeds, livestock, and more. The urban farm and FFA fight hunger and ensure learning by engaging the children in work on the farm and other community impact initiatives. By supporting the urban farm, Millennials will be supporting the Lincoln Middle School’s students’ overall education as applied learning and access to healthy food are directly linked to brain development.
About the Manatee Millennial Movement
The Manatee Millennial Movement also known as “M3” consists of Manatee County Government millennial employees spanning 11 departments and constitutional offices. M3’s goal is to develop strong leaders who will then provide political and social engagement to Manatee County through dialogue, educational programs, involvement, partnerships and special events. Millennials are set to inherit Manatee County. Shouldn’t they have a say in how it will look in the future?
For more information about Manatee County’s M3 program please visit


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.

Taming the Leadership Elephant: Keys to Becoming Calm, Focused & Profitable

Taming the Leadership Elephant: The Simple Key to Becoming Calm, Focused & Profitable

There are all kinds of Elephants in today’s world. The “Famous Five” are Avalanche (overwhelm), Hurricane (distraction), Tsunami (anxiety), Quagmire (feeling stuck), and Eclipse (feeling invisible). Any one of them can derail even the most seasoned leader.

The resulting worry can prevent you from approaching clients who actually want you and need you. The confusion created by untamed Elephants can prevent you from jumping at highly lucrative opportunities that would be perfect for you. It can even drain the enthusiasm out of serving your customers and dissolve the connectedness of any team.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is one simple key that will tame your “Elephants” and calm everyone else’s. Imagine having the focus and confidence to handle any situation. To not be afraid to ask for the sale. What would it be like if the familiar fear that holds you back from approaching high-ticket clients or disgruntled teammates was gone forever?

That’s the power of “Taming Elephants”. The One Simple Key is what Jackie Simmons will be discussing at our January event.

Jackie Simmons has 30+ years of business consulting working with organizations as large as John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and as diverse as solo-preneurs. Along the way, Jackie came face to face with herds of “Inner Elephants”, the mental & emotional states that hold companies back and keep us playing small. It was only after taming her own Elephants that she discovered the Elephant Taming System, a fast path to becoming confident & profitable. Jackie speaks to organizations, and continues to provide individual consulting and training. Locally she is an Ambassador for both the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, and the Manasota Goodwill. She is also the founder and organizer of the 1,400 member Women Empowering Women Movement.

Lunch & Learn – Deb Shuck, from Dis-abilty to Dif-ability & the Power of…

Deb Shuck understood from an early age, that she was meant be an advocate. Born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD), Deborah grew up wearing an above the knee prosthesis. Despite wearing this prosthesis all her life, she has never let that slow her down. From scuba diving to snow skiing to flying a glider she has met life head on. Her passion is to help educate and raise awareness of issues affecting people with disabilities. Your “Dis-abilty” is often a “Dif-ability” where the way you approach life and tasks is a genuine asset and benefit to organizations and individuals. Deborah is proud to share her experience and knowledge, in the hope that others may understand that a disability can open up a world of possibilities.
Deborah says that she owes a fearless passion to her parents who instilled in her a, “Never take No for an answer attitude.” Deb is also an accomplished business woman took her extensive knowledge and purchased a Structural Steel Fabrication company focusing on commercial buildings. While owning this company she realized a need for an organization focusing on women in business. Deb created and became the founder and president of Women Owners of Florida, Inc. (WOoF) She is continuing to make a difference in her community by focusing on WOoF as a 501©(3) giving back to the community.
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Souper Tuesday Lunch-n-Learn w/ Ron Klein, The Grandfather of Possibilities

Welcome to Souper Tuesday! Meet Ron Klein, business consultant, entrepreneur, and inventor. He describes himself as an ordinary man who accomplishes extraordinary things. He is a problem solver. Every solution has resulted in monumental change, either in a new invention or a simple solution. His innovative ideas have changed the world. He is the inventor of the Magnetic Strip on the Credit Card, Credit Card Validity Checking System and the developer of computerized systems for Real Estate (MLS) Multiple Listing Services, Voice Response for the Banking Industry and BOND Quotation and Trade Information for the New York Stock Exchange. Wow!

He now helps inventors and entrepreneurs with their intellectual property and creations with the goal of taking them to market. He analyzes businesses, challenges, and ideas and provide clients with answers and solutions for positive direction.

Influencers and Innovation – Magnetic Stripe Credit Card Video from Eric Jankstrom on Vimeo.

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.

Learn more about Ron at his website,

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.

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