Has Sarasota Failed Young Professionals?

SRQ Media Group takes on local community issues as part of a series of Oxford Style Debates designed to engage Sarasota leaders

The Question All Young People In Sarasota Are Asking

We went over to the Ringling Underground to talk to young professionals and millennials about why they are planning or staying or leaving Sarasota.

Why Millennials (Including Me) Are Staying in Sarasota

A response to Shelby Webb – “the more I thought about her article and the argument she presented, the more I started to realize that she got it all wrong.”

YPG Summit Aims To Empower Sarasota Young Professionals

With a focus on personal development, professionals development, and community involvement, this half day summit aims to empower area Young Professionals

Amplify The Voice of Sarasota’s Younger Residents

We’re working closely with some of the most prominent young professionals organizations in the region to help amplify their voice through the use of video.

Advocate for Affordable Housing in Sarasota

Keep up with the latest news and updates about affordable/attinable housing in Sarasota as it relates to area Young Professionals


Chamber University: Cyber Security

Gain, retain and keep your employees healthy and happy! Join Jackie Rittenhouse and Edward James from Brown & Brown Insurance as they discuss the most important and key benefits of having your employees covered!

Stay tuned! More details on this event to come!

Complimentary for Chamber Members
$20 Future Members/Public

YPG ProDev: Crucial Conversations

Join us Tuesday, March 27th at CoWork SRQ for the next YPG ProDev series event! Learn simple techniques to help you successfully have those “tricky” conversations with coworkers or your boss. Sometimes conflict in the workplace happens–Andrea Nierenberg can help you navigate these discussions for positive outcomes.

Andrea Nierenberg is an executive coach, networking strategist and consultant. She is the force behind The Nierenberg Consulting Group, which focuses on the communication skills that impact the bottom line and to attract and retain more business. She works with executives on perfecting their presentation/media skills, client relations, working with all personality styles, time management and networking skills. Read her full bio here:

Tickets are available now: $10 for YPG Members ($15 for future members).

Questions? Please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at or (941) 556-4038.

Speed Networking with YLA, YPG, MYP, and YPN

Join fellow young professionals from the area at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing for a very special Speed Networking event. This is a great way to practice your elevator speech while making a bunch of great contacts!

Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided.

How it works:
Each participant will be introduced to 20 members.
Each member will have 1 minute to talk about who they are and what they do. Every 3 minutes you will be asked to move to the next table and meet someone new.

If you meet anyone you would like to get to know better there will be an open networking opportunity
after the event.

Please plan to arrive by 5:30 p.m.
5:30-6:00 Registration and Introduction to Speed Networking
6:00-7:00 Speed Networking
7:00-7:30 Open Networking

This event is in partnership with the Sarasota Young-Professionals, Manatee Young Professionals (MYP) , and the Suncoast Young Professionals Network.

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.

Marketing on Main

Welcome to Marketing on Main, the only event created by business owners for business owners!!

Exhibit. Sip. Socialize. Relax. Win Prizes.

Get ready! This event IS FILLED with positivity, encouragement, motivation, and built for those who are looking to make a difference! If you are a small business, just starting out in business, a multi-million dollar conglomerate, a career seeker, or just someone trying to be the change they would like to see in Sarasota…then Marketing on Main is a must attend!

Ticket Options:
$5 Presale Admission – access to light hordurves | Entertaiment | Live music | and more!
$10 Day of event
Ticket add-ons:

Raffle Tickets – $2 each or 20 tickets for $20 – will enter you into a drawing to will local prizes, and services from Sarasota’s premier businesses.

50% of the proceeds will be donated to Tiny Hands Foundation –

** This Months Raffle Prizes **


Marketing on Main is Sponsored by The Social Edge – Marketing Solutions

Who – Business-minded individuals looking to better themselves in Sarasota and surrounding areas!

What – As part of the “On Main” a series of cocktail hours, expos for business-to-business, networking event, trade show, entrepreneurs and decision-makers . – if you are serious about business, this event is a “MUST ATTEND” .

Where – Voting on Facebook

Why – Meet local businesses, promote your business, find new employment, develop your current career, obtain referrals or sales leads, improve your social skills, find mentors, collaborate with others to start new endeavors. Opportunities are endless and based on your personal career goals.

When – Last Wednesday of every month

Want to exhibit? Call Gianna 941-266-9657

Business Showcase

1. TBD

** Entertainment **


** Agenda is as follows **


* Food Sampling **
Chef Craig Chasky – TBD
PizzaSRQ – TBD
TES & Associates – TBD
The Social Edge – TBD
Petals & Sugar – TBD

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.

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).

YPG Throwback Gala (Sarasota Through the Years)

SAVE THE DATE! Join the Sarasota Young Professionals on Saturday, June 3rd at Gold Coast Eagle for a Throwback Gala—dress in the cocktail attire from your favorite decade! Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, games, and dancing. Grab a friend and dance through the decades with YPG!

What: Throwback Gala
Where: Gold Coast Eagle Distributors | 7051 Wireless Ct, Sarasota, FL 34240
When: Saturday, June 3rd | 8pm-Midnight
Tickets: $50 for YPG/Chamber Members ($75 for future members) Get your tickets here:

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, for more information: or (941) 556-4038.

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