Executive Briefing
Millennials & Mobile with Kevin McNulty, NetWeave

Wednesday, October 14
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Keiser University
6151 Lake Osprey Drive, LWR
$10 Members; $20 Non-members
Register Online

Are you going to be incredible or invisible?

As Millennials become the largest single segment of the US workforce and the US' largest consumer group, they are bringing mobile technology with them.

  • More than 70% of them report that the first thing they do in the morning after waking is reach for their smartphone. Is your business accessible to them?
  • As of 2014, 70% of the world's population now has some sort of mobile device, even if they have no computer.
  • More than half of all sessions on Facebook are via mobile device.

If your business isn't prepared to deliver an outstanding mobile experience via either website or social media, you may be missing new consumers who will become your future loyal audience!

Special Event
Main Street 10th Anniversary Block Party

Friday, October 16 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch
No need to register - this is a free event open to the public!

Join Lakewood Ranch Main Street and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance as they celebrate 10 years! This free event will feature live music, beer tents, vendor booths, a kids zone, and more. It's sure to be a great time for the entire family!




Keller Williams Lakewood Ranch/ Adam Miller
Mid-Range Game LLC
Ameriprise Financial
The Auto Club Group
East County Observer
Conditioned Air
Kona Ice Sarasota
The Roots Chiropractic
Chicken Kitchen
Hometown News USA
Sarasota Urgent Care
Great American Cookies at UTC
CoolToday/Plumbing Today
Grow Financial Credit Union
Sally Ullman Photography
The Learning Experience
Four Pillars of Health
ADT Custom Home Security
Adjust Your Life Chiropractic
Rotations Cycling & TRX Studio
Orangetheory Fitness Lakewood Ranch
Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
BMO Harris Bank
Premier Sports Campus
LWR Info Center
Cooper Creek Dental
One Stop Cooling and Heating
Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty
ServPro of Bradenton
Culver's Restaurant
Sylvan Learning
Herald-Tribune Media Group

October GAC Luncheon
The University Parkway Interchange: The Next 5 Years

Wednesday, October 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill
10670 Boardwalk Loop, LWR
$25 Members by 10/19; $35 Members after 10/19 & Non-members
Register Online

Anyone who has been living in Sarasota and Manatee the last 5 years has witnessed the extraordinary growth of the University Parkway / I-75 interchange area, in spite of the economic and real estate downturn. LWR residential building in the area has held strong, and commercial and retail development has grown at a confident pace. Capping it all off was the completion of a stunning new shopping mall, one of only a handful that were built in the US over the last decade. All of this has been strategically placed where Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch all intersect.

As construction begins on an ambitious, forward thinking transportation design for I-75, we prepare for many things just around the corner: more retail, hotels and apartments surrounding UTC, the 2017 Rowing Championships, and the expansion of LWR south to Fruitville. The University Interchange is certainly an exciting place to watch grow over the coming years.
So what else is in store? What else can we expect to see? Join us for a lively and informative update on the future of the area from 3 deeply involved professionals from all sides of the industry.

Featured Panelists:
Richard Bedford - SMR
Paul Blackketter - SANCA
Mark Chait - Benderson Development

This luncheon is brought to you by the Alliance Government Affairs Committee and Manatee Tiger Bay Club.

New LWRBA Proud Member
Placards are Here!

Studies have shown that participation in a business organization builds credibility and trust among consumers. Let your customers know you're a member of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance by proudly displaying the brand new LWRBA Desk Placard in your office or lobby.

Beginning this week, we will have them available at our events at the check-in table, or pop by our office to pick one up today.
(These are the placard inserts only and are designed to fit into your existing 5"x7" clear plastic frame. A replacement frame can be purchased for $5.)

Also available is a digital Proud Member logo to display on your website or your email signature.
Click here to download:
Large: 400px  Small: 200px

Thank You to our 2015 Presidential Level Sponsors





Final Voting Round
Now Open!

Congratulations 2015 Sandies Finalists!

The final voting round for the 2015 Sandies Members' Choice Awards begins now! Every year, the Sandies recognize members, chosen by their peers, for their remarkable talents, character, and commitment to our organization and community. Follow the link below to cast your votes for the most deserving Alliance member in each of the 8 categories. Congratulations to our finalists!

(Voting closes Wednesday, October 21.)

 Stay Connected



The October Alliance is here!
Click to download the digital version,
or stop by our office to pick up
a copy.

Migration to EMV Chip Card Technology and Your Small Business

U.S. credit card companies are making the transition from magnetic stripe technology to cards with chips. Chip cards are payment cards that have an embedded chip, offering increased security when your customers use the chip to pay in store. 

The SBA is committed to making sure small business owners understand what this transition means for you, your business, and your customers through webinars, online resources, and in-person events.  

>>Learn more

Upcoming Events

14 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • Keiser University Auditorium ~ 6151 Lake Osprey Drive, LWR 34240
16 Oct 2015 6:00 PM (EDT) • Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
21 Oct 2015 11:30 AM • Fete Ballroom at Polo Grill located - 10670 Boardwalk Loop~ Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
04 Nov 2015 5:00 PM • 8230 Natures Way, LWR FL 34202
20 Nov 2015 11:30 AM • Polo Grill / Fete Ballroom -10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

Committee Meetings

13 Oct 2015 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
14 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • Keiser University Auditorium ~ 6151 Lake Osprey Drive, LWR 34240
19 Oct 2015 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
26 Oct 2015 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202
27 Oct 2015 4:00 PM • Alliance Office, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140 Lakewood Ranch 34202

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.

8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
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