EconomyThe Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network ( will host a networking and discussion event about the 2015 economic outlook for small business owners from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Connors Steak and Seafood‑Gulf Coast Town Center. The featured speaker is Gary Jackson, director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and assistant professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. Lunch is included in the cost, which is $20 per person for members. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $30 per person. Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, visit Deadline for registration is Wednesday.

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