Economic Gardening

Sarasota County’s Economic Gardening program, coordinated by the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, focuses on offering services to stimulate growth in “second-stage” companies.  Generally, a second-stage company has between 10 and 100 employees and generates $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue.

Studies show that second-stage CEOs face similar business challenges regardless of industry, and that fewer resources are available to many established companies than when those businesses were in their start-up stage.  With that in mind, the EDC and its partners, including the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, are providing access to specific services: strategic analysis, peer-to-peer networking, network mapping, market research and mentoring by third-stage CEOs, to name a few.

Sarasota County was chosen to participate in the Florida Economic Gardening Institute's GrowFL program, and serves as a regional hub for second-stage businesses seeking assistance. To learn more and to find out if your business qualifies, click here for information and then contact Pamela Thomas, EDC project manager, (941) 309-1200 ext. 105.

Related Resources
- GrowFL coordinated by the EDC
- GrowFL state program
The Edward Lowe Foundation 

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