Economic Development Foundation of Sarasota County 

The Economic Development Foundation of Sarasota County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the work of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC). The initial focus of the Foundation is to build entrepreneurial capacity in the region and to advance the EDC’s strategic plan.

Initiatives that may be pursued for funding and support include: 

  • Creation of an incubator or innovation center to nurture start-up companies
  • Providing educational opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • Mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs
  • Providing networking opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • Creating venture and angel capital funds
  • Supporting an Economic Gardening program for CEOs of second-stage companies
  • Expanding access to research and technology within the region
  • Facilitating technology transfer from the laboratory to the marketplace

Board of Directors 
David Sessions, Chair 
Bob Messick, Vice Chair
Allan Barberio, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Bob Hueter
George McGonagill
Dr. Sarah Pappas

Additional information about the Foundation and the EDC is available by contacting Kelly Dreels, Operations Manager.

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