Welcome to Sarasota County

Whether you are relocating a headquarters or growing a company on the Suncoast, our team connects you with the opportunities to thrive in a place you love.

Sarasota by the numbers


Avg. Temperature

35 miles

Of Beachfront


Personal Income Tax

#1 City

To Launch a Small Business


Through powerful economic incentives and an expanding workforce, Sarasota County continues to be a great place for some of the nation's fastest-growing industries.


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The EDC helps Sarasota County businesses expand their operations with custom-fit services free of charge.

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Relocate to Sarasota County

Quality of life, access to markets, and a qualified workforce are just the beginning. We're a dynamic business center in a coastal paradise.

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Tools & Resources

The EDC gives businesses the resources they need to create new possibilities. Get up-to-date information on available properties in Sarasota County as well as helpful publications and opportunities to grow your network.

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In The News

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EDC Update – June 2019
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Six Florida Manufacturers Recognized with 2019 Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Awards
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Innovation by Creative Design Award

The EDC of Sarasota County and Ringling College of Art and Design are pleased to collaborate for the Fifth Annual Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award. This award recognizes a business for an innovative product or service that demonstrates a creative design solution and has achieved market success. Entries are judged on the quality of their design process and evidence of market success and/or business impact. Qualifications for nominations are as follows:

  1. Self-nominations are welcome.
  2. Nominated organization must be a profit or nonprofit business or organization located in Sarasota County.
  3. A majority of revenues must come from outside Sarasota County.
  4. The specific product or service of the applicant must have been developed in the last five years.
  5. The product or service must be available in the marketplace and have demonstrated financial success.
  6. EDC board members/staff are not eligible for nomination.
  7. All application information must be verifiable and accurate.
Application deadline: August 9, 2019. ACCESS APPLICATION NOW 2019 award winner will be announced at the EDC Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on September 12, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Good luck and thank you for your participation! Note: If you have any questions regarding the nomination form, please contact Kate Atkin at katkin@edcsarasotacounty.com or 941.309.1200 x102

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EDC Board of Directors Meeting

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Invest in Sarasota County

The EDC of Sarasota County diversifies our local economy and helps create jobs for Floridians. Investing in the EDC empowers us to grow our economy and attract more business to our region.

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How the EDC helped BSwanky grow
How the EDC helped BSwanky grow

EDC_quote-iconYou only live once. I truly feel blessed to have found a place that is helping our company, my family and my employees to thrive while feeling you’re on vacation 365 days a year.- John Weller, Co-founder FloorForce.com

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Property Search

Search available properties to find the right location for you and your business.

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Top Employers

See the companies forming the economic base for our dynamic county.

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Workforce Development

Learn how we're continuing to grow our qualified workforce on the Suncoast.

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Chairman’s Advisors

CareerSource Suncoast
Wells Fargo
University of South Florida
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
FCCI Insurance Group
Sarasota Bradenton International
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Schroeder Manatee Ranch
Ringling College
Premiero Community Bank
PNC Bank
PGT Windows
Michael Saunders & Company
Lakewood Ranch Commercial
Herald Tribune
Florida Power & Electric
Comcast Business
CenterState Bank
Benderson Development
Bank of Tampa
Coldwell Banker
Baltimore Orioles
Sarasota magazine
Teco Peoples Gas