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Business Assistance

We offer many services to help businesses start, grow or relocate to Sarasota County.

Sarasota by the Numbers


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#1 City

to Start a Small Business – Bizjournals

COVID-19 Resources for Employers

Find helpful information and resources available for Sarasota County employers to address COVID-19 challenges.

State & Local Incentives

Sarasota County offers a range of incentives for businesses wanting to relocate or grow on the Suncoast.

Workforce Development

Sarasota County is dedicated to building its workforce to meet the needs of its diverse and growing economy. We can connect you with the right partners to help you find the people you need.

Market Research

The EDC is able to provide customized, real-time data to help you make informed decisions.

Export Assistance

Sarasota County is uniquely placed to export a range of products to various markets around the world. Tapping into these markets opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Small Business Resources

Sarasota County is a great place for small businesses to find their customers and thrive. Get the help you need right here.

“The EDC is critical in Sarasota County because its sole focus is to grow and diversify its local economy.”

– Dr. Larry Thompson, President, Ringling College of Art & Design


Sarasota County provides residents and businesses quality utility services at a lower cost than the national average.

Business Associations

The EDC connects businesses in Sarasota County to a wealth of resources through its large network of partners and associations.


Whether you’re expanding an existing corporation or starting a new venture, our team can connect you with possible financing opportunities to help fund the endeavor.

Small Business Ecosystem

This resource is intended to guide companies through the landscape of business assistance that exists in Sarasota County. There are a myriad of organizations whose core missions are to help businesses grow through the provision of workforce assistance, consulting services, regulatory assistance, industry expertise, networking, financing and incentives.

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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