Small Business Resources

Every day our team connects small business owners with resources to help them grow. Through our network of skilled partners, you're sure to find the right programs and organizations to help you address the needs of your unique business and continue to grow.

Small Business Ecosystem

Download the Small Business Ecosystem, a resource to guide companies through the landscape of business assistance that exists in Sarasota County.

How Can We Help?

Contact Destin Wells, VP of Business Development, to see how we can help you thrive in Sarasota County.

How Does Your Business Compare in Florida?

The Florida Power & Light Company provides comprehensive market analysis designed to help small businesses

  • Benchmark against the competition
  • Identify and map potential customers and suppliers
  • Map demographics, labor force and consumer expenditure data
  • Find the best places to advertise

Go to FPL business tool

Get the help you need

  • Workforce/Training – Connect the dots from recruitment to training
  • Business Consulting – Get access to business advisers and consultants that will help improve your business
  • Employee Financial Education – Get free in-office training to help your employees learn about budgeting, finance, credit and other crucial life skills
  • Export Assistance – Connect with research, strategies, and ultimately the foreign market itself
  • Location/Expansion Assistance – Get data-backed research to find the right property to locate or expand
  • Education Services – Tap into Sarasota County’s top-rated school district and four major higher education institutions
  • Permitting/Regulatory Assistance – Navigate the processes and paperwork of running your business by connecting with the right information and organizations

Free, high quality content for businesses

Visit Sarasota County wants to share the amazing content and images that make Sarasota County such a special place with people around the world. Looking for free high quality imagery? This page is for you! Here you’ll find links to download images, video – and more.

Recovery & Readiness for Manufacturers

FloridaMakes has developed custom tools to help manufacturers navigate and mitigate the impacts of future crises. Get immediate feedback on your business risk and continuity preparedness. And it only takes 5 minutes. Click here to take the survey.

Find your network

The EDC’s network expands to meet your needs. If you have a specific question or need assistance that isn’t listed above, let us know and our team can guide you in the right direction.

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Small Business Ecosystem

Download the Small Business Ecosystem, a resource to guide companies through the landscape of business assistance that exists in Sarasota County.

How Can We Help?

Contact Destin Wells, VP of Business Development, to see how we can help you thrive in Sarasota County.

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