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The Economic Development Foundation of Sarasota County is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on carrying out initiatives that have a positive impact on business growth, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and workforce development to further the tax-exempt purposes and mission of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC).

What We Do

The mission of the Economic Development Foundation of Sarasota County is to improve the business and quality of life for the people of Sarasota County, Florida, through the cultivation of a small business and entrepreneurial ecosystem focused on innovation, job creation, talent development, and economic mobility.

Make a difference

There is still much work to be done to make the economic future of our community as bright as it can be. We need your input and support to successfully create a robust, resilient, supportive, and inclusive economy.

Promote entrepreneurship and business growth in our community through charitable giving, while potentially receiving significant tax advantages.

Talk to your financial advisor about including charitable giving as part of your or your business’ financial plans and leave a legacy to support our community’s future.

Board of Directors

Mark Irwin, Chair

Joe C Hembree

Rob Lane

Trevor Harvey

La’Tiara Love

Rae Dowling

Be a Part of the Foundation

Join us in shaping a more prosperous Sarasota County by becoming a part of the Foundation. Your donation can help us promote entrepreneurship, foster business growth, and build a resilient and inclusive economy. Donate now and be a part of this transformational journey.

Economic Development Foundation of Sarasota County Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISTING WWW.FDACS.GOV. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. [s.496.405(1)(c), F.S.] Registration # CH28098