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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Update 03-25-2020

We are closely monitoring the progress of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. The CARES Act is in the legislative process and acticipated to be signed […]

SBDC Small Business Loan & SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan (EBL) Program This program is out of funds and no longer accepting applications. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is short-term, interest-free […]

Families First Coronavirus Act

This new law takes effect April 2, 2020. It requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave and paid family leave while also providing a refundable […]

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

Apply Here If you have trouble submitting your information online click here The SBA provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the […]

COVID-19 Business and Community Resources

The EDC’s priority is to provide the most up-to-date, impactful information available during these uncertain times. The EDC wants your business to endure minimal interruption and be back up and […]

Bartender, Restaurant, and Tipped Employees Resources COVID-19

The EDC’s priority is to provide the most up-to-date, impactful information available during these uncertain times. To see the full resources available to you please visit the EDC COVID-19 Page. […]

FL DEO Reemployment Assistance

If your employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. If you need assistance, the […]

FL DEO Short Time Compensation Program

The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying […]

SBDC Emergency Bridge Loan Program

Submitting your application options: 1) Online application: Here 2) Download an application, complete it and mail it with the required supporting documentation to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) […]

CareerEdge Offers Grants to Help Close the Skills Gap and Build Companies’ Talent Pipeline

On Monday, March 2nd, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s CareerEdge workforce initiative, will open their annual request for proposal (RFP) process soliciting plans from manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and skilled […]

Trident Building Systems, Inc., located in Sarasota, FL., Merges with Behlen Mfg. Co., headquartered in Columbus, NE.

Trident Building Systems, Inc., located in Sarasota, FL., has entered into a merger agreement with Behlen Mfg. Co., headquartered in Columbus, NE. Carl Petrat, President of Trident, and the current […]

A refreshed strategy for the future of the Sarasota County EDC

By Art Lambert The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County has learned valuable lessons over the years by adapting to the changing needs of the local business community and the […]

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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