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 […]

February 9th -15th 2020 Proclaimed Economic Development Week by Sarasota County Commission

SARASOTA, Fla. (February 7, 2020) — During the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday February 4th, the EDC of Sarasota County proudly accepted a Proclamation of Economic Development Week. […]

EDC names former Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock as Interim CEO

SARASOTA, Fla. (December 16, 2019) The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County announced today that the interim CEO of the organization will be former Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock. […]

EDC Update – 2019 Annual Report

The following is our year-end quarterly report for fiscal year 2019. Highlights for the year include: Helping Local Companies Grow (Business Retention & Expansion Report) 130 jobs, $10.5M in capital […]

GrowFL Announces Florida Companies to Watch Corporate Partners

Second-Stage Businesses Benefit from GrowFL Partners GrowFL is pleased to announce their Corporate Partners who have committed to advancing the growth of second-stage companies through strategic research, leadership development, peer […]

Silicon Beach SRQ Shows Sarasota County’s Maturing Tech Sector

By Mark Huey appeared in Herald-Tribune 11-04-19 An event took place October 9 that flew beneath the radar. A new networking group launched with a nearly 100 people attending, representing […]

Coding Academy Is A Key Win In Closing Tech Skills Gap

A chronic challenge for the Sarasota County region is the gap between the skill needs that many companies in our growing technology sectors need, and the employees and their skill […]

Venice City Manager Receives 40-year Government Service Award

Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee recently received a 40-year service award from ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organization. Lavallee’s achievement was formally honored during a Celebration of […]

President Galvano Appoints Byron Shinn to the Florida Cybersecurity Task Force

President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Byron Shinn of Bradenton to the Florida Cybersecurity Task Force. “Byron is a very well-respected Certified Public Accountant with a solid […]

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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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