Sarasota County

Resource Agencies in Sarasota County

Idea Stage

BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton

We inspire connections and encourage sharing in business, technology, funding, education, design and other local industries.
  • (682) 422-7772
  • contact@bcsrq.com
  • 9040 Town Center Pkwy. Bradenton, FL 34202

BIG | Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast

We connect bright ideas with the right resources to launch and grow businesses.
  • (941) 486-4600
  • info@gulfcoastcf.org

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund | HBIF

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida. If you are looking to start or expand your business or simply need information about small business resources in Florida, you have come to the right place!
  • (407) 428-5872
  • contact@hbifflorida.org
  • 3201 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803
  • 1425 East Vine St. Kissimmee, FL 34744
  • 1055 AAA Dr. Suite 153 Heathrow, FL 32746
  • 2315 NW 107th Ave. Office 1M17 Miami, FL 33172
  • 600 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite 1050 Tampa, FL 33609

Manasota SCORE

We have over 60 volunteers locally to assist you with Education and Mentoring on a wide range of business issues.
  • (941) 955-1029
  • info@score-suncoast.org
  • 2801 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34237

Formation Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to forming your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea stage. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

National Entrepreneur Center

We provide a single location where small businesses can access a variety of business resources, technology, research tools and more than eight resident support organizations who can provide assistance.
  • (407) 420-4848
  • info@nationalec.org
  • 3201 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803

Suncoast Technology Forum

Our mission is to create a technology-rich community, support technology entrepreneurship, and connect technology professionals with appropriate resources in the Florida Suncoast region.
  • (941) 870-0078
  • 7282 55th Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34203

The HuB Sarasota

The HuB is a creative space where entrepreneurs develop ideas and contribute toward building a new economy and culture.
  • (941) 350-1158
  • info@hubsarasota.com
  • 1680 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34236

Launching Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to launching your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea and Formation stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

City of North Port Business Tax Receipts

Anyone who runs a business from their home or has a store-front in North Port must obtain a local business tax receipt.
  • (941) 429-7188
  • 4970 City Hall Blvd. North Port, FL 34286

City of Sarasota Business Tax Receipts

All entities doing business in the City of Sarasota must obtain a City Local Business Tax Receipt each year.
  • (941) 365-2200
  • 1565 1st St. Sarasota, FL 34236

City of Venice Business Tax Receipts

All businesses, including home-based businesses, within the city limits must have a local business tax receipt before opening.
  • (941) 486-2626
  • 401 West Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.
  • (386) 530-3714
  • Info@FloridaAngelNexus.com
  • 12201 Research Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32826

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.
  • (813) 335-8116
  • info@floridaventureforum.org
  • 707 W. Azeele St. Tampa, FL 33606

Sarasota County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

The Sarasota County Business Tax is required if you are engaging in a business, profession or occupation located within Sarasota County.
  • (941) 961-8300
  • info@sarasotataxcollector.com
  • 101 S. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236

Town of Longboat Key Business Tax Receipts

A business tax receipt is required for all businesses operating within the Town limits.
  • (941) 316-1999
  • 501 Bay Isles Rd. Longboat Key, FL 34228

Growing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to growing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, and Launching stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

CareerSource Suncoast

Our primary focus is to help businesses grow by providing workforce solutions for talent recruitment and development and helping job seekers and workers manage their careers.
  • (941) 358-4080
  • 3660 N. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34234

Downtown Sarasota Alliance

Downtown Merchants, Residents, and Business members association formed to promote Downtown Sarasota Florida.
  • (941) 366-7040
  • dsa@dsasarasota.com

Englewood Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member you'll receive a listing in our Member Directory, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of networking events, be listed in our newsletters along with other marketing distributions and much more.
  • (941) 474-5511
  • ceo@englewoodchamber.com
  • 601 S. Indiana Ave. Englewood, FL 34223

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member you'll have access to networking, advertising, promotion, volunteering, savings, referrals, educational opportunities and much more.
  • (941) 955-8187
  • frontdesk@sarasotachamber.com
  • 1945 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34236

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.
  • (407) 823-6384
  • info@growfl.com
  • 12201 Research Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32826

Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber strives to make Longboat Key, Lido Key and St. Armands Key great places to do business while respecting the residential character of the keys.
  • (941) 387-9000
  • info@lbkchamber.com
  • 5390 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL 34228

North Port Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is here to serve you through relationship building, networking, committee work and marketing opportunities.
  • (941) 564-3040
  • info@northportareachamber.com
  • 15141 Tamiami Trl. North Port, FL 34287

Sarasota County Office of Business and Economic Development

With initiatives like the expedited permitting processes and our business assistance email address, bizhelp@scgov.net, we are working to enhance your experience throughout the entire permitting process.
  • (941) 861-5247
  • bizhelp@scgov.net
  • 1660 Ringling Rd. Sarasota, FL 34236

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

Our Chamber is made up of over 500 businesses, independent professionals, and other stakeholders who work together to maintain and drive the health of our diverse local economy for the benefit of all who live, work and visit Siesta Key.
  • (941) 349-3800
  • info@siestakeychamber.com
  • 5114 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key, FL 34242

Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

Our dynamic membership of area professionals welcomes you, and hopes your business prospers within our community. The Chamber is involved in several programs designed to enhance the business climate in the community.
  • (941) 488-2236
  • vchamber@venicechamber.com
  • 597 Tamiami Trail South Venice, FL 34285

Optimizing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to optimizing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, Launching, and Growing stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

A rich resource for entrepreneurs considering sites for new enterprise, as well as for existing business owners exploring relocation or expansion, the EDC is ready to serve. For more information about starting, expanding or relocating your business in Sarasota County, Florida, contact us.
  • (941) 309-1200
  • jmcgill@edcsarasotacounty.com
  • 1680 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34236

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.
  • (407) 956-5600
  • bspivey@eflorida.com
  • 800 N. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32803

Florida High Tech Corridor Council | The Corridor

We are a regional economic development initiative to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.
  • (407) 708-4630
  • randy.berridge@floridahightech.com
  • 1055 AAA Dr. Heathrow, FL 32746

Tampa Bay Partnership

The Tampa Bay Partnership is the eight-county regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact economic growth and development.
  • (813) 878-2208
  • info@tampabay.org
  • 4300 W. Cypress St., Suite 700 Tampa, FL 33607

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