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Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation






From startup to maturity, growing businesses need varying degrees of support, and the Bradenton Area EDC has connections to virtually all the organizations with services tailored to entrepreneurs and small business.

Locations

Resource Agencies to Know:

All Stages

What do you need help with?

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

With your support our Chamber can create a stronger business network that supports Economic & Tourism Development, Manatee County Local Business, and the connections necessary to create a thriving local economy and community.

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.

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.

Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity

We facilitate the expansion and diversification of the County's economic base with targeted businesses that provide sustainable employment opportunities for its residents.There are a variety of incentives available to grow your business. Targeted Industries can receive State and local incentives that offset relocation costs. These can be tax credits, refunds or incentives based on job creation and training. For more information, please contact Helga van Eckert, Executive Director.

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.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

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.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

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.

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

Our events allow you to meet business people and community leaders as well as provide wonderful opportunities to network and give your organization visibility in the community.

Manasota SCORE

We have over 60 volunteers locally to assist you with Education and Mentoring on a wide range of business issues.

Manatee County Economic Development

We encourage business growth, good jobs and community prosperity. Whether you are an existing or potential business, resident or visitor, see what attracts business and people to Manatee County, and the many ways we are at your service.

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Station 2 Innovation

Station 2 is a flexible, community-oriented space in the Bradenton area for entrepreneurs to gather & grow businesses. Join us for Open Cowork Tues. 9-5.

Suncoast Community Capital

One-on-one coaching has helped nearly 100 entrepreneurs develop a business plan, 65 began credit rebuilding plans, 45 businesses have started or expanded and created 30 jobs.

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.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Manasota SCORE

We have over 60 volunteers locally to assist you with Education and Mentoring on a wide range of business issues.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Suncoast Community Capital

One-on-one coaching has helped nearly 100 entrepreneurs develop a business plan, 65 began credit rebuilding plans, 45 businesses have started or expanded and created 30 jobs.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

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.

What do you need help with?

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

Station 2 Innovation

Station 2 is a flexible, community-oriented space in the Bradenton area for entrepreneurs to gather & grow businesses. Join us for Open Cowork Tues. 9-5.

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.

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.

What do you need help with?

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.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

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.

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.

What do you need help with?

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

With your support our Chamber can create a stronger business network that supports Economic & Tourism Development, Manatee County Local Business, and the connections necessary to create a thriving local economy and community.

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.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

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.

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

Our events allow you to meet business people and community leaders as well as provide wonderful opportunities to network and give your organization visibility in the community.

Manatee County Economic Development

We encourage business growth, good jobs and community prosperity. Whether you are an existing or potential business, resident or visitor, see what attracts business and people to Manatee County, and the many ways we are at your service.

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.

What do you need help with?

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.

Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity

We facilitate the expansion and diversification of the County's economic base with targeted businesses that provide sustainable employment opportunities for its residents.There are a variety of incentives available to grow your business. Targeted Industries can receive State and local incentives that offset relocation costs. These can be tax credits, refunds or incentives based on job creation and training. For more information, please contact Helga van Eckert, Executive Director.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

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