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Charlotte County

Resource Agencies in Charlotte County

All Stages

Charlotte County Economic Development

We provide business recruitment, expansion and retention, demographic and market data support to the community and prospective businesses.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

Business Building Blocks for Women

B3 for Women is designed to help you navigate the very challenging initial stages of creating and running a business. We’re here to make your life easier, your knowledge greater and your anxiety lighter about launching and building a business.
Education & Training

CareerSource Southwest Florida

We specialize in talent. The CareerSource Florida network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities.
Education & Training, Hiring

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Benefits of becoming a member include: business online, networking events, custom profile on website, referrals, advertising opportunities, education and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Englewood Incubation Center

The role of the Englewood Incubation Center is to offer opportunities to individuals who have a vision and need some place or some organization to make that vision a reality. This will be accomplished by both working closely with the educational systems and those young students who require someone to help them connect their specific skill sets with the commercial world.

Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Incubator / Accelerator, Maker space / Maker lab, Manufacturing, Networking

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.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Business License

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.
Networking

Florida Medical Manufacturers Association

The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a state-wide association of medical device firms, that exists to unite, promote and grow our industry.
Business Development, Education & Training, Manufacturing, Networking

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Funding / Financial, Networking

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.
Manufacturing

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, Manufacturing

Port Charlotte SCORE

We provide free, confidential business advice tailored to meet the needs of your small business, both start-up and existing entrepreneurs.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.

Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Importing & Exporting

Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership gives a clear message to your customers that you are a reputable company to do business with and that you fully participate in the local business community. Each member receives a beautiful membership plaque to proudly display at your place of work.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University

We provide no cost, confidential consulting to businesses throughout Florida. Additionally, we can provide your business with a vast array of business resources and information. The Florida SBDC also offers no to low cost training to help you grow your business.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting

Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

The mission of the Alliance is to be a marketing engine representing the five-county region comprising Southwest Florida to attract businesses to the region. The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Networking

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What do you need help with?

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Business Building Blocks for Women

B3 for Women is designed to help you navigate the very challenging initial stages of creating and running a business. We’re here to make your life easier, your knowledge greater and your anxiety lighter about launching and building a business.
Education & Training

Englewood Incubation Center

The role of the Englewood Incubation Center is to offer opportunities to individuals who have a vision and need some place or some organization to make that vision a reality. This will be accomplished by both working closely with the educational systems and those young students who require someone to help them connect their specific skill sets with the commercial world.

Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Incubator / Accelerator, Maker space / Maker lab, Manufacturing, Networking

Port Charlotte SCORE

We provide free, confidential business advice tailored to meet the needs of your small business, both start-up and existing entrepreneurs.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Importing & Exporting

Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University

We provide no cost, confidential consulting to businesses throughout Florida. Additionally, we can provide your business with a vast array of business resources and information. The Florida SBDC also offers no to low cost training to help you grow your business.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting

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.

Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Networking

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 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.
Business License

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Funding / Financial, Networking

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?

CareerSource Southwest Florida

We specialize in talent. The CareerSource Florida network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities.
Education & Training, Hiring

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce

Benefits of becoming a member include: business online, networking events, custom profile on website, referrals, advertising opportunities, education and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Florida Medical Manufacturers Association

The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a state-wide association of medical device firms, that exists to unite, promote and grow our industry.
Business Development, Education & Training, Manufacturing, Networking

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.
Manufacturing

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, Manufacturing

Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership gives a clear message to your customers that you are a reputable company to do business with and that you fully participate in the local business community. Each member receives a beautiful membership plaque to proudly display at your place of work.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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?

Charlotte County Economic Development

We provide business recruitment, expansion and retention, demographic and market data support to the community and prospective businesses.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Networking

Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

The mission of the Alliance is to be a marketing engine representing the five-county region comprising Southwest Florida to attract businesses to the region. The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

Charlotte County's Entrepreneurs


Anthony DeNardis
Shop Local Media Group
Punta Gorda
Boris and Natasha Nekrasova
Aviation Partners Group
Punta Gorda
Brian Chapman, Jr.
Chapman Insurance Group
Port Charlotte
Charles Conrad
Interim Healthcare of Charlotte and Lee County
Port Charlotte
Chase M Russell
Russell Aviation LLC
Englewood
Danny Nix
Nix & Associates Real Estate, LLC
Punta Gorda
Darryl Keys
Zypha Corporation
Port Charlotte
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds Insurance Group, LLC
Punta Gorda
Donna Kennedy
DK Bookkeeping Service
Port Charlotte
Ernie Sturges
Goldman, Tiseo & Sturges, P.A.
Port Charlotte
Jennifer Kyser
Sunny Days Ice Cream
Port Charlotte
Jim Nolan
Nolan Family Insurance Agency
Punta Gorda
Jim and Julie Joseph
Fantasea Scuba
Port Charlotte
John Abbate
Marketing Alliance, Inc.
Punta Gorda
Jon Krawczyk
Superior Pools
Port Charlotte
Kevin Kuznar
Escape Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte
Kim Campanella
Bicycle Center of Port Charlotte
Port Charlotte
Kris White
Bull Bagger
Port Charlotte
Maria Vasconcelos
Medsol Clinical Research Center
Port Charlotte
Michael P. Dannessa
Independent Financial Coaching, Inc.
Port Charlotte
Paige Taylor
Hooked On SUP
Englewood
Patti Guerzo
Guerzo Business Consulting
Port Charlotte
Paul Effrem
AlignSign, Inc.
Port Charlotte
Philipp Pfaeffli
pedelec SQB Electric Bicycles
Punta Gorda
Ray and Elena Slipatchuk
Priceless Ink and Toner Co.
Port Charlotte
Robert and Melanie Markel
Array of Cabinets, Inc.
Port Charlotte
Robin Whincup
Galaxy Multi Rides
Port Charlotte
Thomas Contreras
New Generation Creation
Port Charlotte
Tom King
Supertrak/Marden Industries
Punta Gorda
Yusuf Kadibhai
Midway Pharmacy
Port Charlotte
Zelda Smith
First Impressions Foundation, Inc.
Punta Gorda

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