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Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation

4215 Concept Court, Bradenton, FL 34211


The Bradenton Area Economic Development corp. (EDC) is the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton Area’s nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay.  The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to succeed.

 The EDC’s multi-year strategy for bringing greater diversity to the Bradenton Area’s economy aligns the community’s assets with business sectors that already have a foothold in Manatee County.  We work daily with local and state governments to smooth the way for business expansion, including helping businesses apply for economic development incentives and rapid response permitting.  We connect growing business to resources for international trade, entrepreneurial development, workforce and much more.

 Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

1680 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34236


Sarasota County offers many of the attributes necessary for success in the global economy: superior schools, significant research and education facilities, high educational attainment and a regional workforce of more than 350,000. A modern infrastructure and moderate taxes contribute to the low cost of doing business here. What’s more, the community is increasingly recognized as a leader in innovative environmental management and sustainable living. In today’s technology environment, you can work from almost anywhere. Why not work where you really want to live?

 The EDC of Sarasota County is a partner of Grow FL, who provides tools to second stage growth companies. Through the program small growth oriented companies can receive strategic research and CEO mentoring.

Florida SBDC at University of South Florida

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, assists existing and emerging businesses in Manatee and Sarasota counties, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training. Seeking advice on growing an established business? Our professionally credentialed consultants have the real-world experience and expertise to help you make the right business decisions. Our consultant’s expertise focuses on areas that are vital to owning and operating a successful business, including:

  • strategic market research
  • market expansion and revenue growth
  • business and strategic plan development
  • access to capital and loan packaging assistance
  • financial analysis and assessment
  • accounting systems and financial literacy
  • feasibility analysis and start-up assistance.

No-cost specialized services available for qualified businesses looking to accelerate market growth:

  • Growth Acceleration provides in-depth business assessments and strategic planning for qualified businesses to develop sustainable growth strategies.
  • Export Marketing Plans position qualified manufacturing small businesses in Florida who are “new-to-export” to identify growth strategies through the development of specialized plans.
  • Government Contracting assists established businesses to expand by reaching new markets through federal, state and local government contracting.
  • Small Business Certification could present growth opportunities for your woman, minority, or Veteran-owned business.

To schedule an appointment with a business consultant today, visit or call 941,714.7449, ext. 2219 (Manatee County) or 941.486.2682, ext. 4121 (Sarasota County). 



The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.

8430 Enterprise Circle

 Suite 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone: 941-757-1664 
Fax: 941-362-2600 
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