Business Resources

Welcome to Business Resources 


We are proud to offer the following ongoing resources to our membership and to the business community.   

A new addition to these resources is the 2018-19  


Women Empowering Women
Entrepreneurial Women’s
Leadership & Networking Panel

“How did they do it?”  “How can I?”


Women empowering women is a one-day event empowering others through conversations, panel discussion, a keynote speaker and a motivational speaker.   It offers personal development and enriched resources to both men and women.


This new program launches on October 26th, 2018





Venice’s New, Collaborative Think Tank Venue for our CEOs
“An enriching collaborative think tank venue”
promoting growth and success within our local business community.


The CEO Roundtable Program is designed to provide CEOs and Presidents with the opportunity to connect with their professional colleagues of diverse ages and industry backgrounds to discuss challenges and successes involved with aspects of running a business.    The CEO Roundtable Venice Program serves to provide a forum to receive ideas, advice, solution formulation.


The goal of the chamber in forming this organization is to enhance our business community with a physical and intellectual gathering place to bring our local business owners to share ideas, collaborate and foster best practices related to our local business community and economy.


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Pay it Forward



“Entrepreneurial Excellence, Shared”


Peer-to-Peer expertise shared by industry experts in varying fields.  Monthly contributors share their best tips and

tricks on a variety of informative topics.

Watch for our monthly eblast and Facebook
Pay it Forward BizTip and/or tap the collective knowledge base of

your talented business peers at any time in our new
website archive.

Begins July, 2018!






Community Foundation of Sarasota County   Community Foundation of Sarasota County


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County works to empower organizations with the tools and resources to enhance their impact and plan for their future. This includes no cost consulting services in leadership, governance, fundraising, and communications, workshops to help nonprofit board and staff become more effective, and on-demand resources.
Phone: 941-955-3000

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County   Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County


The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a public/private partnership focused on growing existing businesses and strategically diversifying the economy of Sarasota County. It assists new and existing businesses by providing confidential project management, rapid permitting, building/site review, market research, workforce assistance, incentives/financing, and export assistance.
Phone: 941.309.1200 x 105

FL Department of State | Division of Corporations   FL Department of State | Division of Corporations


The Division of Corporations is the State of Florida's official business entity index and commercial activity website. Content to do business in Florida includes general information, available resources and frequently ask questions to start or manage/change an existing business, obtain forms and fees, or perform a records search
Phone: 850-245-6000

Florida SBDC at University of South Florida   Florida SBDC at University of South Florida


The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at USF assists existing and emerging business through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training.
Phone: 813-905-5800

Gulf Coast Community Foundation   Gulf Coast Community Foundation


Gulf Coast offers a range of resources for nonprofit organizations and for businesses that want to give back. The foundation’s Invest in Incredible initiative provides free online resources, training workshops, and professional consulting for nonprofits. Gulf Coast also manages a Community Indicators website rich with regional data.
Phone: 941-486-4600

SCORE Association, Manasota Chapter 116   SCORE Association, Manasota Chapter 116



SCORE, a national non-profit network of over 10,000 volunteers, is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Locally, over 80 volunteers provide free and confidential mentoring, low cost education and online resources to existing and emerging businesses.
Phone: 941-955-1029

Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources   Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources


Access our digital resources for your business goals from creating business plans, marketing materials, grant writing, conducting competitive analysis, networking and more. Business Resources include Business Economics, Business Plans Handbook Series, Demographics Now, Florida Small Business Development Center Network, Mergent First, Reference USA, Small Business Collection, Administration and Resource Center.
Phone: 941-861-5000

Sarasota County Office of Business and Economic Development   Sarasota County Office of Business and Economic Development


Sarasota County’s Office of Business and Economic Development is ready to assist with regulatory or permitting concerns. “Doing Business in Sarasota County” is a directory (available online and in print) of services and contact information. Use this resource as a starting point for answers to many questions.
Phone: 941-861-5247

   U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), an independent agency of the federal government, helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, and online resources SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Phone: 305-536-5521

Suncoast 2.1.1.   Suncoast 2.1.1.


A free resource website for Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto County residents. Information includes: Where to get basic needs; Consumer services; Criminal Justice and Legal services; Education and Health needs, Environmental and Public safety; Income support, Employment services, Mental health and Substance abuse services, Family life, Organizational and community services.
Phone: 2-1-1 or 407-839-4357

Venice MainStreet   Venice MainStreet


Doing Business in Venice - To help you plan and get your business going, here are a few links.
Phone: 941-484-6722



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