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