So, you've started your business... Now what? Growing your business can be tricky and we are here to help you! We have assembled some tools and resources in the Sarasota community to help you keep going successfully! Whether its creating a plan, marketing & promoting, business & social networking or improving operations & quality, we've got you covered.

 Business Plan

Business Plan Essentials - US Small Business Administration offers business plan software. Business Plan
Business Plan Workbook - A step-by-step business plan workbook from MasterCard. Move ideas from your head to paper in an organized, clear, convincing manner - Business Plan Workbook doc
SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration) - SCORE Local Workshops
Sample Business Plans by industry, free from - Create or browse business plans.

Free or low-cost one-on-one help

SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration) - Local Mentoring Request
CEO Roundtables - connect with your peers to grow your company - Grow Florida
Free business advice from SCORE via email - Over 13,000 mentors, find an expert.

Innovation & Technology

CareerEdge - Training the next generation of skilled workers. - Workforce Development
Springwise Access - Browse smart new business ideas, over 6,000 examples. - 3 Inspiring Business Ideas - Every Day

Small Business Saturday - Presented by American Express

Support small businesses, shop local. - Your Playbook to promote your business!

Advertising Budgets

Calculating Your Ad Budget Q&A from Entrepreneur - How much you should spend
How to set an Advertising Budget from NFIB - Article - how much should you spend?
Free Marketing Plans to Download from - Dozens of Marketing Plans
Advertising Methods from TD Bank - Video Course

Marketing 101: The Fundamentals

Understand marketing and your market. - Course from SmallBizU
Florida Small Business Development Center at USF. - Free-No Cost Consulting (Growth Acceleration, Marketing Plans, Government Contracting, & Small Business Certification)

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Opportunities to Advertise with Chamber products. - Publications and Advertising

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Hundreds of opportunities to connect with local businesses. - Events Calendar

Business Networking Tips

Word document on benefits of networking.


Expand your network with a LinkedIn account. - Join Here


Find new customers, connect with current ones. - Create a Business Page

Get paid online or with a smartphone.

Swipe devices and other online payment methods.

Create a Technology Plan for Your Small Business

Workshop sponsored by SCORE - Tech Made Simple Workshop

Tips for Improving Your Presentations

Tips for creating and delivering an effective presentation from Office Online. - Tips Article

Analyze Your Business

How do you stack up with your competition? Offered by US Small Business Administration. - SizeUp Tool

Additional Resources:

Florida Small Business Development Center at USF

See something missing that could help other business owners, such as yourself? Please email Dillon Buckland or Brittany Lamont for suggestions.


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The Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce

1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 955-8187 | Fax: (941) 366-5621