Starting a business can be challenging and many questions arise when getting your start-up going. We have assembled some tools and resources in the Sarasota community to help you get going! Whether it's deciding well your idea will stand up to the current economy, finding the perfect location, the paperwork and forms you must fill out or what's your plan, we've got you covered. 

Speak to An Expert
 
Opportunities to connect with Chamber Members. - Local Attorneys
SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration)
- Resources for Non-Profits 

BIG (Bright Ideas on the Gulf Coast) - Entrepreneurial Concierge Service
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
- Resources for Non-Profits

It’s all In A Name

Search the Florida Department of State | Division of Corporations. - SunBiz.org

What’s My Risk

George Jenkins, LUTCF - Insurance Risks
U.S. Small Business Administration - Don't Forget about Filing & Paying Taxes 
U.S. Small Business Administration - Emergency Preparedness

Business Plan Writing Assistance

SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration) - Create a Comprehensive Business Plan 
U.S. Small Business Administration - Write Your Business Plan

SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration)
- New Business Checklist for Sarasota & Manatee Counties 
SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration) - Upcoming Manasota SCORE Workshops
Open Colleges
 - How To Write A Business Plan

Financing and Funding

Opportunities to connect with Chamber Members. - Local Banks
U.S. Small Business Administration
 - Finance Your Business
U.S. Small Business Administration - Managing Small Business Cash Flow - Answers to 10 Commonly Asked Questions
ConsumersAffairs.com - consumer advocacy organization
 - Business Loans & Financing

Marketing & Networking

Opportunities to connect with Chamber Members. - Local Marketing Firms
Opportunities to connect with Chamber Members. - Networking with The Chamber

Finding Employees

Opportunities to connect locally through The Chamber. - Job Bank
CareerEdge - Training the next generation of skilled workers - Workforce Development
U.S. Small Business Administration - Hire & Retain Employees

Human Resources & Payroll

Opportunities to connect with Chamber Members. - Local Human Resources & Payroll Firms

 

Local Demographics

Sarasota County - County Demographics & Statistics
Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee County
 - Commercial Realtors
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC)
 - Business Location Assistance
Tax Incentives
U.S. Small Business Administration - Home-Based Businesses

 

Forms Needed

SCORE (A resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration) - New Business Checklist for Sarasota & Manatee Counties 
City of Sarasota - City Business
City of Venice - City Planning & Zoning
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) - Business Assistance

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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CONTACT US

 

The Greater Sarasota Chamber
of Commerce

1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 955-8187 | Fax: (941) 366-5621
frontdesk@sarasotachamber.com