frequently asked questions (Community & General)
What is The Chamber of Commerce?
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization who strives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Sarasota region by building business success, and seeks to attract new residents and industries to the area while retaining existing businesses. The Chamber offers educational and networking opportunities, business resource such as directories and mailing lists, and government advocacy to protect and advance the interest of business. The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit organization. The Chamber is not a government body or the Better Business Bureau.
I'm planning a move to the Sarasota area, and I need relocation information
Visit Sarasota County (VSC) provides a relocation package. Contact Visit Sarasota County for more information at (941) 706-1253.
What is The Chamber and what does it do?
Established in 1921, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is made up of 1,300 members representing businesses of all sizes. The Chamber’s mission is to maximize our members' success, the community's competitiveness, and the area's economic strength..
Why would I need to join The Chamber?
Now, more than ever, building substantive relationships is crucial to sustaining and growing your business. The Chamber provides opportunities for you to meet new contacts, whether it’s networking at one of the events, or gaining education through our Leadership Sarasota or Shumaker Chamber University programs.
How do I become a member of The Chamber?
Joining the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is easy! Fill out an online application or if you'd like to meet to discuss your options, contact John Vitolo at (941) 556-4058.
What are the dues? Are dues tax deductible?
Dues are based on what level you would like to invest in and are deductible for federal income tax purposes as a business expense.
What does it cost?
Membership dues are based on what level fits your businesses needs. Please contact John Vitolo at (941) 556-4058 to find out what level of membership best fits your business needs.
Who are the Members of The Chamber?
Our 1,200 members range from single-person shops to corporations with thousands of employees. We have members who have just started their business and members who have been in business for more than a century. If you’re looking for advice on how to grow your business or transition it to the next generation in your family, The Chamber has members who will be there to support you.
Where is The Chamber located?
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce office is located in downtown Sarasota at
1945 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Phone: (941) 955-8187
What geographic area do you represent?
The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce represents all of Sarasota County and parts of Manatee County.
When is the next Chamber event?
The Chamber hosts a multitude of events and meetings each year - anywhere from luncheons and evening receptions, to trade shows and breakfast groups. To browse our upcoming events, please visit our online event calendar.
I want to be informed about upcoming Chamber events. Can I sign up for The Chamber's mailing list?
The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce sends a weekly e-newsletter called Chamber Buzz that provides details about upcoming events. Anyone can subscribe to this e-newsletter.
How can I find out when a certain event in Sarasota will take place?
Visit Sarasota County Visitors Center offers an expansive community events calendar at VisitSarasota.com and check out our Members Community Calendar.
demographic and/or population information for the Sarasota area
The Economic Development Corporation website provides all statistical information at edcsarasotacounty.com.
I'm interested in joining the Young Professionals Group
How do I find out more information on Leadership Sarasota County?