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Following are some helpful resources:

North Sarasota Historical Information 

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce exists to maximize our members' success, the community's competitiveness, and the area's economic strength.  The Chamber's vision is to create the best business climate in the United States. Our vision is not about having more. It is about having better. Our view of the ideal business climate is a balance between quality of living and quality of working. It is a community abundant with talent, embracing of technology, and encouraging of diversity.

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world.  It is the mission of the VSC to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) is the professional economic development entity for Sarasota County.    It works to assist expansion of existing companies, attract and retain quality jobs, solicit new businesses compatible with the assets and values of Sarasota County, promote Sarasota County's business image, and enhance Sarasota County's oerall quality of life.

The City of Sarasota believes in customer service, and delivering city services to its approximately 55,000 residents is a committment we take seriously. The City provides many services with the most recognizable ones being water, sewer, street maintenance and police protection. The quality and way these services are delivered have a direct impact on everyday life in our community and that is why the employees of the City serve with Excellence and Pride.

City of Sarasota Land Development Regulations

City of Sarasota Zoning Code

Sarasota County/City of Sarasota was awarded an official Enterprise Zone designation, effective January 1, 2002. The Sarasota Enterprise Zone was redesignated effective Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2015. The Enterprise Zone in Sarasota is approximately two square miles in North Sarasota, concentrated in the areas of 10th Street, U.S. 41, Myrtle St. and U.S. 301.   A state designated Enterprise Zone is an area targeted for economic revitalization.    Business located within an Enterprise Zone are eligible to take advantage of various financial incentives offered by the State of Florida through the Enterprise Zone Program.

Florida Enterprise Zone

Sarasota County's secret is out!    The region that has attracted visitors and new residents for decades with its pristine beaches, its arts, and its year-round active lifestyle is also a great place to do business.    In today's economy, Sarasota County's elected leadership recognizes that economic diversificatoin is the key to sustaining our high quality of life.    As a community, we're investing in businesses to create value added jobs.    In partnership with our cities, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and business leaders, we have developed a new menu of competitive incentives.   In addtion, we've acted quickly and decisively to attract growing industries and jobs.

Sarasota County Assistance for Small Businesses


About Sarasota County

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is a member-powered organization that serves as an advocate for arts and culture.     Founded in 1986 bya group of committed citizens, the Alliance has administered more than $10 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations.    The Alliance works to enusre arts and culture remian essential to the continuing development of a vibrant, creative community.   This is achieved through arts advocacy, educatoin and communiyt outreach.

The Manasota Chapter of SCORE covers Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida and has over 60 volunteers locally to assist you with Education and Mentoring on a wide range of business issues.  SCORE's mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter headquarters, by telephone or via email.

The Florida Chamber Foundation released survey results from the responses of 19 businesses that relocated to or from Florida between January 2011 and June 2011. Key findings revealed that 77.3 percent of respondents were somewhat or very satisfied with the ability to recruit a skilled workforce, and 90 percent were somewhat or very satisfied with the quality of infrastructure in Florida. View the full survey summary here.


North Trail Studies:


Florida Ranked Fifth Best in Country for Business Tax Climate.   The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., has listed Florida as the fifth best state in the nation in its 2015 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index. The index analyzes corporate and individual incomes, sales, unemployment insurance, and property taxes. Read the index here.


For the second time, Sarasota County has been named to the America's Promise Alliance “100 Best Communities for Young People.” The county will receive a $2,500 grant and signage acknowledging the award, which is based on innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and the programs and services offered to Sarasota County youth.


Region Named Happiest in America!   The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area has been named the No. 1 "Happiest City in America" by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The poll reports population growth of 6.4 percent between mid-2010 and July 2014, attributing the cause to employment opportunity and Americans seeking warmer climate. The poll also suggests that strong health indicators--an obesity rate of 22.5 percent in the North Port area was among the lower rates nationwide--and retirement may be among the contributing factors to well-being. Read more here