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Doing Business in Sarasota

Expansion Management Magazine named Sarasota #1 in Florida based on characteristics most valued by business and industry. After researching 300 cities and comparing unemployment rates, cost of living, and job opportunities, Employment Review's BestJobs.com named Sarasota "The Best Place to Live and Work." According to Money Magazine, Sarasota has been designated "The Best Small City in the U.S."

Sarasota has become one of America's fastest growing job markets. There are more than 700,000 people in the area with 1,000 newcomers arriving each month. Sarasota County is located on the West Coast of Florida about 60 miles south of Tampa. It is 573 square miles and includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port, town of Longboat Key and Englewood.

Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program (QTI) is a state program designed to encourage job growth in business and provides tax refunds of up to $5,000 per new job created. Best of all, the state of Florida has no personal income tax!


Sarasota Chamber of Commerce - The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has been named Florida's Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP).

Venice Chamber of Commerce

Manatee Chamber of Commerce

Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce

Englewood Chamber of Commerce


Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport - A $61 million terminal that provides charter, general aviation services, air cargo processing, and serves 2 million passengers a year. The airport has Port of Entry Status, with full-time U.S. Customs service.
Website: http://www.srq-airport.com

Port Manatee - Florida's fourth largest deep-water port, with regular connections to Central and South America and Western Europe.

Sarasota Downtown Association - Helping downtown Sarasota become a thriving city where 40,000 people a day work, shop, visit county offices or simply stroll along the sidewalks enjoying the lush landscape and unique shops.
Website: http://www.downtownsarasota.com

St. Armands Circle Association - St. Armands is an enchanting circle of fine shops and gourmet restaurants. A world renowned marketplace with a continental flavor, it is a charming place to shop and dine in style.
Website: http://www.starmandscircleassoc.com

Suncoast Technology Alliance - Dedicated to advancing and supporting the interest of technology professionals and businesses in Sarasota, Manatee, and surrounding Florida communities.
Website: http://www.suncoastech.org

SCORE - Manasota Chapter - Free counseling by experienced business counselors covering Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida, and serving Sarasota, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Venice, Northport and Englewood.
Website: http://www.score-suncoast.org

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