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North Sarasota Entrepreneur Collaborative (NSEC)

Business Development Process

Business development is a priority for the North Sarasota Entrepreneur Collaborative and is funded by Sarasota County as well as various bank sponsors.  The goal is to advance business assistance and expand training opportunities and resources to existing and new businesses.  This process also includes strengthening business operations, stabilizing and increasing incomes, creating additional employment, promoting youth involvement and revitalizing the community. 

Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO)

Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) was launched in 2005 to support budding entrepreneurs by delivering technical assistance and resources needed to start and grow a business. CEO is a community collaboration with partners and investors that include SCORE, CareerSource Suncoast, City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, SunTrust and Wells Fargo Bank. The CEO Introduction to Business Development course offers a combination of classroom training, one-on-one counseling and networking. Participants have a chance to assess their entrepreneurial skills to determine whether they have a strong business concept, and look at the next steps toward starting or growing a business.

Entrepreneurship Programs

City of Sarasota- Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO)

Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Robert L. Taylor Community Complex

Located at: 1845 John Rivers St. Sarasota, FL 34234

The Robert L. Taylor Community Complex is available for small business workshops, classes, meetings and counseling sessions. The  Local businesses and graduates of the Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) Introduction to Business classes may use the RLTCC by reservation with the NRO office, 365.2200, Ext. 3220 or E-mail:

University of South Florida (USF) Entrepreneur Partnership programs

SCORE Business Counseling


 Contact Us:             

1782 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Sarasota, FL 34234
Telephone: (941) 365-2200, Ext. 3220



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