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 Business Assistance



Sarasota County is more than 570 square miles, with more than 20,000 businesses, 75% of which are small to medium in size (25 or fewer employees) but huge in terms of impact. 

We are here to help whenever and however we can. With initiatives like the expedited permitting processes and our business assistance email address,, we are working to enhance your experience throughout the entire permitting process. 

In addition, bi-weekly meetings of the Development Review Committee (DRC), occur as part of a formal pre-application meeting for planning petitions, and new residential and commercial developments. In these meetings, new projects are discussed with all disciplines that will be involved in the permitting and construction inspection portion of the development process. The DRC provides the developer upfront knowledge of conditions that will be required to be completed as part of their development.

The Offices of Economic Development and Planning and Development Services are striving to give excellent service and to improve our business relationships by exceeding our client’s expectations in order to help their economic bottom line.

For more information see the business assistance brochures located in PDF form on this page.

In the event you need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at or 941-861-5247.



Doing Business in Sarasota County.pdfDoing Business in Sarasota County
Guide to Starting a Non-Residential Business in Sarasota County.pdfGuide to Starting a Non-Residential Business in Sarasota County
Sarasota County Workforce Development Plan Manufacturing Sector.pdfSarasota County Workforce Development Plan Manufacturing Sector
Sarasota County Workforce Development Plan Timeline.pdfSarasota County Workforce Development Plan Timeline

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or 1-800-955-8771
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