Manatee hosts April 28 Business Recovery Expo

  • Apr 6, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 6, 2016) – Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster, according to the National Flood Insurance Program. Local businesses can improve their odds by attending Manatee County’s Business Recovery Expo 2016.

 The free event will be held Thurs., April 28, from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Manatee’s Economic Development Division will host the expo to help local business owners network and connect with community resources.


There will be exhibits from local disaster recovery businesses and business recovery professionals will present on preparedness and post storm recovery-related topics, such as Preparing and Having a Plan and Re-entry and other Governmental Resources. Kay Tracy, Charlotte County Economic Development will present a personal account of her experience “Assisting Businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.”


“The goal of the Business Recovery Expo is to engage local businesses and to bring attention to the process of having a plan and being prepared,” said Karen Stewart, Manatee County Economic Development Program Manager.  “Disasters come in all forms, shapes and sizes – not just bad weather. Preparation is the key.”


Manatee County resource partners assisting with the event include CareerSource Suncoast, SBDC, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.


For more information, call Bruno Kapacinskas at (941) 749-3029 or email him at


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