Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity to Host 2nd Annual Small Business Expo, Nov. 14

  • Nov 14, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Nov. 10, 2016) – Entrepreneurs, start-ups and established business owners can access to up to 20 local business resources from the financial, marketing, workforce recruiting/training, and small business development industries at Manatee County’s second annual Small Business Expo next week.

 The free event is open to the public and offers information about products and services that could help anyone launch a business or operate their established business more successfully.  The expo gives business owners a chance to network and promote their products and services to each other. The event is hosted by the County’s Economic Development Division and will be held Monday, Nov. 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcotta Blvd. West, Bradenton.


“This is a wonderful opportunity for small businesses to network and find out about products and services that could help them operate their business more successfully,” said Karen Stewart, Economic Development Program Manager.


Local organizations who will have booths at the Expo include SBDC Florida, Career Source Suncoast,

Manasota SCORE, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce, Spark Growth Station 2 Innovation, State College of Florida, Suncoast Community Capital, Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, Manatee County Whole Child and United Way of Manatee County.


All members of the community are invited to come and experience the Downtown Library’s many business resources including:

•           The Small Business Conference and Meeting Area

•           Extensive business reference collection

•           Mergent Intellect, a market research database powered by Hoover’s and Dun & Bradstreet and other online tools


The Expo is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14 -  20) which brings together more than 15,000 partners worldwide to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors.  The event is also a precursor to Small Business Saturday held annually on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, which encourages consumers to shop at locally owned businesses.  The Expo will distribute Small Business Saturday promotional materials and Manatee County Government will offer free registration for companies for its Business Recovery Database allowing it to “shop locally” for goods and services needed to recover from a natural or manmade disaster.


The Manatee County Economic Development Division is committed to the development of local entrepreneurs, ensuring they have access to the connections and resources necessary to help them launch new startups or retain and expand existing businesses that provide jobs, generate wealth and support our local neighborhoods. 


For more information about Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, call (941) 749-3029 or go to For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.