The Bradenton Area’s economic development initiatives are supported by a private-public partnership led by private companies committed to the long-term prosperity of the region, as well as forward-thinking public entities throughout the community. As the lead economic development organization serving the Bradenton Area’s nine communities, the EDC attracts top talent to its board and investor membership.
Getting started and overcoming obstacles – The EDC’s partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service will help your business start off on the right foot. If you already are frustrated by previous attempts to export, the EDC and its partners will help you get on track.
Expanding your markets – Working with Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development agency, we assist local businesses connect with state-sponsored trade missions to foreign countries. Looking to ship by sea? The EDC experts at Port Manatee provide advice and access to global business relationships.
Grants and financing – Federal and state programs may be available to help reduce the cost of exporting your goods or services.
Our sophisticated approach to business recruitment is underpinned by our innate desire to provide essential services to companies entering the U.S. market. Because fostering a diverse business climate and community is important to our mission, we believe no question or ask is too big or too small. Below is a quick snapshot of the services and assets.