Thank you for reaching out to the Women’s Resource Center for your Entrepreneur Resources.

We have partnered with the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre, CareerSource Suncoast, and SCORE Manasota to offer free business coaching, training, networking, workshops, access to capital, and mentorship programs to female entrepreneurs living in our region. Click on the links below to connect with each organization.

Please mention the WRC referred you. 

The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre for Manatee Residents ONLY

About:

The Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre opened in 2013 as part of The Centre for Women’s mission to help women achieve economic prosperity. It is the only Small Business Administration (SBA)-designated Women’s Business Centre on the west coast of Florida and is part of a national network of 135 women’s business centers nationwide funded in part by the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.

Services (Manatee residents only):

  • Business coaching
  • Training, workshops, and webinars
  • Networking and Mastermind groups
  • Information about grants and loans
  • Access to SBA and other educational resources
  • Spanish-speaking coaches available

Contact information:

Register here:  WBC Client Intake Phone Form (jotform.com)  Please select referred by WRC on the application.

Career Source Suncoast THRIVE

About:

CareerSource Suncoast is the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) designated workforce services provider in Manatee and Sarasota counties. As a private, non-profit organization, its mission is to encourage economic development that improves our community through business growth, career advancement, and entrepreneurship. Providing education, training, and support services, CareerSource Suncoast helps turn possibilities into opportunities.

THRIVE is a Sarasota-based business accelerator which supports the regional entrepreneurial community with flexible and affordable workspace, tech-centric tools, and skill development resources.

Services:

  • Workshop and seminars
  • Mentoring
  • Co-work and private office space, meeting rooms
  • Program in English only

Contact information:

Register here: https://careersourcesuncoast.com/thrive/

SCORE of Manasota

About: 

SCORE Manasota is a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration. SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 50 years and has a network of volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs. As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice.  SCORE mentors help businesses open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

Services:

  • Mentoring
  • Educational Workshops and Tools
  • Spanish-speaking mentors available

Contact Information:

  • Manasota SCORE | 2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 280 | Sarasota, FL 34237
  • Tel: (941) 955-1029

Register at Find a Mentor | SCORE, or call 941.955.1029

Additional Entrepreneur Resources:

Florida Virtual Entrepreneurship Resources

FLVEC is a statewide initiative to help entrepreneurs. The site includes resource and entrepreneur directories and educational webinars.

Sarasota County Entrepreneurship Resources (flvec.com)

BMO Harris Resources

Podcasts, Articles, webinars, templates and calculator for entrepreneurs and women considering entrepreneurship.

Women in Business – Tools for Financial Progress – BMO Harris or email: WomeninBusiness@bmo.com

Amazon Black Business Accelerator program: 

Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator is dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. Grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support.

Amazon Black Business Accelerator | Program for Amazon sellers

Entrepreneurs Access Network

EAN is a business accelerator program and an always-on learning community. It leverages EY tools, services, events, and professionals to help companies scale and grow by complementing their current leadership activities. EAN utilizes an immersive platform built on three foundational pillars — business community ecovillage for networking, curated growth drivers to scale, and an expansive capital network for funding. EAN will team with a web of like-minded companies and organizations dedicated to making sure Black and Latinx founders achieve sustained success.

There are two program paths to broaden the reach — a curated,* class-based learning program and an on-demand, self-instructional educational component. *Flexibility on criteria will be based on the scalability of the company.

Entrepreneurs Access Network | EY – US

Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program identifies ambitious women entrepreneurs and provides them with the advice, resources, and access they need to unlock their full potential.

Entrepreneurial Winning Women North America | EY – US

SBDC:

The Florida SBDC Network has access to robust databases, business research resources, and knowledgeable experts who can help you successfully navigate the obstacles that come with the stages of the business life cycle.

Services – Florida SBDC Network

SCF’s incubator:  https://innovate.scf.edu/  

The SCF Technology Incubator & Accelerator is a place for start-ups and entrepreneurs to learn and grow in collaboration with financial, legal, marketing and other business mentors to convert disruptive ideas into viable business models.

Sarasota Chamber’s Opportunities for All Program

The Opportunities For All (OFA) program is a two part program.  Designed to serve as a help desk/navigator for small and minority-owned businesses to help business grow as well as assist with pairing interns with local companies in the Sarasota/Manatee region.

​Small grants and funding will be available to help these small businesses grow and thrive in the community. This initiative is funded by a grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Opportunities For All – Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

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