Sara Hand is a visionary force and recognized leader regionally and across Florida in connecting and facilitating collaborative efforts with Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, community-based initiatives and traditional economic development organizations to cultivate innovation and creativity in business, technology, education and the arts. Sara is a founder of Spark Growth, an enterprise that initiates, develops and implements solutions to business development opportunities identified through this ambassador-like position with multiple organizations and initiatives. Sara is also a co-founder of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton, on the board of directors of the Suncoast Technology Forum, and past president of the Sarasota Chapter of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum.
Sara’s background and experience across a variety of industries in the public and private sectors and dual leadership roles in many vibrant community initiatives uniquely position her to help entrepreneurs succeed and startups prosper. She has the ability to very quickly identify the unique value proposition a business, organization, or individual possesses – their ideal market, ways to optimize revenue models, how to refine their messaging to connect with prospects and how to broadcast that message creatively. Identified profit-opportunities are coupled with pragmatic planning and the systems and tools necessary to exploit those opportunities. For entrepreneurs and business owners at all stages of development this is information crucial to their success.
Sara has a passion for working with people and businesses that embrace the process of change that is necessary for initiation and growth. She focuses on identifying organizational strengths and developing internal leadership skills. An accomplished public speaker, she has the ability to inspire her audience to believe in themselves, and to motivate them to action. Her strengths leveraging unique value propositions and her ability to create synergistic partnerships between the many incredible resources within her networking connections pool enable Sara to be a uniquely valuable visionary and team leader to her clients. With more than 45 business development clients over the last 5 years, Sara Hand has been the secret weapon for individuals and corporations who desire an experienced business-development strategist to identify new profit opportunities and practical courses of action. Sara is known as a person who consistently gets things done, and does them very well.