November 18, 2017

On January 11, 2018, don’t miss the excitement! At Station 2 we have a big blank wall that faces eastbound 64 at 9th St E. You know, that wall that’s just begging for a mural? We’re running a competition for the design – and announcing the winner at our anniversary party Jan 11th. For you awesome artists and designers out there – with 60,000 – 90,000 cars per day coming by the building, wouldn’t you love to have your art showcased to the whole community?

We want a mural that represents our area for what was, what is, and what will be – the past, the present and the future. What was – the historical context of the Village of Manatee and Bradenton. What is – the beautiful place we now live. What will be – represents the place we are becoming. We need your submissions by Thursday, Nov 30 at 5pm. More details at:

Who knew that from our humble beginnings on the Station 2 project – coworking, business development, entrepreneur education and special events – that we would change the place where we live and work? In the past year, the question has gone from “what’s coworking?” to “this is exactly what I needed – why didn’t I discover Station 2 earlier?” We have served more than 7500 entrepreneur visits in the past 2+ years, and have seen numerous examples of lives affected and business success happening.

Please be our guest! Join fellow entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, investors, and local government representatives at our second annual anniversary celebration – It’s a Party!! The celebration will be on Thursday, January 11 at Station 2 Innovation, 912 7th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208 from 4pm – 7pm. Come and enjoy food, beverages & great company.

At Station 2, our mission is serving entrepreneurs, building community, and growing businesses in Bradenton and beyond. In our uniquely historic facility, we host weekly entrepreneur and business education events, student internship opportunities, coworking members and free, open cowork on Tuesdays, and a variety of meetup groups. All activities are centered around building a community of like-minded people who enjoy collaborating on their work and learning from each other. Coworking is a new way of working, and we’re building a better way to work as we continue adding members, features, services and events.

From Pat Zomer, a current Station 2 member: ” My experience at Station 2 has been nothing short of fantastic! I moved to the Bradenton area about 2 years ago, and I found Station 2 before I even moved into my house. There are so many positive things to say – this is a caring community where people grow and lives are changed. In addition to flexible and ample work space, the lunchtime and after hours events have been educational, informative, and valuable to my business and to me. I have met many people in workshops and people just passing through that have really helped my business as I have gotten my footing in Florida. The owners of Station 2, Stan and Sara and their staff are top notch all the way – high integrity, reliable, selfless, extremely knowledgeable are the words that best describe them. They attract successful people because of their exceptional character and expertise in business problem solving. You have to check this place out, and say hello to me when you do!”

About Station 2 Innovation: developed by Bradenton-based Spark Growth, Station 2 is focused on growing businesses and creating jobs by serving entrepreneurs through education, collaboration and peer support; building community through coworking and networking; and helping businesses grow sustainably with mentoring, resources and connections.

About Spark Growth: Spark Growth, a Knight Cities Challenge finalist in 2016, is a partnership of the community and business development work of Stan Schultes and Sara Hand – social and civic entrepreneurs who are long-time community builders throughout Florida. Stan and Sara are also co-founders of DaVinci’s Faire – an annual conference featuring makers, inventors, robots & drones, science & tech, and a quick-pitch competition for entrepreneurs.

Event Information

WHAT: Station 2 Innovation 2nd Anniversary Celebration

WHEN:  Thursday, January 11, 2018 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WHERE: Station 2 Innovation Center – 912 7th Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208

COST: Free

For more information about Station 2, visit or contact Stan Schultes at or 941-877-1599

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