Economic Development through Main Street Gardening

BRADENTON, Fla. – November 10, 2014 – Celebrate Entrepreneurship on the Suncoast on November 19th with Jerry Ross from the National Entrepreneurship Center and Spark Growth of Sarasota-Bradenton. Jerry Ross, serial entrepreneur and executive director of the National Entrepreneur Center, will be speaking on November 19th at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in downtown Bradenton just around the corner from Manatee River’s scenic Riverwalk.

This is a free open event in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) where attendees will discover how public/private partnerships and community collaboration can lead to an economic harvest for Sarasota and Manatee counties, and the greater area. This fast paced session explores a new model of economic development through local small business startup and growth, and it will also serve as an introduction to the newly established non-profit Station 2 Innovation Center technology and business incubator in downtown Bradenton, launched by Spark Growth’s Sara Hand and Stan Schultes.

This event is free thanks to the generous support of sponsors. Registration is required.


GEW: Main Street Gardening – Wednesday, November 19

Bradenton Performing Arts Center – Kiwanis Ballroom

Doors open 9:00am, Program 9:30 – 11:00am

More about Global Entrepreneurship Week:

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of the global entrepreneurial spirit, with events held in over 150 countries worldwide and involving more than a million people in the US alone annually during the 3rd week of November. Website:

More about the National Entrepreneur Center:

The National Entrepreneur Center, known for its innovative approach to economic development through small business known as “Main Street Gardening,” has been instrumental in earning Central Florida recognition from Entrepreneur Magazine and Biz Journals newspapers, as one of the best places in America to start or grow a small business. Website:

More about Station 2 Innovation Center:

The Station 2 Innovation Center is a not-for-profit, Bradenton-based business incubation and co-working facility that serves as a catalyst for development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem through collaboration, creation and growth of new companies in high growth, strategic industry sectors. The Station will provide a variety of co-working membership plans, business incubation  services including formal education programs and mentoring processes for high-potential early stage companies, and a soft landings program for businesses looking to expand to our area from elsewhere. A variety of community and business education programs will be offered in the facility, and there will be an emphasis on community connections and entrepreneurial capacity development. The soft-opening of Station 2 Innovation was held recently, including community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, potential mentors and incubator clients, and those interested in growing business locally. Applications are now being accepted for entrepreneurs interested in joining the incubation program, and for potential mentors.

More about Spark Growth:

Spark Growth connects the dots in collaboration for multi-organizational initiatives, sharing an objective viewpoint across regional and organizational silos, and utilizing an agile working style to get things done quickly and effectively. Spark Growth 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 who speak on entrepreneurial capacity building and encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration throughout Florida. They’re co-founders of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton and DaVinci’s Faire. Website:

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