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Grants awarded to minority-owned businesses in Sarasota-Manatee

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  • | 8:00 a.m. November 24, 2023
Bia Candle Co. was among the 20 recipients of the Business Assistance Funds Program.
Bia Candle Co. was among the 20 recipients of the Business Assistance Funds Program.
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The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Opportunities For All initiative has selected 20 recipients of its 2023 Business Assistance Funds Program. The program supports minority-owned small businesses and nonprofits, providing resources to help foster the success of local businesses. 

Among the 129 applications received, winning companies were:

  • AGA Tax and Consulting Services
  • Bia Candle Co.
  • Brave Hearts Foundation
  • Castle Concierge
  • Creative Arts Academy
  • Dapper Bowtique
  • Drummerboy Entertainment
  • Extraordinary Eventz
  • FUNducation
  • Her Beauty Lounge
  • Herrera Psychology
  • Little Medical School Suncoast
  • Making An Impact, Inc
  • Rosalyn Walton Education and Enrichment Services
  • Scorpion King Charter/Pinch n Pinch
  • Blue Crabs and Seafood
  • Settles Stump Grinding & Tree Service
  • Sous Tech
  • The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
  • Williams Solid Solutions
  • Yummy Allergy Friendly Bakery

“Growing all of our businesses within our Sarasota community is of paramount importance to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and our entire region,” said Sarasota Chamber President and CEO Heather Kasten in a statement. “We are honored to fund these minority, locally owned businesses through the generous support of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.”

For more information about the Opportunities For All initiative, contact Melanie Lavender at [email protected].


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