Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) Program

Mission: Foster entrepreneurship to strengthen community economic development

Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) was launched in 2005 to support budding entrepreneurs by delivering technical assistance and resources needed to start and grow a business. CEO is a community collaboration with partners and investors that include SCORE, CareerSource Suncoast, City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, Comerica Bank and SunTrust.

Request for Proposal (RFP)
Intro to Business Development Program

The Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) Council is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to provide an Intro to Business Development Program to assist participants with developing a viable business model and preparing for business launch or growth.

(RFP) CEO – Intro to Business Development Program Information

CEO stats

To date, the CEO program has:

  • Run 15 different cohorts, averaging 11 new businesses per session
  • Educated 168 new businesses
  • Sustained 20% of those new companies, which remain in business today

What is CEO?

It is a series of 11 workshops delivered by experts in the field to help new businesses or potential entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas. Participants have a chance to network with each other and receive 1-on-1 counseling from instructors. The program provides evaluations both pre and post program as well as written evaluations during the cohort.

Become an Investor

  • Full Class Sponsorship: $10,000
  • Class Co-Sponsorship: $5,000
  • Lunch & Learn sponsorship: $500

For more information, contact Anthony Gagliano or at
941.714.7449 ext. 3112.