Our Mission

The mission of the Central
Economic Development Center, Inc. (CEDC)  is to combat community deterioration and its causes  by  assisting  the development and growth of small businesses, providing business related training  and  workshops,  developing  an environment   conducive   for   businesses locating  within  the  community,  and  providing residents with resources needed to improve their quality of life. The Center focuses on development needs in Manatee County, FL and the surrounding areas.

Our Vision

The Central Economic Development Center envisions a Manatee County small business community where its entrepreneurs have the skills and resources necessary to start, grow, and be successful in their businesses, and where affordable housing is a viable option for those  living and working in Manatee County.

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Wells Fargo awards CEDC a $10,000 grant to help revitalize the 14th St. West CRA in    
Wells Fargo Grant
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The US Small Business Administration (SBA) and CEDC signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum on June 27, 2013, to formally commit to work together to help meet the needs of the Manatee County business
SBA-CEDC Alliance
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