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Start-Up Circle

The Start-up Circle is an energizing 9-session business and project planning virtual course designed for aspiring and newly established entrepreneurs.

Classes are taught by local experts and cover the basics of starting or bolstering an independent business – from licensing to financial literacy, market research to cash flow and more. Participants leave the class with a completed business plan, a cohort of entrepreneurs in the Bradenton area, sources of small business capital, and the knowledge and confidence to take their ideas to the next level.

The Fall 2021 Cohort will begin on September 21, 2021. Please complete the Start-Up Circle interest form by September 9, 2021 for consideration.

Start-Up Circle Interest Form

For all questions contact Kristie Kindstrom at


Presenting Sponsors


Dine Bradenton

In 2016, Realize Bradenton initiated a Dine Bradenton promotion to showcase the Village of the Arts, in downtown Bradenton. With many chef-owned restaurants and bakeries, Dine Bradenton was a tour of Sugar Cubed Bakery, Arts & Eats, Arte Caffe, Birdrock Taco Shack, Ortygia, and Retrobaked.

To view the Dine Bradenton playlist, click here or check out the video below.

To explore the #DineBradenton hashtag on Instagram, click here.

Mainly Art

Local artists and creators are featured at the Bradenton Public Market weekly to build their businesses and market their creations.

Enjoy examples from this Flickr Album.

Downtown Bradenton Market Analysis


Kennedy Smith of the CLUE Group completed the Downtown Bradenton Market Analysis in December 2020.

Full Downtown Bradenton Market Analysis Report

Recommendations from the Downtown Bradenton Market Analysis:

Recording of Kennedy Smith sharing the completed report on February 19, 2021.


The purpose of the video is to summarize responses from people who expressed interest in the Market Analysis, many of whom participated in a May 7 webinar that shared preliminary results. 

Below is a PDF link to more detailed results from the follow-up survey, including graphs, charts, and comments sorted by sections. 

Results from Market Analysis Follow-Up Survey

Work continues with CLUE Group on the Market Analysis Report for Downtown Bradenton. If you have any ideas, questions, see contact info at the bottom of this page.

With so much going on right now, thank you for staying tuned in to this project as it sets the stage for important recovery efforts and long-term progress. 


In the fall of 2019, Realize Bradenton together with partners City of Bradenton and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce engaged Kennedy Smith of the Community Land Use + Economics (CLUE) Group to conduct a market analysis for downtown Bradenton and to recommend strategies for strengthening the district’s retail/commercial/culinary composition, with particular attention on cultivating young entrepreneurial talent.

When this initiative began, COVID-19 was unknown. CLUE Group conducted market research just a few months before the pandemic began to unfold. While it is difficult to know what the mid- and long-range impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on downtowns throughout the country and around the world, it is clear that the retail, hospitality, and culinary landscape will be changed.


Rather than producing a comprehensive market analysis report based on downtown Bradenton’s pre-pandemic conditions, CLUE summarized some of the major findings from the market research in the May 7 presentation.

The May 7 presentation outlines eight recommendations. Here is a sampling of four:

This important study was funded by the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation. 

Interested in learning more? Contact Jodi Carroll at Realize Bradenton

Love This City Bradenton

Reconnect | Reimagine
Rediscover | Redevelop

Through Love This City Bradenton, Realize Bradenton will provide opportunities for the community to rediscover and reimagine Downtown Bradenton. By promoting these actions, we hope to increase awareness for local businesses and cultural assets, encourage entrepreneurs to start new businesses, and promote economic growth in Downtown Bradenton.

Love This City Bradenton
Kick Off Event
Saturday, October 2, 2021

Stay tuned for a full calendar of events and activities!

This initiative is funded by the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation.


Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that bring people together to build a vibrant, healthy, and strong community!

Small Scale Real Estate Development

Small-scale real estate development or “incremental development” can revitalize an urban core in a  way that is accelerated, affordable, and sustainable compared to traditional large-scale  redevelopment. Think: food trucks, artsy walk-up apartments, unique small businesses, affordable /  walkable living, infill development, and live-work units. 

Through a partnership with the City of Bradenton, host Manatee Performing Arts Center, and funding  from the Knight Donor Advised Fund at Manatee Community Foundation, 77 participants from the  Bradenton area and surrounding region joined a full-day workshop with IDA faculty. 

There are no plans at this time to host additional workshops in Bradenton, but anyone interested in  this concept should reach out to the Incremental Development Alliance directly via their website: 

Walk Bradenton

As a business development initiative, Walk Bradenton helps attract residents, visitors, and  businesses to downtown Bradenton to build economic development and enhance quality of life.

Check it out

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Walk Bradenton is a mobile-responsive website, not an app to download and update. From Sarasota  Singapore, the detailed map showcases everything to see and do in downtown Bradenton. Realtors,  visitors, students new to the area, and even locals who have lived here for years have discovered  something they love about this community using Walk Bradenton (Like this Top 12!)


From mobile phones to tablet to laptops, the screen adjusts to highlight the assets of downtown  Bradenton, and encourage on-foot exploration of its many neighborhoods:  

In addition to neighborhoods, categories allow users to further customize their experience: places to  eat and drink, public art, shops and galleries, historical landmarks, hotels, public parks, parking,  health tips, and more. Walk Bradenton is a mobile-responsive website, not an app to download and  update.


Encouraging people to walk is about much more than just individual health. Studies reinforce links  between pedestrian-friendly cities and higher property values, increased consumer sales, healthier  residents, stronger social connections, and civic pride. 

From Sarasota Singapore, the detailed map showcases everything to see and do in downtown  Bradenton. Realtors, visitors, students new to the area, and even locals who have lived here for years  have discovered something they love about this community using Walk Bradenton. was developed by Realize Bradenton, in collaboration with the Bradenton Area  Convention and Visitors Bureau; Bradenton Downtown Development Authority; Mosaic; Florida  Department of Health, Manatee County; and Manatee County Historical Records Library. 

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