The Past And The Future
Originally known as Bradentown from its establishment in 1842, and named after Virginian easrly settler Dr. Joseph Braden, the city was merged with the neighboring town of Manatee under the name Bradenton a century later. Large businesses began to move into the city after the end of World War II, giving rise to a new direction for the future.
Working In Bradenton
As the home of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Bradenton has been a major center for business for some time. While the county government, school board and hospitals are major employees, there are also major presences from private employers such as Tropicana, Champs and Bealls, all currently or formerly headquartered in the city.
Getting There – And Staying There
Served by Interstate 75 and US Highway 41, as well as the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Bradenton is easy to reach from all over Florida.
Bradenton benefits from the South Florida Museum, the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, as well as excellent dining and entertainment, much of this located in what has become the largest arts district on the Gulf Coast.
Business Opportunity In Bradenton
A number of attributes contribute to the advantageous economic climate of Manatee County, including a high quality of life that attracts a diverse, highly skilled labor force and business base. The Manatee County Chamber of Commerce has over 2,000 members and is extremely active in the community. For business owners, population growth means a steady flow of new customers to the area. It also gives more opportunities for new businesses to open, in order to serve all of these customers who have recently relocated.