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Manatee Chamber of Commerce

As the Chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, I am proud to introduce the 2011 Preferred Business Directory and Newcomer’s Guide for your enjoyment. I hope you will reference this guide as you experience and learn about our area. You will find every type of business and organization here, retail and restaurants, service and manufacturing, education and healthcare. Members of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce are included in this membership directory. Their phone numbers and relevant business information will be right at your fingertips.

Situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast, along the southern shore of Tampa Bay, our area offers all of the strategic benefits of a major metro location with a refreshing small town feeling. Our proximity to three international airports, two deep-water seaports, a network of interstate highways, transit systems, multiple colleges and universities, easy-access beaches and strong business community provides the perfect combination for living or visiting Manatee County.

The many opportunities offered by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce provide education and networking connections, job/employment assistance and small business start-up counseling while working on community issues such as legislation, water, transportation and general quality of life. An award-winning membership organization, the Chamber has been recognized as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber of the Year winner and three-time winner of the Florida Chamber of the Year.

Stop and see us at the Chamber! With two locations—downtown Bradenton and in Lakewood Ranch—we welcome your visit. Our information specialists can answer all of your questions and make you feel right at home. If you can’t stop in, you may also find us on the web at

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, welcome and thank you for exploring our little slice of paradise.

Jim Vett
Vanguard Advanced Pharmacy Systems
2011 Chairman of the Board

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