Michael Meerman tapped to lead Florida Department of Economic Opportunity grant that provides entrepreneurial training

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Michael Meerman tapped to lead Florida Department of Economic Opportunity grant that provides entrepreneurial training


Through the U.S. Department of Labor, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has awarded CareerSource Suncoast with a $103,000 grant tied directly to entrepreneurial training initiatives for Manatee and Sarasota counties. Michael Meerman will head up this Emerging Initiatives Grant with a business accelerator and co-work space serving startup and growth-stage businesses. The newly formed Entrepreneurial Services group, operating as THRIVE, compliments CareerSource Suncoast’s long-standing focus on Career and Business Services. In addition to fee free co-work space, THRIVE offers fully equipped budget-minded office suite solutions for those who are ready to leave their homes and coffee shops for an environment of like-minded business entrepreneurs. This member-based ecosystem offers a robust menu of complimentary training and business development mentoring from regional subject matter experts. As the resident advisor, Meerman provides members with on-site assistance in formulating, focusing on, and in executing their business plans.


During the span of his career Meerman has held management roles with Fortune 100 corporations, served as the business architect and operating principal in startup firms, and as an Operations Strategist focused on business process, customer experience and executive development. His extensive treasury and service management background have made him a popular workshop and seminar leader for the American Management Association, Credit Research Foundation and other financial and professional societies through which he has trained and lectured to thousands of business professionals.


“THRIVE is way more than a physical space… It’s an entrepreneurial think tank… No magic here, just awesome sauce!”

~ Michael Meerman


He is an engaged community leader, has served as both an adjunct and visiting college instructor, and is a published author. His spirited entrepreneurial business approach has led to the development and deployment of unique management concepts, novel operating methodologies, and the creation of software (SaaS) applications. Organizations of all sizes benefit from his guidance, insight and leadership ability as he maps and governs their course of transition.




About CareerSource Suncoast


CareerSource Suncoast is a non-profit dedicated to providing education and tools for employers and job-seekers. Our mission is to recruit, train and retain talent for employers on the Suncoast. An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this document may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711.

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