About Station 2 Innovation
Station 2 is a flexible, community-oriented space for businesses to grow in Bradenton. Station 2 Innovation's mission is “Building & Connecting the Community to Catalyze & Support Entrepreneur Growth”. Services offered at Station 2 include community education, an innovative cowork-to-incubation program, and soft-landing market expansion services to help companies launch successfully and grow sustainably in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Through our community outreach, we engage students, business professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs ranging from the startup phase on to well established businesses looking for ways to expand or innovate. It’s all about business growth!
A labor of love for entrepreneur activists Sara Hand and Stan Schultes of Spark Growth, the journey to getting the doors open involved many months of meetings and long hours of work. A big thanks goes to the City of Bradenton for use of the historic firehouse at SR 64 & 9th St. E for this endeavor. We have a fantastic community and business environment around us that makes coming to work fun every day.
Station 2 is housed in a historic building that was built as the town hall for the historic Village of Manatee. Long ago this location was the end of the Cracker Trail, just east of old historic Bradenton. It was a happening place to be, where Florida cowboys would drive their herds to be loaded aboard boats and rail for transportation and sale to Cuba and elsewhere. After the cowboys had been paid for driving their cattle clear across the state, many were ready for celebration, adding to the colorful stories that abound in this part of Florida.
As times changed and years went on, Station 2 has been home to a fire station and police station with a jail, as well as government offices on to its current incarnation as a coworking and business incubation center.