Welcome to the South Lee Economic Development Council website, your resource to learn more about business in Lee County and Southwest Florida. The South Lee EDC is committed to continually improving the quality of life, workforce retention and business expansion of the region. Serving as brand ambassadors, we exist to help local communities grow thoughtfully, help relocating companies plant new roots, and attract business and resource partners that make our region stable in any economic environment. Please explore our website to learn more about how we can help you and your business. If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Esposito at or (239) 333-2332.


Get involved

There are several ways to get involved with the South Lee EDC. Business owners are welcome to get involved as an investor and apply for a board of directors seat, to help the Council develop impactful strategies for South Lee County. The South Lee EDC also hosts several events each year to connect with business and community leaders.

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South Lee Economic Development Council and GrowFL are teaming up to bring you a program designed exclusively for second-stage growth companies in Southwest Florida. The program includes strategic research marketing and sales expansion, peer learning CEO roundtables and forums and leadership development education.

Read more about this program >

Why Southwest Florida?

  • Florida is Ranked No. 2 most friendly

    for doing business in the country by chief executive magazine

  • Lee County is ranked in the top 10

    Of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas in the nation

  • Florida is ranked No. 4

    For the Best climate for state business tax by Tax Foundation


growth icon Quality of Life

Our beaches, sunny weather, and pro-business climate help draw businesses here, so we want to protect and sustain those assets. The South Lee EDC is always working to maintain and improve the region’s quality of life by supporting and leading efforts to preserve environmental spaces, increase the availability of attainable housing, and promote health in our communities.

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stairs icon Business Growth

Whether you are a new or existing company, we can help you grow and succeed in South Lee County. We can connect you to the government and community leaders who will assist you with site selection, permitting, licensing, and the other necessary components of a smooth business launch or expansion.

Build Your Business


gear icon WorkForce Expansion

Our proximity to several universities and colleges, as well as the steady migration of new residents to Southwest Florida, makes South Lee County an excellent location for finding employees. To help retain and grow the region’s talent, the South Lee EDC works with local chambers of commerce and universities to establish business mentoring opportunities and programs to connect recent graduates with local careers.

Find Talented Employees