Bradenton Area

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Manatee County Chamber of Commerce Member


Welcomemat Bradenton Area is your community connector to link your local business to the over 2000 new residents moving into Anna Maria Island, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton, Parrish, Palmetto and Bradenton.

Welcomemat’s goal is to provide you as a business owner a unique opportunity to connect with these new families. New families moving to a community are 210% more likely to become your loyal customer.  New Families are always looking for the best restaurants, hair salon, barber shop, pizza, automotive shop and car washes in their new community, so they can begin their life with a quality business. New families have over 71 ‘patronizing’ decisions to make when moving to a new area. Welcomemat help’s you become one of their decisions while giving you a chance to become their favorite store in the neighborhood.

Welcomemat provides the business owner a ROI – (Return on investments) monthly report that gives them a detail breakdown of demographic data about their new loyal customers, which will assist in getting to know customers better too.  Insights includes age, average income and location where they reside. These insights/data can provide the business owner the opportunity to thank their new customers for visiting their business.

The Bradenton Areas is bordered by Terri Ceia Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, to Lakewood Ranch to Sarasota County and includes both Parrish and Ellenton. All of this is beautiful and is part of Manatee County, Florida.  The Bradenton Areas has vast and wonderful services for our residents and business owners too.  Services include Award winning Manatee Performing Art Center, Art Center Manatee, pristine beaches of Anna Maria Island and the unique planned community living of Lakewood Ranch.

Welcomemat Bradenton Area allows me as a franchise owner to provide a community oriented web portal to inform new residents to find the best local restaurants, theater, non-profits and charity events and ways for the new residents to volunteer and find a way to help grow and make a difference in their new community.

Sharon Barhorst is the local Franchise Owner of Welcomemat Bradenton Area. Sharon was born in Dayton, Ohio and graduated from Wright State University.  She along with her husband Ray moved to Palmetto Florida in 1997.  Having worked for Tyler Technologies (TYL) for over 30 years and with a background in Sales, Marketing and Project Management, she now helps business connect with local new movers through the Welcomemat Program. Sharon enjoys supporting her local community by serving on multiple community boards too.

Professional Memberships, Education and Volunteer Organizations we are part of:

BA Anthropology

American Red Cross Board

Bradenton Kiwanis Board

Co-Chair- Manatee County Habitat for Restores Spaces Event- 2016

Art Center Manatee Advisory Panel

Member of BNI Cutting Edge Professionals

Graduate of Manatee County Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Manatee Class of 2011-2012

Manatee Community Foundation – Volunteer Spirit Award Winner.


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It has been a pleasure to serve our community. Being a small business owner, second generation, it isn’t only due to our exquisite product, personal integrity and honesty; but also from our knowledgeable staff and long time loyal customers. We have been fortunate to be associated with Welcomemat for several months now.  It really has allowed us a greater audience and the feedback has been very successful.


Ron Pierro – Owner



We have found this service to be a highly effective tool in reaching consumers that are new to the area, during an opportune time when they are re-establishing their consumer habits, and exploring their new community in general.  We have used other competitors services in the past, but have found the relationship that we have established with our local representative to be just as valuable as their advertised services.  Sharon is the best.  She is constantly marketing us to her other clients, as well as in all the consumer events that she regularly conducts.  We could not be more pleased with the results, and even more importantly the friendship that we have established.  I can’t see us using anyone else!


Pet Plus- Owner

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