"With all of the construction and excitement going on, when we looked at the location, we were sold."
Troy Newport, business development director for Webtivity.
BRADENTON -- For months, the ownership of Webtivity Design Solutions, a Bradenton-based online marketing and design company, searched Manatee County for new office space.
Earlier this month, the 2011 recipients of the Small Business of the Year award by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce leased 2,400 square feet of office space inside Plaza del Rio on Riverwalk, which city officials are hoping will become the highlight of downtown Bradenton.
"We believe the City of Bradenton is making the right investments to promote growth and are excited to join the downtown community," said President and CEO Terry Thompson. "Several years ago I may not have considered a move to downtown. Now I'm not only moving the company, I am moving my residence from Sarasota to downtown Bradenton."
The company was forced to find a new location when the building it rented on 58th Drive was purchased for an animal surgical center. Thompson vowed to stay in Manatee County. The company will officially move June 4.
"With all of the construction and excitement going on, when we looked at the location, we were sold," said Troy Newport, business development director for Webtivity. "It's a good, central location."
Now in its 11th year of existence, Webtivity helped design more than 400 websites, including the Manatee, Anna Maria and Venice Chambers of Commerce, the Manatee Economic Development Council, School District of Manatee County, Port Manatee, South Florida Museum, and the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The company's annual revenues exceed $500,000 and 2011 revenues increased 20 percent from 2010, Newport said.
The new space is roughly 450 square feet larger, which will allow the eight-person staff to grow, he said.
Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter@_1NickWilliams