CareerSource Suncoast
1112 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton FL 34208

The mission of CareerSource Suncoast is to recruit, train and retain talent for employers on the Suncoast.

Employers will locate, expand and flourish on the Suncoast because of our high-talent workforce.
We realize that in order to grow our local talent pool we must collaborate with the local school districts, regional partners and employers to create a youth pipeline of talent in the Suncoast Region, covering Manatee and Sarasota counties. Journey to Success does just that.
Younger youth participating in the Journey to Success program will unlock their potential at an early age to be better prepared for a promising future. Older youth will be provided a supportive environment that offers direction and tools to assist them in completing their education and gain work experience and leadership that leads to lifetime careers.
Participants of Journey to Success have one of three outcomes: employment, enrollment in post-secondary education or enlist in the military.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ted Ehrlichman
Board Chair Mr. Adam Kendall
Board Chair Affiliation Morgan Stanley
General Info
Organization DBA
CareerSource Suncoast
Suncoast Workforce
Former Names
Suncoast Workforce Development Board Inc.
Manasota Industry Council Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1983
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $6,881,548.00
Projected Expenses $6,881,548.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

The pilot program for Journey to Success launched in Summer 2014, serving 50 young adults over a 5-week period. This session provided in-depth career exploration, workshops related to financial literacy, life skills, community service, employability/work readiness, group mentoring, field trips to local employers, and other activities. Non-restricted funds were used for the pilot program so we were able enroll all high school graduates and rising seniors who were interested in participating.

31 high school graduates and rising seniors enrolled in the 2015 summer session, and 91 participants are enrolled in one of six career paths. The 2015-16 session has been made possible by a $334,000 Innovation Grant that CareerSource Florida awarded to CareerSource Suncoast. These restricted funds allowed us to target youth aging out of foster care, youthful offenders, migrant seasonal farmworker children, disadvantaged youth, young adult veterans and youth with disabilities.
Our goal is to raise $500,000 over the next year so we can sustain the program after the grant is depleted (at the end of 2016) and enroll more young adults that have barriers other than those listed above.
Several Journey to Success graduates are still being rolled over from the summer session to career paths, and below is the status of the other participants:
  • 118 total enrollees in Journey to Success (some are still in the program)
  • 27 - Secured credentials
  • 23 - Secured employment
  • 16 - Employment & Training Path (8-13 weeks of in-depth career exploration, job seeking and retention skills)
  • 9 - GED Preparation Path
  • 1 - Leadership Path (9-week program for leadership and entrepreneurship development, including a trip to experience Disney's Youth Education Series for Leadership Development)
  • 31 - Life Skills Training Path (4-weeks of examination of self-esteem, self-awareness, self-worth and effective communication)
  • 52 - Occupational Skills Training Path (1-2 years educational training)
  • 21 - Work Experience Path (100 hours of work experience)
Needs Statement
The Innovation Grant that allowed us to create this program will be depleted in 2016, and additional funds will allow us to continue the program and serve more youth other than those with barriers listed in the grant. In addition to the funding needs below, we also have a need for employers to provide work-experience and commit to considering graduates of Journey to Success for permanent employment, as well as employers that would allow the participants to visit and take a tour of their company.
  1. $300,000 will allow us to continue the program in 2016-17 and serve 60 more young adults.
  2. $5,000 will allow one young adult to go through the summer session, which includes staff, administration costs, field trips, transportation and lunch.
  3. $5,000 - $10,000 will allow one young adult to continue on to post-secondary education in one of these high-demand areas: construction, healthcare, information technology (IT) or manufacturing.
  4. $1,000 will provide one young adult the opportunity to obtain work readiness skills through work experience. There is zero out-of-pocket cost to the employer.
  5. $100 will provide one-month's worth of bus passes/gas cards to a participant during the program
Background Statement
As one of the 24 Regional workforce boards in the State of Florida, CareerSource Suncoast operates under the guidance of CareerSource Florida, along with the workforce system partner, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. We collaborate with other workforce regions, community partners, local chambers and economic development corporations. CareerSource Suncoast is a fiscal agent for the Journey to Success program and has the capability to handle multiple funding streams including the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Wagner-Peyser, TANF, FSET, TAA, NEG and private funds.
CareerSource Suncoast recognizes the high cost of youth unemployment - mirrored in 1 million young Americans ages 16-24 who experienced long-term unemployment during the worst recession. This group of millennials is estimated to cost society an average of $22,000 each or $20 billion in total lost wages for the next ten years due to unemployment trend. (Smith, 2012)
Journey to Success provides young people with access to the American dream of economic prosperity in which no youth is left behind and that aligns the needs of employers with the best prepared talent. We will invest in youth work readiness and career development beginning with high school seniors as a means to foster skills, knowledge, positive adult reinforcement, and confidence with career pathways that minimize risk factors and barriers to success.
Our team works very closely with the chambers, local economic development corporations and employers, and have been instrumental in providing a talent pipeline that employers seek in order to fill positions. Additional funding for Journey to Success will help us continue to strengthen the pipeline of talent with young adults that will bring the soft and technical skills employers are seeking.
The Safe Children Coalition, school districts of Manatee and Sarasota, CareerEdge Funders, Department of Juvenile Justice, youth self-referrals, and other community outreach will provide the youth referrals for Journey to Success.
100% of the employers committing to this program agreed to be prospective employers and hire Journey to Success youth for open positions. These employers include: Manatee Memorial Hospital, Shared Services of Sarasota, PPI Technologies Group and the City of Sarasota. The Sarasota and Manatee Manufacturers Association (SAMA) has agreed to support the program with industry tours, leadership support and work readiness that will lead to full time employment. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Employment
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

What’s really unique about Journey to Success is that it originated in the community, by the community, and in coordination with a diverse group of partners. There are several local youth programs that do great things, yet we found that there was still a need for a program that takes young adults and introduces them to a variety of careers, and then follows them until they reach one of three next steps: employment, post-secondary education or military.

CareerSource’s primary goal right now is the sustainability of Journey to Success. Initially, we received a $334,000 Innovation Grant from CareerSource Florida to create this program, which would maintain it for about two years, including a pilot of 50 young adults and then an expanded group of 120. Sustainability will come in the form of collaboration, because we here at CareerSource Suncoast can’t maintain this program on our own. So, that’s why funding partners, mentoring groups like Gamma Xi Boule, educational institutions and employers all have to come together to lift this program up and leverage each other’s expertise and financial support to keep Journey to Success going long after the grant is depleted.

Word of mouth, buzz, and the fact that this program does exist and is successful will help us continue to move forward. Journey to Success is a fairly well-kept secret, and not by choice, but because it’s still new and new things take time to gain traction. Traction will come from people talking about it, from the students, Board of Directors and funding organizations. I want everyone to know about Journey to Success and tune into it, care about it. Talk with the young adults who are going through the career paths. Talk with them about their experiences and learn about the journey they are on as individuals and how Journey to Success has made a difference in their lives.

When you are considering an organization to present with a gift, think about the young adults whose lives can and will be changed for the better by going taking this Journey to Success.

We, and the young adults you are going to help, thank you.
Ted Ehrlichman 

Journey to Success is a program for young adults which produces a year-round work readiness, leadership and career development program aimed at creating a youth pipeline of talent in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Journey to Success offers six career paths, including a summer and school-year component making it a year-round program for high school seniors, and six career paths for older youth to develop the soft skills, work readiness and technical skills employers in our region are seeking.

Budget $649,374
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

80% of participants will report favorable results of working with a mentor during the course of their first year of participation.

80% of participants will take part in community service positions and volunteerism during the summer months.

100% of participants will receive the financial literacy program. Of those youth who attend, 80% will demonstrate an increase in financial literacy by FDIC Money Smart for Young Adults pre-and post-test.

80% of participants who are not in post-secondary education or employment (including military) at the date of participation will be enrolled in post-secondary education, the military, employment, or advanced training in the first quarter following their exit from the program.

90% of participants who are attending secondary education at the date of their program enrollment will remain in secondary education at the time of their exit from the program.

75% of participants enrolled in a training activity will obtain a credential.

Long Term Success

Students of working age in this economy require income given today’s unemployment and dropout rates. In our experience, we have found programs that provide career explorations and success pathways help with retention and provide disadvantaged youth with much needed insights and options that help with employment.

Journey to Success focuses on developing a pipeline of talent that will prepare young adults for jobs primarily in healthcare and manufacturing (welding and precision machining.) The need to fill these jobs have been supported by the Regional Target Demand Occupation List. There is a sizeable skills gap across occupations in these targeted industries, and Journey to Success will prepare young adults to fill these high-demand jobs.

Program Success Monitoring

Two forms of evaluation will be conducted. The first consists of ongoing evaluation in which the career advisors and coordinator meet on a regular basis with the directors. The directors observe the program and review the youths’ documentation which includes assessments, pre and post-tests, skills charts and grading to document the education and career progress of each youth.

The second form of evaluation will be conducted by an independent evaluator. CareerSource Suncoast hired an outside evaluator to take the initial framework of the Journey to Success Program design and build a robust evaluation to compare program participants at various stages with particular attention given to the results achieved when the youth begin this program in Year I (12th grade) and continue to participate until graduation from 12th grade, and include ongoing recruitment and assessment of new students covering the two years of performance including follow up for one year after exit of the program.

Program Success Examples

31 high school graduates and rising seniors enrolled in the '15 summer session, and 91 participants are enrolled in one of six career paths. 

Several Journey to Success graduates are still being rolled over from the summer session to career paths, and below is the status of the other participants:
  • 11 - Secured credentials
  • 10 - Secured employment
  • 5 - Employment & Training Path (8-13 weeks of in-depth career exploration, job seeking and retention skills)
  • 7 - GED Preparation Path
  • 6 - Leadership Path (9-week program for leadership and entrepreneurship development, including a trip to experience Disney's Youth Education Series for Leadership Development)
  • 12 - Life Skills Training Path (4-weeks of examination of self-esteem, self-awareness, self-worth and effective communication)
  • 35 - Occupational Skills Training Path (1-2 years educational training)
  • 9 - Work Experience Path (100 hours of work experience)
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ted Ehrlichman
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Ted Ehrlichman is Chief Executive Officer for CareerSource Suncoast dba for Suncoast Workforce Board Inc., serving Manatee and Sarasota counties in southwest Florida. This non-profit organization is one of twenty-four regions throughout the state that provides workforce solutions for businesses, and economic development partners. It's mission. To recruit, train, and retain talent for the Suncoast. Ted was the Chief Operating Officer prior to his succession to the CEO position effective June 1, 2014. Prior to joining Suncoast Workforce in 2009, Ted served as Vice-President, and Director of Marketing, for David C Cook, a non-profit publisher of books and music, based in Colorado Springs, CO. His entrepreneurial background included a partnership in Cornerstone Capital Management, a Colorado investment management firm serving institutional and private clients. While in Colorado Springs he served as Vice President, Marketing for Current Inc., then a division of Deluxe Corp. Ted received a BS from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mary Helen Kress Aug 1993 - May 2013
Senior Staff
Mrs. Kathy Bouchard Human Resource Director
Mrs. Robin Dawson Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Mr. Josh Matlock Chief Operating Officer
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 80
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 33
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

AARP Foundation WorkSearch; Salvation Army, Goodwill, Jewish Family and Children's Services, CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, Turning Points (formerly “Community Coalition on Homelessness), Women's Resource Center of Manatee; North Port Social Services,  Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation; Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; Manatee Chamber of Commerce, State College of Florida, Manatee Technical College, Suncoast Technical College and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, Manatee County Schools

External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Adam Kendall
Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Board Term Sept 2014 to Sept 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Martha Baker AARP Foundation
Mr. Tom Bedwell Tampa Area Electrical Training Center
Mr. Jordan Berger MoneyShow
Dr. Todd Bowden Sarasota County School District
Ms. Julie Brooks Manatee Memorial Hospital
Ms. Christy Cardillo, CPA Shinn & Company
Ms. Lisa Carter Shared Service Center
Mr. Felipe Colon Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Mr. Mark DeHaan Suntrust Bank
Ms. Robin DiSabatino Manatee County Government
Ms. Lisa W. Eding Sunset Automotive Group
Ms. Sharon Hillstrom Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.
Mr. John Howell Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Ms. Violeta Huesman Keiser University
Mr. Mark Huey Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Mr. R. Reis James Ironworkers Local 397 Tampa Florida
Mr. Adam Kendall, CFP Morgan Stanley
Mr. Frank Kovach Kovach Air
Mr. David Kraft Sun Graphic Technologies
Ms. Lisa Krouse FCCI Insurance Group
Ms. Kim Kutch ACCESS - Circuit 12
Ms. Jahna Leinhauser Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Commissioner Carolyn Mason Sarasota County Commission
Mr. Rick Mosholder Hoveround Corporation
Mr. Steve Queior Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Walter Spikes Jr.Urban Auto Sales Inc.
Mr. Larry Utt AFL/CIO Local Union 123 Plumbers & Pipefitters
Ms. Mey Vidal-Paredes Ritz Carlton - Sarasota
Ms. Daisy Vulovich State College of Florida
Mr. Doug Wagner Manatee County School Board
Mr. Ken Waters Sarasota Housing Authority
Mr. Bill Webster Beall's Inc.
Mr. Matthew Westerman Blalock Walters
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 27
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 18
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 0
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $6,881,548.00
Projected Expenses $6,881,548.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $162.00
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$7,302,301$7,326,962$8,418,898
Individual Contributions$37,554$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$35,183$2,183$1,825
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,676,025$6,809,132$7,707,378
Administration Expense$690,761$572,556$703,107
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.010.991.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$978,921$763,771$870,436
Current Assets$899,137$674,253$782,326
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$630,862$467,538$519,316
Total Net Assets$348,059$296,233$351,120
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $7,302,301Government Grants - Federal $7,326,962Government Grants - Federal $8,292,604
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $37,554Investment Income $2,183Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $126,294
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $35,1830 $0Investment Income $1,825
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $100,001 - $125,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.431.441.51
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
As expected, the formula-driven funding for all workforce boards in Florida continues to contract with the improving economy. By many measures Florida has led the US in this employment recovery. Our state’s unemployment rate favorably exceeded the national rate 23 of the last 29 months.
CareerSource Suncoast is a leader within the state for its innovative and leveraged outreach through partners such as our local economic development organizations, educational institutions (including Small Business Development Centers), professional and trade associations and community partners.

With this sharpened workforce mandate---in the face of diminishing funding---we must deliver value in new and creative ways. Fortunately, technology is on our side. Valuable face-to-face coaching, counseling and guidance are made even richer with a full toolkit for the staff. We strive to turn job-seekers into career-managers.

Less funding for select federal programs just redoubles our resolve to develop other wells of capital to serve clients and meet the growing need for a finely tuned, nimble workforce. The effort is a true community collaboration and the results will affect everyone regardless of age or stage.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. 
Nonprofit CareerSource Suncoast
Address 1112 Manatee Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone 941 358-4080