Venice Main Street Inc
101 W. Venice Ave. #23
Venice FL 34285
Venice MainStreet is committed to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, and economic and community vitality of Historic Downtown Venice.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erin Silk
Board Chair Rod Nafziger
Board Chair Affiliation Ciao Gelato
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
2017 Accomplishments:
1. Miami Ave beautification, 13 large pots installed along the Burgundy Square building at no charge to the business owners.
2. Hire full time Events & Membership Coordinator
3. Install 84' wide wall mural in SRQ Airport Baggage Claim advertising the various aspects of Venice
4. Launched inaugural Venice Seafood Festival, attracting over 30,000 people to downtown
2015-2016 Accomplishments:
1. Launched summertime campaign "Lovin' Our Locals" with three new events to reconnect our year-round residents with their downtown.
2. Installed over 200 historic sign toppers designating the John Nolen Plan district
3.  Produced and aired over 5,000 television commercials with the intention of attracting day trippers during the slower, Summer season.
4. Awarded 2016 Nonprofit of The Year through the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
5. Created and printed new Historic Walking Tour of key historic points in our downtown area
Needs Statement
1. Beautification Projects -  $5,000
2. Miami Ave Fountain Replacement - $10,000 
3. Yearly Membership Support:
Platinum $10,000 - $30,500 value with 219,400 community impressions
Gold $5,000 - $13,550/46,100
Silver $2,500 - $7,700/28,100
Bronze $1,000 - $6,600/24,600
Background Statement
In 1985 the Florida Main Street Project is born using the model of the National Main Street Project. During this time Downtown Venice was at a turning point. Many stores were closing and buildings we becoming vacant. In March 1987 The Downtown Venice Association (DVA) decided to form a non-profit corporation, Venice Main Street Association, enabling them to apply for the Florida Main Street Program. Venice city council committed to $15,000 a year in support for three years if Venice was accepted into the Florida Main Street program. February 1988, the Venice application for inclusion in the Florida Main Street program was mailed by the Downtown Venice Association. It contained letters of support from the Venice City Council, Sarasota County Board of Commissioners, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and residents of Venice. Judging took place in Tampa on March 8 & 9. In March 1988 Venice was chosen as a Florida Main Street City and selected its first Main Street manager. Today Historic Downtown is the vibrant, beautiful heart of Venice, FL. But it takes a huge amount of concentrated effort to maintain it. We can only do it with support from those who love Venice. Together we can keep the magic of Venice alive.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Venice MainStreet has a defined district of focus that is downtown but we also serve the Venice community at large. Cooperation between the City of Venice, local nonprofits, businesses, and community members help us achieve our goals.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Dear Friends of Venice MainStreet,
Won't you Join with us in Giving?
I feel so fortunate to be part of an organization that does so much for Venice. Please join me in supporting our Venice MainStreet organization in their commitment to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, economic vitality and community spirit of our Paradise in Historic Downtown Venice.
Having the pleasure of personally working in the downtown Venice business district affords me the opportunity of enjoying our wonderful place on a daily basis. Ask people strolling along the avenues how they describe downtown Venice, and you’ll hear words like, beautiful, charming, friendly, historic. In a word: Paradise.
Over the years, many people have put their devotion into downtown Venice as part of Venice MainStreet because they share this common mission: “Maintaining a vibrant, thriving historic downtown!” Our many Volunteers and Partners make the magic happen.
Our Venice City leaders recognized the value in allowing a less industrial mix of businesses along East Venice Avenue. In 2018 they recognize the need for Avenues and Sidewalks reconstruction. A beautiful update to our Historical Preservation.
We welcome this opportunity for community improvement and Venice MainStreet looks forward to being a part of revitalizing our City’s Gateway entry into a Social Experience of Shopping, Entertainment, Culture and History on the Avenues it's all “Venice Is”
There are many reasons to love our downtown, but those reasons begin with great planning and financial investments. They didn’t happen by accident. Please consider joining me and your neighbors in supporting Venice MainStreet with your financial gifts.
Thank you,
Rod Nafziger
Board President

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Venice MainStreet is dedicated to historic preservation, beautification, community and economic vitality. The district encompasses Tampa, Venice and Miami Avenues and a small area of East Venice Avenue, to route 41. We offer many events annually on these avenues and streets including: Five arts & crafts festivals; 20+ concerts downtown; Sidewalk Sales; Holiday celebrations such as Eggstravaganza, Christmas in July, Halloween costume Parade & Trick-or-Treat and The Christmas Walk. Among our many projects are: the Inter-generational Fountain and information kiosk in Centennial Park. Members are welcomed to join one or more of our committees: Organization; Design; Economic Restructuring or Promotions. Community members can participate as well; it's not just for businesses. Downtown Venice is one of the few areas in Southwest Florida that had been able to maintain its charm while everything around it has grown. As long as Venice MainStreet is around, that charm... or as I like to call it, "magic" will always exist. You can feel the magic as you take a step back in time and stroll the beautiful historic avenues of Venice. But don't let this quaintness fool you, we have year-round activities for all ages. Just check for a full list of activities. See you on the avenues.

Erin Silk
Executive Director 
Description Free concerts in the community gazebo in Centennial Park, where audiences bring their own chairs and blankets and enjoy two hours of a wide variety of music performed by local artists.
Budget $5,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups
Short Term Success New musicians are attracting new audiences at each concert. A variety is showcased from soft rock to country to jazz.
Long Term Success Very successful for 15 years + with 200 or more attendees at each concert. A community favorite.
Program Success Monitoring
Since the beginning of these free Friday Night Concerts, we have seen a consistent increase in the attendance to these events and buzz around town about them. It is hard to find free cultural events like these. The fact that Venice MainStreet produces 25 a year, is unlike anywhere in our surrounding area.
Program Success Examples
This program started with Venice MainStreet offering free space for new artists to gain exposure. We now are able to pay these musicians, increasing the incentive for more well known musicians. We will continue to develop this program and bring quality music, free to our community. The costs will be covered via sponsorships.
Description In its fourth year, the 2016 Venice Blues Festival attracted 2,500 people to the beautiful Maxine Barritt Park. With headliners such as Chris Thomas King who has sold over 1 million albums and Lazy Lester, a blues legend. To kick off the Festival, the evening before the Venice Blues Crawl shut down a street in downtown with a stage and a beer truck. Musicians played blues music all over downtown attracting over 3,000 people to our business district.
Budget $20,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US
Short Term Success Promotion of Venice, its parks, and businesses while providing the community with a quality cultural event.
Long Term Success
The Venice Blues Festival has grown and evolved over the past four years. The beginning was a small event in a vacant lot downtown, now the event is hosted in beautiful Maxine Barritt Park, right on the Gulf of Mexico. Vendor slots are competitive and the talent we have been able to attract include Blues legends and Grammy Award winners.
Program Success Monitoring Attendance is a big part of success monitoring. But more so is the feedback we get from the community and the expansion of the event, bringing more economic value to the area. In it's third year VMS started the Venice Blues Crawl, which was a downtown wide event where businesses hosted Blues musicians the night before the actual festival. With the intentions of this evening being to bring people downtown and encourage those that were coming from out of town for the festival to come the day before and stay overnight, thus expanding the economic impact of the event. This Blues Crawl was a huge success. So much so that in the fourth year of the Venice Blues Festival we expanded the Blues Crawl to include a stage and beer truck downtown with a closed down street for dancing. This again was a huge success. The Crawl was free to the public.
Program Success Examples The Venice Blues weekend consists of the Venice Blues Crawl on Friday, Venice Blues Festival and after party on Saturday, with the Blues Brunch on Sunday. Encouraging those who would normally only visit for one day to stay the whole weekend, extending their economic impact. Each year the Venice Blues weekend grows and becomes more inclusive of all our community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erin Silk
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Kat Quast Dec 2011 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Venice MainStreet strives to collaborate with the City of Venice, Sarasota County, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and our fellow Venice nonprofits as often as possible. These collaborations and shared resources created a greater outcome for our community. Some of our most successful and ongoing collaborations include the private/public partnership in building the Venice Avenue Archway Sign, the Centennial Park Kiosk, and the Centennial Park Intergenerational Fountain.  Also, we often collaborate with Venice Area Beautification Inc on beautification projects downtown. In 2017 VABI and VMS will install 10 pots on Miami Ave, with funding received by the Venice Area Garden Club. Lastly, VMS recently worked with Venice Heritage Inc to install over 200 sign toppers identifying the John Nolen historic district. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Nonprofit of The YearVenice Area Chamber of Commerce2016
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Rod Nafziger
Company Affiliation Ciao Gelato
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Andrew Britton Britton Law
Mr. Patrick Carney Navamaze Senior Living Solutions
Ms. Kathy Crisman Dick's Shoes
Mr. Nick Flerlage RE/MAX Alliance
Ms. Sarah Gilbert Fifth Third Bank
Mr. James Jerome FifthThird Bank
Mr. Rod Nafziger Ciao Gelato
Ms. Deborah Peters DP Fitness & Wellness
Ms. Carolyn Redlin Community Volunteer
Ms. Tracy Silver Venice Wine and Coffee
Ms. Laurie Sparr Gulf Coast Medical Group
Mr. Bill Willson Robert's Insurance
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $140,442.00
Projected Expenses $148,953.00
Organization has Endowment No
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
Audit/Financial Documents
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$109,743$76,726$54,599
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,112$1,014$342
Membership Dues$41,365$36,041$30,509
Special Events$13,487$22,370$51,622
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$100,190$76,213$42,674
Administration Expense$60,656$61,125$74,447
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.021.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%55%36%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$198,402$230,404$197,531
Current Assets$194,187$219,770$178,967
Long-Term Liabilities$0$563$0
Current Liabilities$13,326$59,517$29,673
Total Net Assets$185,076$170,324$167,858
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $109,743Contributions, gifts, grants $76,726Contributions, gifts, grants $54,599
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $41,365Membership Dues $36,041Fundraising $51,622
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $13,487Fundraising $22,370Membership Dues $30,509
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.573.696.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990 and 990-EZ.
Nonprofit Venice Main Street Inc
Address 101 W. Venice Ave. #23
Venice, FL 34285
Phone 941 484-6722