The filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Florida as a result of Hurricane Irma on Sept. 9-12, 2017, is June 13. This disaster declaration includes Florida counties including Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee. Under this declaration, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available...
Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) announced the winners of the 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards at the annual awards dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The FSBDC awards are held annually during National Small Business Week to recognize three Southwest Florida...
Leadership is a skill. Many people appear to be "born leaders" while others emerge and develop over time. In either case, each become better by knowledge, understanding, and action. As in sports, practice and training pay off in the end. As a business, your best investment is in great...
Now that the Cape EDO's 4th Wednesday BizChat has swelled to nearly 90 people attending each month, the rules have changed. Instead of having time to give a 30-second elevator speech highlighting your business, product or service, each attendee gets just 10 seconds, or about 10 words. Believe it or...
In my many years of consulting with business owners, I have found a few consistent things that are common among the most successful ones. More than anything else, they are learners. Many of the owners I work with could be consultants themselves. They know business and they know their business. However,...
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University is accepting nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida. Southwest Florida business owners who have overcome obstacles, discovered new technologies to help grow their business, or dedicated themselves to helping other small businesses through mentorship and...
The Cape Coral EDO hosted its inaugural BizWalk yesterday. During the walk, two teams visited businesses on Pine Island Road north of Chiquita Boulevard. This new Cape Coral EDO initiative, based on proven best practices from the International Economic Development Council, is designed to help the city and our partners...
Organizers of VenturePitch SWFL have extended the deadline until March 2 for entrepreneurs to submit a plan to pitch their companies at the Shark Tank-style event, held from 5-8 p.m. on April 12 at Babcock Ranch. SCORE and the Florida Small Business Development Center will serve as the screening committee. They will select the 10 semi-finalists...
Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the Florida Legislature to attract and retain veterans. They have partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and five other institutions of higher education to deliver the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. This is a new entrepreneurial training initiative for veterans...
“I’m from the Government and I’m here to help you!” Many have heard this statement in the past, mostly as a punchline, and well, many do not believe it. If your friendly IRS agent knocks at your door with this statement, you might question the definition of help. However, I...