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...
“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...
The Florida Small Business Development Center will host a no-cost workshop at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23 in the Port Charlotte office about business cybersecurity. The “Byte-Size Small Business Cybersecurity Program” will provide education and a resource guide to protect businesses and their customers, employees,...
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...
The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is inviting the public to nominate their favorite Southwest Florida business for the 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award of Southwest Florida. The annual award celebrates Southwest Florida business owners who have overcome obstacles, discovered...
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...
The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host a networking meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 6. The networking event will be at Brunch Bar & Patio within Miromar Outlets, with La Bamba providing the food.
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...
Small businesses impacted by naturally occurring red tide now have until Dec. 16 to apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. The bridge loan program was activated by Gov. Rick Scott. It being  administered by the...
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...