Girls Going Places!

Group PhotoSpecial thanks to all of the great organizations, namely Alliance Financial Group and Florida Gulf Coast University for their continued support of this annual program.  Young girls and teens from 6 different counties arrived this morning to spend the entire day learning about financial responsibility, entrepreneurship, and the success of women business leaders in our community.  Thank you to all of the women mentors who dedicated and donated their time. The Florida SBDC remains a proud sponsor and supporter of the program.

Girls Going Places

Girls Going Places

Christopher Spiro: Profile of a Distinguished Entrepreneur Finalist – Part 1


The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is interviewing the four finalists for the honor of Distinguished Entrepreneur for 2015.  Learn more about each finalist, and get some entrepreneurial advice and inspiration, by reading the two posts dedicated to each before the big awards day on May 19, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero.  You can register for the event by clicking here.

Profile written by Jacqueline Aaron, The Wordsmith Company

Entrepreneur: Christopher T. Spiro

  • Business: Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations; full-service marketing agency
  • Year founded: 1988
  • Location: Fort Myers, Florida
  • Number of employees: 11 full time and four part-time employees

What inspired you to start an advertising agency? “I was destined to be a printer. Continue reading

SBA Resources: Whoever Said ‘Stick to the plan’ Was Wrong

Whoever Said ‘Stick to the Plan’ Was Wrong

By Tim Berry, Guest Blogger
Published: April 28, 2015Updated: April 28, 2015

Making Plans and Sticking To Them — Or Not!

Come the start of the year, whether that’s the traditional New Year’s Day of January 1 or the anniversary of your business startup date, most of us want to make better plans — and stick to them. So what holds us back? Is it the plan itself? Do we lack the tools? Are we weak in discipline?

Or is NOT sticking to a plan, sometimes, the better answer?

Here’s my take.

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SBA Resources – Great Upcoming Training Opportunities – Celebrating Small Business Week

Business PicShared on behalf of the SBA  – Awesome line-up of upcoming webinars starting next week!

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Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, we are offering five FREE webinars on a variety of business topics. Check out the list of webinars below and register today! Continue reading