Final Week to Register for the Annual Access to Capital Fair – Friday, August 7

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Join us Friday, August 7, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon for the Florida SBDC @FGCU’s Access to Capital Fair.  It is a no cost event and registration is required.  Event will be held at the Holiday Inn | Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.    Click Here to Register


Business owners will have the opportunity to meet with bankers, non-traditional, and traditional financers to discover how and who they should go to in order to access capital for their business. There will be two breakout sessions, one including SBA loans presented by the SBA Miami Office.

IMG_1950aThis year we have a real treat for businesses looking into crowdfunding options. Our guest speaker and expert crowdfunder, designer and founder, Kabeer Arora, of Kabaccha Shoes will tell his story of how he cracked the code on crowdfunding. 

Arora, after noticing the lack of color, comfort, and personality in men’s footwear launched Kabaccha Shoes. With an affinity for design and innovation, he set out to redefine the modern dress shoe and launched the Kabaccha project on Kickstarter. Surpassing his goal of $25K within the first day, the self-made entrepreneur and third-generation shoemaker crushed his 40-day campaign, breaking the previous record by almost 200K to become the most successful footwear campaign in crowdfunding history. Garnering 1571 backers and raising $417K dollars, Kabeer is frequently referred to as “The King of Kickstarter” and recognized as a crowdfunding expert. Focused on growing Kabaccha with a values-based philosophy in mind, and aiming to disrupt a longstanding market that chooses profit over people, Kabeer’s goal is to build a brand that prioritizes quality, promises affordability, and captures a range of colorful styles that embody freedom and choice of expression.

Brian Hamman Head ShotWe excited to welcome Commissioner Brian Hamman to open then event. Commissioner Hamman was born and raised in Lee County.  A graduate of Cape Coral High School, he earned an associate’s degree from Edison State College and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. Continue reading

Upcoming Workshops – Week of August 3rd – Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres


“Think Tank” Small Business Meeting, Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. 1261 Homestead Road Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. No Cost! Lehigh Acres “Think Tank” small business meeting. The small business owner will learn 21 Century concepts to grow their business. They will take away benchmarks to develop personal S.K.A’s.

Doing Business with the Federal Government (Part 5 and 6), Friday, August 7, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 4150 Ford Street Extension, Fort Myers, FL 33916, No Cost!  Part 5: Subcontracting Opportunities, Government’s Role, Prime Contractor’s Role, and Payments. Part 6: Pricing your Product or Service. An overview of Pricing, Profit, Cost Realism, and Best Value.

Access to Capital, Friday, August 7, 2015, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Holiday Inn Airport – 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33913. No Cost! Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with area banks, finance companies, and other traditional and non-traditional financing companies and discover how to use Access to Capital for their business. Breakout sessions will cover SBA and non-traditional loans as well as CrowdFunding/CrowdLending.

PTAC Client Wins Government Contract

 July 22, 2015:  Local Fort Myers firm has just announced the successful award of a $59K + dumpster contract with the Department of Defense.  Through their work with PTAC Specialist, Dan Telep, Jr. they are paving the path to government contracting success.  Want to find out more about how your company can become a successful government contractor?  Contact Dan Telep at or read more online in our Government Contracting Section,

FSBDC IT Specialist Marc Farron Provides Google Resources! Get your website Google Ready!

Google Tools – Great general SEO tool – Tells you if your site is mobile friendly – i.e. responsive – Another great general SEO tool – Tells you what keywords are used the most – Will offer suggestions to speed up rendering of your site (html and css suggestions)

Welcome new SBRN Members

The Florida SBDC is happy to announce the Small Business Resource Network has approved a member to the legal consultant area, Steve Blount of Blount Law.

Steve BlountSteve Blount is a third generation Floridian who has been practicing law in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Steve practices law with a simple philosophy handed down to him by his father, John T. Blunt, who practiced law in Florida for over 35 years. The Blount Philosophy: “Always give your clients a little bit more than they pay for, avoid even the appearance of impropriety and go win cases. The rest takes care of itself.” This is the philosophy behind his no nonsense, straightforward approach to handling whatever issues his clients face. Steve recognizes why so many people come to the Sunshine State and he understands how to make Florida a profitable place for their families and businesses to call home. Continue reading