Meet the Consultant, Russ Winstead, Certified Business Consultant, Cape Coral Florida Office

Russ is a team player who demonstrates a unique ability to see the big picture and move clients towards a goal. He has over 30 years of business experience. Russ has started and managed many businesses in a variety of industries to include IT, Financial, Healthcare, Landscaping, Construction, Manufacturing, Consulting and  Ministry.  Continue reading

A Shout Out of Many Thanks to Our Distinguished Entrepreneur Sponsors, Speakers, and Nominees

First, congratulations to Gary K. Mart, the Florida SBDC’s 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida.

I think it is important to note, all of our nominees should be celebrated for their success in Southwest Florida.  Small business essentially is what keeps our 5-county area employed, revenue generating, and we are all so good at what we do, people keep moving their businesses and families here because they want to join us in our SW Florida paradise, we all call home – I think most people can tell by what we all do so well, we love where we live, work, and of course play.

Congratulations to our finalists!

 Congratulations to the 2015 William O. Webb $1,000 Award

Fran Peters, Owner, Island Vacations of Sanibel & Captiva, Inc.

To all of our nominees, we would like to recognize and thank you all for participating this year.

Nominees 2015 Cover Story

Lastly, we would like to close with thanks to our sponsors, guest speaker, & emcee.  Our event sponsors, speakers, and other supporters, make this celebration of small business and entrepreneurship possible.






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Gary K. Mart Named 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida


Gary K Mart, Owner, Global Tech LEDFORT MYERS, Fla. – Gary K. Mart, owner and CEO of Global Tech LED, was presented the fourth annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award on Tuesday, May 19, by the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). The award recognizes a small- to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for its overall success.

Four finalists were honored, and the award was announced during the annual awards dinner and ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. Event sponsor was Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright, and Company. Keynote address was given by Michael Wynn, Chairman of the Wynn Family Board of Directors and President of the chain of Sunshine Ace Hardware stores.

For more information contact Amanda Stirn, FSBDC Marketing Director, at (239) 745-3706, (239) 410-1133, or

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