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 dtelep@fgcu.edu or read more online in our Government Contracting Section, http://fsbdcswfl.org/about-2/services/government-contracting/

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

Google Tools

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en – Great general SEO tool

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ – Tells you if your site is mobile friendly – i.e. responsive

http://www.google.com/analytics/ – Another great general SEO tool

http://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner – Tells you what keywords are used the most

http://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed – 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

Upcoming Events – Websites & Government Contracting

wordpress-iconEnhanced Marketing using a free WordPress site – What it is and how to create your own. Monday, July 27, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. No Cost!  Looking to enhance your marketing via social media and website optimization on a budget? WordPress might be the solution for you. During this workshop learn how to take advantage of the free to no-cost tool, WordPress, to create your website and help manage content on some of the most popular social media networks.

Doing Business with the Federal Government (Part 3 and 4), Friday, July 31, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 4150 Ford Street Extension, Fort Myers, FL 33916. No Cost!Part 3: Reading Solicitations. An overview of What the Government wants? How they communicate? The Solicitations, Format, and Amendments. Part 4: Successful Proposal Writing. An overview on submitting a successful proposal, the Process, Let’s Go for It, and Winning Contracts.