Why paddleboarding reminds me of business ownership…

Paddle With The Sharks

For me, owning my business is like paddleboarding, my favorite sport.  First, you have to have a plan of where you are going, be able to act quickly, think ahead, be balanced, and have endurance to be successful and stay passionate about what you do. Some days the water is smooth, perfect, you don’t want to leave the ocean, then there are days when a strong wind or a storm kick’s in and rocks the board – sometimes you fall off and struggle to get back on, and paddle home. And then, there are sharks… there are always sharks in the water, you need to always be aware, on the lookout, and prepared for an encounter with one or more of them.  Amanda Stirn, Marketing Director Florida SBDC @ FGCU- Certified Business Consultant, Paddleboard Enthusiast!

A Florida SBDC Success Story: Coast Chiropractic Centers, Inc.


A Florida SBDC Success Story: Coast Chiropractic Centers, Inc.

Dr. Timothy Harcourt discovered that he had a unique business problem when he moved to Southwest Florida in the fall of 2011.  The third-generation chiropractor had worked in his family’s successful chiropractic office in York, Pennsylvania for 25 years.  His grandfather and father were chiropractors, and his two brothers are currently in practice as chiropractors.  Continue reading

Florida SBDC Consultant Kevin Brady – Spent the weekend as Chef Boudreaux at the Cape Coral, Gathering of the Giants Radio Controlled Airplane Show

Consultant, Kevin Brady, spent the weekend cooking and serving up delicious Gumbo and Pastalaya at the Cape Coral Gather of the Giants Radio Controlled Airplane Show.  Consultant Russ Winstead helped Kevin with the tent set-up and Amanda Stirn helped Kevin with his logo and graphics.  We supported Kevin on Saturday by grabbing a taste of true Louisiana, chicken and sausage gumbo – and we have to say – it was DELICIOUS.  Kudos to Kevin, a/k/a Chef Boudreaux on his success.



Florida SBDC Client – Brian Hahn, Momentum Brewhouse gives his insights for an up and coming market in Southwest Florida

Brian Hahn, owner Momentum Brew House

Brian Hahn, owner Momentum Brew House

We are always so pleased when one of our clients are highlighted in local articles.  Great insights Brian!

Excerpt supplied by Naples News

Business is brewing: Craft beer brewers tapping into eager Southwest Florida market, Patrick Riley – Posted 11:17 AM, Mar 20, 2015, Naples News – The Banner

The market, however, has not yet caught up with the demand.

“We just released that Coconut Vanilla Stout on Saturday,” said Brian Hahn, the owner of Momentum Brewhouse in Bonita Springs, the newest addition to the local craft brewery scene.

“It sold out in about four hours. Two kegs.” Continue reading