A Florida SBDC at FGCU Success Story: 7th Avenue Social – Naples, Florida

You could fairly say that the genesis of Colin Estrem’s popular wine bar, Avenue Wine Cafe on 5th Ave. South, and his new restaurant, 7th Avenue Social on 7th Ave. South, is due in part to the advice and guidance of Suzanne Specht, assistant director and certified consultant at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University. Continue reading

Simplified Technologies Inc. named Event Sponsor for Access To Technology Fair at the Florida SBDC at FGCU

Fort Myers, Fla. – The Florida SBDC (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) extends thanks and gratitude to our event sponsor, Simplified Technologies Inc.  Simplified Technologies supplies computer network installation and maintenance in addition to technology consulting services. simplifiedtech-2

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Client Testimonial – Kirk with Kirk’s Coney Island

We LOVE it when our clients receive kudos in the community and newspapers for their success stories.  Kirk was kind enough to send us a note of thanks on Facebook this week. Thanks Kirk – You Rock!

kirk-playing“I wanted to thank you for the video and press release you did for me last month. The response has been incredible and such a blessing that’s helping me make it through a tough summer.”

Join us for the Monthly Lehigh Acres Small Business “Think Tank” – September 2

This is a no-cost, networking “think-tank” lunch to help you discover ways to grow your business.  It is held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce at 1261 Homestead Rd, Lehigh Acres.  Space is limited so register early at https://clients.floridasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900350453.


SW Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award – Application Deadline – September 7


FORT MYERS, Fla. – August 12, 2015 – The 21st Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award application deadline is fast approaching. Coordinated and sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, the Blue Chip Community Business Award recognizes successful, small businesses in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County that have overcome adversity to achieve success. Applications must be submitted by September 7. Independent judges will pick the winning entry once all applications have been collected. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a third party. To qualify, the for-profit business must have been in operation for at least three years under the same ownership with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte County, employ five to 400 people and have overcome adversity to achieve success. The award ceremony will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers.

To submit an application, please contact Stacey Mercado at (239) 433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com.