Florida SBDC @ FGCU Receives Grant Continuation from Bank United

Left to Right: Tony Lee, Claire Raley, Lisa Portnoy, Susan Specht, Dr. Bhargava, Lois Knox.

Left to Right: Tony Lee, Claire Raley, Lisa Portnoy, Susan Specht, Dr. Bhargava, Lois Knox.

The Florida Small Business Development (FSBDC) Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) held a check presentation to commemorate a $10,000 grant continuation received from BankUnited. The FSBDC at FGCU extends its gratitude for BankUnited’s commitment to its programming and services for small businesses. The grant received from BankUnited will help support the FSBDC’s business educational programs, outreach, and no-cost consulting across Charlotte, Collier, and Lee counties. Annually, the FSBDC serves approximately 1,200 businesses and host, on average, 80 training events.

For additional information, contact Suzanne Specht, (239)745-3704, sspecht@fgcu.edu.

SBA Resources: Selling Goods At Flea Markets & Craft Shows

Tips for Legally Selling Goods at Flea Markets & Craft Shows

Published: September 30, 2015Updated: September 30, 2015

Flea markets and crafts shows have become a cultural phenomena. Increasingly small businesses are mastering the quality of the artisanal goods that they make and sell. While these types of businesses usually start out as a hobby there are some steps that you should take to ensure that your business is selling goods legally.

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Upcoming Workshops: Oct. 5th – 11th


The Ask – What Do I Need to Access Capital For My Business

Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Topic: Financing

You Ask – We Answer! During this live online chat we will address your questions regarding accessing capital for your business. Join us for this open, one-hour, online dialogue with our sales and marketing savvy Certified Business Consultants who have helped clients secure loans and other financing for their businesses. Program is formatted for both new and existing businesses.

Location: Online

Think Tank – Small Business Meeting

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

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. Program is formatted for existing businesses. The workshop is no cost and a light lunch is provided.

Location: Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Acres

Taking Your Business to the Another Level and Working Less-Session 2

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Topic: Managing a Business

This is a 3-part series, if you missed session 1, you can still sign up for session 3. We will be presenting the ideas in the Book Emyth Revisited. This will be part one of a three part series. Program is formatted for existing businesses.Program is no cost thanks to the sponsorship support of Iberia Bank. To learn more about E-Myth Revisited visit http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/81948.The_E_Myth_Revisited

Location: Iberia Bank, Iberia Bank, Fort Myers

International Trade Expo

Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Topic: International Trade

Attendees will be able to meet one-on-one international trade experts, banks, and logistic experts and discover how to take their business global.

Speaker: Various

Location: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, Fort Myers

Doing Business with the Federal Government (Part 3 & 4)

Friday, October 09, 2015 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Topic: Government Contracting

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, Lets Go for It and Wining contracts.

Speaker: Dan Telep, Consultant, FSBDC

Location: Career Source Southwest Florida, Fort Myers


Announcing the Florida SBDC @ FGCU 2015 International Trade Expo


The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University Teams with Enterprise Florida to Co-host Inaugural International Trade Expo

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has partnered with Enterprise Florida to host the Center’s first International Trade Expo.  This free event takes placed on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn at Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr., Fort Myers, Florida.  A light continental breakfast will be served, and there will be raffles throughout the event.  Businesses will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with export specialists; participate in export business matchmaking, and identify potential export business partners. Space is limited and registration is highly recommended. Register online at http://fsbdcswfl.org/international-trade-expo/ or by phone (239) 745-3700.