2015 Advisory Board Meeting

Florida SBDC Advisory Board Meeting at FGCU - JAN 2015As you can see, we were hard at work today with our valued advisory board discussing plans for 2015, including hallmark events as well as new programs.  We are always thankful for the continued dedication of sharing their expertise and time to the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Business Insights: Starting an Import/Export Business

Looking to expand your business horizons?  International Trade via adding import or export to your business may be the key.  Here are some basic steps to get started:

  • Get the appropriate export/import license for the product
  • Identify the method of logistics for import/export
  • Identify the distribution for import/export
  • Identify the legal regulations and country requirements
  • Identify financing to secure the process

For more information on how to get started in the import/export business, contact our international trade expert, Kevin Brady via email kbrady@fgcu.edu.

To watch a short video on international trade and find access to online tools, visit http://floridasbdc.org/services/international-trade/

SBA Resources: Customer Service – What is it and why you need it!

AZ Customer Serivce

The SBA offers a no cost online course with self-paced training exercises to introduce you or your staff to customer service basics and the importance of excellence in taking care of YOUR CUSTOMERS! Anyone can register online, anywhere at https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/customer-service

If you are looking for some hands on assistance finding customers, join us on February 5 at the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to noon.  This is a low-cost workshop where you will get hands a hands on understanding of what to look for when locating those perfect customers.  Register online today at https://clients.floridasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900350006

Upcoming Workshop: How To Find The Right Customers! Lehigh Acres – Feb 5

customersLehigh Acres, FL: Thursday, February 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Town Center, 25 Homestead Rd N, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

Not every customer is a good customer. Will they pay on time?  Learn how to determine when to play it safe or even deny credit altogether. Get a company’s financial snapshot in an instant. Healthy cash flow depends on timely payments. Learn how to obtain access to business credit information and payment histories. Get credit limit recommendations and rankings on the likelihood of a company to experience late payments, and overall risk. Extend the right credit limit to the right companies.

We have a added another location to provide consulting! We are in downtown Fort Myers now too!

Pat Kirkpatrick, Florida SBDC Consultant and new satellite location - Downtown Fort MyersThanks to a MOU with the Lee County Economic Development Office, we have a satellite office located in downtown Fort Myers.  Consultant, Pat Kirkpatrick is available on Wednesday’s to meet with clients.  To schedule an appointment to meet with Pat for a consultation,  contact our main office at 239.745.3700.  The downtown office is located at 2201 Second Street #500, Fort Myers, FL 33901.