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.

Access to Capital 2015 – Crowdfunding Experts, Banks, and Financiers On Site!

The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University invites you to attend the Annual Access to Capital Fair Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday-Inn Airport | FGCU | Fort Myers.

This is a no cost event where attendees will have a wealth of options to explore financing for their business. This year’s theme is “Get Funded” and the team has brought together a multitude of funding resources for your business.

Meet one-on-one with bankers, from banks including Achieva Credit Union, Bank United, CNL, Encore, Fifth Third, Florida Community, JP Morgan Chase, Mutual Omaha, PNC, Suntrust, Suncoast Credit Union, & Wells Fargo.

Learn more about alternatives to traditional bank loans from financiers such as Access Florida Finance, Capflow Funding Group, IDS Corp, Marquette Commercial Finance, OnDeck, United Capital, & The Women’s Foundation of SW Florida.

This year we have an expert crowdfunder joining us. Guest speaker and expert crowdfunder, designer and founder, Kabeer Arora, of Kabaccha Shoes, will tell his story of how he cracked the code on crowdfunding surpassing his $25,000 goal by the first day and later raising $417,000 in capital for his unique Italian shoe business.

 

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Space is limited for the event. Register today online at fsbdcswfl.org/access-to-capital or contact our office at 239.745.3700.

A Florida SBDC Success Story: Kirk’s Coney Island, Marco Island, FL

Marco Island, Fla. – Kirk McFee is a musician, once human resource manager, now turned business owner. Kirk’s Coney Island was part of a long-time dream Kirk had since his years of living on the road and in LA. He hails from Detroit Michigan and his obsession with a genuine Coney Island hot dog sparked the idea that the concept could work, in the right market place. In 2012 Kirk relocated to Marco Island Florida and set out to fulfill his dream of owning his own restaurant and continuing his music career.

Early on, Kirk came to the Florida SBDC in 2013 for business plan assistance. Continue reading