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Join us Friday, August 7, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon for the Florida SBDC @FGCU’s Access to Capital Fair.  It is a no cost event and registration is required.  Event will be held at the Holiday Inn | Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.    Click Here to Register


Business owners will have the opportunity to meet with bankers, non-traditional, and traditional financers to discover how and who they should go to in order to access capital for their business. There will be two breakout sessions, one including SBA loans presented by the SBA Miami Office.

IMG_1950aThis year we have a real treat for businesses looking into crowdfunding options. Our 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. 

Arora, after noticing the lack of color, comfort, and personality in men’s footwear launched Kabaccha Shoes. With an affinity for design and innovation, he set out to redefine the modern dress shoe and launched the Kabaccha project on Kickstarter. Surpassing his goal of $25K within the first day, the self-made entrepreneur and third-generation shoemaker crushed his 40-day campaign, breaking the previous record by almost 200K to become the most successful footwear campaign in crowdfunding history. Garnering 1571 backers and raising $417K dollars, Kabeer is frequently referred to as “The King of Kickstarter” and recognized as a crowdfunding expert. Focused on growing Kabaccha with a values-based philosophy in mind, and aiming to disrupt a longstanding market that chooses profit over people, Kabeer’s goal is to build a brand that prioritizes quality, promises affordability, and captures a range of colorful styles that embody freedom and choice of expression.

Brian Hamman Head ShotWe excited to welcome Commissioner Brian Hamman to open then event. Commissioner Hamman was born and raised in Lee County.  A graduate of Cape Coral High School, he earned an associate’s degree from Edison State College and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Brian spent 10 years in the TV news business working his way up from the “camera guy” to a news anchor on the nightly news. In addition, Brian has worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones and as the Market Development Manager for CenturyLink.

Brian has spent years working and living in our community, listening to people and understanding firsthand what it takes to make Lee County a great place to live, work and raise a family. Brian’s priorities are to bring jobs to our community, keep taxes low and protect the beautiful environment that draws so many to Lee County.

Brian is active in the community, serving on the United Way board of directors. Brian, his wife Rebecca and their daughter Kaitlyn, reside in Cape Coral and are members of Crosspoint Christian Church.