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We are conducing a short 5 question confidential survey related to training and overall satisfaction. Your feedback will help us with 2017 programming and more. We know you are busy, but we would love to hear from you. Thank you in advance for participating.

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This is your chance meet one-on-one with technology experts, including cyber security firms & web-based solution providers for small businesses. This year our sponsors will present new gadgets, new apps, and much more to help your company grow and succeed.
Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn at Fort Myers Airport
9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Event is no cost, registration is required due to space limitations.
Event Sponsor: CenturyLink.
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 Ask Monthly Webinar Series

What Do I Need to Do to Get a Business Loan?
You Ask. We Answer! During this live online chat we will address your questions regarding access to capital and different financing options. Join us for this open, one-hour, online dialogue with our expert financial and accounting consultant team.
Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
No cost but registration is required.
Webinar is sponsored by:

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Think Tank: Lehigh Acres

Lehigh Acres “Think Tank” small business meeting. The small business owner will learn 21st century concepts to grow their business. They will take away benchmarks to develop personal S.K.A’s. Program is formatted for existing businesses.
Wednesday, October 5, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce
1261 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
No cost and a light lunch is provided.

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This powerful seminar takes you step-by-step through the keys to effective email marketing. You will learn the five easy steps you must take to harness the power of the email. Our Presenter: Ingrid Fuller is an energetic speaker, creative internet marketer, expert networker and philanthropist. She is the president of Fuller Online Solutions, a website design and internet marketing company helping small and medium business succeed online.
Tuesday, October 11, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Sugden Welcome Center at FGCU
10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965
Cost $15.00

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B2B Networking

Join us and other local business owners in Downtown Fort Myers to discuss business issues, opportunities, and network together.
Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
SW Florida Enterprise Center
3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33916
No cost and a light lunch is provided.
Thank you to our resource partner, SW Florida Enterprise Center for providing meeting space and  lunch.

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We will talk about how understanding your financials and benchmarking your financials against like

successful companies will show you the way to a better bottom line in your company. Duane Hoversten will discuss some of the resources and goals for benchmarking your business. Nancy Givens will actually show you a benchmarking example and show how to use this to improve your business.
Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
7580 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908
No cost.
Workshop sponsored by:

Doing Business with the Government

3-Week Series on Friday’s in October
Looking for an opportunity to grow your sales? Government contracting may be an avenue to consider, as it can provide long-term growth for a wide variety of businesses. Every level of government buys goods and services, spending billions of dollars, annually, even during times of economic uncertainty and reduced spending. Join us for this 3-week series as we demystify government contracting.
Friday, October 7, 14, and 14, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
CareerSource Southwest Florida
4150 Ford Street Extension, Fort Myers, FL 33916
No cost.

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4th Wednesday Biz Chat with the Cape Coral EDO

This networking lunch is one of our most popular.  Join the SBDC and the Cape Coral EDO to network, discuss hot business topics, and more.
Wednesday, October 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Nicholas Annex Community Room
815 Nicholas Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33990
No cost and a light lunch is provided.
This 3-Part Series will walk you through the steps of

estimating your financial needs, planning, and preparing a loan package for financing success.
Part 1: How much money does my business really need and why?
Part 2: How do I prepare for a business loan?
Part 3: What does a loan package look like?

Thursday, October 27, November 3 and 10, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

No cost.
Webinar series is sponsored by:

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From all of us at the Florida SBDC at FGCU, we want to wish all of you a Happy Harvest!

Our Resource Partners:

State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§288.001, Fla. Stat]
The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network,
a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with
the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Main Office Phone: 239.745.3700