The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network of more than 40 centers hosted by the state’s leading universities, colleges, and economic development organizations. As part of the network’s service offering, the Florida SBDC provides aspiring and existing small businesses with the expertise, resources, and tools to grow and succeed.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University will join SBDCs nationally to celebrate the second annual SBDC Day. SBDC Day is a national movement to help raise awareness about the service offering and impact of America’s SBDCs – the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) largest business assistance program.

With nearly 1,000 centers across the country, SBDCs provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.24 million hours of consulting to 188,602 client businesses, resulting in 96,095 jobs.

In 2016, the Florida SBDC created, retained and saved 2,332 jobs. Generated $224.6M in sales. Acquired $3.6M in Government Contracts and garnered  $72.8M in Capital access.

See more of our impact by clicking below:
FGCU Impact Sheet 2016

Join the Celebration

  • An easy way to participate is through the use of Thunderclap, which posts a one-time message to a user’s social media account of their choice on SBDC Day. To learn more, and to pledge your support, please click here.
  • Small businesses, partners, and advocates are invited to help spread the word about SBDC Day and the impact of their local Florida SBDC using the hashtag #SBDCDay leading up to and on March 21.
  • Small businesses, partners, and advocates are also encouraged to join the Florida SBCD for a Lunch and Learn at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces.