FSBDC at FGCU Nominated for SWFL Inc.’s Nonprofit of the Year

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Bonita Springs, Florida (May 23, 2023) – The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is proud to announce the organization has been nominated for SWFL Inc.’s 2023 Nonprofit of the Year. The award is given annually to a 501(c)3 organization that is seen as a leader in its industry and as an invaluable organization in Southwest Florida.

“We are immensely honored and filled with gratitude to receive this prestigious nomination,” said Dorian Zwierewicz, Regional Director at FGCU. “This nomination is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, as well as the trust and support of our valued clients and partners.”

Hosted by SWFL Inc., the winner of the Nonprofit of the Year Award will be announced at the INCredible Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Small Business of the Year, SWFL Citizen of the Year, Innovator Award, INCredible Award and Veteran-Owned Business of the Year will also be presented. Tickets are available at www.swflinc.com/2023-incredible-awards. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hannah Phillips, SWFL Inc.’s Director of Programs and Events, at Hannah@SWFLinc.com or (239) 992-2943.

About SWFL Inc.

SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving the Southwest Florida business community. It connects businesses to a regional network of customers, offers educational resources to help them grow in a modern economy, and actively works to solve regional issues that impact the business community. At SWFL Inc., membership is free and open to all businesses to create (inc)lusive opportunities for all.Ranked among the top one percent of chambers nationwide, SWFL Inc. produces exceptional business resources and programs to serve the business community, promote a region where businesses can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life in Southwest Florida.

About the Florida SBDC Network:

For more than 45 years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. In 2021, the Florida SBDC Network delivered more than 157,000 hours of consulting to more than 18,000 small business clients – resulting in business owners securing over half a billion in capital, securing more than $380 million in government contracts, impacting 28,930 jobs, increasing sales by over $4 billion, and creating 778 new businesses.

With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.


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