The Florida SBDC @ FGCU partners with Microsoft for Access to Technology 2015

The Florida SBDC (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) partners with Microsoft for Access to Technology 2015

Contact: Marc Farron, Phone: 239.478.4648, email

MSFT_logo_rgb_C-GrayFort Myers, Fla. – The Florida SBDC (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) has partnered with Microsoft and event sponsor, Simplified Technologies to host the 2015 Access to Technology Fair and Tradeshow on Wednesday, September 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr., Fort Myers.  The event is a free educational and technology based event for business owners or their operations staff.

simplifiedtech-2Darius Joseph, owner of Simplified Technologies says, “Attending trade shows, such as the FSBDC’s Access to Technology, allows local businesses to keep their pulse on the local economy and also stay on top of industry changes relative to their business.”

The FSBDC extends its thanks to media sponsors including ITVantage, Stickboy Creative, and Comcast and industry partners including Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership and TechHouse IT Consulting Solutions.  The technology fair will include several technology vendors and experts exhibiting both the newest in hardware and software, as well as new technology gadgets and cloud computing. Most vendors will have give-away items and will be participating in a free raffle, with prizes including techie gadgets, gift cards, and several copies of Microsoft 365 Software.

ITVantageJeremy Stakely, owner of ITVantage stated during a recent FSBDC interview, “Today, technology is a critical part of doing business, and with the multitude of options available, making the right technology choices can be challenging. Aligning yourself with the right IT partner can simplify solutions and leverage the latest technology to ensure your business stays competitive and efficient. “

TechHouseKathy Durfee and Alex Melching with TechHouse, a Microsoft Partner, will be presenting “Moving to the Microsoft Office Cloud: Office, Web Meetings, Backups, Security and More…” A light breakfast and refreshments will be served.  Space is limited and participants are encouraged to register early.  Register online at or call 239.745.3700 to register by phone.

Stickboy-01“As a business owner, you know that all it takes is that one idea, talking with that one person, or meeting that one company that can change the trajectory and success of your business dramatically. I know those ideas, people, and companies are going to be at this event.” Matt Bernhardt, Stickboy Design

The FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. It is designated by the state as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance.