Fort Myers, FL – TD Bank has generously donated $150,000 to the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (SBDC at FGCU) to provide technical assistance to area small businesses to help them recover from Hurricane Ian. The contribution will greatly assist the SBDC at FGCU in its mission to help local small businesses grow and succeed.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the TD Bank,” said Dorian Zwierewicz, Regional Director of the SBDC at FGCU. “This donation will make a significant impact in our community, helping us to support small businesses affected by Hurricane Ian and provide essential technical assistance and training opportunities to help them recover and thrive. We are honored to partner with TD in this effort.”
The SBDC at FGCU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development organizations dedicated to providing emerging and established businesses with confidential, no-cost consulting and resources to help them grow and succeed. The SBDC at FGCU has served southwest Florida businesses in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties since its inception in 1997.
TD Bank is proud to stand with SBDC at FGCU as they work to assist small businesses in the recovery effort following Hurricane Ian,” said Nick Miceli, Regional President, Metro Florida, TD Bank. “We know that small businesses are the backbone of our communities and we are committed to helping them achieve economic success.”
For more information about the SBDC at FGCU and the services it provides, visit www.fsbdcswfl.org. For more information about the TD Charitable Foundation, visit www.td.com/us/en/about-us/communities/ready-commitment/funding-opportunities/td-charitable-foundation.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (“TD” or the “Bank”). TD is the fifth largest bank in North America by assets and serves over 27 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centers around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; U.S. Retail, including TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, TD Auto Finance U.S., TD Wealth (U.S.), and an investment in The Charles Schwab Corporation; Wealth Management and Insurance, including TD Wealth (Canada), TD Direct Investing, and TD Insurance; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world’s leading online financial services firms, with more than 15 million active online and mobile customers. TD had $1.9 trillion in assets on January 31, 2023. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol “TD” on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
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.