Does the SBDC Work?

The SBDC’s performance is assessed based on the economic impact its customers achieve. Surveys consistently show that businesses assisted by the SBDC outperform non-assisted businesses, creating three times more jobs and increasing sales three times faster. For every federal dollar invested in the SBDC program, nearly $57 is returned in the form of tax revenue. Not a bad Return on Investment!

Our Vision

Creating a better Florida for all by helping business grow

Our Mission

 Providing businesses the expertise and resources to succeed

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45th FL SBDC Anniversary


79% of Florida SBDC at FGCU Consultants own or have owned small businesses.

“Small businesses need all the help they can get, but they don’t need it from umpires that have never played the game.”
– Mark Brennan

Meet Your Consultants

Theresa Ayers
Social Media

My specialty is helping businesses develop a social media strategy that acts as an economic engine for your business. I help you create highly engaging channels that connect, captivate and convert.

Elizabeth Goldbach
Start-up Consultant

Growing your small business is a lot harder than it sounds. It takes doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time. The growth acceleration tools I use will help you to grow your business in less time with less headaches. I will help you succeed on your own terms.

Kevin Brady
International Import/Export

Ready to explore new markets? If global commerce is a part of your company goals: I strategically assist SWFL companies to expand internationally, diversifying their revenue.

Clarence Broughton- FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Clarence Broughton
Financial Consultant

Accurate financial management is one of your main avenues to success as a business owner. My goal is to help you maintain the financial stability in your small business. I will help you keep your business—and dream alive—by educating you on how to keep your finances in order.

Dorothy Browning
Dorothy Browning
Lean Start-Up Models

I help clients, like you, successfully navigate the start-up and growth phases of your small businesses.

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Erica Castner
Organizational Management

Through my “Business Reimagined” Framework, I help businesses who are affected by the 2020 pandemic refine their product or service offerings so they can stay relevant to their ideal client and remain profitable in their bottom line.

Mark Odell

I consult with existing businesses interested in obtaining contracts to sell their goods/services with the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal agencies, state and local government agencies, and government prime contractors.

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Marc McCance
PTAC Consultant

I provide clients the skills to prepare, research, and bid on government contracts that will successfully grow their business meeting all requirements.

LaShaun Collier
Branding and Marketing

I help clients engineer an impossible-to-ignore business presence by leveraging the art of branding and the science of systems to generate traffic, subscribers and customer conversions.

Julio Estremera
Lead Consultant

I provide clients with the necessary tools to plan, start and grow their business.

Julia Smith
Access to Capital Consultant

Today’s financial landscape requires small businesses to adapt quickly and intelligently. I help you create a financial wellness plan that provides clarity while positioning you to access the funding you need to remain open or scale to the next level.

Marc Farron

I help clients increase revenues, reduce costs and become more secure by leveraging technology.

Sofia L. Gonzalez
Marketing Assistant

I help entrepreneurs create a profitable brand  that people know, love, and trust by developing an online and offline presence that is hard to ignore.

Tim Hall

I help small businesses owners maximize their opportunity to get necessary financing so that their business might succeed.

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Doug Heffner

I develop lead generation strategies that help small businesses gain better customer retention that ultimately revitalizes your sales pipeline and increases your overall sales and profits.

Amanda Simat
Marketing Coordinator
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Patti Guerzo
SBDC Consultant

I help new and existing businesses learn to do things the “easier way,” saving costs and aggravation. I can show you how to retain and expand your team in this competitive market, without breaking your payroll bank.

Cotrenia Hood
Organizational Management

I assist organizational leaders with ways to innovate. The leading-edge methods I use help you to take your business to the next level and provide the strategy you need to achieve your organizational goals.

Lois Knox
Leadership Development

Finding the solution for businesses problems so the company succeeds

Andrea Robinson
Marketing Strategies

Marketing is the cornerstone of your small business growth. Using fragmented tactics won’t get you the results you need. I support small business owners by providing a step-by-step breakdown of marketing fundamentals with techniques that enable you to confidently implement your marketing initiatives.

Greg Ripley
Greg Ripley
Business Consultant
I assist clients with analyzing financial recordkeeping methods and results. Together, we can work together with the common goal of helping your business grow and thrive.
Suzanne Specht
Access to Capital

I assist your business with access to capital issues from a strategic growth point of view. I can apply my expertise, to help gauge what type of financing —from commercial lending to SBA loans to alternative sources—is the optimal option for your business success.

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We provide the tools, strategies, and expertise to help Florida’s business community thrive. Schedule a no cost, confidential, one-on-one session today!

Florida SBDC at FGCU

Office Locations

Serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades & Hendry Counties

Downtown FSBDC Office

Lee County Economic Development Office
2201 Second St #500
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: (239) 338-3161

Fort Myers Beach FSBDC Office

Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce
1661 Estero Blvd #8
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Estero FSBDC Office

Estero Chamber of Commerce
10600 Chevrolet Way, Suite 106
Estero, FL 33928

Main Office – Fort Myers

FGCU Small Business Development Center
Florida Gulf Coast University
Lucas Hall, 3rd Floor

10501 FGCU Blvd, S.
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
Phone: 239-745-3700

Cape Coral FSBDC Office

FGCU Small Business Development Center
1231 Lafayette Street
Cape Coral, FL, 33904
Phone: (239) 573-2737

Fort Myers Office

CareerSource Southwest Florida
4150 Ford Street Extension
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Naples FSBDC Office

Naples Chamber of Commerce
2390 Tamiami Trail N #210
Naples, FL 34103

Charlotte FSBDC Office

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
2702 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Phone: (941) 627-2222