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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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

2Erica Castner - FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Erica Castner
Cares Consultant


Marc McCance- FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Marc McCance
Cares Consultant

Marc McCance

Julia Smith - FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Julia Smith
Cares Consultant

Julia Smith

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.

Kevin Brady
International Import/Export

Strategically assisting SWFL companies to expand internationally, diversifying revenues

Dorothy Browning
Lean Start-Up Models

I train clients to successfully navigate the start-up and growth phases of their small business.

Alison Bryant
Office Manager
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 necessary tools to plan, start and grow their business.

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.

Sarah Newcomb- FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Sarah Newcomb
Cares Consultant

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.

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.

Elizabeth Avecedo - FSBDC at FGCU Small Business Cares Act Consultant
Elizabeth Acevedo
Cares Consultant


Peter Keating
Operational Strategies

I will help you to recognize and enhance your marketing and sales areas that improve customer retention, increase productivity and profitability in your business and strengthen the employee-employer relationship.

Lois Knox
Leadership Development

Finding the solution for businesses problems so the company succeeds

Andrea Robinson
Marketing Strategies

I support small business owners by providing a step-by-step breakdown of marketing fundamentals with techniques to enable them to confidently implement their marketing initiatives

Neil Shnider
Financial Strategies, Growth Strategies, Budgeting & Forecasting, Business Development

Provide solutions to aid in increasing revenues, reducing costs and increasing profits and new markets.

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.

Amanda Stirn
Accounting/Financial Strategies/Access to Capital

I work with owners long-term to assist them with QuickBooks accounting, financial strategies, and access to capital resulting in the successful growth of their company today and into the future.

Robert Warner
Government Contracting

I assist businesses in determining suitability for contracting, securing necessary registrations and certifications, and reviewing solicitations to help make selling to the government less complicated and more profitable. 

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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
College of Business Lutgert Hall, 2nd Floor

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

Cape Coral FSBDC Office

FGCU Small Business Development Center
1020 Cultural Park Blvd, Bldg. 3
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Phone: (239) 573-2737

Fort Myers Office

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

Naples FSBDC Office

Naples Business Accelerator
3510 Kraft Rd #200
Naples, FL 34105

Charlotte FSBDC Office

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