WE BUILD COMMUNITIES

America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.

See how the Florida SBDC has served its communities.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Estuary Oysters Navigates Uncharted Waters with Help from the Florida SBDC at FAMU

Keith [Florida SBDC consultant] listened and helped us find funding to initiate the company, hazard relief after Hurricane Michael wiped us out, support money through this COVID pandemic and further funding for potential growth into 2021 and beyond. Because of Keith, we are expanding our workforce, improving our environment, and helping to resurrect this coastal community with sustainable jobs for generations to come. Obviously, I can't say enough about Keith and his team. The past, present, and future would be impossible without him!

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Estuary Oysters Navigates Uncharted Waters with Help from the Florida SBDC at FAMU

Keith [Florida SBDC consultant] listened and helped us find funding to initiate the company, hazard relief after Hurricane Michael wiped us out, support money through this COVID pandemic and further funding for potential growth into 2021 and beyond. Because of Keith, we are expanding our workforce, improving our environment, and helping to resurrect this coastal community with sustainable jobs for generations to come. Obviously, I can't say enough about Keith and his team. The past, present, and future would be impossible without him!

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Estuary Oysters Navigates Uncharted Waters with Help from the Florida SBDC at FAMU

Keith [Florida SBDC consultant] listened and helped us find funding to initiate the company, hazard relief after Hurricane Michael wiped us out, support money through this COVID pandemic and further funding for potential growth into 2021 and beyond. Because of Keith, we are expanding our workforce, improving our environment, and helping to resurrect this coastal community with sustainable jobs for generations to come. Obviously, I can't say enough about Keith and his team. The past, present, and future would be impossible without him!

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Estuary Oysters Navigates Uncharted Waters with Help from the Florida SBDC at FAMU

Keith [Florida SBDC consultant] listened and helped us find funding to initiate the company, hazard relief after Hurricane Michael wiped us out, support money through this COVID pandemic and further funding for potential growth into 2021 and beyond. Because of Keith, we are expanding our workforce, improving our environment, and helping to resurrect this coastal community with sustainable jobs for generations to come. Obviously, I can't say enough about Keith and his team. The past, present, and future would be impossible without him!

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

8,988

The network served nearly 9,000 minority-owned small businesses in 2020. This year we announced a new DEI committee to expand our outreach.

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

8,988

The network served nearly 9,000 minority-owned small businesses in 2020. This year we announced a new DEI committee to expand our outreach.

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

8,988

The network served nearly 9,000 minority-owned small businesses in 2020. This year we announced a new DEI committee to expand our outreach.

UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

8,988

The network served nearly 9,000 minority-owned small businesses in 2020. This year we announced a new DEI committee to expand our outreach.

EXPORT

St. Augustine-based company finds success internationally with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Centerline Brackets, a company that specializes in high-quality countertop support brackets for commercial and residential applications, discusses their international success made possible with help from the Florida SBDC at UNF and the network's export marketing plan program.

EXPORT

St. Augustine-based company finds success internationally with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Centerline Brackets, a company that specializes in high-quality countertop support brackets for commercial and residential applications, discusses their international success made possible with help from the Florida SBDC at UNF and the network's export marketing plan program.

EXPORT

St. Augustine-based company finds success internationally with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Centerline Brackets, a company that specializes in high-quality countertop support brackets for commercial and residential applications, discusses their international success made possible with help from the Florida SBDC at UNF and the network's export marketing plan program.

EXPORT

St. Augustine-based company finds success internationally with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Centerline Brackets, a company that specializes in high-quality countertop support brackets for commercial and residential applications, discusses their international success made possible with help from the Florida SBDC at UNF and the network's export marketing plan program.

MILLENNIALS + GEN-Z

Fostering Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

At the Florida SBDC, we are proud of our student team projects, whereby students from our host partners are matched with client businesses to solve real business challenges, including developing marketing assessments and business/strategic plans.

MILLENNIALS + GEN-Z

Fostering Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

At the Florida SBDC, we are proud of our student team projects, whereby students from our host partners are matched with client businesses to solve real business challenges, including developing marketing assessments and business/strategic plans.

MILLENNIALS + GEN-Z

Fostering Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

At the Florida SBDC, we are proud of our student team projects, whereby students from our host partners are matched with client businesses to solve real business challenges, including developing marketing assessments and business/strategic plans.

MILLENNIALS + GEN-Z

Fostering Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

At the Florida SBDC, we are proud of our student team projects, whereby students from our host partners are matched with client businesses to solve real business challenges, including developing marketing assessments and business/strategic plans.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

$210M

Since March 2020, we have helped small businesses secure more than $210 million in disaster assistance.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

$210M

Since March 2020, we have helped small businesses secure more than $210 million in disaster assistance.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

$210M

Since March 2020, we have helped small businesses secure more than $210 million in disaster assistance.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

$210M

Since March 2020, we have helped small businesses secure more than $210 million in disaster assistance.

VETERANS

Fishing charter business owner focuses on family fun

Tired of working 80+ hours per week as a chef, United States Army Military Police Corps veteran, Doug Ricciardi decided he wanted something else out of life. Out of his love for fishing and the water, Tearin’ Em Up Fishing Charters was created in 2006. Used to being a producer and creating business for himself, Ricciardi started to get nervous when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "Originally, I applied for a SBA loan and I wasn’t able to get it, so they got me in contact with the SBDC at USF and Bradley Mix.” Mix, a business consultant based in Bradenton, was able to assist Ricciardi through the process of applying for both the SBA’s EIDL & PPP loans.“I wouldn’t be here without the help of Brad and the SBDC at USF..."

VETERANS

Fishing charter business owner focuses on family fun

Tired of working 80+ hours per week as a chef, United States Army Military Police Corps veteran, Doug Ricciardi decided he wanted something else out of life. Out of his love for fishing and the water, Tearin’ Em Up Fishing Charters was created in 2006. Used to being a producer and creating business for himself, Ricciardi started to get nervous when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "Originally, I applied for a SBA loan and I wasn’t able to get it, so they got me in contact with the SBDC at USF and Bradley Mix.” Mix, a business consultant based in Bradenton, was able to assist Ricciardi through the process of applying for both the SBA’s EIDL & PPP loans.“I wouldn’t be here without the help of Brad and the SBDC at USF..."

VETERANS

Fishing charter business owner focuses on family fun

Tired of working 80+ hours per week as a chef, United States Army Military Police Corps veteran, Doug Ricciardi decided he wanted something else out of life. Out of his love for fishing and the water, Tearin’ Em Up Fishing Charters was created in 2006. Used to being a producer and creating business for himself, Ricciardi started to get nervous when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "Originally, I applied for a SBA loan and I wasn’t able to get it, so they got me in contact with the SBDC at USF and Bradley Mix.” Mix, a business consultant based in Bradenton, was able to assist Ricciardi through the process of applying for both the SBA’s EIDL & PPP loans.“I wouldn’t be here without the help of Brad and the SBDC at USF..."

VETERANS

Fishing charter business owner focuses on family fun

Tired of working 80+ hours per week as a chef, United States Army Military Police Corps veteran, Doug Ricciardi decided he wanted something else out of life. Out of his love for fishing and the water, Tearin’ Em Up Fishing Charters was created in 2006. Used to being a producer and creating business for himself, Ricciardi started to get nervous when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. "Originally, I applied for a SBA loan and I wasn’t able to get it, so they got me in contact with the SBDC at USF and Bradley Mix.” Mix, a business consultant based in Bradenton, was able to assist Ricciardi through the process of applying for both the SBA’s EIDL & PPP loans.“I wouldn’t be here without the help of Brad and the SBDC at USF..."

WOMEN-OWNED

Jacksonville-based company navigates COVID pandemic with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Safe Solutions USA manufactures and distributes world-class, premium passenger guiding systems in North, Central & South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Utilizing the services of the Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida, the company has navigated the complex start-up process amidst a global pandemic and the consequent economic downturn. “We really had our work cut out for us last year starting a new company that supports the aviation industry... “However, we worked very closely with the talented consultants and specialists at the Florida SBDC and we were able to make the best out of a tough situation. We have really benefited from our collaboration...and we look forward to [our] continued engagement as we grow our business."

WOMEN-OWNED

Jacksonville-based company navigates COVID pandemic with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Safe Solutions USA manufactures and distributes world-class, premium passenger guiding systems in North, Central & South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Utilizing the services of the Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida, the company has navigated the complex start-up process amidst a global pandemic and the consequent economic downturn. “We really had our work cut out for us last year starting a new company that supports the aviation industry... “However, we worked very closely with the talented consultants and specialists at the Florida SBDC and we were able to make the best out of a tough situation. We have really benefited from our collaboration...and we look forward to [our] continued engagement as we grow our business."

WOMEN-OWNED

Jacksonville-based company navigates COVID pandemic with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Safe Solutions USA manufactures and distributes world-class, premium passenger guiding systems in North, Central & South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Utilizing the services of the Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida, the company has navigated the complex start-up process amidst a global pandemic and the consequent economic downturn. “We really had our work cut out for us last year starting a new company that supports the aviation industry... “However, we worked very closely with the talented consultants and specialists at the Florida SBDC and we were able to make the best out of a tough situation. We have really benefited from our collaboration...and we look forward to [our] continued engagement as we grow our business."

WOMEN-OWNED

Jacksonville-based company navigates COVID pandemic with help from Florida SBDC at UNF

Safe Solutions USA manufactures and distributes world-class, premium passenger guiding systems in North, Central & South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Utilizing the services of the Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida, the company has navigated the complex start-up process amidst a global pandemic and the consequent economic downturn. “We really had our work cut out for us last year starting a new company that supports the aviation industry... “However, we worked very closely with the talented consultants and specialists at the Florida SBDC and we were able to make the best out of a tough situation. We have really benefited from our collaboration...and we look forward to [our] continued engagement as we grow our business."