The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976. State designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance, the Florida SBDC Network has over 35 years of experience helping businesses start, grow and succeed.

The local SBDCs offer everything from extensive one-on-one consulting and small group workshops to large group meetings on important business topics. Training topics cover many areas of business operations including Business Start-up, Financial and Cash Flow Analysis, Accounting and Recordkeeping, Marketing and Sales, and Business Planning.

Why They Started:

Whether you’re starting a business, buying a business, growing a business or selling a business, the Florida SBDC Network can help.

 Funded in 1976 by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDCN), one of eight original SBDC pilot programs, successfully links the state’s education system with community outreach to aid in the development and education of the state’s entrepreneurs and small business community.

Who They Serve:

FSBDCN serves small and medium sized businesses.

With partners ranging from institutions of higher learning to federal, state and local governments to private organizations, and funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Florida SBDCs offer this business management and technical assistance at little or no cost.

Greatest Success Story:

Since its inception, the Florida SBDC Network has consulted 402,528 small business owners and entrepreneurs with 1,778,404 hours of one-on-one consulting and conducted 35,989 business training events for 741,050 participants.

In 2011, Florida’s SBDCs helped its clients open 1,026 businesses; create and save 16,914 jobs; win government contract awards worth $313.9 million; acquire $96.6 million in capital for business formation and expansion; and enjoy sales growth worth $317.9 million.

Biggest Challenge:

The Florida SBDC’s biggest challenge is raising more awareness on their services.

Word of Advice:

The Small Business Development Center Miami-Dade advises people to take advantage of valuable, no-cost consulting, training and information covering all areas of business management provided by their Certified Business Analysts (CBAs).

What to Remember About Them:

State designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance, the Florida SBDC Network has over 35 years of experience helping businesses start, grow and succeed. Florida SBDCs have assisted hundreds of thousands of potential and existing business owners by providing the management advice, training and information needed to make sound business decisions in a complex and ever-changing marketplace. With partners ranging from institutions of higher learning to federal, state and local governments to private organizations, and funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Florida SBDCs offer this business management and technical assistance at little or no cost.

Statewide with close to 40 locations from Pensacola to Key West, the FSBDCN’s integrated infrastructure has the professionals and partners needed to successfully serve the Florida business community. No matter the needs of the business, the FSBDCN has the expertise, tools and connectivity to help businesses succeed. Whether you’re starting a business, buying a business, growing a business or selling a business, the Florida SBDC Network can help.

Learn More:

www.miamisbdc.org

FSBDC Miami-Dade – Miami; 8500 SW 8th St, Ste 224; Miami, FL 33144-4002

 

 

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