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Regional Economic Research Institute (RERI)
The SBDC works closely with RERI. Both are housed in the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU.
Learn more about RERI   |   See RERI's latest Economic Indicators report

Small Businesses Continue to Lead Job Creation
June 4, 2014
Read the story from FoxBusiness.com

National Small Business Week at Florida SBDC is May 12-16 Gulfshore Business Daily
May 1, 2014
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

IBERIABANK and FSBDC to Host Small Business Seminars
April 15, 2014
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Finalists for Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Announced
April 11, 2014
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Survey shows a strong future for Florida small businesses
April 1, 2014
Read the story from Florida Trend magazine

Survey: Improving Business Climate in Lee County
February 24, 2014
read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

SBDC Welcomes New Consultant
February 19, 2014
read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

SBDC Consultants Earn Global Certificates
February 14, 2014
read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

SBDC's Millie Class Recognized by Business Magazine
February 2014
read the story

Distinguished Entrepreneur Nominations Underway
January 31, 2014
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Title sponsor for 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award is Named
December 10, 2013
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

SBDCs Continue to Have Substantial Impact on State's Economy
September 10, 2013
Read the Florida SBDC press release

Study: Florida is highly entrepreneurial, but there's work to do
July 8, 2013
Read the story in the Miami Herald

Entrepreneur Award Winner Looks to Inspire Women
May 23, 2013
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press

A passport to profit: SBDC assists local fim with international marketing
May 23, 2013
Read the story in Florida Weekly


SBDC Success Story: Angel's Caribbean Restaurant
February 13, 2013

SBDC Unveils Mobile Website
February 13, 2013
Read the FGCU Press Release

Florida SBDC Impact On State's Economy
February 11, 2013
Read the story in the Tampa Bay Newswire

Distinguished Entrepreneur Nominations Open
February 1, 2013
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll to Speak at Entrepreneur's Law School January 26
January 10, 2013
Links: Press Release | More About The Program | Event Website | Online Registration

SBDC Participates in Peru Business Conference
October 31, 2012
read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Local SBDC Office Helps Small Business
October 3, 2012
read more at CapeCoral.com

October is National Women's Small Business Month
October, 2012
read more from the Florida SBDC

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce recognizes the SBDC and Peter Keating
September 23, 2012
Read the Chamber Press Release

SBDC Staffers Hailed at State Conference
July 17, 2012
Read the story from Gulfshore Business Daily

Emergency Loans Available for Small Businesses Impacted by Tropical Storm Debby
July 6, 2012
See more information and a video

Tips help Southwest Florida land contracts
June 7, 2012
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press

Southwest Florida's Masters of Reinvention
May 27, 2012
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press

2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Winner Announced
May 23, 2012
Learn More

National Small Business Week
May 20-26, 2012
Learn more - visit the website

New Web Page - Resources for Small Business
May 15, 2012
Get the Details Here

Small Businesses Learn About Saving Energy, Dollars
April 19, 2012
Read the story from the Fort Myers News-Press

Networking Group Ends Successful Run
April 10, 2012
Read the story from the Fort Myers News-Press

Small Business Optimism Returns
Interview originally broadcast April 5, 2012

A new PNC survey shows an upbeat outlook on sales and hiring.
Watch the video below, courtesy of CNBC.
Note that it begins with a short commercial message.

More recognition for SBDC's Suzanne Specht
April, 2012
Read the excerpt from Gulfshore Business magazine

SBDC's Suzanne Specht to be honored by Business Women's Group
March 11, 2012
Read the Business Briefs column in the Fort Myers News-Press

SBDC to offer Business Plan Series
March 4, 2012
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press

Jobless tax hike may be smaller
March 3, 2012
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press Small Biz Notes column

Shnider: What is the real value of your company?
February 22, 2012
Read the story in the Naples Daily News

SBDC's Suzanne Specht to be honored by business women's group
February 16, 2012
Read the FGCU press release

SBDC to Sponsor workshop: Writing for the Web
Jan 29, 2012
Resd the Business Events column in the Naples Daily News

Pavese Law Firm: A major sponsor of the Entrepreneurs Law School today
January 28, 2012
Read more on the Pavese Law Firm website

SBDC Opens Office in Downtown Bonita Springs
January 25, 2012
Read the story in the Fort Myers News-Press

FGCU Small Business Development Center Hosts 13th Annual Entrepreneur's Law School
January 5, 2012
Read the story on InsuranceNewsNet.com


2012 Small Business Trends
January 3, 2012
See the video below, courtesy of Business on Main

For more: Go to the Business on Main website

SBDC Newsletter - 1st Quarter 2012
January 1, 2012
View the Newsletter

President Bradshaw: FGCU Flying High with Community Support
January 1, 2012
Read the guest column in the Naples Daily News

Reborn Economic Development Program in Collier County
December 27, 2011
Read the Fort Myers Newsk-Press story

Registration open for Entrepreneurs Law School
December 24, 2011
Read the "Ask the Experts" area of Small Biz Notes - Fort Myers News-Press

Small Business Success Seminar coming December 8
November 27, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press Small Biz Notes column

SBDC's Trish Leonard Honored at Zonta Club Event
November 25, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News Story

Shnider: Are government contracts part of your business plan?
November 23, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News Story

SBDC's Suzanne Specht Re-elected to Board of Access Florida Finance Corporation
November 22, 2011
Read the Story on PRWeb.com

Cape 'New Business Chat' a success
October 27, 2011
SBDC Success Story: See the video below - Courtesy of WINK TV

Courtesy of WINK TV

Shnider: Are mergers and acquisitions good for business?
October 26, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News Story

Small Biz Notes: SBA loans 'corporate welfare'?
October 23, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press Story

Cape eyes Hispanic outreach
October 11, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press Story

SBA business lending up last year
October 9, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press Story

SBDC Newsletter - 4th Quarter 2011
October 1, 2011
View the Newsletter

The SBDC's Neil Shnider talks about credit
Sep 26, 2011
Read the story in Shnider's Client Line

SBDC recognized at Workforce Board Awards Ceremony
Sep 9, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press story

Still going to FGCU, and yet they're entrepreneurs
Sep 3, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press story

Shnider: Insurance is important for small businesses
Aug 24, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News story

SBDC hosts Small Business Forum with speakers from the Federal Reserve and other Federal / State Agencies
August 17, 2011
Learn more

Companies happy with state after getting program's help
Aug 17, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press story

Startup America - a resource by and for entrpreneurs
August 1, 2011
Read about new partnership commitments at Startup America

Shnider: Cash never goes out of season
July 27, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News Story

SWFL businesses frustrated with recovery
July 15, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press story

Collier Commisioner to serve on SCORE Leadership Council
July 13, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press story

SHNIDER: Businesses need to think more of what customers want
June 29, 2011
Read the Naples Daily News Story

FGCU Staff recognized
June 25, 2011
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Partnerships keep software firm growing
June 25, 2011
Read the Fort Myers News-Press Story

Future leaders learn entrepreneurial skills
June 22, 2011
Read the Story at MarcoIslandFlorida.com

FGCU Small Business Development Center Staff Receive Awards
June 17, 2011
Read More ...

US Senator Bill Nelson Speaks in Support of the SBDC
June 15, 2011
See the video

Small Businesses Must be Proactive to Survive

June 1, 2011

by SBDC Special Projects Consultant Neil Shnider
Read the Naples Daily News story

Girl talk is all business

May 5, 2011

The Small Business Development Center supports the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference at FGCU
Read more...

Celebrate National Small Business Week

May 2, 2011

Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (FGCU/SBDC) will host a variety of tributes for small business owners in honor of National Small Business Week, May 16th- 20th.
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What's the best way for me to get into business?

April 24, 2011

From Fort Myers News-Press Business columnist Laura Ruane
The Small Business Development Center can help you answer that question. The center seminar, "Ways to Get into Business: Start, Buy, or Franchise," will be held 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Fort Myers branch of Lee County Public Library.

There's no charge, but you are asked to register. Do so by going to sbdc.fgcu.edu or by calling 745-3700.

Kudos to the Small Business Development Center at FGCU, for the crisp new look of its website. Bonita Springs-based Atilus LLC designed the site.

The new website will have success stories, videos, more news and other resources, says Suzanne Specht, center assistant director.

Google Media Alert

April 23, 2011

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SBDC Hires Two Special Projects Consultants

March 29, 2011

Meet Cathy C. Haworth, MBA, CBA, and Neil Shnider, RPh, BS/BA, MBA, CPA, our part-time SBDC Special Projects Counselors. Cathy and Neil will concentrate their efforts on assisting small businesses in operations 3 years or more years that employs 5 to 20 employees and have annual gross revenues greater than $500,000.
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SBDC Welcome New Office Manager

March 29, 2011

SBDC Welcome their new office manager Darina Nikolov. Darina worked as an Executive Secretary in the College of Education and is currently working on her Masters degree in Accounting at FGCU. She will be a tremendous asset to our SBDC and team.
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The SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.