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Click on the links below to go to resource information:
Florida SBDC  |  US Small Business Administration
Local (SW Florida)   |   State   |   Federal
Financing  |  IRS  |   Resources for Women
International Trade  |  Online Publications

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Florida SBDC

Map of SBDC Offices
This map shows the location and contact information for each of the more than 30 SBDC offices in Florida.

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US Small Business Administration

SBA Miami District Office
This link includes information on staff and services of the Miami office, which serves all of South Florida.


SBA Offers New Online Resources for Small Businesses to Help with Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON - Entrepreneurs can take advantage of new, free online training and other resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration to assist them during this period of economic recovery. The SBA offers a variety of online courses to assist small businesses in more effectively managing their firms in the current economy. The new course topics, available directly at, include revising business plans to reposition with current conditions, winning customers in a slowing economy, restructuring existing debt, and diversifying your customer base with federal contracts. Read More.

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SW FL Resources

Southwest Florida Works is a resource for both employers and job seekers.
Go to the SWFL Works website

The Lee County Economic Development Office has a comprehensive website
with many business resources.    Go to the website

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State Resources

October 2011: Business Newsletters from the State of Florida
Info at Online Publications on this page

Other State Resources:

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Federal Resources

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Financing Resources

June 2012: Access Florida Finance Corporation (AFFC) / Access to Capital for Small Business
Go to the AFFC website


Florida Department of Financial Services Website


Telephone Hotlines

  • Small Business Administration loans: 800-659-2955
  • Florida Small Business Development Centers: (Statewide Toll Free) 866-737-7232

Business Loans

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IRS Resources

The IRS has a very extensive website devoted to small business.
Small Business Home page of the IRS website

Other links within the Small Business site:

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Resources for Women

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International Trade Resources

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Online Publications

April 2012: Entrepreneur Magazine Online

Entrepreneur Magazine has an extensive website with content of interest to small business. Here are two links:

October 2011: Business Newsletters from the State of Florida

The Florida Department of Financial Services offers two free publications of interest to small business:

Subscribe to either or both of these free newsletters


Florida Trend Magazine

Florida Trend, a respected source for Florida business news, has a website devoted to Small Business. On this website, you can also subscribe to a weekly newsletter, the Small Business Edge, with news and tips specifically for Small Business. Go to the Florida Trend site

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.