Helping Business


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Special Programs


Help for Disadvantaged and Minority Businesses (DBE)

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program specifically for minority and woman owned business, is committed to providing assistance to Lee County’s small business community in the following areas: State Government Certification application assistance; business and technical assistance; and procurement assistance.
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Small Business Resource Network (SBRN)

The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) is a public-private partnership of the Florida Small Business Developement Center (FSBDC) Network, the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, and member firms that serve small businesses. SBRN is a free information clearing-house to connect small businesses with government and non-profit agencies, and the fee-for-service professional expertise they need to achieve their business goals.
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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the Government Marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance.
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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.