ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN PROVIDE BUSINESS SERVICES

Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship

ABOUT:

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at the Florida State University College of Business is a source of education and expertise for both current and aspiring entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders. It serves more than 1,000 businesses in the community each year.  The Jim Moran Institute maintains one of the most extensive business development and outreach programs in the nation. Its South Florida Operations, which launched in 2009, serves Palm Beach and Broward Counties through its Small Business and Nonprofit Executive Programs (SBEP & NPEP), Expert Speaker Series, CEO Peer2Peer roundtables, and an annual Business & Leadership Conference.  Services are for nonprofit and for profit businesses and are geared toward CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses.

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT:

The Jim Moran Institute presents a series of workshops, seminars and instructive lessons at no cost to the area’s small business owners and nonprofit leaders.  We strive to provide valuable insight and advice and we foster innovation and entrepreneurial ideals in our participants.  Our rigorous application process ensures that we have strong, business-minded individuals take our courses, and our remarkable array of speakers who present to the classes are highly respected, knowledgeable role models in their respective industries.  Many of our program speakers are graduates who enjoyed the program so much that they decided to return and share what they learned with future classes.

SUCCESS STORY:

Jennifer Wilson, founder of All About Entertainment, came to the Jim Moran Institute as a highly creative person with a lack of business operations knowledge. “I had a degree in communications, but had never taken any business courses and didn’t know what I was doing with the business aspect of the company,” Wilson said. “SBEP taught me how to put together a strategic plan with specific goals, and, most importantly, a pricing structure that would make my company profitable. I had been to a couple of seminars that claimed to offer the same kind of business education,” said Wilson. “But they were not nearly as comprehensive and only lasted one or two days. With SBEP it’s more of a classroom setting and you know you’re going to have an opportunity to learn over several months.” Today, All About Entertainment has expanded to provide professional entertainment and rentals to corporate and public events for the South Florida area.

“There was not one class I didn’t thoroughly love,” Wilson said. “To this day I use the strategic planning packet they gave us in our first class. Whether it be a member of the Jim Moran Institute staff, or fellow classmates, everybody I met during the program continues to be a great resource.”

CONTACT INFORMATION:

[email protected]
954.228.3082
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Mosaic Group

ABOUT:

Looking to GROW YOUR BUSINESS in a professional work environment without the overhead? Mosaic CoWork is a place for entrepreneurs to create, connect, and cultivate their business venture. Small business owners can replace the distractions of noisy cafes or in-home working, with affordable office space that meets their schedules and budgets. Mosaic CoWork offers additional amenities and benefits including a corporate address; mail forwarding, and much more.

 

Complete Contract Consulting is just one of Mosaic CoWork’s success stories:

In January 2018, Sharna Barnes, owner of Complete Contract Consulting (CCC), became one of Mosaic CoWork’s first members. She began utilizing the conference room for her government contracting training program for small businesses.  As a result, she began to acquire clients to utilize her consulting services and has since upgraded to a monthly package  that includes both office space and the training room.   Mosaic CoWork provides its members an opportunity to become a part of its business network through various events including weekly and monthly networking events.  Ms. Barnes participates in these events, allowing her to connect with a variety of business owners and professionals, thus increasing her clientele so rapidly in a short period of time, she had to resign from her employer to work her business full time.  In addition, some of CCC’s clients have become members of Mosaic CoWork.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Rosemary Diehl– [email protected]
561.651.9565
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GDBC Entrepreneurship Institute

ABOUT:

GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is a 501c 3 organization specializing in services for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Non Profits and the Public Sectors.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3200 S Congress Ave #104, Boynton Beach FL 33426

561-894-4510

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City of Boynton Beach

ABOUT:

The City of Boynton Beach aims to create a business-friendly, innovative environment where entrepreneurs can not only establish themselves but flourish. To help generate this environment, it offers two Economic Development Grants that aim to help the establishment of new businesses and aide in the expansion of existing businesses. The Commercial Rent Reimbursement and Interior Build-Out Grant Programs are designed to provide financial assistance to business during their critical first year or expansion year of operation. The city also created a Local Business Preference ordinance establishing a local business preference of 5% in the acquisition of goods and services. A sealed bid or proposal submitted by a certified local firm that is located within the City of Boynton Beach will receive a 5% or $5000, whichever is less, bid evaluation preference. For informal purchases, City departments and staff are strongly encouraged to utilize local businesses if they otherwise meet purchasing policy requirements.

SUCCESS STORY:

Non-Prophet Brewing Co. opened in the City in 2017 and offers a twist on brewing in the form of fermented sweat tea with multiple flavors called kombucha. This is a new and untapped market in the City and in the South Florida region where Non-Prophet has been selling wholesale throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. You can find Non-Prophet Brewing products in over 60 establishments throughout the tri-counties, but their home-base is in Boynton Beach. The products are brewed and manufactured at its Boynton Beach location in the heart of the brewery district. To assist Non-Prophet in expanding its business, the City Commission awarded them two economic development grants totaling $27,000. They received both Commercial Interior Bold-out and Rent Reimbursement Grants that help Non-Prophet in its critical first year of operations in the City. These grants also allowed Non-Prophet to hire new employees to expand its operations into a sit-down environment for tastings. The City is thrilled to have a successful business settle in Boynton Beach where the product market is growing exponentially every year.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

100 E. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

561-742-6000

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GrowFL

ABOUT:

GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501, Orlando, FL 32826

+1-407-823-6384

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Startup Palm Beach

ABOUT:

Startup Palm Beach is a soft place to land for early-stage entrepreneurs looking to take the next step toward building a business. Their mission is to educate, connect and showcase entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County to help them succeed both in business and in life.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

400 Hibiscus St #200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-301-0796

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Small Business Development Center

ABOUT:

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Atlantic University is part of a statewide network that provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. As the only statewide provider of entrepreneurial and business development services, the Florida SBDC plays a vital role in Florida’s economic development by assisting entrepreneurs in every stage of the business life cycle.

 

SERVICES:

In addition to the FSBDC’s core service offerings of no-cost consulting, training, and business research, the Florida SBDC also provides a comprehensive toolkit of specialized services for qualifying businesses looking to accelerate market growth, including Growth Acceleration, International Trade, Government Contracting, and Business Continuation. The Florida SBDC Network is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, and is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Since 1976, FSBDCs have assisted hundreds of thousands of emerging and growing businesses by providing the professional expertise, tools, and information necessary to make sound business decisions in a complex and ever-changing marketplace.

 

SUCCESS STORY:

Fenton Baijnath, CEO of Radical Cosmetics, relocated his business to Lake Worth in 2010.  Florida SBDC at Palm Beach State College helped him expand his operations internationally by introducing him to their Export Marketing Plan (EMP) Services. By analyzing trade statistics, industry reports, and conducting market research, an EMP was created to help identify the best markets for Fenton’s cosmetics. After reviewing the EMP, Fenton took advantage of a Gold Key Service grant available from Enterprise Florida and, along with the U.S. Commercial Service, he traveled on a trade mission to the Dominican Republic, a country identified as having high potential. Fenton met with pre-screened distributors interested in purchasing cosmetics and left with a $110,000 sale and interest in future orders.

More success stories can be found at www.floridasbdc.org/success-stories/.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Florida SBDC at Florida Atlantic University Division of Research

901 N.W. 35th St., FAU Tech Runway, Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-4229

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Palm Beach County Office of Small Business

ABOUT:

The Office of Small Business Assistance is responsible for monitoring conditions affecting small businesses within the marketplace that can provide goods and services to Palm Beach County, thus creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of small businesses in Palm Beach County.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
50 S. Military Trail, Suite 202, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

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CareerSource Palm Beach County

ABOUT:

CareerSource Palm Beach County is chartered by the state of Florida to develop and retain a high quality workforce system in Palm Beach County. The career centers are instrumental in placing thousands of entry-level through executive suite job seekers.  An average of more than 7,500 people each month are helped by specialized services at CareerSource Palm Beach County career centers in West Palm Beach and Belle Glade. CareerSource Palm Beach County acts as a resource to local entrepreneurs who are interested in growing and expanding their organization through career assistance programs and services. For many small to medium size businesses, it acts as a human resource generalist. The company has assisted several local firmswith their expansion efforts in hospitality, financial services, landscaping/ maintenance and construction. Career center services are free to both employers and job seekers.

Services at Career Centers Include:

  • Priority service for U.S. military veterans
  • Job search workshops and assistance
  • Career consulting
  • Employers recruiting on site
  • Use of computers, copiers and fax
  • Access to hundreds of jobs
  • Labor market information, such as jobs in demand
  • Programs for persons with disabilities

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

WEST PALM BEACH CENTER: 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

561-340-1060

BELLE GLADE CENTER: 1085 South Main Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

561-829-2040

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FAU Tech Runway

ABOUT:

FAU Tech Runway is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies. This incubation and acceleration happens in a 28,000-square-foot collaborative working space that provides entrepreneurs with a complete ecosystem to house, educate, mentor and fund their companies from origination through venture funding. Since launching in 2014, FAU Tech Runway has helped entrepreneurs secure more than $46 million in investor funding and generate $23 million in revenue. More than 52 companies have launched at FAU Tech Runway, creating more than 300 new jobs with an average salary of $63,000. FAU Tech Runway provides startups with free working space, expert mentoring, interns, marketing assistance, Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad curriculum, privileged access to angel and investor networks and regional events, and $15,000 awarded to the top seven startup companies.

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:

FAU Tech Runway student entrepreneur Devin Willis has developed a way to improve the speed and accuracy of cancer diagnoses. Willis’s invention, SlideMap, is a low-cost 40x slide scanner that uses recent advances in deep learning for image recognition, technology that can be found in driverless cars. SlideMap can accurately classify every cell on a tumor slide, which can help a pathologist provide a more accurate diagnosis. Willis placed fourth in the national 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, where he won $1,000 and attended a taping of a Discovery Network show. As a part of the FAU Tech Runway Venture Class 5 Program to accelerate startups, SlideMap is benefitting from top-notch mentors who could prove instrumental in bringing the product to market. For cancer patients, that can’t come soon enough.

SUCCESS STORY:

No FAU Tech Runway company has sky rocketed to success more quickly than EagleEye Intelligence, a game-changer in technology-driven public safety. The company is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur and FAU alum Scott Adams, who was one of the first entrepreneurs directly affiliated with FAU Tech Runway. “I needed infrastructure and space, and it was very helpful to be close and involved in some of the early decisions as they unfolded while Tech Runway formed,” Adams said of his decision to launch EagleEye Intelligence there. In two years, EagleEye has raised $14 million in venture capital and grown from two employees – Adams and co-founder Rex Ciavola – to 31. The company provides critical incident management solutions for public safety and security.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-8000

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