BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

Small Business Administration

ABOUT:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters”. The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts and counseling.

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT:

SBA has at least one office in each U.S. state. In addition, the agency provides grants to support counseling partners, including approximately 900 Small Business Development Centers (often located at colleges and universities), 110 Women’s Business Centers, and SCORE, a volunteer mentor corps of retired and experienced business leaders with approximately 350 chapters. These counseling services provide services to over 1 million entrepreneurs and small business owners annually.

SUCCESS STORY:

Diana Pierre-Louis  knew she wanted to expand her successful blog into a full-blown social media and marketing company, and thanks to the services and support of the Florida SBDC, she was able to achieve her goal of working full-time in a business she is passionate about and that could sustain her financially. Thus, Empower Your Brand, a full-service marketing and branding company, was born.

“While I was employed at Palm Beach State College, I had the pleasure of hearing how the SBDC counselors helped entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses; and I knew they were the best organization for me.They helped me identify areas I was not aware of and set-up strategies to help me expand my on-line presence and photographic skills,” said Diana Pierre-Louis.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lonnie Koyama – [email protected]
772.466.3176
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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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Florida Venture Forum

ABOUT:

The Florida Venture Forum is the preeminent statewide, member based, private equity, venture capital and angel capital organization in Florida.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

707 W. Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33606

813-335-8116

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SCORE

ABOUT:

SCORE Palm Beach’s mission is to enhance the success of small businesses through mentoring and education with the vision to provide every person with the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner. SCORE has a 70-year history as a resource partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA). They support small business owners with workshops, certificate programs, and signature events for little or no fee, conducted by subject experts on topics relevant to small business owners. Go to palmbeach.score.org for a complete schedule of upcoming workshops. In addition, SCORE Palm Beach’s Certified Mentors provide free-for-life mentoring to help solve our clients’ small business challenges either on a one-on-one basis or with an assembled executive team, called SWOT0224.

 

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT:

Each year, SCORE Palm Beach advises more than 600 clients, has over 1,000 clients attending workshops and certificate programs, holds over 1,800 mentoring
sessions and donates more than 5,000 volunteer hours to our community. The chapter of SCORE offers over 90 low cost or free workshops per year  and is also registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. The low cost certificate programs include Entrepreneur Academy, Strategic Steps to Growing Your Business, and Strategic Communications and Marketing.

 

SUCCESS STORY:

In 2011, Scott and Amy Angelo  opened the doors of Oceana Coffee. But in 2014, when the Angelos were ready to grow their business, they struggled to find guidance that was both sound and affordable. Scott and Amy attended Palm Beach SCORE’s workshops on online sales and marketing that provided new ideas and a new approach to some common challenges for growing businesses. When they heard about the Palm Beach chapter’s SWOT224 program for businesses older than two years, they applied and were accepted. The SWOT224 program provided Oceana Coffee with free, in-depth mentoring based on the business’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, helping them implement an action plan for growth.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

500 S. Australian Avenue, Suite 115, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Roy Davidson – [email protected]
561.833.1672

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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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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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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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Paragon

ABOUT:

 Paragon Florida, Inc. is a nonprofit financing entity supporting communities underserved by traditional financing entities and ensure a more balanced and representative playing field in Palm Beach County and the emerging biotech sector for Black-owned businesses.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

400 Hibiscus Street, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561-282-1867

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