ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE MENTORSHIP

School District of Palm Beach County

ABOUT:

The School District of Palm Beach County’s programs support entrepreneurship on multiple levels. First, the district introduces entrepreneurship by curriculum through teaching. Entrepreneurship is written into their standards.  The students are held accountable to the knowledge and understanding  of what entrepreneurship truly means to the community and economic development.  Programs such as Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism, Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finanance, and E-Commerce allow students to build their own businesses as well as go into the industry and work alongside successful business owners.

The School District of Palm Beach County truly appreciates its business partnerships!

SUCCESS STORY:

Jimmy Everett, a former student of the School District of Palm Beach County’s Culinary Program, now owns Driftwood restaurant in Boynton Beach.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Junnell Hughes – [email protected]
561.434.8000
www.palmbeachschools.org

 

BioFlorida

ABOUT:

BioFlorida is a membership organization representing nearly 5,500 establishments and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices/diagnostics and bioagriculture sectors in Florida.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

525 Okeechobee Blvd. Suite 1500
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) / Golden Bell Foundation

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BELL FOUNDATION:

The Boca Chamber’s Education Foundation, known as Golden Bell, is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that was created by the Chamber’s Board of Directors as a separate operating entity, for the sole purpose of supporting the Boca Raton Public School System and administrating educational programs that promote business skills and workforce readiness.  One of their premiere programs is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.  Visit www.bocaratonchamber.com/goldenbell for more info.

 

ABOUT THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY:

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into entrepreneurs. YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom. Through the nine-month long curriculum, students in grades 6-12 work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop life skills, generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, and launch their very own companies. The program culminates with a shark tank style event as students pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and ask for funds to support their business venture.  The 2018-2019 year introduces new topics on mental health awareness to understand the balance between work and play and a networking session to help these soon-to-be business leaders grow comprehensively.  Learn more at: www.bocaratonchamber.com/yea.

 

SUCCESS STORY:

Rachel Zietz, founder and CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse, is a graduate of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce YEA! Program.  Her company creates a high-quality sports training equipment line with an
affordable price point.  Since its inception in 2013, the company has grown from $200,000 in revenue in its first year, to a projected $1M in revenue in its second year.  Rachel has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, South Florida Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fortune Magazine’s online Broad Sheet page, Inc.com, Teen Boss, and Kidpreneur. 

Visit http://www.gladiatorlacrosse.com/about-us/.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

[email protected]
561.395.4433
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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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Palm Beach Tech

ABOUT:

The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and building the innovation, entrepreneurial, and technology industries throughout Palm Beach County. As a countywide trade association, Palm Beach Tech promotes industry growth by working with business groups, educational institutions, and government entities to support the goals of member companies. The core focus is fixed on producing long-term economic impact by attracting new business, supporting startups, and building the talent pool. With a scope of services that meets the needs of a wide range of industry professionals, from corporate CEO’s to freelancers, we believe in fostering the industry through a unified and holistic approach. Our goal is simple, Build the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub!

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT:

Palm Beach Tech provides a physical co-working space, events, mentorship, and resources promoting connection & engagement for local entrepreneurs! So visit an event to learn more!

SUCCESS STORY:

Palm Beach Tech has grown by 100% each year since its July 2015 Founding, to over 150 technology companies from Jupiter to Boca Raton.

 

FOCUSING THEIR EFFORTS ON TALENT, BRAND, AND COMMUNITY:

  • Talent: Built our county’s first technology career board and reverse job board.
  • Brand: Brought local and national attention to companies and the industry in Palm Beach County.
  • Community: Created the monthly Palm Beach Tech Meetup, hosted annual Startup Weekends,
    and facilitated Entrepreneur Week Palm Beach.

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

313 Datura Street, Suite 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Joe Russo – [email protected]
561.425.8918
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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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Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast

ABOUT:

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.  Junior Achievement’s programs focus on financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship and seeks to ignite the spark in young people to recognize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.  JA works with the next generation of entrepreneurs within middle and high schools across Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast. Entrepreneurship education programs include the following:

JA ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK is a one-hour educational experience built around the theme of entrepreneurship. delivered locally by entrepreneurs in classrooms, after-school facilities, and other student venues around the United States during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The local event will create a point-of-entry experience for students, volunteers, and educators.

For more information: www.juniorachievement.com/global-entrepreneurship-week/

JA PIVOT & PITCH is a new program in which middle and high school students will learn about business creation and improvement through rigorous, unique, one-of-a-kind, hands-on experiences. This entrepreneurial immersion provides knowledge and tools for teams to launch businesses during the school year and serves youth with an emphasis on those socio-economically at-risk and those attending Title 1 schools.

For more information: www.juniorachievement.com/ja-company-program/

 

SUCCESS STORY:

Chris Rocha is only 14 but he is the CEO of his own company; Kryptic Tech. He is also a JA Company student who will present his business plan to a panel of judges at JA Pitch on April 25th. Chris interned with JAPBTC during his Spring break where he assisted with building our brand new website. Chris started his game development company in 2014; and plans to launch his first game this year. Chris is a freshman at South Tech High School studying computers. He taught himself to code in Elementary school and is now earning certifications even before he graduates.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6903 Vista Parkway North, Suite 10, West Palm Beach, FL, 33411

561-242-9468

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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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Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research

ABOUT:

The Institute provides hands-on support services for high growth-potential companies. Additionally, through its subsidiary Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, the Institute provides up to $500,000 in first and follow-on round funding to qualified companies.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3651 FAU Blvd., Suite 400, Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-368-8889

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Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University

ABOUT:

The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University brings students, faculty and the community together in the spirit of entrepreneurship to fuel the innovation needed to create new opportunities in the ever-changing global marketplace. The Adams Center for Entrepreneurship provides students with a unique academic experience by fostering revolutionary intellectual growth beyond conventional wisdom in the pursuit and creation of sustainable solutions to business and social problems.

SUCCESS STORY:

Boca Raton businessman Logan Skees recently received the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award. The 25-year-old Marine Corps veteran co-founded personal training studio Trainerspace with two other U.S. military vets. Skees serves as director of business development for the business. His partners are Cary Reichbach and Chris Brown. Skees completed the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program in 2016.

“I’m proud to recognize Logan with the Young Entrepreneur Award today for his hard work to grow Trainerspace,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “I would also like to thank him for his service in the military. Florida is one of the best states in the nation for veterans, and we’ll keep working to ensure our brave service members like Logan have every opportunity to succeed in our state.”

Skees said that he was “beyond grateful” for the recognition. “Empowering our clients at Trainerspace to reach more of their full potential through both safe and effective personal training is an absolute privilege,” he said. “I am honored to continue my service to this great nation through combating our greatest adversaries: obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Semper Fi.” Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to help veterans transition to civilian life. The organization connects veterans to employers and connect employers with grant funds to hire and train veterans while educating veterans on how to open their own businesses in Florida.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

FAU College of Business, DeSantis Pavilion, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Michelle Paredes – [email protected]
561.297.3654

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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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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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