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SBA Resource Partner Celebrates 40 years in Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.
The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance. The SBDC provides no-cost one-on-one business advising, low-cost training, and other specialized services. The program remains one of the nation’s largest small business assistance programs in the federal government.
In 1976, the Florida SBDC Network was funded by the SBA as one of eight original SBDC pilot programs in the country. Originating as one person operation at the University of West Florida overseeing two centers in Northwest Florida and serving a handful of clients, the Florida SBDC Network has since grown to become the largest SBDC in the country, with over 40 centers and nearly 250 employees providing tools, training, and expertise to thousands of Florida's entrepreneurs and small business owners annually.
“The SBDCs located throughout the North Florida district area have helped thousands of small business owners in the last 40 years. This is a major accomplishment for the network. We value our partnership with the SBDC greatly. I want to congratulate the entire team on a job well done,” stated Wilfredo Gonzalez, SBA District Director.
The SBA provides 50 percent or less of the operating funds for each state SBDC; one or more sponsors provide the rest. These matching fund contributions are provided by state legislatures, private sector foundations and grants, state and local chambers of commerce, state- chartered economic development corporations, public and private universities, vocational and technical schools, community colleges, etc. Increasingly, sponsors contributions exceed the minimum 50 percent matching share.
For more information about the SBDC, visit www.floridasbdc.org/.
For more information about the SBA, visit www.sba.gov/fl/north.