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THE NORTH FLORIDA DISTRICT OFFICE
The SBA North Florida District Office is located in Jacksonville, and serves the following 43 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
The District Director is Wilfredo J. Gonzalez. The District Office is located at 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100B, Jacksonville, FL. Office hours are from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Counseling and Mentoring
Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners. For more information, please contact the Women's Business Representative Donna Padgug at (904) 443-1971.
If you're a veteran, you can get business counseling and information about SBA guaranteed loans or other programs. For more information, please contact the Veteran's Representative Natalie Hall or call (904)443-1902.
The following SBA resource partners offer free counseling and low-cost training:
SCORE at www.score.org. Small Business Development Center at www.floridasbdc.org, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (Jacksonville and surrounding areas only) www.jaxwbc.com, and the Florida Veteran’s Business Outreach Center at www.vboc.org.
Access to Capital
SBA offers financial assistance in the form of guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders to businesses that may not otherwise qualify for traditional funding. Interested parties should contact their bank of record regarding SBA Loans. A list of participating lenders is available on the North Florida District Office homepage.
The Microloan program provides small loans ranging from under $500 to $50,000 to entrepreneurs. Contact information for Micro lenders is available on the North Florida District Office homepage.
SBA 8(a) certification may be an option for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners that have been in business for at least 3 years. To learn more about the 8(a) program, or to determine your eligibility contact the North Florida District Office at (904)443-1900 and ask to speak to a Business Opportunity Specialist. You may also contact the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) www.fptac.org, for technical assistance related to government contracting.
Financial and technical assistance is available for small and medium exporters. For information on starting or developing your international trade practices, please contact Rosalind Bryant at (904) 443-1906.
A list of local SBA training sessions and many resource partner workshops are available on the North Florida district webpage.
For online training opportunities, please Visit http://www.sba.gov/training for valuable information.