Florida SBDC at South Florida State College in Avon Park: Counties of Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at South Florida State College, assists existing and emerging businesses in Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training. Whether starting, buying, growing or selling a business, the Florida SBDC at USF has what entrepreneurs need to grow and succeed. Consultants can assist entrepreneurs in a variety of business areas, including: marketing, business certification, capital access, market diversification, developing strategic business plans, export services, and web optimization.

Highlands-Satellite-Center-SBDC1Office Serving the Heartland Counties of Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto
South Florida State College
600 W. College Drive, Building T
Avon Park, FL 33825
Phone: (863) 784-7378
Fax: (863) 784-7355
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

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  • Bill McKown

    Bill McKownFlorida SBDC at USF, Avon Park

    Specialty: Marketing

    Bill McKown has experience in training, facilitating, sales, organizational management and entrepreneurship. As Retail Vice President for a petroleum marketing company, McKown directed the chain’s marketing, co-op advertising, signage, retail construction, human resources, purchasing and vendor relations. He served on the Florida Petroleum Marketers Association’s education and environmental committees. McKown has also owned and operated businesses in the transportation industry, wholesale distribution and vending. He earned a bachelor’s in organizational management from Warner Southern College and his MBA from Warner University. McKown is a Certified Global Business Professional. He is also a Certified Marketing Executive, awarded by Sales and Marketing Executives International. He is a past member of the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was the first president of the Rotary Club of Hardee County.

  • David Noel

    Heartland Florida SBDC at USF, Avon Park

    Specialty: Government Contracting, Minority Certification, Rural Entrepreneurship, Organization Development, Human Resources, Networking

    Serving DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties, David Noel has more than 25 years of experience in business with a background in education. He also has extensive practical knowledge in meeting planning and employee relations. Prior to working at the SBDC, Noel owned a management consulting business and spent more than 14 years in the aerospace industry. While in that industry, he worked as a logistics engineer and eventually transferred to human resources to become an organization development specialist and executive development coordinator. Noel has served as the chairman of the Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce board of directors, board member for the Rotary Club of Sebring, member of the Highlands County Economic Development Commission, the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, and served on the board of directors for Drug-Free Highlands. He earned a bachelor’s from Samford University and a master’s in administration and supervision frm the University of Montevallo. He is also a Certified Global Business Professional.