Florida SBDC at USF: Hillsborough County

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC), assists existing and emerging businesses in Hillsborough county, 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.

SBDC at Hillsborough County
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center
2101 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 204-YBOR (9267)
Fax: (813) 277-1387
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm

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Meet the Consultants

  • Carol Minor

    SBDCSBDCFlorida SBDC at USF, Hillsborough County

    Specialty: Financing, Start-Up, Business Strategies, PEDC Micro-loans

    As an entrepreneur herself, Carol Minor provides technical assistance to business owners seeking expertise in everything from figuring out how to get started to optimizing business performance. Minor has 25 years as a small business and non-profit lender prior to starting a management consulting and entrepreneurial training firm in 1997, which she still owns today. She has served as executive director of several community development financial institutions and micro-lending organizations as well as established a non-profit business service firm, which was certified by the Small Business Administration as a Technical Assistance Provider for small, start-up and expanding firms. Minor was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Education and Advocacy and the SBA Minority Small Business Advocate Award. She has earned a MBA and is accredited as a Business Planning Professional. She is an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities in the areas of business, management, business finance and entrepreneurial studies.

  • Janette Blanco

    SBDCSBDCFlorida SBDC at Hillsborough County Economic Development Department

    Specialty: Business Plans, Financing, Construction Industry Regulations and Licensing

    Janette Blanco has extensive knowledge in doing business with the government and specializes in assisting minority and women-owned businesses with the government bidding process. Prior to joining the Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, Blanco was a cost estimator on engineering projects as well as owned and operated her own business for 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Blanco is also bilingual.

  • Corey McCaster

    SBDCSBDCFlorida SBDC at USF, Hillsborough County

    Specialty: Accounting, Finance, Strategic Business Planning

    Corey McCaster brings more than 20 years of experience to the Tampa Bay small business community. McCaster specializes in small business accounting and finance, quality improvement and strategic business planning. His experience while “in the trenches” managing his own small businesses, and serving in Tallahassee at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, allows him to deliver a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to clients. McCaster is charged with helping small to medium sized existing businesses find new market opportunities, hidden profits and innovative ways to create sustainable growth, which includes hiring the right employees. His background in workforce development assists him in guiding business owners in attracting and retaining top talent. McCaster is a University of South Florida business school graduate and holds certifications in both project management and workforce development.