SBDC: Polk County

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, assists existing and emerging businesses in Polk 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.

00204Florida SBDC at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
Park Trammell Building
35 Lake Morton Dr
Lakeland, FL 33802
Phone: (863) 688-8551, ext. 237
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Florida SBDC at Lake Wales Administration Building
201 W. Central Ave
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Phone: Field Office (863) 678-4182 ext. 227

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Meet the Consultants

  • Carl Hadden

    Carl Hadden Carl Hadden SBDC at USF, Polk County

    Specialty: Growth Acceleration

    Carl Hadden is a marketing specialist with experience in workforce development, sales, insurance, entrepreneurship and training. As general manager for a wireless phone retailer, Hadden directed the marketing, co-op advertising, purchasing, vendor relations, and human resources. He assisted in implementing a point of sales system for the wireless retailer to automate processes and minimize loss prevention. As a workforce professional, Hadden assisted McGee Auto Service & Tires to secure a partnership with the Polk County School District, which would allow mechanics to get additional training and resources to become ASE certified. He graduated from Leadership Lake Wales Class 13 in 2009. Hadden has an associate’s degree in business administration from Polk State College and a bachelor’s in marketing management from Webber International University. He is also a Florida Certified Workforce Professional.

  • Javier Marin

    Javier MarinJavier MarinSBDC at USF, Polk County

    Specialty: Finance

    Javier Marin has a combined 22 years in the banking industry. He is formerly the CEO of DNJSA Federal Credit Union, manager at Chase Bank and Vice President at SunTrust Bank. He provided services to companies with sales under $5 million, including commercial mortgages and business loans/lines for equipment, debt restructuring and working capital. He joined the Florida SBDC at USF in November 2013. Marin earned an associate degree in business administration from Middlesex County College and a bachelor’s in public administration from Polk State College. His education also includes attending Stockholm University in Sweden in business-related courses, as well as the Management Training Program at Chase and Business Banking program at SunTrust. He has hands-on, in-depth knowledge in business finance, business lending, mortgages, HR, business planning, and business reorganization. Marin is also fluent in Spanish and Swedish.