Small Business Success Stories

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    Pinellas Water Paddling Goes Nationwide

    Brody Welte came to Florida looking for the ideal location to start a new stand up paddling business. He found that location in St. Petersburg and brings a little adventure into everyone’s lives as the business continues to grow, organize events across the county and […]

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    Little People Are Learning Big in Avon Park

    Little People Big Learning Center, LLC was already a big idea  in the mind of  Belinda Clarke when she attended the Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) REAL Road to Business Success in 2009. Her determination mixed with assistance from the SBDC & a $150,000 loan […]

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    Boxes on Wheels Gets $25,000 SBA Loan to Meet Growth

    By leveraging the expertise of several Certified Business Analysts at the Tampa SBDC office, Reed doubled his customer base, implemented targeted operational controls and secured a $25,000 SBA guaranteed loan. Find out how…

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    New Franchise in Wesley Chapel Creates 4 New Jobs

    The desire to own a small business runs in Beatriz Cardona’s veins.  Originally from Venezuela, she comes from a family of entrepreneurs and followed that passion by earning a bachelor’s in entrepreneurship and business management. Beatriz and her husband, Roberto, are now living their dreams […]

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    Cutting Through the Red Tape

    Tricia Ricke, VP and COO of Federal Contracts Corp. (FCC) knows all too well about the red tape hysteria that comes with the prickly process of selling heavy machinery to government organizations. That’s why she turned to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the […]

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    SBDC Client Gets SBA Loan to Expand Business

    Karen Conroy, President of Fundraising for a Cause, Inc. came to the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida (USF SBDC) for assistance in finding the financing necessary to expand her business. Although Conroy had met with several bankers already, she had not yet found a lender willing to make her company the loan because of their concerns regarding the economy.

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