Economic Impact

Our numbers say it all. For every $1 invested in the Florida SBDC Network, $52 is returned to the state in tax revenue.*

Regional Service Summary (2018)

Serving Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties, the Florida SBDC at USF Region delivered substantial consulting and training services in 2018 that resulted in a significant return on investment.

Professionally certified business consultants delivered 18,075 hours of consulting to 2,038 entrepreneurs and small business owners.

  • Consulting client breakdown:
    917 or 45% Women
    333 or 16% Veterans and Service-Connected Disabled Veterans
    950 or 47% Minorities
  • Jobs Created, Retained and Saved*: 5,345
  • Sales Generated*: $685.4M
  • Government Contracts Acquired**: $42.9M
  • Capital Investment**: $17.1M

2018 Economic Impact Analysis of the Florida SBDC Network by FSU CEFA* | Reported by respondent clients of outcomes resulting from or in part due to assistance in 2017-18**