Florida SBDC to present CEO entrepreneur program

SARASOTA (March 14, 2014) – The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee has been tapped to provide an entrepreneur development program to assist participants with developing a viable business model and prepare for business startup, through the Community Entrepreneur Opportunity Council in Sarasota county.

“The SBDC has been a supporter of Sarasota’s CEO program for many years,” Bill McKown, Florida SBDC at USF Associate Director, said. “We are especially delighted this year to participate as part of USF Sarasota-Manatee.”

The program, facilitated by certified business consultant, Ed Davis, will include a series of entrepreneurial classes to be held at either Robert L. Taylor Community Center or The Hive. Participants will have their own consulting sessions with a certified business consultant, and will be exposed to weekly local guest speakers and topics. Tentative topics include development and strategic implementation of business plans, obtaining financing, financial literacy, credit, marketing, human resource issues, and more.

Weekly assignments are structured so that by the end of the 11-week period, attendees will have created a business plan that has been reviewed by an SBDC consultant at each phase of construction. The final class includes a brief presentation of the business plan to a local banker for constructive feedback.

The Florida SBDC at USF Sarasota-Manatee and CareerSource Suncoast will finalize classes to be included, dates and location of the training program.

The Florida SBDC at USF Sarasota-Manatee provides confidential, no-cost business consulting, low cost educational opportunities, and business-related information services to existing and emerging entrepreneurs. The Florida SBDC at USF region includes 10 counties.

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