Florida SBDC at South Florida State College in Avon Park: Counties of Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, located at South Florida State College, assists existing and emerging businesses in Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto counties, 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.
Office Serving the Heartland Counties of Highlands, Hardee and DeSoto
South Florida State College
600 W. College Drive, Building H
Avon Park, FL 33825
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
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Florida SBDC at USF
Specialty: Finance, Startup
Tres Stephenson comes to the Florida SBDC at USF, located at South Florida State College in Avon Park, after serving more than 30 years as president and general manager at Sebring International Raceway. As part of his daily responsibilities at the Raceway, he directed the development of annual business plans and budgets, managed the organization’s financial performance and took actions to increase revenue, leverage resources, and minimize expenses. He also worked closely with the sales and marketing department to ensure retention of major sponsors and was responsible for the negotiation of Raceway agreements. Stephenson oversaw a $7M annual budget, implemented strategies that results in $1M in sponsorship revenues and $800K of hospitality sales, annually. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. He is also a graduate of Sebring High School and is involved in various community organizations in Highlands County. Stephenson is also a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).