Florida SBDC at USF: Manatee

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Muma College of Business, assists existing and emerging businesses in Sarasota and Manatee 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.


Manatee County Government Building
1112 Manatee Avenue West, Suite 300
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-748-4501 ext. 6201

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Florida SBDC at USF: Sarasota

Florida SBDC at USF: Sarasota
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
1680 Fruitville Road, Suite 402
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-309-1200 ext. 107
Hours: By Appointment Only

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Meet the Consultants

  • Scott Carpenter

    Scott Carpenter

    Florida SBDC at USF

    Specialty: Marketing

    Scott Carpenter joined the Florida SBDC at USF with a marketing communications and public relations career spanning three decades. Working with brands of all sizes – from EAS Nutrition to DeBartolo Development to Biolife – he was a driving force in creating results, growing brand awareness and enhancing reputations across all customer segments. Experienced in leading national B2C and B2B campaigns to increase profit and loss results through small to multi-million budgets, he led campaigns optimized through advertising (print, digital, broadcast), public relations, direct marketing, and other strategies. For his expertise, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has bestowed upon him the honor of serving as a National Senior Judge for the Silver Anvil Award, the most prestigious communications award in the industry, for 14 consecutive years. In 2019, PRSA named Carpenter to its National Honors & Awards Committee.

  • Pat Gordon

    Pat Gordon

    Florida SBDC at USF

    Specialty: Market/Sales Growth, Cash Flow/Financial Management, Food & Beverage Management, Strategic Planning, Startup

    Pat Gordon focuses on assisting existing businesses to find new opportunities, uncover hidden profits and create sustainable growth. For more than 20 years, she led an IT consulting and staffing firm which grew from $750k in annual revenues to more than $40 million in yearly sales during her tenure. The company branched out from the Miami area and ultimately earned the status of primary and preferred supplier to several major clients in the oil and gas industry in Houston and across the border in Canada. Gordon has her bachelor’s in communications from the University of Buffalo and her MBA from Canisius College and a Food and Beverage Management Certification from Cornell University.

    As an entrepreneur, she owns a seasonal fishing lodge near the Adirondack Mountains of New York and has a small used car dealership in Florida. In 2017, she earned Florida SBDC at USF Employee of the Year honors.

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