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. 6271

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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

  • Brad Mix

    Brad Morrison

    Florida SBDC at USF

    Specialty: Capital Access, Startup

    Brad Mix has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and as a business consultant. Prior to joining the Florida SBDC at USF, Mix provided consulting services to more than 2,500 businesses and assisted business owners in securing more than $100 million in capital and $60 million in government contracts. He has extensive experience with SBA loans, including 504s, Community Advantage loans, and microloans. In addition, he assists business owners in preparing business plans, financial projections, profitability improvement, business acquisitions, business valuations, marketing and capital solutions. He joined the Florida SBDC at USF in April 2020, after spending 20 years as a consultant and satellite manager for the Coachella Valley SBDC, located in Palm Springs, Ca. In 2005, he was awarded the California State Star Award by the California SBDC Network. He is a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

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  • Scott Carpenter

    Scott Carpenter

    Florida SBDC at USF

    Specialty: Marketing Branding and Strategy

    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. He is a Certified Marketing Executive.

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