America's SBDC Florida. Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed.Are you interested in…

      • Increasing Sales?
      • Reducing Costs?
      • Improving Cash Flow?
      • Winning Government Contracts?
      • Obtaining Financing?
      • Improving Managerial Skills?
      • Starting a New Business?
      • Buying an Existing Business?
      • Writing a Business Plan?

If the answer is “yes” to any of the above, the Florida SBDC of the Heartland can help you create a strategy to strengthen and grow your business.

The Florida SBDC of the Heartland provides no-cost confidential consulting as well as business training seminars to current and potential entrepreneurs. No-cost individual consulting is by appointment, and there is a nominal charge for training workshops. Consultations are currently being held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Services available for local businesses and entrepreneurs include consulting in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business Basics
  • Business Planning
  • Compliance Issues
  • Disaster Preparedness Planning
  • Financing
  • Government Contracting
  • Government Incentives
  • International Trade
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Minority/Women Certification
  • Taxes
  • Technology Transfer

The Florida SBDC of the Heartland features a two-hour seminar each month on the “Steps to Starting a Small Business.”

If you are ready to jump-start your business, want to attend business seminars, or seek one-on-one consulting, simply contact:

Tres Stephenson

And, get started TODAY! Tres Stephenson is a business consultant at the Florida SBDC of the Heartland, a satellite office of Florida SBDC at University of South Florida Muma College of Business, The Florida SBDC at USF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funding in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, state of Florida, and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001 Fla. Stat.]

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