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    As we have for almost 50 years,

    we remain focused on our mission:

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    throughout our community."



  • January Small Business Updates

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    January 08, 2021
    Don't Miss These Small Business Updates and Upcoming Webinars!
    Small Business Updates From The SBDC at UWF
    New To Our Newsletters?
    The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida (Florida SBDC at UWF) provides management assistance and training to any prospective or existing small-business owner in Northwest Florida, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Gulf, Calhoun, and Jackson counties. For a quick informative video about how we assist businesses, click on the button below!
    Watch the Video
    Please Take Our Annual Survey!
    It's that time of year again! We are encouraging all of our clients to complete the upcoming Annual Survey from the SBDC. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please note that your data collected will be held in strict confidence. Only aggregate data will be shared with our funding partners (US Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida). Thank you for your attention to this important matter!
    Optimism Campaign
    You sure can "spin" situations that life throws at you; a lot of different ways. This year let's focus on "spinning into optimism". The SBDC can assist and consult you and your small business needs. Our professional consultants provide assistance with growth acceleration, government contracting, minority business resources, starting a business, veteran owned business ventures and more. What do you have to be optimistic about today? Visit our website to request no-cost consulting!
    Deadline Approaching in Florida for SBA Working Capital Loans Due to Drought
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Feb. 10 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Escambia County, Florida as a result of drought that began on April 14, 2020.
    Startups On The Blocks
    An entrepreneurial program that supports founders of color. The program has a mission to share best practices to grow a startup from the idea stage to the launch stage with a minimum viable product. For more information about this organization click the button below!
    More Information
    Volunteer Your Business to Participate in the University of West Florida Student Marketing Projects!
    A Florida SBDC at UWF business client will provide the student teams with marketing, financial, and other organization details necessary to research and complete the project. The Florida SBDC at UWF provides guidance to teams working on the analysis and final presentation. Companies receive a valuable marketing overview and analysis from a UWF College of Business student team at no-cost.
    Learn More
    Paycheck Protection Program Round 2
    Enacted under the CARES Act, the PPP is designed to to help businesses and individuals across the country find relief from the economic devastation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    'Updates to the PPP under the new bill aim to address these issues for first-time loan recipients and enable a second draw for those who have already received a PPP loan."
    If you have questions regarding your business and either round of the PPP, feel free to contact us! Visit our website to request no-cost consulting!
    Request No-Cost Consulting
    Follow Our Facebook Page!
    Our Facebook page is constantly being updated with small business information. Find more info on grants, local businesses, small business articles, disaster preparedness, webinars, and other resources that may be available to you and your small business. Find us on Facebook at Florida SBDC at UWF.
    Upcoming Training Events
    Take Advantage of Our No-Cost Training Events
    Starting a Business, Webinar (1/28)
    During this Starting a Business webinar, you’ll learn how to choose the right business structure and what types of licensing and permits are required for your new or existing business. We’ll also show you where to look for the money to fund your business, ways to use digital marketing, record keeping requirements and the corporate compliance mistakes many start–up businesses make. You’ll learn how to monitor your success by reading, understanding and making decisions from your financial statements as easily as you read the gas gauge and speedometer in your car. This workshop will help you to organize and identify your next steps and who is available to help you move forward with confidence and clarity!
    Speaker(s): Christa Wilson and Glenn McDuffy
    Fee: No Cost
    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics Part 1, Webinar (2/11)
    A two part accounting series that addresses the most common issues business owners face in their day-to-day bookkeeping routine.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek
    Fee: No cost
    Bookkeeping & Accounting Basics Part 2, Webinar (2/18)
    A two part accounting series that addresses the most common issues business owners face in their day-to-day bookkeeping routine.
    Speaker(s): Kyle Polhlopek
    Fee: No cost
    Request No-Cost Consulting
    The Florida SBDC at UWF is available to assist small businesses that need assistance from a variety of consulting topics. To learn more about our services, please visit our website and click on the "Services" tab. While on our website you will also be able to request no-cost consulting. sbdc.uwf.edu.
    No-Cost Consulting
    The Florida SBDC Network is state designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] and recognized as Florida’s “premier source” for business assistance.
    Kelly Massey, Executive Director
    kmassey@UWF.edu, (850) 474-2528