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  • Greg Britton Named Florida SBDC Network CEO

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    April 19, 2021
    Former manufacturing executive selected to lead state’s principal provider of small business assistance
     
     
    Media Contact
    Dianne Gross
    Florida SBDC Network Headquarters
    (850) 898-3486
    Dianne.Gross@FloridaSBDC.org
     
    Megan Gonzalez
    University of West Florida
    850.982.8836
    news@uwf.edu 
     
    News Release
    April 19, 2021
    For Immediate Release
     
     
    Greg Britton Named Florida SBDC Network CEO
    Former manufacturing executive selected to lead state’s principal provider
    of small business assistance
     
     
    Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, and the University of West Florida today announced the selection of Greg Britton as the Florida SBDC Network’s new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
     
     
    Britton was selected for the position following an extensive national search. He replaces former CEO Michael W. Myhre, who resigned in the fall to accept an opportunity outside of public service after serving in the role for a decade.
     
    Britton is a senior manufacturing executive with more than 25 years of experience in aviation, medical, oil and gas, and high-tech commercial production manufacturing. Most recently, he served as chief operations officer of DEFENSEWERX, a 501(c)(3) organization that connects a national network of individuals, businesses, academia and government with the Department of Defense to enable creative and integrated solutions. 
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    Prior to his role with DEFENSEWERX, Britton served as director of the Division of Strategic Business Development at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. 
     
    “I have long been a fan of the Florida SBDC Network and its mission of helping our state’s small businesses grow and succeed,” Britton said. “I’m honored to join the network and look forward to working with our staff, UWF, our board and our partners to continue our important work. I couldn’t be more humbled and proud to lead this great organization during such a critical time.”
     
    Britton received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Trine University. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Florida Chamber Foundation and previously served as board chairman of the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council and the One Okaloosa EDC. He is a former University of West Florida trustee and a former member of the state advisory board of the Florida SBDC Network.
     
    For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
     
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    About the Florida SBDC Network:
    Since 1976, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s statutorily designated principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide small businesses the intellectual capital and business experience that enables overall business growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity. In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and prestigious recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.
     
    About the University of West Florida:
    Based in Pensacola, Florida, with additional locations in the region, UWF has awarded more than 100,000 degrees from over 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Its small class sizes ensure personalized, focused attention from some of the nation’s most engaging professors.
     
    As the home of the Argonauts, UWF builds champions for life through our intercollegiate athletics program, leading the Gulf South Conference in all-time championships and all-sports trophies. A driver of economic impact in Northwest Florida and beyond, UWF generates approximately $1 billion in total annual sales across the Florida economy. UWF is more than a university. It’s a symbol of success, commitment to lifelong learning and change.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    State Designated as Florida's Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.]
    A statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s headquarters. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency.
     
     
     
     
     
    Contact:
    Kelly Massey, Executive Director
    kmassey@UWF.edu, (850) 474-2528