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  • March Small Business Updates from the Florida SBDC at UWF

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    March 01, 2021
    Don't Miss These Small Business Updates and Upcoming Webinars!
    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!
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    National SBDC Day is March 17th!
    National SBDC Day unites the country's nearly 1,000 SBDCs and hundreds of thousands of clients we serve each year by celebrating the success and impact America’s SBDCs have across the nation. This year’s event kicks off on Wednesday, Mar. 17. Mark your calendars and get ready for this virtual celebration!
    Let us know why you love the SBDC by tagging us on Facebook!
    Client Spotlight- Suga Cakes Soul Kitchen
    "Suga Cake’s Soul Kitchen a place where great cooking & good vibes meet. Veteran owned and operated bringing delicious food made with love, peace and SOUL to the Panhandle! We welcome diners young and old. Try it yourself—stop by today!"
    Located in Navarre, Florida, Suga Cakes is owned by Veterans, Nekita Nedd and her husband.
    If your business would like to apply to be the next client spotlight please email bgaskell@uwf.edu.
    Opportunity for No-Cost Marketing Analysis -Conducted by 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.
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    Other: please email sbdc@uwf.edu.
    SBA Coronavirus Relief Options
    "We’re here to help you overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. We offer multiple funding options for those seeking relief. Read more below."
    - U.S Small Business Administration
    Covid-19 Relief Options
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    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 --> Florida SBDC at UWF.
    Upcoming Training Events
    Take Advantage of Our No-Cost Training Events
    Surviving COVID-19: Building a Comeback Plan (3/3)
    As restrictions begin to ease and restaurants are moving toward returning to full occupancy, it is crucial to consider the changes forced by the pandemic upon our industry. Just as planning was essential when you first opened, surviving COVID-19 will also depend on a thorough plan to create a new, positive, and profitable guest experience. We’ll focus on strategies, resources, and best practices for executing your Comeback Plan. 
    Speaker: Terry Mauer 
    Fee: No Cost 
    Cybersecurity: The New DFARS Interim Rules (3/11)
    10:00am- 11:00am
    The Department of Defense’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) requirements continue to evolve and there are many questions about their application. For instance, new DFARS rules have taken effect and have an immediate impact on certain small businesses. This presentation will provide an overview of the CMMC, discuss the three new DFARS rules, and provide several scenarios to further explain how these new requirements will apply to your business. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
    If you currently work with or plan to work with the DoD, you don’t want to miss this great learning opportunity!
    Speaker: Fernando Machado
    Fee: No Cost
    Sources of Funding for Small Businesses, Webinar (3/17)
    This workshop is intended for small businesses that have been operational for at least one year. We will provide a comprehensive overview of different loan and other financing options available to you and we will also cover what factors banks look for when assessing a loan package. At the end of this webinar you will be better informed about the lending process and will have a checklist of action items you need to complete before heading to the bank.
    Speaker(s): Ayesha Haider
    Fee: No Cost
    Intro to Facebook Advertising, Webinar (3/18)
    Do you have a Facebook page for your business and think there's an opportunity to reach more customers by running ads? This introductory webinar will teach you the basics of what Facebook advertising looks like, how you get started, and how to track the success of your ads.
    Speaker: John Emsing
    Fee: No Cost
    Starting a Business, Webinar (3/25)
    During this Starting a Business online 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: Christa Wilson and Glenn McDuffy
    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