How should you proceed if you have a great idea for a business, but lack the training or the resources to turn your idea into reality? Whom do you turn to for assistance if you have an existing business but need and want to grow your revenue?
Tom Kindred, Regional Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Dan K. Richardson Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Indian River State College (IRSC), directed the Port St. Lucie Business Women at their August 3 meeting at Tutto Fresco in St. Lucie West to consult the Florida SBDC for no cost business assistance. “The Florida SBDC is engaged in every stage of business development,” said Kindred, no matter whether one is seeking help for a new startup or for an established business, or buying, expanding or selling a business. “Our consultants, of which we have eight on staff, will help you develop a business plan, help you gain access to capital, walk you through the process of applying for certification, or whatever else you may need for your business,” he added.
This powerful local resource offers access to a lot of databases, including demographics and industry data. It partners with Treasure Coast SCORE whose members serve as mentors.
The Florida SBDC at IRSC, which is a federally funded program, has a main office at the Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West. The program does cover all four counties on the Treasure Coast.
Corporate and Community Training Institute (CCTI) and Pioneer Incubator also are part of the Institute. CCTI provides customized local training, seminars and workshops, which do have course fees, while the Pioneer Incubator offers resources for advancing a new business idea or product development. Pioneer Incubator operates business centers on the Fort Pierce, Pruitt and Chastain campuses, allowing users (for a fee) to share space with other entrepreneurs and offers access to computers, meeting rooms and more. “We want to help businesses on the Treasure Coast grow and succeed,” said Kindred. At the conclusion of Kindred’s presentation, several Business Women gave enthusiastic testimonials about the help they received to get their businesses up and running.
For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.irscbiz.com.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of business women and serving our community in an effective way. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. “Like” their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.