Small Business Assistance

Need help with market analysis, feasibility, business planning, or taking your small business to the next level?

FloridaWest partners with The University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurs with high-quality, one-on-one consulting, management training and vital information they need to grow and prosper in a complex and competitive global environment.

Exploring how to start a business or need help registering your business or tax information?

The State of Florida offers a vast network of information and resources for start-up and small businesses.

Please visit Enterprise Florida for a comprehensive list of assistance programs.

Does your business qualify for unique benefits?

The State of Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) offers certification and resources for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses. The Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials (FAMBEO) serves as a support network for ethnic minorities and women business owners as well.

Minority-, Women- and Veteran-Owned Business Resources
LaTanya [email protected]
(850) 891-6461

Interested in learning more about venture capital? 

The State of Florida created the Florida Opportunity Fund to invest in high-quality venture capital funds, businesses and infrastructure projects that will provide a lasting benefit to Florida. Investment programs include the Clean Energy Investment Program and the Fund of Funds and Venture Capital Programs for growth companies.

Florida Opportunity Fund
Jennifer Dunham
(407) 838-1400, ext. 215

Looking for experts in small business?

The State of Florida’s Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) leverages private capital for small business by providing access to debt and venture capital. The program was created as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and supports programs that leverage private lending to help finance small businesses and manufacturers.

State Small Business Credit Initiative
Region 1 Representative, Marianne Arbulu
(850) 527-5758

For further information about these business resources, please contact Patrick Rooney at [email protected]