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Sign up to tune in at no cost Tuesday, May 7 from 2-3:15 p.m. for another installment of "When Banks Say No” — a valuable workshop that provides alternative funding options for small business owners who need money to start, support, or grow their businesses.

Sign up to tune in at no cost Thursday, May 16 from 9-10 a.m. and take the first step towards securing the financial foundation your business needs to thrive. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting your journey, get a roadmap to funding.

Register at no cost to join our childcare business experts in Milton on Saturday, May 18 at the Santa Rosa County Economic Development Office to start up or adapt your home-based childcare business right. Help address this critical need for our area families and communities, and make a profitable income providing quality care in this rewarding, essential industry.

Register to attend Tuesday, May 21 at 9 a.m. for an hour in Panama City Beach for a transformative marketing workshop. As a small business, let's get you empowered with essential marketing strategies and tools — with our special guest speaker and marketing expert Josh Taylor.

Reserve your digital seat Tuesday, May 28 from 9-10 a.m., and let's talk smart technology and processes for your business that will save you time, money, and highlight sustainability practices. We'll work toward a more efficient workplace together that helps the planet to boot.

Explore how to launch a successful venture in our region with a start-up workshop that will assist you in making your business dreams come true. Afterwards, you'll be able to meet with a consultant at no cost throughout your entrepreneurial endeavor. For example, register to attend Christa Wilson's workshop next week on Wednesday, May 8 from 1-4 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce. View more options here.

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Access Tax Guidance Online


Explore this special webpage to access the IRS' latest small business best practices, including nailing taxes, avoiding scams, tips for choosing a tax professional, disaster readiness, and more. You can also check out the IRS’ Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center year-round at Plus, receive updates directly by following the IRS on social media and subscribing to e-News for Small Businesses.

Schedule a free client appointment in the future with our consultants at some of our partner locations. Each consultant in a spot and timeframe that works for you can provide solutions to your small business challenges. Send them an email to set up your own Power Hour timeslot. You can also visit us via our social media channels at the top of our website to stay connected with the latest Power Hours coming up.

Dax Hale

Dax recently joined our team in Pensacola as a business consultant. He leverages his extensive and diverse experience in finance, insurance, and as part of a military family to provide insightful and thorough advice to small business owners, guiding them through the intricacies of financial planning and helping them secure long-term success.

John Carey

John is our new Training & Curriculum Coordinator for the Florida SBDC at UWF. He has extensive experience in curriculum development and training for a variety of learners. He's also responsible for the development, overall direction, and oversight of region-wide outreach, education, and training programming.

#NSBW is Here!


Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the contributions of the country's entrepreneurs and small business community leaders.


Please join us in congratulating our U.S. Small Business Administration nominee Valerie Jenkins from Wells Fargo on receiving Florida's 2024 Small Business Advocate of the Year award! Valerie wholeheartedly supports small businesses and communities including advocating for the SBDC, childcare small business owners, and much more.


Keep in mind this week from April 28-May 4, there are events planned online and in person. Join in on opportunities including #SmallBusinessWeek social media conversation. Discover more about how you can take advantage of this empowering time.

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The Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, 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.

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