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Hear from SBDC Consultant Kevin Oster about what traits successful small business owners tend to have and that will help propel your small business toward a brighter future. Plus, get to know Kevin better and see why he has a soft spot for agriculture-focused small businesses in our region. Watch this short video now!

Upcoming Opportunities

Join us Tuesday, May 21 from 9-10 a.m. at the Innovations Credit Union in Panama City Beach to get equipped with the essential strategies and tools to amplify your brand presence, reach your target audience, and drive growth. Let's embark on this journey together, unlocking your business's potential in the ever-evolving marketing world.

Sign up to tune in at no cost next week on Tuesday, May 28 from 9-10 a.m. to learn how to run your business more cost-efficiently with the use of technology. You'll also connect with SNH Technologies, our valued partner who can guide you through practical steps to enhance your small business operations and even be more planet-friendly.

Reserve your place to join us Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Fort Walton Beach at Beachworx for a powerful workshop with Veterans Florida. Learn to craft a compelling Elevator Pitch to secure crucial funding and transform your business vision into an exclusive investment opportunity.

Sign up to tune in at no cost Thursday, June 20 at 9 a.m. for an hour and grab your chance to get a roadmap for funding related to your small business. Follow a proven path laid out, make connections, and pose your pressing questions to our SBDC and community partner capital experts.

Register to tune into this panel discussion that's a must-attend for small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the funding options available to secure the financial support your business deserves. Don't miss the opportunity Wednesday, June 26 at 9 a.m. to connect with industry experts, ask questions, and build bridges in small business financing.

Learn how to launch a successful venture in our region with a start-up workshop that will assist you in making your business dream a reality. Afterwards, you'll be able to meet with a consultant at no cost throughout your entrepreneurial journey. For example, register to attend John Emsing's valuable workshop next week on Tuesday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce. Or find the next one you can attend!

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Next Steps if Your Small Business Was Impacted Recently


We hope your business was spared by the recent severe weather that impacted North Florida. However, if your business experienced any physical damage or foregone revenues from the storm, please be aware of the following resources available to assist you in your recovery:


Business Damage Assessment Survey (to gauge storm impact and plan accordingly)

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (short-term, zero-interest loans)


Visit to learn more about the Emergency Bridge Loan program and complete an application by the July 10, 2024 deadline.


Business owners who need further assistance can reach out to us at 850-474-2528 or, as it's our mission to help you rebuild, reopen, and recover following a disaster. We'll also keep you informed regarding activation of additional resources.


Our Florida SBDC will do everything we can to help your small business recover.


Join for this World Trade Month Webinar on Wednesday, May 30 from 1-2 p.m. Central Time. You'll get insights from SBA’s Office of International Trade and the International Trade Administration’s Global Diversity Export Initiative as you learn from the 2024 SBA National Small Business Exporter of the Year, Felipe Arroyave, President of Spectrum International, and hear his inspiring story. Register now.



Hope for the Best,

Prepare for the Worst


Did you know 25% of all businesses that close following a disaster never reopen? As the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season approaches with predictions of unprecedented storm activity, it's vital for you to prepare at home and at work to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Our professionally certified consultants can help you develop a disaster plan for your business no matter the size. Reach out to us today!

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