The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida provides powerful tools, effective training and valuable resources to help small businesses in Northwest Florida grow and succeed.

Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

Gulf Power, in partnership with the Florida SBDC at UWF, has decided to fund a second round of the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Gulf Power will fund the grant with a contribution of $300,000. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Each applicant OR business can only receive one grant. The Florida SBDC at UWF will process COMPLETE application packets for eligible for-profit businesses; a third-party review board will review applications for approval, and UWF will distribute the appropriate funds to businesses who have been awarded the grant. The review board will confirm eligibility, and approve the award of grant funding to each applicant on a case-by-case basis using the parameters listed below. The COVID-19 Grant is intended to assist for-profit businesses, located in select Northwest Florida counties, by addressing their immediate cash flow needs as a result of demonstrated economic injury due to COVID-19.

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2019 Florida SBDC Region of the Year

The SBDC at UWF won Region of the Year after delivering more than 15,000 consulting hours to Florida businesses in 2018, resulting in $554 million in sales increases, 5,072 jobs created or saved and over $31 million in capital infusion.

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Small Business Group Training

In addition to one-on-one consulting, the Florida SBDC at UWF provides group training covering topics such as Starting a Business, to How to Do Business with the Government, Using Social Media to Reach Customers, QuickBooks Basics and QuickBooks Advanced. We also offer our popular five-part UWF Business Academy series for our clients in Northwest Florida.

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Small Business Disaster Preparedness

Living along the Gulf Coast, it’s important for businesses to know how to prepare for disasters so you know what to do before, during and after a storm to protect your business. The Florida SBDC at UWF offers resources to help you prepare before a disaster, as well as Business Continuation Specialists to help affected businesses recover after the disaster has passed.

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