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Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida helps businesses become more successful and meet the challenges of tomorrow. Whether you are starting a business, buying a business, growing a business, selling a business or looking for financing, we can help you!

Small Business Development Centers have assisted hundreds of thousands of potential and existing business owners by providing the management advice, training and information they need to start, grow, and profit. With funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and partners ranging from institutions of higher learning to state agencies to municipalities, to private organizations, SBDCs are able to offer this management assistance to business owners at little or no cost.

Client of the Month: Javier Garcia, Pinnacle Civil & General Contractors, LLC

“The assistance that the FSBDC provides us has been instrumental in our ability to respond to government solicitations and contract requirements.” – Javier Garcia, Pinnacle Civil & General Contractors, LLC., Jacksonville, Florida
Javier Garcia has been steadily growing his Jacksonville company, Pinnacle Civil and General Contractors, LLC since he started it in 2007. The company’s initial focus was in providing construction services and has gradually expanded into providing full service civil construction, facilities maintenance, landscaping and general horizontal and vertical construction services.  Javier credits much of his success to hard work, dedication, and exceeding expectations.  As he says, “I strongly feel...

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Who is your Target Market?


One subject that always seems to come up when working with small businesses and business start-ups is the target market.  The identification of the target market is one of the most important exercises for the business owner.  The target market drives many other business decisions and the lack of target market identification can lead to costly mistakes.
A business can have more than one target market.  It is usually good for business owners to identify at least three.  Sometimes one target market will have a completely different...

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