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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.

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Katie Arroyo has worked at the University of North Florida (UNF) Small Business Development Center since 2013.  As an International Trade Specialist and Certified Global Business Professional she works with Florida small businesses to develop comprehensive, tailored export marketing plans as well as advises clients on every aspect of international market development and compliance.  Katie also leads the Center’s International Trade Certificate Program, Export Basics series, and has made several public speaking appearances across the state during the Florida Chamber’s Trade and Logistics Plan roll-out events. 

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Naturally Smart Foods Gets Its Product On The Shelves With The Help Of The FSBDC

When Mark Patterson, founder of Naturally Smart Foods, LLC, first came to the Florida Small Business Development Center at UNF (FSBDC) he sought assistance in establishing a presence in the Jacksonville market for his product – a gluten free, high protein dessert with an appeal to those looking for a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream.  Mark already had begun to offer his product at local natural food markets, including Grassroots II and Bio Max, as well as Thin Centers and other health and fitness-conscious establishments. He had received such positive feedback; he knew the product’s potential if...

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