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FSBDC at UNF Client of the Month: Optimum Spring Solutions

When Optimum Spring Solutions was established in 2007, owners Andrea de Palma and Marco Fortini had years of experience in the business because of their involvement with de Palma’s family who had been manufacturing springs in Argentina since 1970. The company, located in Ponte Vedra, manufactures compression, extension, torsion springs, and spring conduits composed of […]

Green Technologies Expands Internationally and Domestically with help from the FSBDC at UNF

It’s no wonder that Dr. Amir Varshovi has been recognized as the 2014 SBA Small Business Person of the Year.  Along with his business partner, Marla Buchanan, Amir has demonstrated success in two areas that are critical to the growth of a strong national economy – expansion into international markets and development of sustainable green […]

Want more customers? Did you know… 95% of the world’s population and 71% or the world’s purchasing power is outside the US? How do you get your fair share?

With the US economy still “sluggish”, have you ever thought about selling your products to customers in other countries?  If not, why not?  And if you already export to one country, why not look at other markets? The US Department of Commerce estimates that between 2010 – 2015, 87% of global growth will occur outside the […]

Entrentrepreneurship lessons to be learned from Miami Heat

Nice article in the Miami Herald about the management team of the Miami Heat. The article points out that not only will the teams acquisition of top talent (LeBron, Dwyane Wade and,Chris Bosh) bring in a lot of dollars for merchants in the Miami Area, there are also entrepreneurship lessons to be learned. The teams […]

Florida Oil Spill:SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Activated

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Activated In response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill, the SBA has authorized the activation of the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program for the counties included in the attached SBA Press Release. The SBA is setting up an office in Pensacola at the SBDC at UWF Center located […]

Michigan credit unions and SBDC partner to help small business.

In cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MI-SBTDC), more than 30 Michigan credit unions have committed an initial $43 million for small business loans that will benefit more than 2,000 new businesses – and more are expected to join throughout the year. The program […]

Florida Small Businesses Not Getting the Contracts They Deserve?

U.S. contracts in Florida were not going to small businesses as originally believed. There has been legislation in place for some time that expressed a small business preference that lets small businesses have about 23% of the procurement pie versus mega corporations. According to a Miami Herald article, Dell Computer, General Electric and Boeing, along […]

Sign of Florida Small Businesss Recovery?

In one of the first signs of economic recovery for small businesses in Florida, SBA 504 loans statewide nearly doubled from April through June over the first quarter of 2009. According to the most recent figures from the Small Business Administration (SBA), 113 small businesses took advantage of the 504 program for real estate and […]

Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier

Jay Goltz is a frequent contributor to the New York Times small business section. He runs three businesses in Chicago. In this article, he encourages small business owners to pause for a little self examination in mid 2009, and urges coming out for the second half of the year with an aggressive attitude. This is […]

61% of Americans Have Started a Business or are Considering Doing So.

We see lots of people who are considering a business startup. They are either creating a business out of a hobby they love, desire to get out of the rat race and spend more time at home, have discovered a better way to do something, or are “accidental entrepreneurs” who lost their job and feel […]

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