Business growth and profitability depend on the ability to make sounds decisions. To make sound decisions business need access to the right information and the right expertise. The Florida Small business Development Center Network provides just that; access to data and information generally unaffordable or unavailable to small and medium-sized businesses and certifies professional experts how know to use it. Our goal is simple, to provide professional expertise and guidance that every business owner needs to accelerate business growth and succeed in today’s complex and ever-changing marketplace. We do this through specialized services and tools offered by the FSBDC.
In today’s competitive marketplace it helps to collaborate with an experienced partner who can navigate your business past obstacles, optimize performance, and put you on the road to success. Designed to connect emerging and growing Florida businesses with professional business consultants, our no-cost Growth Acceleration Services are designed to do just that.
International trade represents a wealth of opportunities for small and medium sized businesses, and yet, only 3% of U.S. small businesses are engaged in exporting. The FSBDC at UNF has the knowledge and resources to assist small business owners in developing and executing international trade strategies. Through one-on-one consulting with a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), training and workshops, customized research, and access to a network of trade professionals, the SBDC provides clients with the tools to successfully and profitably navigate the world of international trade.
Florida SBDC Network Government Contracting Specialists provide affordable training to help Florida businesses—small or large, profit or non-profit—research and bid on government contracts from the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local agencies and prime contractors.
Agribusiness Center for Excellence
There is an abundance of opportunities and agricultural land in Northeast Florida. The Agribusiness Center for Excellence provides farmers with confidential and professional management assistance to help them grow their bottom line.
This experience and knowledge of FSBDC consultants can be utilized by nonprofits to help their organizations manage more efficiently, find funding, and create more awareness. By learning the methods a small business may use, nonprofits can grow and prosper. No-cost consulting, low-cost training and an annual conference are available to nonprofit organizations.
It walks users through the pitch, the plan and financial projections, and provides sample plans and “scoreboard” to track progress. SBDC consultants can offer a free six-month subscription to this online tool to qualified clients and collaborate with them as they work on their plans.
This is a market research database with detailed information on 14 million+ U.S. businesses, 262 million U.S. consumers and their lifestyles, and international companies. Map-based geography searches and neighborhood data make this a useful tool in researching target markets and the competition.
Government contracting consultants can offer free access to this resource to identify business opportunities, access solicitations and win more contracts. Qualified clients receive e-mail notifications of bid opportunities for specific products and services from over 800 federal, state and local bid-posting sites.
It allows SBDC consultants to benchmark their clients’ financial performance against more than 1,400 industry averages on 60 ratios and metrics and forecast financial decision-making and its results on business performance.
It offers clients access to the world’s leading business financial management system designed to help businesses improve profitability and cash flow, and to obtain financing.
Using the BOSI assessment, SBDC consultants assist clients in understanding their entrepreneurial makeup and in adjusting future business strategy to capitalize on strengths and manage weaknesses.
The Small Business Resource Network
Connects small businesses with professional expertise in the areas of accounting, banking and commercial lending, insurance, law and business consulting through a professional membership organization. To see a complete list of SBRN members go to www.sbrn.org.
For more information on resources and assistance providers in the Jacksonville Metro Area, go to www.jaxsmallbizhelp.org. The membership of this organization is comprised of non-profits, economic development organizations, chambers. libraries, and other business resources. All interested in ensuring that businesses flourish in Jacksonville.
Industry reports track 9000 lines of business at local and national levels. BizMiner also provides access to industry financial ratios and industry market statistics.
Matches business owners/borrowers with lenders through proprietary matching software.