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Success Story

I wish I would have known about the SBDC before I went to LegalZoom. But our bank told us to meet with Jodi at the SBDC. Every time I called or emailed her, I always got answers. She was always patient with my questions, and she helped us make good connections. And making sure people know we serve comfort food was her idea!

Eddie Wagaman - L’Sandwiches Comfort Food

Danmary Brito

When we met with Veronica and Jaime, they helped me focus on the next step. Now my products are in three stores in Jacksonville and I am taking phone orders. I am constantly adjusting my recipes and packaging, aiming to sell to big brands, step-by-step with the help of the SBDC

Danmary Brito - Succulent Food Jax

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I recommend the SBDC every time someone asks about business coaching or start-up assistance! I’m in a lot of social media groups for entrepreneurs in a few different fields and people ask about business coaching all the time. I let them know how helpful the SBDC has been for me and encourage them to reach out and talk to someone to see if SBDC can be helpful for them too.

Alexia Lewis - Keeping Healthy Simple Club

Chef Dennis Chan cutting the ribbon at his new location

It has been a pleasure growing our business with Cathy as our guiding light.  I can’t imagine growing our business to this level without tapping into the resources that the SBDC has shared with us.  I look forward to many more years of business success with the SBDC and Cathy as our partner. – Owner, Dennis Chan

Dennis Chan - Blue Bamboo

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We originally contacted the Florida SBDC at UNF before we started our business to work on our business concept. They were able to get us in the mindset of being business owners, and they opened our eyes to all that is involved in owning and running your own business.

Oliver and Julieta Mosqueda - Guanabana Artisan Ice Pops

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The help and resources that I have been given for free is incredible and I have even shared the information with many of my healthcare colleagues due to how involved and supportive the team has been. Just how much everyone is personally vested in my clinic and success is just so appreciated!

Shane Grindle - Integrative Med Group

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Dr. Geist has always made himself available and has been there to answer my questions, provide advice, and make suggestions. I look forward to working with him as we renovate and move into the new facility.

Gloria and Paul Klement - Nature Coast Preschool and Therapy Center

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SBDC has helped me to refocus my business and point me in the right direction on how to market and grow my company.

Andrey Novik - Novix Auto Body Inc.

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They helped me through the entire concept – from start to where I am now. Anyone starting a business should seek assistance from SBDC.


Erica Postway - PTY Contractors LLC

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Cheryl explained which programs to apply for, what the exact terms were and when I asked about the possibility of refinancing my building, she also ran me through some scenarios and possibilities.

John Lyon - Steamboat Willies

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