Success Story

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

Steamboat Willies owner standing under restaurant sign

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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You build a house from the ground up, and the SBDC is an incredible resource available to build a strong foundation for long-term success and growth of a company

Zach Elkins - Lean Impact Nutrition

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We have had a terrific partnership with the SBDC for several years.  The team at the SBDC has provided us with valuable assistance and guidance which has contributed to our bottom line profitability.  This year they have been particularly helpful as we expand our services to ensure the company continues to thrive.

Mark Thompson - Florida Sun Printing

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With help from professionals like Veronica B. and Jaime S., we implemented changes in our website and grew the business. SBDC serves the small businesses, also in Spanish, at no cost with the only goal to help us succeed.

Nadia Medrano & Laura Fraga - Empanadas Factory Latin Fusion

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