Small Business Development Center

Florida SBDC IRSC brings Financial Literacy to PSL Business Owners & Operators

Florida SBDC IRSC brings Financial Literacy to PSL Business Owners & Operators

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will hold another round of Profit Mastery, a six-week financial training program, on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West starting Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

With financial support provided by local lenders, including Bank of America and SouthState Bank, this program (valued at $499) is offered to participants at no-cost. The Florida SBDC at IRSC is encouraging business owners to register not only themselves, but their bookkeepers, payroll executives and others who may benefit from strengthening their budgetary knowledge.

Business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, business advisors and others whose decisions have an impact on a company’s financial performance should consider participating. The Profit Mastery program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business managers.

The Port St. Lucie program runs the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon

 

Interested individuals may register themselves or their designees on the FSBDC at IRSC website or contact [email protected] |  (772) 336-6285

Once registered, participants are required to attend 5 out of 6 trainings in order to graduate from the program. A $25 deposit must be made to secure your seat and reserve your book for the course, deposits can be made via check mailed or dropped off to:

ATTN: FSBDC at IRSC  500 NW California BLVD, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Memo: Port St. Lucie Profit Mastery

Steve LeFever, Founder and Chairman of Profit Mastery is a national leader in the development of practical financial programs and training for the independent business community. His dual role as a successful entrepreneur and as a commercial banker gives him a unique perspective on financial analysis, business management, and practical business decisions.

Sessions held in Port St. Lucie are facilitated by FSBDC at IRSC business analyst Michael Bernard. Michael Bernard’s consulting experience comes from his work with several International accounting firms in their Management Consulting Departments working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States. He has also worked for several local and regional Accounting Firms as both a Manager and Principle in charge of their Consulting Operations in the South Florida area before opening his own Management Consulting Company in Miami, FL. Michael serves the City of Port St. Lucie area as a full-time consultant in partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie and The Florida SBDC at IRSC.

To learn more about the program itself please visit www.profitmastery.net To register or inquire about future sessions in other counties, contact your Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285.

 

 

About the Florida SBDC Network:

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy.

In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started.  With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

 

 

Apr. 11, 2022|

Florida SBDC IRSC teaches Financial Literacy to IRC Business Owners & Operators

Florida SBDC IRSC teaches Financial Literacy to IRC Business Owners & Operators

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will hold another round of Financial Training, formally known as Profit Mastery, on the IRSC Mueller Campus in Vero Beach starting Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 8 to 11 a.m.

This program runs six weeks and is offered to the public at no cost. Bank of America has graciously partnered with the Florida SBDC Network to scholarship financial training and management across the Treasure Coast region. Valued at $499, the Florida SBDC at IRSC is encouraging business owners to register not only themselves but their bookkeepers, payroll executives, and others who may benefit from strengthening their budgetary knowledge.

Business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, business advisors and others whose decisions have an impact on a company’s financial performance should consider participating. The Profit Mastery program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business managers.

 

The Indian River County program runs the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 13, 2022 |8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Interested individuals may register themselves or their designees on the FSBDC at IRSC website or contact [email protected] | (772) 336-6285

Once registered, participants are required to attend 5 out of 6 trainings in order to graduate from the program.

Steve LeFever, Founder, and Chairman of Profit Mastery is a national leader in the development of practical financial programs and training for the independent business community. His dual role as a successful entrepreneur and as a commercial banker gives him a unique perspective on financial analysis, business management, and practical business decisions.

Sessions held in Vero Beach are facilitated by FSBDC at IRSC business analyst, Frank Fink. Frank began his 48- year career in finance and operations management serving with the United States Air Force as an auditor. Following his military service, Frank began his corporate work with Florida Power & Light in their nuclear power division. After 24 years with FP&L, Frank went on to serve with other energy companies, in their nuclear divisions, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Commonwealth Edison, and Exelon Energy. Throughout his career, Frank served in numerous financial and operations management positions, where his responsibilities included: business planning, accounting, and financial control functions, business operations, strategic planning, supply chain management, information systems management, project management, estimating, and scheduling. Frank holds degrees and certifications from Indian River Community College, Barry, and Villanova
University.

To learn more about the program itself please visit www.profitmastery.net To register or inquire about future sessions in other counties, contact your Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285.

 

About the Florida SBDC Network:

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat.288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy.  In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the
University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory
basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

 

 

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Mar. 28, 2022|

Wednesday is National Small Business Development Center Day

Wednesday is National Small Business Development Center Day

 

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the Florida SBDC Network will celebrate the sixth annual, national SBDC Day, and you’re invited to join in the celebration.

What is SBDC Day?

SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact that America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) foster each year. Established by Congress in 1980, SBDCs provide consulting, training, and resources to aspiring and existing small businesses. Whether you have an idea and are just starting out, or you’re an existing business looking to grow, SBDCs have the right tools and specialized expertise to help you achieve success.

SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve each year by sharing, in real-time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will be celebrated virtually this year through social media and other digital channels.

What is the Florida SBDC Network?

The Florida SBDC Network serves as the state’s principal provider of small business assistance. Headquartered at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, the Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s small businesses. The network offers no-cost, personalized consulting in areas including access to capital, disaster resiliency, strategic planning, international trade, government contracting, and more. As part of its service offering, the Florida SBDC Network also offers hundreds of workshops each year ranging from the basics to advanced business management. Learn more about the Florida SBDC Network and our impact here.

How Do I Join the Celebration?

We’re calling all of our clients and partners to help us celebrate! Participating is easy:

  • Comment and share our “Share Your Story” post on social media. Share how the Florida SBDC has made a difference in your life.
  • Share how the Florida SBDC Network has made a difference for your business and in your community by tagging us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and using the #SBDCDay hashtag.
  •  Write a letter to your local representative sharing how the Florida SBDC Network has made a difference in your life.
  •  Interested in becoming a client or haven’t seen us in a while? Contact your local Florida SBDC and schedule a no-cost consulting appointment with us!
  • Tell your friends about us! SBDCs are known as “the best-kept secret.”

 

 

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Mar. 14, 2022|

FSBDC at IRSC Highlights Client Success: Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

FSBDC at IRSC Highlights Client Success: Benjamin Franklin Plumbing

 

Michael Bernard (SBDC) discusses plans for expansion with Matt Black, CEO of Ben Franklin Plumbing. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Florida SBDC Network Headquarters)

Understanding the importance of working on your business as often as you work in your business is a topic CEO/President of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, Matt Black, is passionate about. After engaging the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College for a Profit Mastery session to grow the organizations financial knowledge, Matt Black, who at the time was General Manager of the business and expressed interest in purchasing the business, approached the FSBDC regarding having the business evaluated. With the support of the SBDC, Matt Black came to terms with the owner of the franchise and purchased Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast. Through the FSBDC’s consulting, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing digitalized their business plan via LivePlan and continues to build off that plan to date.

As the organization continued to grow, so did Matt’s team as they quickly realized a bigger facility with room for more trucks was essential to their growth plan. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing successfully acquired a larger facility in a more central location which was featured in the FSBDC’s partnered business publication, Treasure Coast Business Magazine, in Spring of 2021.

Through the success of purchasing the business and working with the FSBDC, Black encourages other organizations to invest time into their business plan, “I would recommend that you have a basic outline of what you want to do and they (the FSBDC) will help assist you with the rest.”

You can learn more about the Benjamin Franklin of the Treasure Coast by calling (772) 212-0504 or visiting their website benjaminfranklinplumbing.com/port-st-lucie

Learn about Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s path to success by viewing their Client Success Story with the Florida Small Business Development Center, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyb4VkCMT7g

 

 

About the FSBDC at IRSC

The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) is a part of the Florida SBDC Network.

The Florida SBDC Network provides tools, training, and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed. Designated as “Florida’s provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The Florida SBDC Network is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the Network’s designated lead host institution. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

Ready to get your business started on the path to success? Contact your local Florida Small Business Development Center at IRSC!
[email protected] | (772) 336-6285 | www.irscbiz.com

 

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Feb. 23, 2022|

Florida SBDC IRSC holds Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Florida SBDC IRSC holds Digital Marketing Bootcamp

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) is conducting a pilot for their Digital Marketing Bootcamp kicking off on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 8 a.m. on the IRSC Pruitt Campus in St. Lucie West.  

This is a three-day program offered to participants at no-cost. The class will take place on three Mondays starting January 31 2022 and runs up until Monday, February 14 2022. The FSBDC at IRSC does plan to bring this program to other counties throughout 2022.

This program is designed for Treasure Coast business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing students and others wanting to strengthen their digital marketing strategy. The focus will be on creating a positive digital presence on social media and establishing a digital marketing strategy. 

In this course participants will learn: 

  • What a buyer’s persona is and how you can create one for your service or product
  • Drafting a marketing plan 
  • Implementing your marketing plan on social media 
  • Defining your target market 
  • Tailoring your marketing message
  • Creating a call to action
    & more!

To register or inquire about this program please visit: https://zfg6frxnxio.typeform.com/to/adtKTaog?typeform-source=www.canva.com 

These courses will be facilitated by FSBDC at IRSC Digital Media Consultant, Leanna Haag, who earned her Bachelors of Science & Administration with an emphasis in Marketing at the University of Central Florida. She garnered valuable marketing experience working for such corporations as Jeppesen and Allstate Insurance, primarily working in the roles of Marketing Coordinator to develop and execute tactical marketing plans at the regional and national level. With a desire to become an entrepreneur, Leanna started See Level Marketing in 2009 to service local businesses on the Treasure Coast struggling to manage their online presence. She has had the privilege to work with businesses of all types, including local government, to improve their search engine ranking with website development and search engine optimization, internet advertising, email marketing, online directories and development of tactical internet marketing plans. She is proud to recently take on the role of Digital Consultant with the FSBDC to begin the recovery process for local businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact your local Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285 with questions regarding this program and others.

 

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Jan. 25, 2022|

FSBDC at IRSC Profit Mastery Program

FSBDC at IRSC Profit Mastery Program

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will hold another round of Financial Training, formally known as Profit Mastery, on the IRSC Blackburn Campus in Fort Pierce starting Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. EST.

This is an eight-week program offered to the public at no cost to participants. Local lenders have graciously partnered with the Florida SBDC Network to scholarship financial training and management across the Treasure Coast region. Valued at $499, the Florida SBDC at IRSC is encouraging business owners to register not only themselves but their bookkeepers, payroll execs, and others who may benefit from strengthening their budgetary knowledge.

Business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, business advisors and others whose decisions have an impact on a company’s financial performance should consider participating. The Profit Mastery program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business managers.

To register please email [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285

Steve LeFever, Founder, and Chairman of Profit Mastery is a national leader in the development of practical financial programs and training for the independent business community. His dual role as a successful entrepreneur and as a commercial banker gives him a unique perspective on financial analysis, business management, and practical business decisions.

Sessions held in Fort Pierce by the FSBDC at IRSC are facilitated by business analyst, Clifton Vaughn. Vaughn is a Graduate of Miami-Dade College, Florida International University, and the St. Thomas University has over 40 years of business experience working in South Florida as an auditor, financial controller, financial planner, and small business owner and operator. During his years as a business professional he spent time in the airline industry, construction, consulting with small business owners, and teaching business and accounting courses at Johnson & Wales and St. Thomas Universities. Clifton has served on the Boards of Directors of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the Miami-Dade Partnership for the Homeless.

To learn more about the program itself please visit www.profitmastery.net To register or inquire about future sessions in other counties, contact your Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285.

 

 

Profit Mastery Training Program

Jan. 10, 2022|

Tips for Managing Cash Flow

Tips for Managing Cash Flow

 

Michael Bernard

What’s the No. 1 reason small businesses fail? Cash flow, not lack of profits.
About 80% of small business failures happen because of poor cash-flow
management.

Mike Bernard, a consultant at the Florida SBDC at Indian River State College and a financial specialist, says he hears it all the time from his clients: “My business made a profit last year, but I don’t have any money to pay my bills.” Bernard notes that many of his clients have sizable sums of their operating cash tied up in Accounts Receivable or Inventory.

 

Remember, cash flow is not the same as Profit. Are you profitable but still struggling month to month in managing cash flow? You are not alone. Managing when money enters and exits a company is crucial to
business survival and growth.

Bernard, a Financial Analyst, stated, “A lot of businesses can sell their products, but they don’t understand their working capital cycle. A company, as we teach in our Profit Mastery seminars, can sell itself right out of business.” As businesses continue to grow, they must control their cash flow. For example, business owners get excited when they get a government contract. However, they need to understand the specific terms attached, like not being paid for 60 to 90 days. Meanwhile, you have to buy inventory and pay your fixed overhead
expenses. Can you sustain that?  If you cannot and do not get additional capital, sometimes it is better not to pursue the contract. What else can you do so your business does not become a statistic? The first and perhaps most important is to set aside time in your week to think about your strategy and try to understand your financial information. Small businesses are so much into day-to-day operations that they do not think enough about the cash flow cycle. You have to be constantly vigilant about looking
for ways to improve your cash flow. It is the lifeblood of your business.

“A business owner needs to regularly review and analyze the business’ financial statements and working capital cycle,” said Bernard. “Is this the best you can do, or are there additional strategies and tactics to generate and improve cash flow?” Bernard also notes, a thorough review of the business’ payables and receivables can uncover opportunities to shorten the operating cycle.

A Few More Ideas:
- Every industry has its own set of Metrics. The FSBDC at IRSC has a database of
these metrics to help you analyze how you are doing compared to your industry.

- Make it a daily routine to review the business’ actual daily cash balance.

- As you recognize potential cash flow problems, create strategies that correct the
problems.

- Accounts Receivable: Consider granting discounts for prompt payment. Such as 2 – 10 Net
30 (2% discount if paid in 10 days, or full payment in 30 days). Also, ensure that your terms are not too long and that your receivables are quality accounts to keep delinquencies down.

- Accounts Payable: Be careful on the payables side, also. Buying inventory that does not move becomes stale and then obsolete.  In addition, this time, you want terms on your side – as long as possible to pay and negotiate
volume discounts.

- Inventory: Compare inventory turn rate to the industry average (Metrics) to see how you compare. Remember, inventory that does not turn fast enough is money left on the shelf that could be in your pocket. Have a sale for slow-moving inventories or donate it to a non-profit for a tax write-off, and negotiate just-in-time contracts so that you can
keep as little inventory on hand as possible.

- To increase cash flow from sales growth, open newer, less costly distribution
channels, increase prices where you can and introduce new technology to help
reduce sales costs.

- Spend and collect with care.  Watch overhead costs, always negotiate on price.
Give credit very carefully but collect very aggressively.

This article is provided by the Florida SBDC at IRSC, the small business development Center within Indian River State College’s School of Business. The center’s team of business experts works one-on-one with hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners each year by providing confidential, no-cost consulting. The center’s mission is to help treasure Coast businesses grow and succeed.

Jan. 10, 2022|

FSBDC at IRSC Highlights Client Success

FSBDC at IRSC Highlights Client Success

 

Staff Photo - DragonFly Graphics

Staff with Al Coffey, Owner of DragonFly Graphics. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Florida SBDC Network Headquarters)

What started as a family business twenty years ago has grown to a recognizable and respected brand across the Treasure Coast. DragonFly Graphics, located off Bayshore in Port St. Lucie, Florida, understands the importance of building your professional image through good branding and a memorable image amongst the public. As a trusted provider of branded material like company shirts and logo creation, President/CEO Al Coffey states the foundation of this successful enterprise started as a family business, inspired by brothers with a background in screen printing. To date, DragonFly has expanded its team past the ranks of just family, employing over twenty individuals whose skills range in graphic design, printing, and more. You can spot DragonFly Graphic’s expertise on a number of local Pop Warner Football jerseys.

Al Coffey started as an attendee of an FSBDC at IRSC Financial Literacy session, the now fifteen-year relationship has made DragonFly Graphics a high-value client for this region. While this organization’s journey started long before a connection with the FSBDC at IRSC, Al Coffey contacted the local center in 2009 while searching for access to capital for growth. Coffey worked alongside the late Fort Pierce consultant, Duke Evans, for a number of years working towards putting DragonFly’ success into a business plan to ensure they are ready for future expansion or capital. Through a relationship with the FSBDC at IRSC the organization received research via IBIS World reporting on the surrounding market. This data was used exponentially over the course of fifteen years, strengthening DragonFly’s following among local organizations.

DragonFly continued their relationship with the FSBDC at IRSC, resulting in being one of the first organizations within the region to secure an Emergency Bridge Loan at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through contact with consultant Spike Schultheis, DragonFly was able to plan for use of funding from the EBL and apply for a local Small Business Recovery Grant facilitated through the FSBDC at IRSC. Obtaining both sources of funding allowed the organization to keep a full staff and continue production throughout the economic disaster. Consulting provided by the FSBDC instilled the importance of a growth plan, a goal Al Coffey has since set to achieve with the Florida SBDC at IRSC stating, “trial and error can be costly and unnecessary” in regards to having Spike in his corner, “having someone with more knowledge than me over my shoulder to point out opportunities is very valuable”.

Listing community as a core value of the organization, DragonFly Graphics is a valuable asset to the Treasure Coast. You can learn more about their organization and gain personalized branding material by visiting their website dragonflycentral.com or calling (772) 879-9800

Learn about DragonFly’s path to success by viewing their Client Success Story with the Florida Small Business Development Center, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUjrNUH1uvA

Ready to get started on your path to success? Contact your local FSBDC at Indian River State College!

[email protected] | (772) 336-6285

Jan. 3, 2022|

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit/NACCE Ambassador Program

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit and NACCE Ambassador Program

 

Tom Kindred

Tom Kindred, FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in partnership with Intuit is pleased to announce the acceptance of fourteen colleges into their newly launched Ambassadors Program. Selected educators will support and champion the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs (FMFE) initiative, as well as Intuit’s Design for Delight, which utilizes design thinking methodology to teach students how to approach critical problem-solving.“The FMFE curriculum stands ready to make a tremendous impact nationally with fifty community colleges and HBCUs adopting it and another fifty NACCE members becoming Innovation Catalysts,” said Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president, and CEO of NACCE.

The FMFE initiative started in the fall of 2018 with the ultimate goal of empowering future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success. Since its inception, NACCE and Intuit have reached over 750 for-credit and non-credit students with this turnkey, modular curriculum. Over 70% of students who completed the post-tests shared that they felt confident in their ability to manage business finances and over 85% felt confident in their ability to manage their personal finances.

In 2020, NACCE and Intuit partnered to train educators on how Design for Delight can be used to identify unsolved problems, gain empathy, run rapid experiments with actual customers, test assumptions, and iterate along the way. NACCE and Intuit hosted two pieces of training, co-developed an Intuit Design Thinking Innovator digital badge, and reached over 300 educators and more than 1,000 students.

“Intuit is proud to partner with NACCE to help students develop critical personal and business financial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset needed to start and run their own business or work for an existing company,” says Dave Zasada, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Intuit.

Please join us in welcoming the following colleges to the Ambassadors Program:

  • Kelly Barber – Halifax Community College (NC)
  • Vivian Faustino-Pulliam – City College of San Francisco (CA)
  • Deborah Gaspard – Metropolitan Community College (NE)
  • Gary Graves – Fullerton College (CA)
  • Holly Hanson – Roane State Community College (TN)
  • Neil Higgins – Cuesta College (CA)
  • Tom Kindred – Indian River State College (FL)
  • Jackeline Davila Mejias-Fuertes – NJ SDBC at Brookdale Community College (NJ)
  • Amy Pietsch – Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • Pam Pirog – Housatonic Community College (CT)
  • Matt Poyle – Lorain County Community College (OH)
  • Shane Snipes – Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Ronda Taylor – Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Danelle Toups – Tarrant County College (TX)

 

 

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About NACCE

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college's role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE unites a dynamic network of community colleges. For more information, visit www.nacce.com.

About Intuit

Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTaxQuickBooksMintCredit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

Dec. 6, 2021|

Small Business Saturday

FSBDC at IRSC Promotes Small Biz Saturday

 

Small Biz Saturday

 

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College announces its participation in Small Business Saturday, which will be held on November 27. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses and strengthening communities across the country.

Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States.

“We’re excited to get involved with our business communities,” said Katie Muldoon, administrative and outreach specialist for the Florida SBDC at IRSC. “Our center recognizes the importance and value of our small businesses. I am excited to see people out and about supporting our marketplace.”

The FSBDC at IRSC invites all Small Business owners to promote themselves at no-cost via their local radio show, Small Biz Florida. Those wishing to be featured on Small Biz Florida are encouraged to reach out to your local FSBDC and schedule an interview: [email protected]  | (772) 336-6285

The Florida SBDC Network encourages small businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday and urges consumers to support small businesses during this day and throughout the holiday season.

The Florida SBDC at IRSC is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network of more than 40 centers. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network provides consulting, training, and information to help aspiring and existing small businesses.

Small businesses and consumers may learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting ShopSmall.com

 

 

Nov. 8, 2021|