|FSBDCN State Office: This November, we are pleased to celebrate 2012 National Entrepreneurship Month, as proclaimed by President Obama. The Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDC Network) recognizes and celebrates our nation’s entrepreneurial energy, creativity and innovation all that are vital to our economy.
“Ours is a Nation where men and women can take a chance on a dream—where they can take an idea that starts around a kitchen table or in a garage and turn it into a new business or a new industry,” said President Obama. “During National Entrepreneurship Month, we celebrate the hard work, ingenuity and courage of our thinkers, doers and makers.”
In a recent study conducted by the Kauffman Foundation for Economic Research, Florida was listed as a top state for entrepreneurship, ranked number 11 in entrepreneurial activity and was also listed as the sixth state with the highest entrepreneurial growth in 2011.
With entrepreneurship on the rise, it is more important than ever for entrepreneurs to receive the assistance they need to grow their ideas into successful businesses. As Florida’s principal provider of business assistance, designated by Fla. Stat. § 288.001, the FSBDC Network is the only statewide organization capable of providing business assistance to entrepreneurs through all stages of their business growth.
“Entrepreneurship should be protected and nourished as the key to furthering economic prosperity in Florida,” said Jerry Cartwright, FSBDC Network State Director. “We are dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their full business potential.”
Below is a small sample of the thousands of entrepreneurs and diverse industries that the FSBDCs serve statewide whose innovative entrepreneurial efforts represent the true spirit of American entrepreneurship. We are proud to showcase these clients:
As envisioned by Congress when the SBDC program was established in 1980, independent studies show that more small businesses have started, grown and prospered, contributing to the improvement of state and local economies through job creation. Since its inception, the FSBDC Network is pleased to have served over 1.1 million entrepreneurs and small business owners, resulting in the creation and retention of close to 350,000 jobs.
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