|FSBDCN State Office: The Florida SBDC Network is pleased to welcome Kelly Massey as the new Regional Director of the FSBDC at the University of West Florida. As Regional Director, Massey will lead FSBDC full-service offices in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach in support of small businesses in the northwest Florida region.
“We are thrilled to have Kelly join our team,” said Michael Myhre, State Director (Interim), Florida SBDC Network. “His extensive business background, experiences and accomplishments are valuable assets to the Network, business community and our stakeholders. He is exceedingly prepared, and we are certain he will provide the leadership needed to grow small business and economic development in the region.”
About the FSBDC Network
In 2012, the Florida SBDCs served approximately 38,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners through consulting and training, resulting in 47,845 jobs created, retained and saved at a significantly low cost of $112 per job; $6.3 billion in sales growth; $235.2 million in capital accessed; $588.4 million in government contract awards; and 744 new businesses started. For every $1 of Florida public and private sector investment in the FSBDC program, $40 was returned to the state in tax revenue.
A statewide service network of 40 centers with 60 outreach locations, the Florida SBDC Network is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 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 state designated as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance and is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.
To learn more about the Florida SBDC Network or to find a FSBDC near you, visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.