TAMPA (October 5, 2023) – The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of South Florida (USF) announces its expansion across the 10-county Tampa Bay region with the addition of a new satellite office location. Starting this October, every second Wednesday of the month as well as every fourth Tuesday of the month, aspiring, emerging, and established business owners in Hardee County can find their local Florida SBDC at USF consultant in Wauchula, located at The Development Group building. Entrepreneurs seeking business guidance will have the opportunity to consult with Florida SBDC at USF business consultants, Greg Manning or Stacey Dadd, at no-cost at 107 East Main Street Wauchula, Fl 33873.
“Florida SBDC at USF services improve outcomes for small businesses through confidential, no-cost consulting services,” Carl Hadden, regional director of the Florida SBDC at USF, said. “The expanded partnership forged with The Development Group will make SBDC services more accessible to businesses in Hardee County. This collaboration will fuel The Development Group’s commitment to build a thriving Hardee County business community.”
For more than 45 years, the Florida SBDC at USF has provided no-cost assistance to aspiring, emerging, and established businesses in Hardee County through consulting, training, and market research.
“Supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs is an essential element of The Development Group’s mission to inspire economic growth,” Denise Grimsley, President/CEO of The Development Group, said. “Partnering with SBDC at USF by hosting a satellite office grants Hardee County citizens access to resources and expertise. An empowered business community results in a stronger Hardee County.”
As the number of Hardee County entrepreneurs increases, the Florida SBDC at USF will continue helping businesses in need by expanding its reach. Hardee County entrepreneurs and businesses will have additional access to consultant expertise on areas vital to accelerating business growth, including strategic market research, market expansion, and much more.
About the Florida SBDC at USF
The Florida SBDC at USF helps create a better Florida for all by providing businesses the expertise and resources needed to succeed and grow. The Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.