Meet the Team Leaders
Florida’s economy continues to grow and create private-sector jobs, buoyed by the pro-business policies put in place by Governor Scott and our legislature. Through eight legislative sessions under Scott, $10 billion in taxes was cut and $10 billion in state debt was paid off. Through February 2018, nearly 1.5 million private-sector jobs have been created in the state, and Florida’s small businesses are the foundation for that growth. From manufacturing and healthcare to aerospace and professional services, Florida’s small businesses are some of the world’s most innovative companies. Enterprise Florida is proud to support the state’s small businesses by helping find the resources needed for success. Our trade and development team maintains an extensive schedule of worldwide trade missions and exhibitions to help small businesses grow in international markets. Last year, more than 500 small and mid-sized businesses reported $738 million in total export sales following international events.
Peter Antonacci, CEO
(877) YES-FLORIDA • enterpriseflorida.com
Florida Small Business Development Center Network
On behalf of the Florida SBDC Network, congratulations on your decision to establish or expand your business. Designated as the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network is your source for the expertise, experience and resources to help your business grow and succeed. Recognizing that intergovernmental collaboration makes it easier for aspiring, emerging and established businesses to succeed, we partner with organizations like EFI, DEO and CareerSource Florida to deliver vital business and economic development services across the state.
Visit us online at www.FloridaSBDC.org to learn more about our services and to find one of our 45 offices nearest you.
Michael Myhre, CEO
(850) 898-3479 • floridaSBDC.org
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is committed to creating an environment where small businesses can succeed. The agency offers a variety of programs that provide loans, tax credits and technical assistance to help Florida’s small businesses flourish. These services are designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners invest in their local communities by creating opportunities and jobs for Florida residents. The Sunshine State’s low taxes, coupled with its business-friendly policies, make it an ideal location for investors to create, grow and develop businesses. The Black Business Loan Program, Florida’s Microfinance Program and the State Small Business Credit Initiative are just some of the programs the agency provides to stimulate small businesses statewide. To learn more information about the vast array of services offered at the agency, please visit DEO’s webpage: floridajobs.org/smallbusiness.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director
(850) 245-7105 • floridajobs.org
In today’s competitive environment, a skilled, capable workforce gives your business a competitive edge. We are here to help. The CareerSource Florida network at careersourceflorida.com provides recruiting, hiring and training assistance to thousands of businesses like yours, whether you need one employee or 1,000.
We also are helping to build tomorrow’s talent pipeline through our national leadership in industry sector strategies. Together with business, education and economic development partners, we are using market intelligence to project occupational needs now and into the future and addressing those needs with demand-driven talent solutions. Through these partnerships, we are working to ensure today’s training teaches tomorrow’s skills.
The impact is significant. We provided assistance to more than 81,000 businesses of all sizes last year.
You want to win. We want to help. Let’s work together to grow your business and make Florida the global leader for talent.
Michelle Dennard, President and CEO
(850) 692-6887 • careersourceflorida.com