Enterprise Florida Inc. - Minority/Small Business Development Partners
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council A non-
profit organization dedicated to increasing purchasing from minority businesses by government entities and corporations while increasing MBEs’ operating capacity through hands-on business assistance, training and access to technology and capital resources.
Florida Coalition for Micro-enterprise Development FCMD is a coalition of microbusiness development organizations, Certified Financial Development Institutions, small business and community development organizations, associations and supporters who advocate for microbusiness issues as part of the RAISE Florida Network. FCMD is grounded in advocacy and education, building economic security for microbusiness owners, supporting efforts to expand opportunities that encourage job growth, promoting entrepreneurship among minorities and women, and increasing access to capital and affordable financial products and services to spur growth of emerging businesses in Florida.
Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida
HBIF is an economic development, nonprofit organization, specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs establishing or expanding their business in Florida. HBIF offers individual consulting; business seminars in Spanish; assistance to obtain loans; and entrepreneurial grants for subcontracted projects such as business and marketing plans, corporate branding and website creation, accounting and legal assessments and more. With offices in Florida’s central, south and west coast regions, services are provided at no charge thanks to contributions from individual and corporate donors, government grants and fund raising.
Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials FAMBEO is a volunteer educational association for small/minority/woman owned/veteran, disadvantaged business enterprises. Over the past 30 years, FAMBEO has developed as a premier training entity. Through its twice yearly trainings in various parts of the state, FAMBEO brings information about upcoming business opportunities and technical assistance.www.fambeo.com.
Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development FACSMBD is statutorily authorized and is administered through the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS). Through policy recommendations to the Governor, heads of the Senate and House and the DMS Secretary, the Council plays a major role in making a difference for Florida’s small- and micro-businesses. The Council’s Annual Report provides an update on the Council’s progress and six key recommendations, including reconfiguring current micro-finance law to make it user-friendly for borrowers and lenders. In addition, the Council produced Access to Capital and Access to Procurement for Florida to address how the state can achieve progress in this regard. Appointed by the DMS Secretary and approved by the Governor, the Council comprises diverse constituencies and stakeholders. It operates through a committee system, and all meetings are open to the public.