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Assistant Director and Certified Business Analyst for the SBDC
Phone: (239) 745-3704
Office: Lutgert Hall 2321
MBA, Florida Gulf Coast University (2006)
Suzanne Specht, Assistant Director of Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center assists start-up and existing small business owner in SW Florida with up-to-date business information, guidance and consulting as follows:
Suzanne Specht has been with Florida Gulf Coast University for fifteen years holding many roles within the Small Business Development Center. She is the center's assistant director, professional development and database coordinator, and a certified business consultant. Ms. Specht holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University and several certifications. Suzanne has financial experience and expertise gained from her career as a loan officer with Barnett and SouthTrust Banks. This banking background and Suzanne's ability as a really good listener are two key traits that make Suzanne an effective business analyst. Suzanne was awarded the Excalibur Award from the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and represented Florida as the Star Performer in 2004. In 2012, Ms. Specht was recently honored by ABWA- American Business Women's Association, as a "Women Making History" nominee, given to women that have demonstrated qualities of leadership and community advocacy.
Also, Suzanne is a Certified FastTrac Facilitator with the Kauffman Foundation and passed a professional Testing Corporation exam to be designated as a Certified Business Communicator. Suzanne is a tireless networker and works diligently to provide sound and knowledgeable business information for our SBDC Clients.
At the SBDC, Suzanne has counseled over 2000 small business owners in the past 14 yrs. She has spent over 12,600 counseling hours with clients assisting them with business plans, financial statements, and loan applications resulting in 140 business start-ups and capital formation over $15 million dollars. Her expertise includes SBA loan packages.
Also, Suzanne has conducted 400+ training seminars, not only in SW Florida but also in faraway places such as Russia, Trinidad, and Haiti. Her international training skills have built relationships with different organizations including partnerships with Halmstad University in Sweden and Kabardino-Balkaria Business Institute in Russia.
She sits on the Access Florida Finance Board, IDS Corp (SBA 504) Lender and is a member of Gulf Shore Business Magazine editorial board and was recently named by this magazine, "Top 29 Most Influential and Powerful Women in SW Florida", advisory board member for 21st Century Coalition, advisory board member CredAbility, and is supportive as a small business advisor to many local chambers of commerce. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys international travel, missions work, and reading.