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Gov. Jeb Bush Honors SBDC Director Today in Bonita Springs with "Economic Patriotism Award"

FORT MYERS, FL - Gov. Jeb Bush will present the state’s Economic Patriotism Award today to Dan Regelski, director of the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University for his work and efforts to assist small business owners in their recovery from the Lake Okeechobee draught disaster and the after effects of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The presentation will take place at 1:15 p.m. in the Bonita Springs Hyatt Blue Heron Room during the Governor’s appearance at the Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The recognition is part of a program with Delta Airlines to honor one person in each state for their help. The FGCU SBDC has worked closely with local representatives as well as the governor’s office to provide solutions and technical assistance to those businesses affected by the two disasters. The SBDC team attended numerous town hall meetings in Moore Haven and counseled one-to-one with business owners.

“I was honored to receive this award but more honored to work with the entrepreneurs in our small business community,” Regelski said.

“I have an outstanding SBDC staff and team who all really respond to the needs of our small business community. Our partnerships with chambers, offices of economic development, ECC, vo-tech schools and numerous associations and organizations help us in reaching our target clients. Through counseling, educational programs and confidentiality, we are able to help businesses respond to adversity and succeed through sales and profits.”

For more information, contact Mary-Helen Blakesley at (850) 992-8743, Pam Dana at (850) 487-2568; state director of the SBDC, Jerry Cartwright, at (850) 595-6060, ext. 222; or Regelski at (941) 948-1820.

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