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Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Organization Hosts Networking Event to Learn About Small Business Resources in the Community

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) hosts a networking event to learn about small business resources in the community 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16 at Estero Embassy Suites Hotel, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive in Estero. The event is a monthly meeting for the Southwest Florida SBRN sponsored by Florida Gulf Coast’s Small Business Development Center.

Meeting theme is "All About the Free Counseling Services Offered by FGCU's Small Business Development Center." Facilitator for the evening is Suzanne Specht, assistant director for the Small Business Development Center. She shares several success stories of how the Center helped area businesses grow.

State certified SBDC analysts describe their areas of business expertise and explain the various free counseling services they provide. Speakers include Specht - Finance and Business Planning; Julio Estremera, Certified Business Analyst (CBA)-Financial Planning, Restaurants and Bilingual; Dan Telep, CBA-Procurement and Technical Assistance, Doing Business with the Federal Government; Tor Ostensen, CBA-Doing Business with Lee County; Judith Pultro, CBA-Operations Management, Planning and Marketing.

Following the meeting is the Resource Network's monthly "Network After Five" social event where members have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas for growing their businesses.

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 14. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person for hors d'oeuvres. Guest fee is $20. Small business owners who register for the event in advance are welcome to attend for free.

The Small Business Resource Network is a statewide organization that provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. For more information on the resource network, visit

For more information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center at (239) 745-3700 or go online at Https://

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