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FGCU Small Business Development Center Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Workshop at Big Cypress Market Place in East Naples

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Big Cypress Market Place, will host a Hurricane Preparedness workshop for small businesses in the East Naples area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 31 in the food court area of the Market Place.

A panel of distinguished speakers will be on hand to discuss with business owners the importance of being prepared with a disaster plan, and which agency to call should a disaster occur.

Panelists include SBDC director Dan Regelski; events and communications manager for Economic Development Council Beth Skotzke; community outreach coordinator for Florida
Department of Financial Services Terrence Cerullo; and president of Fire Service Disaster Kleenup Greg Firth. President of Basik Development and owner of Big Cypress Market Place Keith Basik will moderate the program.

"We are very excited to take part in our second small business program at the Big Cypress Market Place for business owners," said Regelski. "This is a great opportunity for businesses in the outskirt areas to hear firsthand how they can learn to swiftly strike back should a disaster hit their business and what agencies are available to them should and when a disaster does happen."

There is no cost to attend the workshop, however reservations are requested by calling (239) 745-3700, or visiting the SBDC Website at

Big Cypress Market Place is located on U.S. 41, four miles east of S.R. 951 (Collier Boulevard). From I-75 take the S.R. west exit. Go 6.5 miles and turn left onto U.S. 41. The Market Place is on the left at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Basik Road.

The SBDC assists Southwest Florida small business owners with free counseling, workshops and seminars. The SBDC is located at Lutgert College of Business at FGCU and funded in part through a cooperative with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information, media representatives should contact Regelski at (239) 745-3700.

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