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FGCU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Celebrates Small Business Month; Hosts Series of Workshops

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of workshops and seminars in May to celebrate small business month at various locations throughout Southwest Florida for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Restaurant/Franchise Business: Learn the details about owning a restaurant or a franchise business 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 6 at FGCU Cape Coral Center; and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 7 at FGCU in Lutgert Hall. Cost is $20.

Business Assistance Expo: Farmers Market in Club Square, Cape Coral: This free one-stop opportunity starts 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 15 at the farmers Market in Club Square. FGCU's Small Business Development Center and Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral have joined forces to bring experts from throughout Lee County to one location, ready to answer questions and explain programs that are geared to help small businesses succeed. Exhibitors include: City of Cape Coral's Economic Development Office, Community Redevelopment Agency.

Quickbooks Simple Start: Learn the basics of Quickbooks 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 18 at FGCU in Lutgert Hall. Cost is $20.

Starting a Business in Charlotte County: Learn the "ins and outs" before deciding to open a business 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 21 at the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Free workshop.

Financial Forensics Workshop Clues to Making Your Business Profitable: Unlock the mystery in today's small business environment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in the Student Union ballroom. A continental breakfast and full lunch will be served. The luncheon speaker is Richard Pegnetter, dean for the Lutgert College of Business. Cost is $79. A 50% discount will be offered to Fifth Third Bank small business owners, SBDC clients, and FGCU faculty and staff. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

Office of Diversity Regional Matchmaker Workshop: Free, all day event 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27 at FGCU-Outdoor Sports Complex. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with municipalities purchasing representatives. Lunch will be provided. Reservations required.

To make a reservation for any SBDC workshops visit the website at or call the main office at (239)745-3700.

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