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FGCU Small Business Development Center Hosts Summer Workshops for Small Business Owners

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a series of workshops and seminars throughout the summer at various locations in Southwest Florida for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Importance of Financial Planning at All Stages of Your Business: Every business should have a financial "road map," and this informal seminar will help attendees understand how to get there 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, June 4 at FGCU - Lutgert Hall Room 4201. There is no cost to attend.

Bookkeeping for Small Business: Need to brush up on your accounting skills? Then make plans to attend this seminar 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 8 at SBDC Cape Coral Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway Blvd S. Unit 3. Cost is $20 to attend.

Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business: Learn the "ins and outs" before deciding to open a business 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 10 at FGCU - Lutgert Hall Room 4201. Cost $20 to attend.

Small Business Resource Network Mixer: Join fellow professionals for an evening of networking and business card exchange at the Embassy Suites in Estero 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17. Guest speaker will be Nancy Boyle, State Coordinator of the Small Business Resource Network. Cost to attend is $15 for members and $20 for guests.

Survival Tips For the Summer: Learn tips on preparing and surviving the summer months 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m., Tuesday, June 22 at Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 17200 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Cost is $20 to attend. Bring your own lunch. (This is part one of a three part series).

Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business in Cape Coral: A panel of experts will be available to answer questions 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 23 at the SBDC Cape Coral Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway, Unit 3. Cost to attend is $20.

How Do I Get Certified as a Minority Business? Learn what you need to do to get your certification as a minority business owner 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 24 at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamami Trail, Port Charlotte. No cost to attend. Reservations are encouraged.

Marketing Your Small Business: This workshop will teach participants how to market goods and services to consumers 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 25 at Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Tamiami Trial, Port Charlotte. This is a free event.

Understanding and Writing a Marketing Plan: Attendees will learn the importance of having a marketing plan in place 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 28 at the Fort Myers Downtown Library, located at 2050 Central Ave, Fort Myers. No cost to attend but reservations are encouraged.

Is Your Business Compliant? This month's PB&J brown bag lunch will focus on compliance issues such as I-9 and other important documents needed for business owners 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 30 at FGCU - Lutgert Hall Room 4201. No cost to attend but reservations are encouraged.

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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