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FGCU Small Business Development Center Hosts July Workshops and Hurricane Seminars for Business Owners

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosts a series of workshops and business continuity hurricane preparedness seminars in July at various locations throughout Southwest Florida for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Doing Business with the Federal Government: This three-week series (July 9, 23, 30) takes place 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at FGCU-Lutgert Hall # 4201. Learn how to secure government contracts for your business. Cost to attend series is $20 for each session or $50 for the series.

Business 2day/ Independance2morrow: Mondays, July 12 through Sept. 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Edison State College, 1092 Cowboy Way, Labelle. Learn the fundamentals of business including how to write a business plan. Cost is $100 for the ten-week series.

How to Reduce Business Costs-Ways to Save: Tuesday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, 17200 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach. This seminar sponsored by the SBDC and Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce provides tips to save on business costs during the summer months. Cost to attend is $20.

Small Business Resource Network Mixer (SBRN): Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Embassy Suites, Estero. Join fellow business professionals at this monthly event. Cost is $15 for SBRN members and $20 for guest and non-members.

Bonita Springs Summer Hurricane Preparedness Seminar & EXPO: Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sunshine Ace Hardware, 9100 Bonita Beach Rd. This FREE seminar is sponsored by WINK TV, Lee County Emergency Management Operations, City of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue, the Small Business Administration, and Sunshine Ace Hardware. Panel discussion is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with Q & A to follow. Refreshments provided by Costco, and prize giveaways.

Cape Coral Summer Hurricane Preparedness Seminar: Wednesday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cape Coral SBDC office, 1021 Cultural Parkway. This free seminar will prepare your business for upcoming hurricane season. Hear from the City of Cape Coral officials and learn what they are working on this hurricane season. Lunch provided (seating limited).

Frequently Asked Questions of Starting a Business in Charlotte County: Friday, July 23, 9 a.m. to noon at Charlotte County Chamber office, 2702 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Cost is free.

Frequently Asked Questions about Starting A Business - (English & Spanish Sessions): Thursday, July 22 at Immokalee Public Library, 417 N. 1st Street, Immokalee. English session is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Spanish session 3p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Q&A follows both sessions. Workshops are free.

So You Want to Open a Franchise: Friday, July 23, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce office, 4109 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres. Presented by FranNet, Jack McKaie, Esq. - The Franchise Guy, LLC. Cost to attend is $20.

Overview of Doing Business with the Government: Monday, July 26, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Downtown Fort Myers Public Library, 2050 Central Ave, Fort Myers. This free event will teach participants how to secure government contracts.

PB & J: Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at FGCU- Lutgert Hall #4201. Google your way to more business at the free open discussion workshop sponsored by Pauli Systems.

By The Numbers Using Financial Statements: Tuesday, July 29, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cape Coral SBDC Office, 1020 Cultural Parkway. Learn how to run your business using financial statements. Cost to attend is $20.

Southwest Florida Small Business Workshop: Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at Hodges University-Fort Myers Campus, 4501 Colonial Blvd. This workshop is sponsored in conjunction with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University. Various presenters will provide information helpful to business owners. Cost to attend is $10.

To make a reservation, or to learn more about the SBDC, visit the website at or call the main office at (239) 745-3700.

For more information contact SBDC director Dan Regelski at (239) 745-3705.

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