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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Small Business Development Center and Florida Office of Small Business Advocate Host Small Business Issues Forum, Feb. 10

FORT MYERS, FL - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University has teamed up with Florida Office of Small Business Advocate (OSBA) to present a free small business forum to discuss issues that negatively impact small business growth in Florida, identify state regulations or statutes that impede small business expansion and new venture formulation, and provide information to small businesses on how to obtain government assistance, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb.10 at FGCU Sugden Welcome Center.

The open town hall discussion is facilitated by OSBA advocate, Lew Attardo, and other staff of OSBA.

"This is a great opportunity for small business owners to tell the OSBA representatives what they feel is important for their business. This in return will give the representatives an opportunity to take it back to Tallahassee and advocate for them," said Dan Regelski, director of the SBDC. "Small business is the catalyst of the American dream, and business owners need to know that the people who represent them in Southwest Florida and in Tallahassee hear them first-hand."

Local leaders have agreed to be on hand including City of Bonita Springs, Mayor Ben Nelson Jr. and Fort Myers Assistant City Manager Marvin Collins.

Several organizations have also partnered with the SBDC to get the word out including the Chambers of Commerce in Bonita Springs, Greater Naples, Greater Fort Myers, Cape Coral, SW Florida Hispanic and Lehigh Acres, as well as Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Cape Coral Economic Development Center, Lee and Collier County SCORE Chapters and the Florida Women's Business Center.

The forum is free, however seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by registering on line at or by calling (239)745-3700.

For more information, media representatives should contact Regelski at (239)745-3705.

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