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FGCU Small Business Development Center Receives Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board's Champion Award

FORT MYERS, FL - Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board presented Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) with the Champion Award at its annual banquet on Sept. 9 at the Hyatt Coconut Point. Gov. Rick Scott was present and acknowledged the award recipients for their dedication and commitment to Florida's job growth.

Each year, the board bestows the Champion Award to recognize the accomplishments of individuals, events or organizations that clearly demonstrate success in achieving a quality workforce for Southwest Florida.

The SBDC was recognized for its outstanding work with small businesses in the five county areas that it serves. The SBDC has been the engine for economic development in Southwest Florida for over 15 years. The organization has continuously assisted numerous businesses to either start-up, grow, or both, which translates to more jobs in Southwest Florida.

SBDC director Dan Regelski is proud of his team, which include certified business analysts, support staff, and volunteers who contribute their time to help small businesses succeed. "I am humbled by this award and appreciate the confidence in the folks that nominated us for such a prestigious honor."

The SBDC is located at Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business. It provides free and confidential business counseling as well as workshops and seminars to help small business owners with assistance on business plans, financial advice, marketing ideas and much more.

To schedule an appointment with a business counselor or to learn more about the SBDC, visit, or call the main office at (239) 745-3700.

For further information, media representatives should contact Dan Regelski at (239) 745-3705 or

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