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SWFL Small Business Resource Network Hosts "2013 Economic Outlook for Small Businesses" Seminar at Monthly Event

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Florida Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will host a networking and discussion seminar on 2013 economic outlook for small business owners 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, in Fort Myers. SBRN, a statewide organization, is sponsored locally by Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center.

Dr. Gary Jackson, director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University is the evening's speaker.

He will provide an overview of the regional economy and lead a discussion of the economic headwinds we are facing - including the need to address the federal budget deficit. Jackson graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts and has extensive experience in economic forecasting, strategic planning, electricity markets, risk management and policy.

The meeting is sponsored by Grasmeier Business Consulting, which provides tax, accounting and consulting services to small business owners.

The evening begins with the Resource Network's monthly "Network after Five" social event where members and guests network and exchange ideas for growing their business. Cost for SBRN members is $15 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres. Guests and unaffiliated small business owners pay $25 per person.

Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, go online to Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) provides a reliable connection between seasoned professionals who service the small business arena and the small business owner. In addition to offering consulting services, the organization conducts monthly meetings that provide topics of interest to its members. For more information on the resource network, visit

For more information, to register for the event, or to get directions, contact Lorna Kibbey, coordinator at the Small Business Development Center at (239) 745-3700.

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