2021 Annual Impact Report

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Prosperity Report: Florida SBDC at UNF

At the Florida SBDC Network, we believe in creating unimaginable possibilities for small businesses that yield economic prosperity for our state.



Consulting Client Breakdown



or 16% Veterans & SCDVs


Gov’t Contracts






Jobs Impacted




1,085 or 52%

Consulting hours delivered







1,100 or 52%

Existing & aspiring business owners consulted



direct, indirect, induced*


95 Training Events were conducted for 2,343 small business attendees For every state $1 invested in the Florida SBDC, $60 is returned to the state in tax revenue.*



$3.9 Billion

GRP IMPACT on Florida’s economy as a result of Florida SBDC services

*2021 Economic Impact Analysis of the Florida SBDC Network by FSU CEFA **Reported by respondent clients of outcomes resulting from or in part due to assistance received in 2020-2021

Client Testimonials

HELPING BUSINESSES GROW & SUCCEED Owning and operating a small business can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. What comes with a sense of freedom, fulfillment, and excitement, however, can be a sense of isolation.

St. Augustine Land & Sea Tours, St. Augustine

“Working with SBDC during these times has been very helpful. With help from professionals in the SBDC, we implemented changes in our website and marketing strategies that grew the business. SBDC serves the small businesses, also in Spanish, at no cost with the only goal to help us succeed”. —Anes and Luis Salva, Owners

This is where Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) help. Established by Congress in 1980, SBDCs foster local, regional, and state economic prosperity by providing aspiring and existing small businesses access to professionally certified and credentialed business consultants to help mitigate common obstacles and find success. Designated as “Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance [Fla. Stat. § 288.001],” the Florida SBDC Network, one of 62 SBDC networks in the country, has more than 40 offices, and approximately 50 outreach locations from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. In addition to our core service offering of no-cost consulting, training, and business research, Florida SBDCs provide a comprehensive toolkit of specialized services for businesses looking to accelerate market growth, including:

Strategic & Business Plan Development Access to Capital Strategic Market Research Cybersecurity Market Growth Development International Trade Government Contracting Disaster Resiliency & Recovery

Contact one of our nine regions nearest you to find your local office and learn more about how the Florida SBDC can help.

Integrated Med Group, Jacksonville “…The Florida SBDC at UNF continues to assist Shane in creating a greater online presence and withthe overall growth

Florida SBDC at UNF

of his business. Per Shane, “The pandemic has been very difficult to overcome but we are slowly adding patients and sharing the great information and helping families in the process and making Jacksonville that much healthier.”

Jacksonville (904) 620-2476 www.sbdc.unf.edu

—Shane Grindle, Owner

Not your area? Find one near you: Alachua County (352) 334-7230

Putnam County (386) 268-1311

Clay County (904) 513-8605

St. Johns County (904) 209-1295

Marion County (352) 622-8763 Nassau County (904) 530-6027

Network Headquarters Pensacola (850) 898-3479

Johnsons Coastal Marine Construction, Yulee “… I met with [my consultant] Jodi on multiple occasions and each time she helped me put my business together. Whether it was assistance with the business plan, financial contacts, or information on government contracts, she was a wealth of knowledge and was very willing to help. The resources she provided me with were invaluable in turning my good idea into a business. I recommend that anyone who is contemplating starting a business visit their local Florida SBDC. They are a great source of knowledge and a godsend to small businesses like mine.” —Mark Johnson, Owner

The Florida SBDC Network is a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. SBA, DOD, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with UWF serving as the network’s lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency.