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Starting A Business Workshop

Starting A Business Workshop

February 13, 2024 at 9:00am – 12:00pm

Join the Florida SBDC at their new partner location — Northwest Florida State College in Niceville — for an upcoming Starting a Business workshop! Get that business idea solid and have our regional expert Terry take you through executing the start-up steps and executing them well.  Register for the February class here: (Then you'll be able to meet with SBDC consultants one-on-one and at no cost!)

Keep in mind, NWFSC + UWF students and employees may attend for free by giving us a call to register.

The Basics of Buying and Selling A Business

The Basics of Buying and Selling A Business

February 28, 2024 at 11:30am – 1:00pm

Dont miss this incredible oppertunity to participate in this lunch and learn for an insightful and practical workshop designed for entrepreneurs, business owners, and aspiring investors eager to explore the intricacies of buying and selling businesses. Learn more about this February offering and reserve your seat at this link:

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Entrepreneurship Trends for 2022-2023

New technologies, evolving customer demands, societal shifts, and the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing the business landscape. These factors paved the way for location-independent companies, niche markets, disruptive industries, as well as closely-knit global teams. However, to reap the benefits that these changes have to offer, you must keep yourself up-to-date on the emerging entrepreneurship trends. By doing this, you can keep your business moving forward in the changing times and keep your edge against the competition.

8 New Year's Business Resolutions That Will Keep You Energized

2021 has been a year of learning opportunities, challenges and successes. As the new year begins, there is not only the opportunity to implement lessons learned from last year, but there is also the exciting possibility of learning new skills. Find out what has to say about some interesting ideas to bring the energy in 2022!

Salty Scents candle makers thrive in cozy Fort Walton Beach shop

Check out how this local shop overcame obstacles during the COVID19 Pandemic, like store closure and a glass shortage! This creative duo knows how to help you get that cozy home feel for the holidays with their Salty Scents candles.

Small Business Spotlight

Emerald Coast Bait & Tackle: By Fisherman, For Fisherman

Be inspired as Kelly Murphy-Redd tells the story of Josh and Anna Calhoun, owner and operators of Emerald Coast Bait & Tackle, and their successful journey to fill the need for fishing shops in Fort Walton Beach.

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