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Upcoming Events in North Florida

Greetings Entrepreneurs! Below you will find a list of upcoming trainings and events to help you start, manage and grow your business.  New events are added to our district office calendar all the time, check us out at

Counseling and Mentoring
Women's Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners. For more information, please contact the Women's Business Representative Donna Padgug at (904) 443-1971.

If you're a veteran, you can get business counseling and information about SBA guaranteed loans or other programs. For more information, please contact the Veteran's Representative Natalie Hall or call (904) 443-1902.

If you are an Encore Entrepreneur or hope to start a business after retirement, then contact the SBA for more information about programs and services. For more information, please contact Annette Paulson or call (904) 443-1914.

The following SBA resource partners offer free counseling and low-cost training:
SCORE at Small Business Development Center at, Jacksonville Women's Business Center (Jacksonville and surrounding areas only), and the Florida Veteran's Business Outreach Center at

**Please note some SBA Participating Events and Resource Partner Events have fees associated with them. Please contact the organization directly for more information.

SBA Sponsored Events

Resources for Small Businesses  June 10, 2015 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm   Jacksonville, FL
The Small Business Administration and the Jacksonville Public Library are conducting a free workshop for small business owners and potential owners. Registration Email.

"Webinar" on Starting a Small Business  June 11, 2015 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The SBA North Florida District Office will be conducting a webinar on Starting A Small Business. This webinar will feature a representative from Veteran Franchise Advisors. If you are looking to ...
Registration Email or Contact Number: (904) 443-1902

Encore Entrepreneur Launchpad – Investigating Entrepreneurial Opportunities June 17, 2015 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm   Palatka, FL
The Small Business Administration, Jacksonville Women's Business Center and Florida Small Business Development Center in Palatka present Encore Entrepreneur Launchpad – Investigating ...
Registration Email or Contact Number: (904) 443-1914

SBA Participating Events

Florida 8(a) Alliance Annual Conference 2015   June 8, 2015 | 2:00 pm - June 9, 2015 | 4:30 pm Orlando, FL
The SBA will participate in the Florida 8(a) Alliance Annual Conference 2015. The SBA will conduct several workshops at the event and will also be available to speak to business owners one-on-one. For more information about the conference, visit the Florida 8(a) Alliance website --

Small Business Center Orientation  June 8, 2015 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Jacksonville, FL
SBA will be participating in the Small Business Center's Orientation.

Resource Partner Events

Events listed through June 16, 2015.

You, Your Business Idea, How SCORE Can Help  June 2, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm   Orlando, FL 

Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights  June 2, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm Orlando, FL

Get Your Business Noticed with Blogging!  June 3, 2015 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm   Jacksonville, FL

Steps to Business Ownership Workshop, Session 1 of 3  June 3, 2015 | 1:30 - 4:30 pm   Leesburg, FL

Starting Your New Business June 3, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm  Orlando, FL

Marketing for Business Success  June 4, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm   Leesburg, FL

Gainesville - How to Startup Your Business  June 5, 2015 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Gainesville, FL

Starting Your New Business  June 6, 2015 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Orlando, FL

Business Law: Keeping the Law on Your Side  June 9, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm       Orlando, FL

Steps to Business Ownership Workshop, Session 2 of 3  June 10, 2015 | 1:30  - 4:30 pm Leesburg, FL

Steps to Business Ownership Workshop, Session 3 of 3  June 11, 2015 | 1:30  - 4:30 pm Leesburg, FL 32788

Marketing for Business Success  June 11, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm  Clermont, FL

Social Media for Business Success  June 11, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm  Leesburg, FL

Planning For Success - Having A Business Plan  June 11, 2015 | 6:00  - 8:00 pm Daytona Beach, FL

Marketing Your Business  June 13, 2015 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Orlando, FL

How to STARTUP Your Own Business  June 16, 2015 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm Jacksonville, FL


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Region IV VBOC Veterans Business Outreach Centers

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2014 Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year

The mission of the Veterans' Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is to help create, develop, and retain veteran-owned small business enterprises.

Before the VBOC can provide assistance, the Small Business Administration requires all clients to complete the Electronic Request For Counseling (ERFC) form.

This ERFC form can be opened by clicking on the green map.  It will act as our Confidentiality and Code of Conduct Agreements. All client information is held in strict confidence. After submitting the ERFC successfully, a Certified Business Analyst from our office will contact you as soon as we are able to conduct an initial assessment and get you started in the process.


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