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The hot new field of technology startups faces a distressing problem: Women are so underrepresented in these companies’ leadership ranks that less than 10 percent of venture-backed startups are headed by women. 55 women will emerge from a new program, Empowering Women in Technology Startups, or eWiTS, ready to change these statistics — and the world.

We are proud to say that one of our own Business Analyst here at the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University will be graduating from this program and she will be presenting their product in a statewide competition. We would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to Christine Urban.

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Internet marketing as a small business owner sure has gotten more complex over the past few years. It used to be that direct mailers and newsletters were the way to go. Then you needed a website and an online presence. Now? Well, turns out it takes a bit of everything to be effective and small businesses owners are ready to take it on, changing their marketing efforts to not only be more digital-based, but more diversified, as well.


I write ‘s Young Entrepreneur column because I believe there are far too few resources directly addressing the nonacademic trials and tribulations young entrepreneurs face along their journey. Whenever possible, I encourage up-and-comers and established entrepreneurs to mentor the next generation of dream-seekers; for it is this insight and insider education that will provide the foundation for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. With that, here are 10 pieces of advice that I wish someone had given to me before I launched my first venture.

Creating economic opportunities to any existing business owners and perspective entrepreneurs through professional training, consulting and networking. Helping businesses start, grow and succeed are among the specialties that our Consultants will offer here at the Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University. We invite you to give us a call, set up an appointment and let us do our part to fine tune your business and get you on your way to entrepreneurship.



The 100-page business plan of yesteryear has been replaced by a briefer, pithier 2.0 version. Use the time you save writing to move past the planning phase and help your company take flight.

Ask yourself, what are some key ways to cut costs for my small business? When a business owner asks this question, my first response is, “Is this what’s most important right now? Don’t get me wrong, though—reducing the amount of money flying out the door is a good strategy, and once I’m sure that slicing the fat from a budget makes sound business sense, I’ll use the following checklist to start tackling costs.

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The 2012 Big Bend Minority Enterprise (MED) Week Committee is pleased to announce the 20th Big Bend Minority Enterprise Development e (MED) Week Conference. North Florida’s premier conference for minority entrepreneurs and business owners provides an avenue for minority-owned firms to explore opportunities to grow their businesses through attending a series of educational training and business to business networking events.

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Starting a business? Confused about the planning, legal and regulatory steps you should follow?

Did you know that home-based businesses are required to hold permits to operate legally in most states? What about incorporation? Many new businesses assume they need to incorporate or become an LLC from the get-go – but the truth is, more than 70 percent of small businesses are owned by un-incorporated sole proprietors (although even this group is required to register their businesses).

So, variables aside, there are still some fundamental steps that any business needs to follow to get started. SBA has compiled 10 steps that can help you plan, prepare, and manage your business – while taking care of the startup legalities. Not all these steps will apply to all businesses, but working through them will give you a sense of what needs your attention and what you can check off.

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  • SBDC Workshop: Let’s Talk About Certifications

Date:   8/29/2012
Time:  5:30 p.m.  to  7:30 p.m.


Event Description:

Find out about eligibility, benefits, and certifications for small businesses that limit competition on government contracts.


Date:   8/30/2012
Time:  9:00 a.m  to  12:00 p.m.


Event Description:

Discusses new Federal SET-ASIDE Program—eligibility, benefits, procedures that limit competition on federal contracts to Woman owned businesses.


Laura Subel, Procurement Specialist / Certified Business Analyst
Florida SBDC Network State Office

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
115 N. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301


It is an honor to be a part of the celebration of the 2o12 National Small Business Week. Throughout the last twenty-nine years the Small Business Week Committee has convened to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Northwest Florida Region. This time honored tradition provides us an occasion to salute entrepreneurs for their courage, commitment and creativity.

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It’s a practice. This practice is fueled by passion, supported through sacrifices, replete with obstacles and carried out with the highest stakes in the balance. It’s only befitting that we set aside a special week to recognize small business owners for all of the positive contributions they make to our communities. Surviving in the marketplace as a small business has never been easy, but the last two years have presented unimaginable challenges.

The challenges of this unpredictable economy have tested the mettle of entrepreneurs in each segment of the marketplace. Small business owners have contended with decreasing sales, increasing inflation and virtually no access to capital. However, entrepreneurs have turned this apparent crisis into an opportunity. Entrepreneurs and small business owners have demonstrated their resilience by exploring new markets, identifying more efficient operating models and the implementation of innovation. Their perseverance has served as a catalyst to the nation’s overall recovery.

Words cannot accurately convey the amount of gratitude owed to entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community. From the Staff of SBDC at FAMU and the Small Business Week Committee, we would like to say THANK YOU.

Please take a moment and click on the link below to view pictures from the GALA