CareerSource Suncoast was recently recognized as the Outstanding Resource Partner at the Florida Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Performance Excellence awards program, held in Tampa.
The Florida SBDC at USF works with thousands of business owners each year and provides confidential, no-cost consulting available to all entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses. Helping businesses grow creates opportunities for new jobs, so a partnership with CareerSource Suncoast opened the door for an ideal collaboration.
In early 2014, CareerSource Suncoast offered no-cost office space for two SBDC consultants covering Manatee and Sarasota counties. Over the past year and a half, Florida SBDC at USF has held numerous seminars, meetings and consulting sessions at CareerSource Suncoast offices, and the two organizations have worked together to build a strong referral network. In addition, the SBDC and CareerSource Suncoast have joined forces to provide the Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) 11-week Introduction to Business course for new and existing small businesses in our area.
Ted Ehrlichman, President/CEO of CareerSource Suncoast, said the partnership with SBDC helps fulfill CareerSource Suncoast’s mission.
“Home-grown job creation from our very own local business community is one of the most satisfying results we strive to achieve,” Ehrlichman said. “SBDC professionals’ engagement with any organization greatly improves its potential to become an exceptional success story.”
Joshua Matlock, VP/Chief Business and Economic Development Officer at CareerSource Suncoast, is proud of the relationship that has been built between CareerSource Suncoast and the SBDC.
“This is a great honor,” Matlock said. “We’re grateful for our partnership and the opportunity to work with an organization that is as committed as we are to serving our community’s small businesses by ensuring they receive the resources and tools needed for success.”
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