SizeUp Tool

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September 2012

South Florida District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

New SBA Tool Helps Small Biz SizeUp the Competition

Small business owners and start-ups in South Florida now have a new business tool to help them compete and grow.  The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources.  The tool can be found at

"This exciting and useful new tool is the latest of SBA's many efforts to ensure the nation's small businesses rebound from the recession and thrive in our new economy," said Francisco "Pancho" A. Marrero, SBA South Florida District Director. "I encourage entrepreneurs to use SizeUp to become more competitive, grow, and strengthen our economy."

SBA Offers Online Platform for Small Businesses to Share Their Stories of Success

Entrepreneurs in South Florida can share their stories of business success with “Small Business Owners Speak,” a new, interactive, online platform on SBA's website.  The page features videos submitted by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business with the help of the SBA. Watch them and get information about how you can submit your own video story at

National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

SBA is teaming up with AARP to host the first National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day on Oct. 2nd.  The event aims to match entrepreneurs over the age of 50 -- “encore entrepreneurs”-- with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day is part of a larger effort by SBA and AARP to promote business ownership among individuals ages 50 and older.  In South Florida, events will be hosted by the SBA District Office and two SCORE Chapters in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day


Encore Entrepreneurs

Over 50? Need a mentor?  Find one on October 2nd.

12th Annual Veterans Conference in Brevard County

Sept. 19th, 8am-4pm
King Center for Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL


Finance Your Exports Learn How on Oct 4 in Lauderhill, FL

Recent SBA Lending Activity in South FL

1,465 loans guaranteed totaling over $696.1M