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February 2013

North Florida District Office Newsletter

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

SBA and Bethune-Cookman University signs Strategic Alliance Memorandum

Bethune-Cookman Signing, Group Picture

Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Weldon Blake, University Provost, Dr.Hiram Powell, Dr. Aubrey Long, Regional Administrator Cassius Butts, B-CU Interim President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, and North Florida District Director, Wilfredo J. Gonzalez

Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with Bethune-Cookman University on February 14, 2013.

Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a Historically Black University that has been committed to academic excellence and civic engagement in the Daytona Beach community for over 100 years. Interim University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson signed the SAM on behalf of the University. Dr. Aubrey Long, Dean of the B-CU School of Business, Dr. Weldon Blake, B-CU Business Department Chair, and Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, North Florida District Director were all instrumental in coordinating the SAM. The event was attended by students, faculty members, and members of the media.

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Emerging Leaders Initiative in Jacksonville

The North Florida District Office is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Emerging Leaders Class, hosted in Jacksonville, FL. The program provides small business owners or chief executives with more than 70 hours of advanced management training. The program, based on the case study model used in many universities, has been a collaboration of the SBA North Florida District Office and prominent resources partners and local business executive leadership.

The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to:

• Small business owners and executives that have at least one employee besides the owner

• With annual revenues of at least $300,000

• Who have been in business for at least 3 years, and

• Located in the Jacksonville

Up to fifteen small businesses will be accepted for the 2013 North Florida District Office Emerging Leaders Initiative. This program is provided at NO COST to participants.

The North Florida District Office will hold an informational session on March 5, 2013 at 7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100-B, Jacksonville, FL, 32256 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Interested parties may also register for consideration into the program through The 2013 Emerging Leaders class will begin on April 22, 2013 and will continue bi-weekly through October 28, 2013.

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Initiative, please visit or contact Natalie Hall of the North Florida District Office at (904) 443-1902.

North Florida's Microloan Program

The Microloan program provides small loans ranging from under $500 to $50,000. Entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in small amounts of business financing should contact one from the list below or go to

Accion USA

2828 Coral Way, Suite 200 * Coral Gables, FL  33145* (305)548-3360 * Service Area: Statewide

The Black Business Investment Fund of Central Florida (BBIF)

Capital Plaza Two * 301 E. Pine St., Ste. 175 * Orlando, FL 32801 * Inez Long, President * Microloan Contact: Duane Lewis * 407-649-4780 • 407-649-8688 Fax * *

Service area: Duval, Hillsborough, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk and Seminole counties.

Central FL. Community Development Corp.

P.O. Box 15065 * Daytona Beach, FL 32115 * Microloan Contact: Gerald O. Chester * 386-258-7520 • 386-238-3428 Fax * *

Service area: Brevard, Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

Community Enterprise Investments, Inc.

302 N. Barcelona St. * Pensacola, FL 32502 * Daniel Horvath, President

Microloan Contact: Percy Goodman, Jr. * 850-595-6234 • 850-595-6264 Fax *

Service area: Florida Panhandle including Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington counties.


Sign up for a SBA/Agility Webinar on how to Prepare your business for weather related disasters.

Title: Preparing for Spring Severe Weather

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 12th – 2pm to 3pm EDT

Registration Link:

For more information from our office visit:

The North Florida District Office Website