MCC Small Business Development Center Sets Records

(Bradenton, Fla., May 31, 2005). - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Manatee Community College (MCC) is setting records. Certified Business Analyst (CBA) Eric Liguori is the leader among 17 CBAs in this 10-county Florida SBDC region in the creation of new businesses. So far in 2005, the SBDC at MCC has helped 14 clients successfully start a business; helped several clients obtain new venture capital totaling more than $93,000; and helped create more than 30 new jobs in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The SBDC serves as a hub for information, training and counseling services for new and existing businesses in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Operating at low to no cost to its clients, the SBDC's mission is to provide necessary resources and expertise to assist entrepreneurs and help existing business grow and prosper. Services include free one-on-one counseling and business startup workshops that are offered regularly at Manatee, Sarasota and Venice chambers of commerce. A Business Resource Library located at MCC Venice features business reference books, publications and periodicals. A variety of credit and noncredit courses also is offered at MCC Bradenton, MCC Venice and the Center for Innovation and Technology at MCC Lakewood Ranch.

A Summer Success Series for Small Business will offer courses in strategic planning, grassroots marketing, cash flow management, financial resources and creating a Web presence on a budget.

For more information about SBDC services or classes, call Gerry Belanger at (941) 408-1412.

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