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Starting Your Own Business Workshop
6 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7
Corporate and Community Education, Building H, Room 110
South Florida State College
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park, FL
Cost: $10
Reserve Your Spot, Call 863-784-7378

The Florida SBDC at USF is offering a "Starting Your Business" workshop. Attendees will learn:
  • How to obtain business licenses
  • How to structure your business as a legal entity
  • The importance of business planning
  • How to move from idea to opportunity
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY by contacting Michael Noel, Florida SBDC at USF business consultant, at 863-784-7378. The course code is CRN30346.
Register Now
Business Workshop: How to Own Your Building with an SBA 504 Loan
5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19
Location: University Center, Room 109
South Florida State College,
600 W. College Dr., Avon Park, FL
Cost: $10
Reserve Your Spot, Call 863-784-7405
New this month is a business workshop that provides insight on how to purchase commercial buildings using the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program.
Attendees will learn:
  • How the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program can help business owners purchase, build or renovate commercial buildings as well as provide funds for things like capital machinery with as little as a 10 percent down payment.
  • How an SBA certified development company can approve business owners and co-lend with their banks and credit unions for a low-interest, below market rate loan.
  • About tools offered through the Florida Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida that can make a business more profitable with DISC behavioral assessments, Profit Mastery training, Growth Acceleration and Export Marketing Plan services.
The workshop is provided in partnership by Highlands County Economic Development, the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, located at South Florida State College, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation and South Florida State College.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY by contacting Michael Noel, Florida SBDC at USF business consultant, at 863-784-7405. The course code is CRN30817.
Register Now
6th Annual South Florida Brownfield Symposium
Wednesday, June 6 to Friday, June 8
Chateau Elan, Hotel & Conference Center
150 Midway Drive, Sebring, FL 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting its regional Brownfield Symposium in SEBRING. The sixth annual event provides valuable insight about grants, loans, cleanup and successful Brownfield sites. The event is open to the public. Developers, investors, commercial real estate professionals, government, engineers and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Presentation topics include: Smart Community Grant presented by National / State Realtors Association; Three Data Tools that can work together:  DEP, Duke Energy and GIS Experts, MapDirect, Contaminated Locator Map and GIS; and much more. 

A detailed agenda, registration and event information is available here >> http://bit.ly/2xqNZxw
Register Now
Each month, the U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida office hosts a variety of FREE business webinars and workshops. June webinar and podcast topics include:
  • Disaster Recovery Funding 
  • Been There, Done That! Tax Strategies for Small Businesses
  • Elements of a Business Plan 
  • Business Continuity & Disaster Preparedness 
The SBA also offers a variety of in-person workshops throughout South Florida as well. Visit the SBA's local website for additional details on all events>> http://bit.ly/2Jmsq63
Highlands County Industrial Development Authority
Special Meeting
7:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 19
Engineering Training Room
505 S. Commerce Ave.,
Sebring, FL 33870
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Highlands County Economic Development

501 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870
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