has been an ideal place for us,” explains Anne LaMaire, President of Sea Sub
Systems (SSS). “Of course, surrounded by water, we’re in the perfect location
for our marine services industry. But we’ve also gained so much by locating in
a place with resources to help local businesses succeed.” Click to read more...
Infinite Potential Learning Center Utilizes
the Florida SBDC at PCED to Develop and Grow
the ideal business concept springs from life’s challenges.Frustrated by watching students struggle to
read, former elementary school teacher Twanna Monroe was motivated to form a
non-profit program to build skills in young readers, to better prepare them to
enter the elementary grades.Monroe
sought the assistance of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC)
at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) and, working with Center
Director Dr. Cynthia Johnson, soon realized her business model was a better fit
as a for-profit enterprise.
didn’t know what to do,” explains Monroe. “I didn’t know who to seek out to
help with financial planning, to help get a business started from the ground
on a suggestion from her husband (also a client of the FSBDC at PCED), Monroe
contacted Dr. Johnson and found in her both an ally and business mentor. Click to read more...
K-9 Detectives: Growth
through Passion and Guidance
lover Christine Barsema originally began training show competition dogs as a
hobby.Now, she is the successful owner
of K-9 Detectives, LLC, a Clearwater,
Florida business that offers certified canine detection of bedbugs, mold, drugs
and termites.K-9 Detectives has grown
from Barsema’s passion for her work and that of her dogs, but also from the
knowledge and resources available through the Florida
Small Business Development Center ((FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development
nothing great has ever been achieved without passion,” asserts Yolanda Cowart,
Certified Business Consultant at the FSBDC at PCED.“Our most innovative entrepreneurs and
business leaders – people like Christine – have it.But passion alone won’t fuel success.Entrepreneurs need skills, contacts and
resources to turn that passion into profit.” Click to read more...
Small businesses are built through tenacity and hard work.As proven by Tucker Enterprise Services, Inc., a tree service and property management company operating out of Pinellas County, Florida, success can be traced through the steps a growing business takes to draw on its strengths, shore-up its weak spots, and find its niche.With help from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED), LJ and Adelle Tucker have traversed a good many of those steps, building their company from a home-based start-up to an established business with a staff of seven.
“Kids don’t typically say, ‘When I finish school, I want to own my own business!’” attests Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Director of theSmall Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED).“They say they want to be doctors, police officers, teachers – those are all terrific goals and importantcareers.But what if we told them they could also be their own bosses?That they could turn a talent, an idea, a hobby into a career?And then, what if we gave them the tools and skills to do it?What if we showed them that entrepreneurship is for anyone, at any age?”Click to read more...