Small Business Services
Center for Economic Development
The Center for Economic Development focuses on developing and enhancing Seminole County's business community. The department offers the following programs:
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The SBDC provides free, one-on-one consultation to small business owners and pre-venture clients. The Center also offers seminars on a variety of business issues. The SBDC program has offices at the Port of Sanford, Seminole State’s Oviedo Campus and the Heathrow Campus. For more information, call 407.321.3495 or visit sbdc.seminolestate.edu.
- Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center (STBIC): This award-winning Incubator is located adjacent to Interstate 4 in the Port of Sanford. A home to early-phase businesses that want to accelerate their growth profile, the STBIC provides low-cost and shared facilities along with daily access to on-site business consultants. For more information, call 407.321.3495 or visit seminoleinc.com.
- Seminole Advisory Board Council: The Council provides services to owners of existing businesses who want to move their companies to the next level. Companies are matched with a volunteer board of advisors to assist with planning for the next phase of growth. This service is funded by the Seminole County Economic Development Department. For more information about the Seminole Advisory Board Council, call 407.708.4418 or visit seminoleadvisoryboard.com.
- Quick Response Training Grants: The Center for Economic Development also assists qualified firms with the application and delivery of workforce training grants. Expanding businesses may be eligible for grants to help them train their employees. The Center works with these companies to determine which grants may be appropriate and, if needed, to develop a training program. For more information, call 407.708.4458.