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Center for Economic Development named 2015 Small Business Champion

Wayne Hardy (back row, far right), director of the Center of Economic Development, accepted the Small Business Champion Award. Ten other companies or individuals also were recognized during the Small Business Celebration and Awards on May 14. 

Seminole State College of Florida’s Center for Economic Development (CED) has won the 2015 Small Business Champion Award from the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The award, recently presented at the Chamber’s annual ceremony in Lake Mary, recognizes the CED for its business accomplishments, impact on the Seminole County economy and community involvement.

“Our employees are some of the most visible in the community, drawing on their expertise to directly touch hundreds of business owners each year,” said Wayne Hardy, director of the CED. “It’s our job to help Seminole County grow and prosper, and we’re honored that the Chamber has recognized our efforts to champion small-business development.”

With a staff of six, the CED assists small businesses, nonprofits and student entrepreneurs through four programs: the Seminole Technical Business Incubator, Small Business Development Center, Seminole Advisory Board Council, and Quick Response Training Grants. For more information on these programs, please visit the CED website.

Since 2000, the CED has served more than 5,000 clients, held 400-plus training/educational events and assisted with over $30 million in capital investment projects. In addition, the CED has helped more than 300 entrepreneurs start their businesses – creating in excess of 1,500 jobs. 

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