Florida Small Business Accelerator Program Helping Local Entrepreneurs Thrive

The City of Port St. Lucie is accepting applications for another round of its Business Accelerator program. It aims to teach entrepreneurs tools to lead their small businesses to growth, productivity and profitability. Your neighborhood: WPBF 25 Local News Coverage Kimberly Restrepo and her husband, Edwin, got into the HVAC business five years ago with their company True Temp LLC. to their hard work and the skills they have learned through the business accelerator program, now in its fifth year. “There is a different subject for each week of class. So everything from understanding financial statements to learning about customer service and how to deal with customers on a regular basis, and things related to marketing and SEO,” Restrepo said. With only a $25 registration fee, business owners participate in a ten-week course conducted in conjunction with Indian River State College and the Florida Small Business Development Center. share their experiences and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that small business could – that could hurt a small business,” said Susan Klein, program coordinator for the CIHR School of Continuing Education. At the end of the course, those who graduate have the chance to apply for a grant. The city’s economic development administrator, Elijah Wooten, said since the program began, he has awarded about $100,000 in grants. Follow us on social networks: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram “We really want to grow our small business community because every big business was once a small business and so we want to nurture them, help them succeed and hire more employees,” Wooten said. Restrepo said she and her husband received a $4,500 small business grant after completing the program in 2019 and used it for marketing expenses and a new wrap for one of their vehicles. . They also increased the size of their business from two to five employees. “We wouldn’t have had the proper resources to help us grow the business and become more successful. So I think that definitely gave us a foundation on how to get it all started properly,” Restrepo said. Registration is generally open until the day before the start of the course. More information can be found here. Don’t miss a thing: Sign up for personalized WPBF 25 News newsletters and alerts

The City of Port St. Lucie is accepting applications for another round of its business accelerator program.

It aims to teach entrepreneurs tools to lead their small businesses to growth, productivity and profitability.

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Kimberly Restrepo and her husband, Edwin, got into the HVAC business five years ago with their company True Temp LLC.

“We started from our house in our little garage office and started there and branched out,” Kimberly Restrepo said.

They credit this transformation to their hard work and the skills they learned through the business accelerator program, now in its fifth year.

“There is a different subject for each week of class. So everything from understanding financial statements to learning about customer service and how to deal with customers on a regular basis, and things related to marketing and SEO,” Restrepo said.

With only a $25 registration fee, business owners participate in a ten-week course run in conjunction with Indian River State College and the Florida Small Business Development Center.

“Our instructors, as I said, many of them have walked the path, they’ve been there, they’ve done it so they can share their experiences and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that small businesses might — that might hurt a small business,” said Susan Klein, program coordinator for the CIHR School of Continuing Education.

At the end of the course, graduates have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.

The city’s economic development administrator, Elijah Wooten, said since the program began, he has awarded about $100,000 in grants.

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“We really want to grow our small business community because every big business was once a small business and so we want to nurture them, help them succeed and hire more employees,” Wooten said.

Restrepo said she and her husband received a $4,500 small business grant after completing the program in 2019 and used it for marketing expenses and a new wrap for one of their vehicles.

They also increased the size of their company from two employees to five.

“We wouldn’t have had the proper resources to help us grow the business and become more successful. So I think that definitely gave us a foundation on how to get it all started properly,” Restrepo said.

The fall session of the Port St. Lucie Business Accelerator Program begins September 7 and there are still places available. Registration is generally open until the day before the start of the course.

More information can be found here.

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