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Community Commitment

Over the last five fiscal years, FBDC* has donated/granted $1,562,352 to the local communities in which we serve.  FBDC is committed to the mission of further developing the small business community and looks forward to continuous growth in this endeavor.

 

*This data represents the combined donations/grants of Florida Business Development Corporation and its dbas Georgia Small Business Capital and Alabama Small Business Capital

Link with FBDC

Each year, FBDC links with organizations that are tied to economic development in their communities. Contact us today to find out if you qualify to submit an application.

Recent Success Stories

FBDC provided a grant to Embarc Collective located in Tampa, Florida. Established in 2018, Embarc Collective is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Embarc Collective measures success by how it helps to attract, retain and develop entrepreneurial talent through support of startup ventures. Located in downtown Tampa, the 32,000 square foot innovation hub will serve as a central landing zone for the startup community. Startup companies can apply for membership and receive 1:1 on-going coaching and customized support to help with their specific upcoming milestones. While the physical space will open later in 2019, startup support launched in March 2019 for 25 early stage technology companies.

FBDC provided a grant to Tampa !p (Innovation Partners). Tampa !p (Innovation Partnership)’s mission is to create a live, work, study, play and stay innovation district in the region bounded by I-275 to the west, I-75 to the east, Busch Boulevard to the south, and Bears Avenue to the north.

FBDC provided a grant to the Florida Women’s Business Center (FLWBC) via the TED Center located in Delray Beach, FL. They foster community revitalization by empowering and promoting business opportunities to ensure economic growth and development in LMI communities. This donation will be used in both Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The Florida Women’s Business Center is a small business resource center dedicated to the individual professional development of women. In addition to offering several services, such as marketing assistance, technical assistance, an array of workshops and counseling, FWBC hosts an annual conference to provide Resources, Opportunities, Connections, and Knowledge to benefit the growth of businesses throughout South Florida. FWBC is committed to attracting and serving women, especially those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

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FBDC provided a grant to Tampa Bay Wave located in Tampa, Florida. Wave helps entrepreneurs build, launch and grow breakout tech companies in Tampa Bay. This grant will fund the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Development Program. Specifically, over six programming opportunities are set to be built into the Accelerator’s curriculum. The accelerator support will assist with minorities, women, veterans and the LGBT community founders facilitate potential corporate clients and help their business’s scale. These programs will round out the business of running tech for their entrepreneurs. This will help the Tampa bay area embrace diversity, as well as strengthen Tampa’s ability to collaborate and cooperate for the greater good.

FBDC provided a grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, responsible caring citizens. They developed a Youth Employment Services Academy to equip 25 low-income youth, ages 14-18 with skills, knowledge, job experience and compensation to acquire economic stability. This grant will provide the older students, ages 16-18, entry into the third tier of the YES Academy with a focus on strategic mentoring in corporate settings, part-time employment at both BGC and community partners, and field trips to visit college, university, and other continuing education programs.

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We look forward to working with you on SBA 504 financing opportunities.

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