Helpful resources for entrepreneurs

Kevin Gale
South Florida Business Journal
February 3, 2012

Welcome to the South Florida Business Journal’s Entrepreneurial Resource Guide. This article includes links to information, programs and services provided to entrepreneurs by South Florida nonprofits, including colleges and universities.


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The Launch Pad at the University of Miami

The Launch Pad serves both beginning and experienced entrepreneurs, assisting with opportunity recognition, feasibility assessment, and strategy for starting and growing companies or nonprofits. Click here to register.

The Launch Pad homepage has a list of upcoming events, including seminars open to the public.

Click here to sign up to the Launch Pad’s newsletter.

The Launch Pad resources page has sections on marketing, operations, business plans, demographics, strategy, funding and law.


Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship offers entrepreneur boot camps, an entrepreneur in residence program and a business plan competition.

The Entrepreneur in Residence program offers FAU students, faculty, alumni and FAU Business Plan competitors an opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring with highly experienced entrepreneurs and executives. The deadline for individual registration in the 2012 Business Plan competition is Feb. 19.

 The C. Scott Ellington Technology Business Incubator is designed to assist companies in the early stages of development by lightening the burden of running a business so entrepreneurs may focus on developing technology and finding customers.


Enterprise Development Corp.

The Enterprise Development Corp. A quarter of Oregonians deemed 'asset poor'Job loss would devastate one-third of NM households Follow this company at the FAU incubator is a nonprofit organization that assists emerging science and technology companies.

 The EDC offers the BusinessLINC mentor/protégé program, manages the FAU incubator in Boca Raton and Incubate Miami in downtown Miami. It produces two major conferences – the Emerging Technology Business Showcase and the EDC BiotTech Conference – each year to provide increased visibility for young companies.

 EDC manages the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research, a statewide initiative to create new companies based on publicly funded research.

EDC serves as the South Florida liaison for GrowFL, a program managed by University of Central Florida New nightclub to bring ‘Miami posh,’ ‘NY chic’ to downtownFormer Girl Scouts, today's business leaders: Deborah GermanFollow this company and the Florida Economic Gardening Institute that cultivates second-stage growth companies across the state.


Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE is a network of more than 13,000 volunteers who offer small-business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE offers local workshops, online workshops, templates and tools for entrepreneurs. Its five South Florida chapters can be found here.


Florida Growth Fund

The Florida Growth Fund is a $500 million fund that seeks to provide an attractive return to the Florida State Board of Administration by investing in technology and growth related businesses.