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Charlotte County

Resource Agencies in Charlotte County

All Stages

What do you need help with?

CareerSource Southwest Florida

We specialize in talent. The CareerSource Florida network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities.

Englewood Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member you'll receive a listing in our Member Directory, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of networking events, be listed in our newsletters along with other marketing distributions and much more.

Englewood Incubation Center

The role of the Englewood Incubation Center is to offer opportunities to individuals who have a vision and need some place or some organization to make that vision a reality. This will be accomplished by both working closely with the educational systems and those young students who require someone to help them connect their specific skill sets with the commercial world.

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Port Charlotte SCORE

We provide free, confidential business advice tailored to meet the needs of your small business, both start-up and existing entrepreneurs.

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership gives a clear message to your customers that you are a reputable company to do business with and that you fully participate in the local business community. Each member receives a beautiful membership plaque to proudly display at your place of work.

Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

The mission of the Alliance is to be a marketing engine representing the five-county region comprising Southwest Florida to attract businesses to the region. The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations.

Suncoast Technology Forum

Our mission is to create a technology-rich community, support technology entrepreneurship, and connect technology professionals with appropriate resources in the Florida Suncoast region.

Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida

Enhance the quality of life for women and girls of the Southwest Florida community through innovative philanthropy. Provide business development training and access to loan capital to women-owned businesses.

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Englewood Incubation Center

The role of the Englewood Incubation Center is to offer opportunities to individuals who have a vision and need some place or some organization to make that vision a reality. This will be accomplished by both working closely with the educational systems and those young students who require someone to help them connect their specific skill sets with the commercial world.

Port Charlotte SCORE

We provide free, confidential business advice tailored to meet the needs of your small business, both start-up and existing entrepreneurs.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Formation Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to forming your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea stage. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

Suncoast Technology Forum

Our mission is to create a technology-rich community, support technology entrepreneurship, and connect technology professionals with appropriate resources in the Florida Suncoast region.

Launching Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to launching your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea and Formation stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida

Enhance the quality of life for women and girls of the Southwest Florida community through innovative philanthropy. Provide business development training and access to loan capital to women-owned businesses.

Growing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to growing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, and Launching stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

CareerSource Southwest Florida

We specialize in talent. The CareerSource Florida network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities.

Englewood Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member you'll receive a listing in our Member Directory, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of networking events, be listed in our newsletters along with other marketing distributions and much more.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership gives a clear message to your customers that you are a reputable company to do business with and that you fully participate in the local business community. Each member receives a beautiful membership plaque to proudly display at your place of work.

Optimizing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to optimizing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, Launching, and Growing stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance

The mission of the Alliance is to be a marketing engine representing the five-county region comprising Southwest Florida to attract businesses to the region. The Alliance serves as a non-parochial economic development coordinator to site selectors, real estate consultants and targeted companies, working in collaboration with the local economic development organizations.

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MicroEnterprise Institute of SWFL

Have a great idea and want to turn it into a profitable business? MicroEnterprise Institute at Goodwill Industries of SWFL teaches a six week/two nights a week business course to help you develop a solid plan to grow your business. Classes in Port Charlotte start on September 25th. Email robinharris@goodwillswfl.org to get you enrolled and help you get your business off the ground.