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Business Guide - Counseling/Business Services

Do you have a written plan for success? A written business plan complete with pro-forma financial statements can serve as an operating guide as well as a financing prospectus. There are many resources available to help counsel both the novice and seasoned business person.

City of Clearwater Economic Development
Technical assistance in the loan application process is available to businesses participating in the SBA 7A, SBA 504 and SBA Low Doc programs.

Location: 112 S. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, FL 33758-4748
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (727) 562-4220

SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives
SCORE is a volunteer counseling organization associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SCORE offers free counseling for small business.

Location: 4707 140th Ave. N., Ste. 311, Clearwater, FL 33762
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Phone: (727) 532-6800

SBDC - Small Business Development Center
The University of South Florida's SBDC offers one-on-one counseling to existing small-business owners as well as prospective entrepreneurs. SBDC offers workshops and seminars that are taught by industry experts. SBDC offers professional counselors who provide their services either free of charge or for a nominal fee.

Location: 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755 (Thursday )
Phone: (727) 461-0011

Location: 1101 Channelside Dr., Suite 210, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 905-5800
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)

Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Business resource center, business referrals, group insurance, legislative action, networking events, monthly newsletter and new member receptions are services the Chamber is providing to businesses in the greater Clearwater area.

Location: 1130 Cleveland St., Clearwater, FL 33755
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (727) 461-0011

U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center
Assists exporters in reaching new markets through its worldwide network of offices in 130 countries. At the Clearwater location its representatives help companies to locate the best foreign markets, to find up-to-date foreign market research on specific products, and to establish solid business contacts.

Location: 1130 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
Phone: (727) 893-3738 and (727) 461-0011

Florida Department of Revenue Arbor Shoreline Office Park

Location: 19337 U.S. Hwy 19 N. Suite 200, Clearwater, FL 33764-3149
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Phone: (727) 538-7400

Florida Manufacturing Technology Center (FMTC)
The FMTC offers technical assistance to manufacturing companies. FMTC helps manufacturers to increase productivity, improve quality and build world class capabilities. The FMTC assists companies in adopting modern manufacturing philosophies, techniques, and technologies.

Location: 7431 114th Avenue N., #104, Largo, FL 33773
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (727) 545-2438

The University of South Florida Office for Corporate Development (OCD)
Assists the management of high technology businesses in developing and implementing businesses plans, raising capital and improving operations. Assistance provided by the OCD staff, MBA interns and a network of business professionals.

Location: BSN 403, College of Business, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-3245

Suncoast Venture Forum (SCVF)
Capital formation assistance to companies. The SCVF brings together investors with select investment opportunities. Entrepreneurs present their business concepts to a large group of private and institutional investors at one of four dinner meetings. The SCVF is managed by the OCD at USF.

Location: BSN 403, College of Business, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813)974-3245

Southern Technology Application Center (STAC)
Managed by USF. Provides assistance in technology transfer from Universities and Federal Laboratories Information Services, and offers guildance in the management of technology commercialization.

Location: ENB 118, College of Engineering, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-4222

Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Education and training program focuses on the smaller businesses to help them understand and implement electronic commerce. Many technical support services are also available.

Location: 7990 114th Avenue N., Building 1200, Suite 2, Largo, FL 33773
Phone: (727 )544-8921