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FGCU Small Business Development Center Team Member Wins Performance Excellence Award from SBDC Network
9/29/2008

FORT MYERS, FL - Julio Estremera, a certified business analyst at the Florida Gulf Coast University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was recognized as Florida’s Star at the Association of Small Business Development Centers' 28th Annual National Conference in Chicago on Sept. 5.

The SBDC Network selected Estremera as the Florida Star for the excellence he has shown and the outstanding contributions he has made to the overall SBDC program with new and innovative program development, creative special projects, enhanced center performance and client impact.

When Estremera began working with the SBDC in January 2000, his bilingual talents allowed the SBDC to directly stimulate Hispanic business markets, particularly in the rural areas of Immokalee, Hendry, and Glades counties. In 2007, Estremera counseled nearly 350 entrepreneurs and small business owners and was responsible for $1.2 million in financing and over $2.5 million in owner investments to grow and market client businesses.

"It is an honor to accept this award, and to have the opportunity to help so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own business," said Estremera.

For more information, media representatives should contact FGCU SBDC director Dan Regelski at (239) 745-3700.

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