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FGCU Small Business Development Center Staff Receive Awards
6/17/2011

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University's Small Business Development Center staff recently received prestigious awards acknowledging their commitment to the SBDC programs and services they provide to Southwest Florida Small Businesses.

Julio Estremera, certified business analyst (CBA) received the Regional Certified Business Analyst of the Year award for his contribution and commitment to serving his clients, providing educational workshops and his involvement in the Hispanic community.

Trish Leonard, marketing director, received the Regional Employee of the Year award for her work through the new branding initiative, community outreach and sponsorship programs.

Ken Oaks, retired CEO, received the Regional Volunteer of the Year award for his dedication to working with small business owners through BizQuest, a peer-to-peer program developed for like-minded business owners. He also serves on the SBDC advisory board.

Mike Myers, deputy director of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) presented the awards during his recent visit to Fort Myers. The recipients will be formally recognized at the Florida SBDC Professional Development Conference in Melbourne, Fla. on June 22.

In addition to the above awards, Janice Groves, certified business analyst for the SBDC offices in Hendry and Glades counties, was presented the Founders Award for Leadership Hendry & Glades Counties during graduation ceremonies this year. Representative Denise Grimsley, District 17, presented Groves with the award. Groves was instrumental in developing the program five years ago and has remained on the board of directors since its inception. The program is an educational opportunity for up and coming leaders in the rural areas to learn the issues and to prepare them for their position as leaders.

"I am very proud of all of our staff for their continuous dedication to our SBDC and the clients they serve," said director of FGCU Small Business Development Center Dan Regelski. "Their commitment to small business owners is a testament to who they are and the integrity they each share."

The SBDC is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC provides free one-on-one confidential counseling as well as workshops and training for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

For more information about the SBDC, or to make an appointment to see a counselor, contact the main office at (239) 745-3700 or visit www.sbdc.fgcu.edu.

For further information contact Regelski at dregelsk@fgcu.edu, or (239) 745-3705.


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