SBDC at SCF to Host 2013 Small Business Lunch and Learn

(Bradenton, Fla., April 8, 2013)— The Small Business Development Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), in partnership with the city of North Port and the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a series of free monthly Small Business Lunch and Learn workshops starting this spring.

The first workshop, “10 Common Mistakes Made by Small Businesses,” will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, at  the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee at North Port, 5920 Pan American Blvd., North Port.

Despite the assistance that is available to entrepreneurs wanting to start or expand their businesses, business owners make common mistakes that cause them to struggle or fail. At the workshop, business owners will learn about those mistakes and how to avoid them.

Lunch will be provided at no cost by the program’s sponsors Warm Mineral Springs and The Olde World Restaurant.

The workshops are designed to show business owners how to improve their businesses and stay competitive.  Additional workshops will be held on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 8,  “Marketing on a Shoestring”
  • June 12, “Putting Your Face on Facebook”
  • July 10, “Do the Marketing Research”
  • Aug. 14, “Making an Advertising Plan”
  • Sept. 11, “Customer Follow Up”
  • Oct. 9, “Budgeting and Cash Flow”
  • Nov. 13, “Conquering the Fear of Failure”

To register for each workshop, call SBDC at SCF at 941-408-1412 or visit

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