|GOOD RESOURCES FOR YOUR SMALL
(This article appears on Page 4 of the May 2009 newsletter.)
The Hillsborough County
Small Business Information
Center (SBIC) has many resources available to small business owners.
Here are some of them, along with contact information:
County Minority and Small Business Enterprise* - This program provides
opportunities to small, minority and women-owned businesses to participate
in Hillsborough County's procurement programs. This program offers a plans'
room located at the SBIC to review construction plans and specifications.
Info? Call 813-914-4028, ext. 62014.
County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC) - HCPLC has a broad selection
of business resource books, as well as training rooms throughout
Hillsborough County, where the SBIC holds business- related workshops. Info?
Business Initiative Fund (HBIF)* - HBIF promotes the start-up and growth
of small businesses through workshops and individual counseling in both
Spanish and English. Info? Call 813-980-2765.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - The Small Business and Self-Employed
Department offers publications and trained professionals to lead
business-related workshops. Info? Call 800-829-1040.
Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) - This SBA-sponsored organization
offers workshops and individual counseling. Info? Call 813-988-1435.
Development Center at USF (SBDC at USF) - Various workshops and
individual counseling sessions are available at the satellite office located
at the SBIC or the SBDC main office located at 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite
210, Tampa. Info? Call 813-905-5800.
Bay Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO)* - This SBA-certified
development corporation offers economic development loan programs. Info?
Business Administration (SBA)* - The SBA assists America's entrepreneurs
form successful small enterprises. SBA programs offer loan guarantees,
training, and advocacy for small firms. Info? Call 800-827-5722.
*Indicates partners located at the SBIC
ABOUT THE SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION
The Small Business Information Center of Hillsborough County is the first
stop for start-up and existing businesses in Hillsborough County. It serves
as a clearinghouse of information, promoting the growth and development of
small, minority and women-owned businesses. The SBIC also refers small
businesses to appropriate technical and financial assistance providers, and
coordinates workshops with its partners at the SBIC office and at various
locations in Hillsborough County.
The Small Business Information Center is located at 7402 North 56th Street,
Corporate Square, Building 400, Suite 425, in Tampa. They can be reached at
813-914-4028 or visit their