Release Date: June 28, 2010
Contact: Kelly McLeod, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Florida Small Business Development Center Network
Receives National Accreditation
Pensacola: On May 31, 2010, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network (FSBDC Network) was notified that the statewide network has received full accreditation by the national accrediting agency—the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). Accreditation, important for the SBDC to secure continued funding by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is also essential for the national SBDC program to be recognized as a high quality economic development organization. The ASBDC test of uniform quality delivery systems ensures that the federal government, host institutions and the state, each as funding partners, support programs with demonstrated effectiveness, efficiency and success in counseling and training entrepreneurs and small business owners/managers—Florida’s major economic driver.
State Director Jerry Cartwright said, "This is a long, but extremely important process, as it is imperative for our continued funding and the Network’s movement toward achieving a world-class delivery system for sustaining small business development and survivability in today’s rocky environment." Jerry said further that "the accreditation report serves as our roadmap for driving continuous improvements in the both the management systems and processes of the SBDC Network."
The FSBDC Network, a statewide service network of 36 centers, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, hosted by the University of West Florida and accredited through the national Association of SBDCs. For 34 years, the Network has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development organizations and has been dedicated to providing emerging and established business owners with assistance, enabling overall growth and increased profitability for the businesses and economic prosperity for the state. To learn more about the FSBDC Network or to find an SBDC near you, visit www.FloridaSBDC.org or call 1.866.737.7232 or 850.473.7800.