OUR PARTNERSHIPS & RESOURCES
CareerSource Southwest Florida
CareerSource Florida is a statewide network of career development professionals who work directly for Florida employers to find, develop and keep qualified talent. It also invests in programs to help businesses identify and cultivate the state’s talent pool so that prospective employees have the skills and experience companies seek. It is one of 24 regional workforce boards that have the flexibility to design local strategies and programs to serve job seekers and employers in their communities.
3050 Horseshoe Drive North, Building B, Suite 290
Naples, FL 34104
Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA)
The Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA) is a not -for-profit professional association of dedicated industry professionals who are inspired to make a difference in our community through advocacy, education, networking and philanthropy. The Association represents the collective voice of the Collier County building industry and serves as a thoroughly engaged and effective advocate for its members. As it represents the interests of the building industry, CBIA provides its members pathways for continuing education, relationship building and opportunities to be of service to the community.
3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 110
Naples, FL 34105
Collier EDO is a collaboration between the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the Collier County Office of Business and Economic Development. Formalized in late 2013, the two entities work together to provide comprehensive economic development services to all of Collier County. The Chamber is responsible for the traditional economic development activities such as business retention, expansion, attraction, talent development and the relationships with Enterprise Florida and the Florida Power & Light Economic Development Office. The County oversees the regulatory environment, incentive programs and the management of the County’s two Accelerators.
2390 Tamiami Tr. N., Suite 210
Naples, FL 34103
Florida Southwestern State College
FSW is part of the Florida State College System and has three campus locations and one regional center. It offers ten certificate programs, 19 associate’s degree programs and ten bachelor’s degree programs. The Collier County campus has partnered with the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to give students the chance to learn beyond the classroom with hands-on research opportunities. The dental school on campus is the result of a partnership with the University of Florida and the Naples Children & Education Foundation.
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway
Naples, FL 34113
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
Florida Gulf Coast University, with its innovative programs, technology friendly campus and outstanding faculty, is one of the most exciting educational environments in America. A member of the Florida State University System, FGCU is a comprehensive university created to address the educational needs of the rapidly growing Southwest Florida population. It has 51 undergraduate degree programs, 28 graduate degree programs, two doctoral degree programs and one specialist program.
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Goodwill Industries SWFL Microenterprise Program
Goodwill’s SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute assists individuals with a business idea in developing a plan to guide their start-up process or strengthen their existing business. Subject matter experts do small presentations in the class and experienced business coaches work with participants each evening to develop their plan. The next class in Naples begins Sep. 27 and runs through Nov. 4. Classes are held Monday and Thursdays evening from 6-9pm.
Hodges University is one of the premier private educational institutions in Florida. It offers flexible scheduling and online classes in addition to traditional classroom learning. Hodges offers two certificate programs, 12 associate’s degree programs, 17 bachelor’s degree programs and eight graduate degree programs. It has nine area locations, including Fort Myers, Immokalee and Naples.
2655 Northbrooke Drive
Naples, FL 34119
Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR)
The Naples Area Board of REALTORS® and Association of Real Estate Professionals (NABOR) is a local branch of the Florida Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Formed in 1949, NABOR has served the community for 60 years through its professionalism and adherence to a strict code of ethics. NABOR is the largest trade association in the Collier/Lee County Areas and provides a facility for education, research and the exchange of information, and provides a service to the public and government by fighting for private property rights. NABOR offers seminars to its members on all aspects of real estate.
1455 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, Florida 34109
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. We provide free consulting services on a broad variety of topics including writing a business plan, advertising and marketing strategies, negotiating leases, trademark registrations and navigating local government licensing and regulatory issues. The Naples SCORE chapter has over 60 volunteers with a wide variety of business backgrounds. In addition to face to face counselling, it offers a variety of educational workshops on topics of interest to small businesses. naples.score.org
900 Goodlette Road North
Naples, FL 34102
Karl Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is a community-based resource that helps small business owners take advantage of new opportunities to grow their business through a diverse collection of programs and services. The SBDC, located in FGCU's Center for Leadership & Innovation, serves a five-county area and provides business assistance through various partner locations in Southwest Florida.
Lutgert Hall, 2nd Floor
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
Timothy E. Hall email@example.com
Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance
The Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance is a private/public partnership created in 2013. Working with all of our communities, our goal is to facilitate expansion and relocation opportunities and partner with companies to help grow their business. The Alliance is driven by business, government and nonprofit leaders in Lee and Collier counties. Its coverage area also includes Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties. In addition to external marketing and outreach, the Alliance provides community connections to address regional economic issues.
Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA)
The SRMA is manufacturers working together for the common good. The primary outcome of this working together is a synergism that leads to an improvement in the business climate for all manufacturers. This synergistic effect saves our members time and money through best practice understanding, advanced quality systems, and market development. In addition, through our ties with state and national manufacturing Associations the SRMA provides a broad platform for increased workforce development, advocacy and networking. The SRMA provides the platform to promote the general welfare of our members in relation to economic, civic, and educational challenges. We encourage the cooperative interchange of information and assistance in all matters of mutual interest, fostering social relationships and community involvement among our membership.
762 Sunset Vista Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership
The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership, Inc. was chartered in 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(6) membership organization. It is comprised of technology companies and technology users, economic development groups and higher education institutions which are united to promote and expand our regional technology sector through seminars, forums and educational programs; and to represent the interests of the regional technology sector before federal, state and local government agencies.
P.O. Box 884
Estero, FL 3392