Fort Lauderdale

FSBDC at Florida Atlantic University

111 E. Las Olas Blvd - Higher Education Complex, Ste 1010
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33301
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111 E. Las Olas Blvd Higher Education Complex, Ste 1010 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

About the Center

The Florida SBDC in Fort Lauderdale is the main office of the Florida SBDC at Florida Atlantic University (Florida SBDC at FAU) region serving aspiring and existing small businesses in Palm Beach and Broward Counties with no-cost consulting, low-cost training, and access to business data and research resources. In addition to its core service offering, the Florida SBDC also offers specialized services to qualifying companies, including capital access, market growth, government contracting, international trade, business continuation, cybersecurity, disaster planning and recovery, and more. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at FAU region serves a two-county area that includes Broward and Palm Beach counties and maintains two satellite centers, in Boca Raton and Jupiter, in addition to the main office in Fort Lauderdale. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at FAU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide network of more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Designated as “Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution.

How do I get started?

  1. If you are a new business, visit the New Business section of our website. If you are an existing business, visit the Existing Business section.
  2. You will be asked to complete an online Request for Consulting application that will be forwarded to the Florida SBDC that serves your area.
  3. Within three business days, you will be contacted by the Florida SBDC to get started on your path to success.

Have questions?

Please contact the Florida SBDC in Fort Lauderdale at 954.762.5235 or visit

Featured Area Consultant

Teri Takahashi

Consultant, Business & Training Manager

  • Areas of Consulting: Business Plans; Marketing and Sales Growth; Start-up
  • BA, Business Management
  • Certifications: International Trade Certificate Program; GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor; Profit Mastery
  • Experience: Over 16 Years of Experience as a Property Management Business Owner and Operator

Rafael Cruz

Regional Director

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plans; Cashflow Management; Financial and Capital Access; Growth Acceleration; International Markets and Exporting; Market and Sales Growth; Start-up
  • Education: MBA
  • Certifications: Certified Economic Development Finance Professional; NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional

Gary Cole

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Planning, Business Valuation, Cash Flow Management, Cost Control, Financial and Capital Access. Financial Metrics, Growth Acceleration, Market / Sales Growth, Personnel and Human Resources, Revenue Generation, Risk, SBA Loans. Start-up
  • Education: MBA, Finance, University of Miami; BS, Industrial Management, Georgia Tech  
  • Business Owner: In his career he developed into an entrepreneurship and opened a flooring and cleaning company and operated that for 14 years.

Parbatee Chang


  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Engineering Research and Development, Export Counselor, Cashflow Management Assistance, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, Market/ Sales Growth Acceleration, International Market/Export Assistance, Compliance, Market/Sales Growth Assistance, Personnel and Human Resources, Start Up Assistance
  • Education: MBA
  • Certifications: Thunderbird school of global management: Finance Essential for Global Managers, NASBITE certified global business professional