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

Michael Bell


  • Areas of Consulting: Business Plan/Business Response and Recovery, Business Valuation, Compliance, Government Contracting/Procurement, Growth Acceleration, Market/Sales Growth, Operation Manager, Personnel and Human Resources, Strategic Plan, Technology, Women and Minority
  • Education: BA
  • Business Owner: •LLC (Consultant to Pharmaceutical Industry)

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

Anil Chang


  • Areas of Consulting: International Markets and Exporting; Market and Sales Growth; Search Engine Optimization; Technology
  • Education: BA, Florida Atlantic University
  • Certifications: NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional