Fort Myers

FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd South - CLI, Lutgert COB Unit 2320
Fort Myers, FL, 33965-6502
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10501 FGCU Blvd South CLI, Lutgert COB Unit 2320 Fort Myers, FL 33965-6502

About the Center

The Florida SBDC in Fort Myers is the main office of the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University (Florida SBDC at FGCU) region serving aspiring and existing small businesses 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.

The Florida SBDC at FGCU region serves a five-county area that includes Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, and maintains several satellite centers in addition to the main office in Fort Myers. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at FGCU 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 Myers at 239.745.3700 or visit

Featured Area Consultant

Juilo Estremera


  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Business Accounting, Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Business Continuity / Disaster Assistance, Cashflow Management Assistance, Compliance, Cost Control, Export Counselor, Filing Taxes, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, International Market / Export Assistance, Inventory Control, Loan Types, Market / Sales Growth Assistance, Personnel and Human Resources, SBA Loans, Start-up Assistance
  • Certifications: Export & Trade Counseling Certification Intermediate SBA, Export & Trade Counseling Certification Introductory SBA
  • Experience: SBDC Business Consulting Experience: 15 , and Total Consulting Experience: 37

Lois Knox

Regional Director

  • Areas of Consulting: Accounting
  • Education: MBA
  • Experience: Her previous experience with Florida SBDC Network was an Assistant Director with the State Office within the University of West Florida. Lois has over 20 years of Financial/Accounting Management

Suzanne Specht

Assistant Director and Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Business and Strategic Plans; Cashflow Management; Financial and Capital Access; Financial Metrics; Women and Minority
  • Education: MBA
  • Certifications: Certified FastTrac Facilitator with the Kauffman Foundation, Certified Business Communicator; Export & Trade Counseling Certification - Introductory & Intermediate SBA

Cathy Haworth

GA Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Growth Acceleration
  • Education: BA from the University of Dayton and her MBA from Lake Erie College
  • Business Owner: Haworth Administrative Services, a community projects and non-profit small business service consulting company