Fort Walton Beach

FSBDC at the University of West Florida

815 Beal Parkway NW - Coastal Bank & Trust Bldg., Suite A
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
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815 Beal Parkway NW Coastal Bank & Trust Bldg., Suite A Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

About the Center

The Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida provides entrepreneurs with professional business consulting at no cost, management training, and vital information they need to grow and succeed in a complex and competitive global environment.

Based in the UWF College of Business, the Florida SBDC at UWF maintains a full-service office in Fort Walton Beach, serving emerging and growth businesses in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  Consulting services and training are also provided at several locations throughout our service territory. Don’t see your county or an office near you? Visit our Locations page to find your local office.

The Florida SBDC at UWF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. SBA, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

Featured Area Consultant

Adam McCloskey

Adam McCloskey


  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan; Market Research; Search Engine Optimization; Technology; Web Marketing Strategy
  • Education: M.S., Applied Economics, Georgia Southern University; B.A. Economics and Telecommunications, University of West Florida
John DiGiacomo

John DiGiacomo

Government Contracting Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan Assistance; Government Contracting/Procurement; Marketing/Sales Growth; Market Research; Technology; Web Marketing Strategy; Website Planning and Development; Women and Minority Assistance
  • Certifications: Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (APTAC)
  • Achievements: Co-author of the national award winning book: Win Government Contracts for Your Small Business, published by Wolters Kluwer, Inc.; APTAC Betty McDonald Member Achievement Award (2003); APTAC Outstanding Project Award (2001)

Angelina Grant

Office Specialist/Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Accounting, Filing Taxes, Start-up Assistance, Taxes
  • Certifications: Quickbooks
  • Experience: Includes over 20 years is in accounting and bookkeeping along with 5 years of public accounting and 10 years as a small business owner.

Thomas Hermanson

Associate Manager/Consultant/GA Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Business Evaluation, Business Plans, Engineering Research and Development, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, Growth Acceleration, Technology / Commercialization Assistance
  • Education: MBA, MS - Engineering Physics
  • Certifications: Economic Development Finance, Capital, Feasibility Planning, Business Model, Business Transitions, Purchase, Sale, Valuation, Exit Planning, SBIR.