FSBDC at University of South Florida

CareerSource Suncoast - 897 E. Venice Avenue
Venice, Florida, 34285-7038
941.486.2682 x4121
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CareerSource Suncoast 897 E. Venice Avenue Venice, Florida 34285-7038

The Florida SBDC at USF 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.

The FSBDC at USF maintains a full-service office in Venice, serving emerging and growth businesses in Sarasota County.  Consulting services and training are also provided at several locations throughout our service territory.

The FSBDC at USF 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

Patricia Gordon


  • Areas of Consulting: Market/Sales Growth, Business Plans, Growth Acceleration, Personnel and Human Resources, and Start-Up Assistance
  • Education: MBA, Canisius College; BA, Communications, University of Buffalo
  • Business Owner: 10 years experience as owner of a used car dealership and a fishing lodge/B&B