Here to Help Your Business Grow

In today’s competitive marketplace it helps to collaborate with an experienced partner who can navigate your business past obstacles, optimize performance, and put you on the road to success. Designed to connect emerging and growing Florida businesses with professional business consultants, our no-cost Growth Acceleration Services are designed to do just that. Growth Acceleration Services provide a framework to help you:

  • Strategize with experts who are highly qualified in corporate management, consulting, planning, and implementation
  • Understand your market and uncover new opportunities to deliver products/services
  • Assess your cost structure, budgets, and financial situation; uncover hidden profits
  • Recognize the issues necessary to create sustainable growth and access to capital
  • Evaluate and implement detailed parts of your business plan

Get a Sneak Peak into Our Growth Acceleration Services

Unsure of how to get consumers to your product? The Florida SBDC’s Marketing and Branding Two-Part Series is a collection of two short videos designed to provide you with a fundamental overview of how to take your concept straight to consumers. Watch these videos to give yourself an edge before attending an in-person training or meeting with a consultant.

  1. Marketing Your Business (21 minutes)
  2. Branding Your Business (15 minutes)

Business Qualifications Needed for Growth Services

Emerging and growing businesses that meet the following criteria may apply:

  • Have a goal for growth
  • Be in business for at least three years
  • Have 5 or more full-time employees
  • $500,000 to $10 million in annual sales

How do I get started?

  • Complete an electronic Request for Consulting (eRFC).
  • Upon verification of eligibility, a dedicated consultant will conduct an in-depth business assessment and on-site visit.
  • Based on the assessment findings, your consultant will develop a confidential sustainable growth strategy and a Business Assessment Report tailored to your business needs.
  • Together, you will collaborate on an on-going basis to implement the strategies and tactics. Through this working partnership, you’ll have the opportunity to focus attention on shoring up financial practices, accessing capital, determining market diversification tactics, and developing business plans that effectively and efficiently grow your business.

Have questions?

Please contact your local Florida SBDC office.

Featured Field Experts

Cathy Hagan

Northeast Florida Area Director/Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Financial Analysis, Business Valuations, Financing, Business Planning, Marketing, Cash Flow Management, Loans, Strategic Planning, International Trade, Business Continuation and Disaster, Growth Acceleration
  • Education: MBA, University of South Florida; BBA, Emory University
  • Certifications: Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Certified Financial Planner Licensee. Certified Global Business Professional, Certified Business Continuity Professional

Roberto Castellon

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plans; Cashflow Management; Financial and Capital Access; Growth Acceleration; SBA Loans
  • Education: MBA, International Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey; BBA, Marketing, Pace University, New York
  • Experience: 13 Years of Business Ownership Experience
  • Languages: English, Spanish

Spike Schultheis

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Business Accounting, Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Business Response & Recovery Team, Business Valuation, Cashflow Management Assistance, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, Financial Metrics, Growth Acceleration, Insurance, Internet Strategies, Loan Types, Market / Sales Growth Assistance, Revenue Generation, Risk, SBA Loans, Start-up Assistance, Technology / Commercialization Assistance, Web Marketing Strategy, Website Planning and Development, Other: Marketing, Business planning, venture development, venture and marketing launch, sales management and sales training, venture investment capital search and negotiation
  • Education: MBA in Marketing
  • Business Owner: Telecommunications Services and Consulting

Pauline Davis

Associate Director/Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Accounting, Budgets, Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Business Valuation, Cashflow Management Assistance, Cost Control, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, Financial Metrics, Growth Acceleration, Loan Types, SBA Loans, Start-up Assistance, Women and Minority
  • Education: BA/BS, MBA
  • Business Owner: Accounting-25+ years