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?

  • Apply for our Growth Acceleration Services
  • Upon verification of eligibility, a dedicated consultant will conduct an in-depth business assessment and onsite 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

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

Len Eichler

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Planning, Cash Flow Management, Financial and Capital Access, Market / Sales Growth, Operation Manager, Start-up
  • Education: EdD; MBA, University of South Dakota
  • Business Owner: Construction-6 years

Gary Cole

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Planning, Business Valuation, Cash Flow Management, Cost Control, Financial and Capital Access. Financial Metrics, Growth Acceleration, Market / Sales Growth, Personnel and Human Resources, Revenue Generation, Risk, SBA Loans. Start-up
  • Education: MBA, Finance, University of Miami; BS, Industrial Management, Georgia Tech
  • Business Owner: Flooring company-14 years

Cathy Haworth

Consultant and Growth Acceleration Specialist

  • 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