Florida SBDC CEO Named Among State’s Most Influential Leaders

Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) – The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce that Michael W. Myhre, chief executive officer, has been named among the state’s most influential business leaders by Florida Trend for the second consecutive year.

Last week, the magazine published the “Florida 500” list, which highlights the 500 most influential people in Florida.

According to Florida Trend, the list is a product of “…an immense, year-long research initiative by the editors…resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders.”

Florida SBDC Network CEO Michael W. MyhreThe nominees were selected based on hundreds of interviews and months of research.

Myhre, who holds more than 25 years of small business development experience, has served as the CEO of the Florida SBDC since 2013. In this role, he leads the organization’s more than 200 employees, providing strategic vision and oversight in the continued success of Florida’s principal business assistance organization.

Under his leadership and commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence, the Florida SBDC has reached unprecedented milestones, including more than doubling the organization’s small business consulting capacity and earning numerous accreditations and recognitions.

Myhre most recently served as the Board Chairman of America’s SBDC, which represents the network of nearly 1,000 SBDC offices and 5,000 employees nationally. He also serves on the board of directors for CareerSource Florida, Florida Economic Development Council, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and various other boards and committees.

“At the Florida SBDC, we believe we help small businesses achieve unimaginable possibilities,” said Myhre. “As a result, we help create meaningful economic prosperity for their business, community, and our state, which benefits every Floridian. I am humbled to be recognized among such a prestigious list of leaders, and am grateful for our employees and supporters who make our mission to provide small businesses with the expertise and resources to succeed possible. This recognition really belongs to them.”

With the University of West Florida in Pensacola serving as its headquarters, the Florida SBDC is the state’s small business development organization. Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other public and private partners, the Florida SBDC Network provides aspiring and existing small businesses no-cost, confidential business consulting delivered by certified professional business consultants and specialists.

To read Myhre’s profile, please click here. For a full list of Florida 500 recipients, please click here.