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.

Michael W. Myhre, CEO of the Florida SBDC NetworkLast week, the magazine published the “Florida 500” list, which highlights the 500 most influential people in Florida. According to Florida Trend, “…the inaugural edition…is the product of a year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders across major industries.”

The nominees were selected based on hundreds of interviews, months of research, and input from economic development organizations, professional associations, among others.

Dedication to Small Business

Myhre, who holds more than 25 years of economic development experience, has served as the CEO of the Florida SBDC Network since 2013. In this role, he leads the network’s more than 40 offices and over 200 employees, providing strategic vision and oversight in the continued success of Florida’s principal business assistance organization for small and medium-sized businesses.

Under his leadership, the Florida SBDC Network has reached unprecedented milestones, including securing a reoccurring state appropriation and earning national accreditation without conditions from America’s SBDC, the association representing SBDCs nationally.

Myhre most recently served as the 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.

“Florida’s remarkable turnaround story is a testament to the names in this publication, among many others,” said Myhre. “I am honored to be included in this prestigious list and grateful for our employees and supporters, who make our mission to provide small businesses with the expertise and resources to succeed possible.”

Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other public and private partners with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s headquarters, the Florida SBDC Network has more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West. As part of its service offering, the Florida SBDC Network provides consulting, training, and research to help aspiring and existing small businesses grow and succeed.

Myhre’s profile can be found here. For a full list of Florida 500 recipients, please click here.