Fort Walton Beach

FSBDC at the University of West Florida

815 Beal Parkway NW - Synovus, Suite A
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
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815 Beal Parkway NW Synovus, Suite A Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

About the Center

The Florida SBDC in Fort Walton Beach is a satellite center of the Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida (Florida SBDC at UWF) region serving aspiring and existing small businesses in Okaloosa and Walton counties with no-cost consulting, low-cost training, and access to business data and research resources. In addition to its core service offering, the Florida SBDC also offers specialized services to qualifying companies, including capital access, market growth, government contracting, international trade, business continuation, cybersecurity, disaster planning and recovery, and more.

The Florida SBDC at UWF region, based in the UWF College of Business, serves a ten-county area that includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties, and maintains several satellite centers in addition to the main office in Pensacola on the UWF campus. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at UWF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide network of more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Designated as “Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution.

How do I get started?

  1. If you are a new business, visit the New Business section of our website. If you are an existing business, visit the Existing Business section.
  2. You will be asked to complete an online Request for Consulting application that will be forwarded to the Florida SBDC that serves your area.
  3. Within three business days, you will be contacted by the Florida SBDC to get started on your path to success.

Have questions?

Please contact the Florida SBDC in Fort Walton Beach at 850.586.7809 or visit

Featured Area Consultant

John DiGiacomo

John DiGiacomo

Government Contracting Specialist

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan Assistance; Government Contracting/Procurement; Marketing/Sales Growth; Market Research; Technology; Web Marketing Strategy; Website Planning and Development; Women and Minority Assistance
  • Certifications: Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (APTAC)
  • Achievements: Co-author of the national award winning book: Win Government Contracts for Your Small Business, published by Wolters Kluwer, Inc.; APTAC Betty McDonald Member Achievement Award (2003); APTAC Outstanding Project Award (2001)
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Ayesha Haider


  • Areas of Consulting: Capital Access, Cash Flow and Business Management, Market and Sales Growth
  • Education: Master of Business Administration with specialization in International Business.
  • Certifications: Google Analytics, QuickBooks Online
Adam McCloskey

Adam McCloskey

Associate Director & Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan; Market Research; Search Engine Optimization; Technology; Web Marketing Strategy
  • Education: M.S., Applied Economics, Georgia Southern University; B.A. Economics and Telecommunications, University of West Florida