FSBDC at the University of South Florida

1680 Fruitville Road, Suite 402
Sarasota, Florida, 34236
941.309.1200, ext. 107
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1680 Fruitville Road, Suite 402 Sarasota, Florida 34236

About the Center

The Florida SBDC in Sarasota is a satellite center of the Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida (Florida SBDC at USF) region serving aspiring and existing small businesses in Sarasota County 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 USF region serves a ten-county area that includes Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties, and maintains several satellite centers in addition to the main office in Tampa. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at USF 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 Sarasota at 941.309.1200, ext. 107 or visit

Featured Area Consultant

Patricia Gordon


  • Areas of Consulting: Market/Sales Growth, Business Plans, Growth Acceleration, Personnel and Human Resources, and Start-Up Assistance
  • Education: MBA, Canisius College; BA, Communications, University of Buffalo
  • Business Owner: 10 years experience as owner of a used car dealership and a fishing lodge/B&B