Tampa – Hillsborough County

FSBDC at USF - Hillsborough County

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center - 2101 E. Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33605-3915
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Entrepreneur Collaborative Center 2101 E. Palm Avenue Tampa, FL 33605-3915

About the Center

The Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County in Tampa 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 Hillsborough 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 sbdctampabay.com 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 Tampa, Hillsborough County office at 813.204.9267 or visit sbdctampabay.com.

Featured Area Consultant

Carol Minor

Director and Consultant

  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Accounting, Business and Strategic Planning, Cashflow Management, Financial and Capital Access, Growth Acceleration, Startup, Women and Minority
  • Education: MBA, APBA
  • Experience: 25 Years in Financial Services

Janette Blanco


  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan, Cash Flow Management, Compliance, Cost Control, Engineering Research and Development, Financial and Capital Access, Government Contracting / Procurement, Legal, Loan Types, Market / Sales Growth, Start-up, Women and Minority
  • Education: BA, Civil Engineering
  • Experience: Owned her own business for 10 years and worked with The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund