District 16: Congressman Vern Buchanan

Data Sources: *2020 Impact reported by respondent clients | **2019 Economic Impact Analysis of the FSBDCN by FSU CEFA | District Profile: U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy (Congress only)

Business & Economic Outcomes

District Statewide
**Sales Generated $93.5M $4.4B
*Gov't Contracts Acquired $561.8K $488.1M
*Capital Accessed $10.8M $553.5M
**Jobs Impacted: Direct, Indirect, Induced 798 37,966
*New Businesses Started 5 381
Service Snapshot
Existing & Aspiring Small Business Owners Consulted 859 24,191
Minorities 288 (34%) 8,988 (37%)
Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans 133 (15%) 2,316 (10%)
Women 326 (38%) 10,123 (42%)
Professional Consulting Hours Delivered 2,908 162,519

District Profile

  • Number of Small Employer Businesses
  • Percent of Employer Businesses
  • Number of Workers Employed by Small Businesses
  • Percent of Employees
  • Small Business Payroll
  • Percent of Payroll
  • Number of Self-Employed Businesses (Census Bureau ACS, 2018)

Client Testimonials

Blue Dolphin Cafe, Inc., Sarasota

The Florida SBDC provided [application assistance for] a [State of Florida Small Business Emergency] Bridge Loan [after Hurricane Irma] and a subsequent long-term loan which assisted in keeping my business afloat. I was able to pay rents, buy replacement equipment, and pay the employees wages. Without the financial assistance, I would have had to close my businesses.

William R. Ball, Owner

Game On Nation, Bradenton

Karen’s support has been ongoing and all of the resources at the PTAC have empowered game on to stay in the federal contracting space... This resource has been invaluable to us as a small business. It’s helped us create exponential growth, new verticals, new initiatives, new programs, and more than that, it’s about the personal connection and having somebody on call who can provide moral support and guidance. I can’t recommend Florida PTAC at USF highly enough.

Blair Bloomston, Vice President

medAppraise, Inc., Sarasota

[Our consultant] was helpful in our understanding of and prepping for a DOD grant application. Being our first, there was a great deal we didn’t understand. He was instrumental in providing guidance through the solicitation process.

Sandra Chororos, Chief Commercial Office

N.B.S. Rossano, Inc., Sarasota

[Hurricane] Irma stopped our business for almost 4 months as our customers were rebuilding their businesses (resorts and restaurants). Our payroll was higher then our sales for 4 months. The Florida SBDC [assisted with the application that] got us a 6-month, no interest loan that kept us from going out of business... Thank you and keep up the good work.

Poppy Rossano, President

District 16 Contact Information

Statewide with 9 regional offices, over 40 centers, and approximately 50 outreach locations, Florida SBDC services are available to aspiring and existing businesses in every Florida county. Below are your district's resources and a link to a directory of additional Florida SBDC offices across the state.

Florida SBDC at USF (Regional Office)

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