Entrepreneur Resources

Palm Beach County offers entrepreneurs a wide variety of resources to get their business off to a great start. The information below provides resources to help guide you through the process of successfully launching your new business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Enterprise Development Corporation
The Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida is a nonprofit organization that assists emerging science and technology companies. Their mission is the development of an innovation-based economy through the creation of high skill, high wage jobs in key industries that are driving global commerce.  EDC is a public/private partnership that provides strategic business development assistance to emerging science and technology-based companies in South Florida. EDC offers expertise in new product commercialization, business strategy, technology transfer, strategic alliances and preparing to raise capital funds. Assistance is provided to nearly 200 companies a year through EDC's mentoring program. EDC also manages the Technology Business Incubator located in the Florida Atlantic University Research & Development Park in Boca Raton, and produces two conferences each year to promote emerging technologies and industry/academia collaboration.

Jane Teague, Executive Director
3701 FAU Blvd., Suite 210
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561.620.8494 x15
Fax: 561.620.8493
jteague@edc-tech.org
www.edc-tech.org

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GrowFL
Cultivating growth companies across the state is the mission of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). They work with a host of statewide partners committed to local delivery of services to help second-stage companies achieve their potential. Program Information Form

Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL)
12201 Research Parkway Suite #200
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: 407.823.6384
Fax: 407.823.3299
www.growfl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE
The SCORE Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. Their public service mission is to provide face-to-face and email business counseling to help small businesses evaluate plans, stabilize, grow, innovate and succeed. 

Palm Beach County has two SCORE Chapters:
SCORE 224 – Small Business Counselors for West Palm Beach
Phone: 561.833.1672
www.palmbeach.score.org
SCORE 412 - Small Business Counselors for South Palm Beach
Phone: 561.981.5180
www.scoresouthflorida.net

 

Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College
The Small Business Development Center helps businesses become more successful and meet the challenges of tomorrow. Whether you are starting a business, buying a business, growing a business, selling a business or looking for financing, SBDC can help.

Phone: 561.862.4726
www.palmbeachstate.edu/smallbusiness/

 

 

 

Palm Beach State College - Center for Business Development & Entrepreneurship
Corporate & Continuing Education at Palm Beach State College offers individual and customized group training designed with you and your business in mind. Get the training you need to refine your skills from a local, respected institution that has withstood the test of time while also keeping up with the times.

Phone: 561.868.3899
www.palmbeachstate.edu

 

 

 

The Center for Technology, Enterprise & Development, Inc. - Business Incubator
The Technology, Enterprise & Development Center Business Incubator (TED Center) is a multi-tenant facility with associated programs and services designed to improve the viability and strength of small businesses and serve the economic development role of creating new jobs.

Phone: 561.265.3790
www.tedcenter.org

 

 

 

 

FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) at the DeSantis Pavilion is to create entrepreneurial leaders that find sustainable solutions to economic and social problems. The goal of ACE is to prepare FAU students in business, science, engineering, and all disciplines who are looking to become entrepreneurs through business ownership or through venturing. The Carl DeSantis Pavilion was established in 2001 as part of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business, with the mission of serving as an incubator for ideas and a center of discussion and scholarly activity. The DeSantis Pavilion hosts the college’s renowned School of Accounting, Executive Programs as well as its outstanding entrepreneurship, mentorship and internship programs.

FAU College of Business
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
Phone: 561.297.3000
www.business.fau.edu/centers/adams-center/index.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Program
YEA! is a groundbreaking program held at the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship on the Florida Atlantic University campus.  The program takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program.

Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 561.395.4433
www.bocaratonchamber.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAU Business Plan Competition
Each year, FAU holds a Business Plan Competition.  Teams are comprised of FAU alumni, faculty, students (registered and not currently registered), students from other colleges or universities and members of the business community or any combination thereof. Teams have the opportunity to meet and network with experienced venture capital principals, early stage angel investors, successful entrepreneurs, and senior business leaders who will serve as judges for the competition. The competition provides an unparalleled experience for the participants providing time to interact with the judging panel to receive their valuable feedback.  Teams will compete for cash prize money, legal and business services, office space at FAU’s Research Park Authority, the possibility to advance to the state and national competitions, present their business plan to local angel and VC groups and more.

FAU College of Business
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
Phone: 561.297.3000
www.business.fau.edu/centers/adams-center/index.aspx


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The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is a free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business.

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center
www.flvec.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paragon Foundation of Palm Beach County
Paragon provides fiscally responsible economic opportunities to black and minority-owned businesses. These programs help traditionally underserved companies gain access to capital, business advice, and critical resources to guide and accelerate company growth and aid in the revitalization of underserved communities in Palm Beach County.  Paragon targets businesses that are socially or economically disadvantaged and can demonstrate a strong business model, an experienced management team, and exhibit the potential to thrive and grow.

The Crexent Business Center
2101 Vista Parkway, Suite 133
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone: 561.228.6146
Fax: 561.228.6147
www.paragonpbc.org


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The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) - for entrepreneurs only - is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

Entrepreneurs' Organization South Florida
8201 Peters Rd., Suite 1000
Plantation, FL  33324
Phone: 954.274.2729
Fax: 954.342.2365
http://eoaccess.eonetwork.org/southflorida



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