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The Road to Entrepreneurship

You have the drive. You have the idea. All you need now is a little guidance and support. That’s where we come in. Our many years of experience have given us a comprehensive understanding of the challenges associated with getting a new business venture off the ground. From developing a business plan to building your brand, we’re committed to helping entrepreneurs and business owners make the best decisions with their business development and marketing strategies.

We encourage small businesses to utilize the Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC), which provides accessible, affordable and professional consultation, as well as entrepreneurial training and resources. The Small Business Assistance Center staff can also help your second-stage company relocate to the area. To ensure a smooth transition to Polk County, the CFDC provides specific services to suit your organization’s needs.

Central Florida’s Polk County offers one of the best business climates in the U.S. Take advantage of our business services to make the most of it. 

Business Seminars

A little knowledge can unlock a lot of possibilities. The Small Business Assistance Center offers several seminars throughout the year specifically designed for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Benefit from the expertise of our Certified Business Analysts and learn how to start or improve your business.


The Small Business Assistance Center consultant can help clients build their knowledge and skills through free one-on-one professional, confidential counseling. Call 863-534-5921 today to make an appointment. We can meet with you at the SBAC office or at one of the many On Site Business Consultation locations. 

Marketing Assistance

What’s your marketing IQ? Whether you need help identifying a target audience, engaging in social media or developing a brand, we’re here to assist and advise. Get in touch with the SBAC to get started today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Download our FAQ sheet for answers to questions on licensing, grants, loans, advertising, minority certification and more. 

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan outline is intended to be used as a guideline for setting goals and be used as part of an overall business plan. If you would like to make an appointment with a business analyst for a new or start up business, please complete the strategic plan and send to Dawndecaminada@polk-county.net and we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Supervisor, SBAC
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