Small Business Development Center
Palm Beach State College is proud to be the host institution for the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) in Palm Beach County. Professional expertise is available to small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them succeed in both the domestic and international marketplace. The FSBDC at Palm Beach State College invites you to contact our center for consulting and training assistance by registering online.
The FSBDC is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with no-cost management and technical assistance.
Our mission is to impact the small business community with world-class quality services that make a measurable contribution to regional economic growth and prosperity.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a national network that has more than 1,100 business development centers nationwide and is a member of the Florida SBDC Network and ASBDC. SBDCs represent the largest service delivery network of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small business by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.
The SBDC is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance.
What the SBDC Does
The SBDC is designed to deliver up-to-date consulting, training and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management. SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financial, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems and feasibility studies. Special SBDC programs and economic development activities include international trade assistance, technical assistance, procurement assistance, venture capital formation and rural development. The SBDCs also make special efforts to reach minority members of socially and economically disadvantaged groups, veterans, women and the disabled. Assistance is provided to both current or potential small business owners. They also provide assistance to small business applying for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grants from federal agencies.
CONSULTING: Business consulting for entrepreneurs and existing businesses is free and confidential. It is conducted by a Certified Business Analyst from the Florida Small Business Development Network. Appointments are needed to assure that sufficient time is allocated for each client, you may call (561) 862-4726 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For on-line counseling assistance, please register on-line for consulting services. This on-line form will start your relationship with the Florida SBDC Network where you will find the most up-to-date resources for your business information needs. Consulting is always provided at no cost to the business owner.
Assistance from an SBDC is available to anyone interested in beginning a small business for the first time or improving or expanding an existing small business.
Additional Services Offered
In addition to the SBDC Program, the SBA has a variety of other programs and services available. They include training and educational programs, advisory services, publications, financial programs and contract assistance. The agency also offers specialized programs for women business owners, minorities, veterans, international trade and rural development.
The SBA has offices located throughout the country. For the one nearest you, consult the telephone directory under "U.S. Government", or call the Small Business Answer Desk at 1-800-8-ASK-SBA or (202) 205-7064 (fax). For the hearing impaired, the TDD number is (202) 205-7333.
Administrative Office Hours
Mon. - Thur. 8am - 5pm | Fri. 8am - 4pm
Consulting Office Hours
Mon. - Thur. 8am - 5pm | 8am - 3pm
Location & Contact Information
FSBDC at Palm Beach State College Administrative Office
Palm Beach State College - Boca Raton campus
801 Palm Beach State College Drive, Suite AD300
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 862-4726
Fax: (561) 862-4727
Driving Directions to PBSC Boca Raton campus
From I-95: Take Yamato Road Exit East. Turn right at 2nd Ave (Boca Raton Blvd). Turn right onto Spanish River Boulevard. Turn left at FAU/Palm Beach State College entrance (8th St). Follow road as it curves to the right, then back to the left. The Palm Beach State College parking lot is immediately on the left as you approach the football stadium. (Use the football stadium as a landmark but DO NOT PASS IT) Enter at Administration and the FSBDC is located on the 3rd floor.
From US 1: Go West on Spanish River Boulevard. Turn left at FAU/Palm Beach State College entrance (8th St). Follow road as it curves to the right, then back to the left. The Palm Beach State College parking lot is immediately on the left as you approach the football stadium. (Use the football stadium as a landmark but DO NOT PASS IT) Enter at Administration and the FSBDC is located on the 3rd floor.
Betina Jean-Jacques, SBDC Regional Director, Interim
Office: AD 300 | Phone: (561) 862-4399
Debbie Kwon, Consultant
Office: AD 300 | Phone: (561) 862-4788
Debbie Lanford, Consultant/International Trade Specialist
Office: AD 300 | Phone: (561) 862-4789
Phil Scruton, Consultant
Office: AD 307 | Phone: (561) 862-4785
Jacqueline Ramirez, Consultant
Office: AD 300 | Phone: (561) 926-5035
James Deam, Consultant
Office: AD300 | Phone: (561) 207-5218
Carole Hart, Consultant/Govt. Contracting Specialist
Office: AD 308 | Phone: (561) 862-4782
Jackie Rule, Consultant/Govt. Contracting Specialist
Office: AD 304 | Phone: (561) 862-4781
Anne Fackner, Administrative Assistant
Office: AD 300 | Phone: (561) 862-4726
The Florida SBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the local SBDC at Palm Beach State office at (561) 862-4726