Helping Businesses Grow & Succeed

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any cost for Florida SBDC at Seminole State College consultant services?
No.

Is the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College confidential?
Yes. The consultants must sign an ethics clause every year, pledging their confidentiality to their clients.

Does the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College take walk-ins?
The Florida SBDC at Seminole State College is open Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

May I visit the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College and speak with a consultant during normal business hours?
No. You must call and set-up an appointment before you visit the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College. The Center is not set-up to handle pop-in clients.

I cannot visit the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College during normal business hours; what should I do?
Please call the Florida SBDC at Seminole State College office at 407.321.3495.

If you are a member of a small business administration program, will you be making the loan decisions?
No. We have no lending funds or powers. We simply assist in the preparation of loan applications to local lenders.

Will you help direct me to a lender?
Yes. We do not recommend any single lender over another, but instead, we direct clients toward a number of potential funding sources.

I just have a few questions. Will you answer them over the phone?
No. We cannot provide telephone consultation to clients who have not first registered for business consulting.

Will you answer questions via e-mail?
No. Again, we must have your registration for business consulting on hand to work with a client. After we have received their completed registration forms, we work with clients through a variety of media.

I live outside of Seminole County; will you work with me?
We have a limited number of clients from other Central Florida counties and other states. We will first direct you toward the nearest FSBDC but will work with you, if you wish.

What is this incubator I keep hearing about?
Our office is located at the Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center, which houses technology-based start-up businesses with a range of fee- and non-fee-based services. For more information, visit the STBIC's website.