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IBDC Entrepreneur School

2013 August 12
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The Immokalee Business Development Center is hosting a 6-weeks Entrepreneur School workshop designed to provide an approach for thinking through the development of a new business idea or the growth of an existing small business.

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Computer Basics Workshop

2013 August 12
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The Immokalee Business Development Center is sponsoring a computer basics "Hands on Training" workshop.  This workshop is geared towards beginners.  Attendees will learn Internet Basics, Email Basics and Word Basics.

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SBA Workshop on HUBZone Certification

2013 August 12
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SBA - Small Business AdminstrationThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a workshop to help small businesses in the area.  It's a Brown Bag Event.  Pack your lunch and come join us for this informative workshop.

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IBDC expanding reach, gaining momentum.

2013 July 31
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"I see there is momentum now. People are becoming more aware of the programs. In the long-run, our goal is to try to make it a rural regional organization. " 

That's how Marie Capita, director of the Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC), describes the center's progress to the Naples Daily News in a piece published July 31.

"Nearly three years old, the center has helped start and grow more than a dozen small businesses in Immokalee," reads the Daily News piece. 

"The goal is to expand its reach as a 501(c)(3), a charity designation it hopes to get from the IRS by the end of the year.
Operating as an extension of the county has made it difficult for the center to get grants, loans, or other financial help to fund its programs because contributors couldn’t get tax write-offs, Capita said.

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IBDC now in new headquarters on Hodges University campus

2013 July 09
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The Immokalee Business Development Center (IBDC) has relocated to its new headquarters on the Immokalee campus of Hodges University, 1170 Harvest Drive

The center, sometimes also known as IMMBIZ, is in the process of becoming its own non-profit organization, graduating from the nurturing nest of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency. 

The IBDC has guided the creation or expansion of over a dozen Immokalee businesses in the past two years. Collier County Commissioners, sitting as the Immokalee CRA board of directors, approved independence for the center in January. The lawmakers approved May 28 its formal plan strike out on its own.

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Women's Networking Business Luncheon

2013 March 26
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IMMToday Woment's Networking LuncheonThe month of March has been declared as “Women’s History Month”, when we celebrate women’s contribution to history, culture, and society. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Seminole Casino Immokalee, sponsored the quarterly Women’s Networking Luncheon.

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Opportunities for local landscaping companies: April 2, 2013

2013 March 26
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Immokalee MeetingIn an effort to help local businesses obtain County contracts, the Immokalee Lighting and Beautification MSTU is dividing the maintenance contract into different components.  The Immokalee Beautification MSTU manage the maintenance of all public area along Main Street (SR 29) and 1st Street (CR  846) within the limits of Immokalee Urban Area. 

Meeting April 2, 2013

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Updated Business Incentives for Immokalee Businesses

2013 March 20
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Florida Enterprise ZonesLearn more about Business (Hub) Zone Program, New Market Tax Credits and the State Enterprize Zone program and how they apply to business in Immokalee

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SBA Workshops on Government Contracting and HUBZone Certification.

2013 March 18
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SBA - Small Business AdminstrationDuring the months of April and May, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host two important workshops to help small businesses in the area. 

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IMMBIZ to become its own, independent non-profit organization

2013 February 10
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The Immokalee Business Development Center is maturing into its organizational adulthood,
Launched just over two years ago by the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, the IBDC (or IMMBIZ, as it's sometimes called), will become it's own independent non-profit organization over the next six months. The Collier County Commission approved the move January 24th.

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