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News in April 2012


Important Message

Published on Apr 30, 2012 by Marie Capita



It is now time to file the 2012 Annual Report to maintain "active" status with the Division of Corporations. The report is due by May 1st. Annual Reports filed after May 1st will be assessed a $400.00 late fee, which cannot be waived.



MBE Certification

Published on Apr 20, 2012 by Marie Capita

Certification is the process of verifying that a business is owned and managed by minority individuals or women.  The documentation required will depend on the structure of the company.  For example: The documentation required from a company that has incorporated will differ from the documentation required by a partnership or sole proprietorship; and also, the information required from a distributor will differ from that required by a manufacturer.  In general, an agency will request proof of ethnicity, all professional and business licenses, resumes, financial statements, tax documents, stock certificates/proof of capital investment.  An on site visit to the company may also be required.

Most agencies recognize "minority group members" as US citizens who are African-American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian-Pacific American and Asian-Indian American.  Government agencies certify woman owned businesses as well.


Local Section 3 Construction Company Wins Stormwater Sub-Contract

Published on Apr 06, 2012 by Marie Capita

 Immokalee CRA’s Executive Director, Penny Phillippi,  had one goal and two objectives in mind last year when she charged the IBDC staff  to coordinate a gathering of developers, contractors, sub-contractors, laborers, vendors and procurement specialist in the construction field,  The goal was job creation.

Objective 1:  Identify Immokalee’s  independent construction companies eligible for Section 3 Business Certification and assist them with the application process.  

Objective 2:  Provide a forum to introduce the small construction firms and vendors to the larger contractors and developers and in doing so create employment opportunities for sub-contractors and local tradesmen.

Manuel Padilla Inc., a local construction company owned by Manuel Padilla attended the Builders’Expo, curious to learn if there could be opportunity for his small construction company to grow and create jobs for Immokalee’s laborers and tradesmen.

With the assistance and services provided by the IBDC, Manuel Padilla, Inc. was certified as a Section 3 Business eligible to bid on projects funded by HUD. 

When the Immokalee Stormwater project came up for bid Manuel Padilla was in a position to pursue a sub-contracting spot with DN Higgins  as a Section 3 Business.

In compliance with HUD Section 3 requirements, DN Higgins awarded the Section 3 Business contract to Manuel Padilla, Inc.

Manuel Padilla continues to receive technical support and coaching from IBDC while his construction company is in the expanding phase. 



IMM BIZ Computer Lab

Published on Apr 06, 2012 by Marie Capita

Thanks to Suncoast Teachers Credit Union, the Immokalee Business Development Center is now equipped with a computer lab where training will be soon be offered to small business owners and entrepreneurs.   Courses will be offered to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Quickbooks, Microsoft Office 2010 Business applications such as Excel, Word and Outlook.   


The Immokalee Business Development Center will also  provide assistance to small business owners who wish to register for HUD Section 3 certification and procuring government contracts.  Assistance is available by appointment only.   For more information about the courses to be offered contact Immokalee Business Development Center at 239-867-4121. 








Business Plan Writing - Free Workshop

Published on Apr 04, 2012 by Marie Capita

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