Collier County is a great place to start and grow a small business. The Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development is committed to helping entrepreneurs and startups locate the tools they need to sustain, grow and prosper. Our office, our Naples Accelerator and partners — Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance and Opportunity Naples, the Partnership for Collier's Future Economy — can help business owners navigate a path to success through a variety of government programs, private organizations, community partnerships and business service providers.
Don't miss 1 Million Cups Naples, where startups and entrepreneurs get six minutes to present their businesses and products and the audience gets up to 20 minutes to ask questions and provide advice. It's the second Wednesday of every month, from 9-10 a.m. at the Naples Accelerator, 3510 Kraft Road, Ste. 200, Naples. The coffee is free! Go to www.1millioncups.com/naples for more information or to apply.
Are you starting a business? We have the answers for you here.
Here's a great article on the basics of starting a business.
Need a mentor, business planning or marketing help? Join The Naples Accelerator, contact SCORE Naples or SBDC, the Small Business Development Council at Florida Gulf Coast University, or the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute. Both SCORE and the SBDC have offices at the Naples Accelerator and hold workshops there.
Need help competing for public contracts? Review our tips here. And here are two tip sheets from one of our government contracts business opportunities roundtables: Dan Telep, a Procurement Technical Assistance Center specialist at the SBDC at FGCU, outlines how to be successful when bidding on federal contracts and gives 12 more tips on winning government business.
Interested in competing for U.S. Department of Defense contracts? Here are some tips.
Businesses that want to remain competitive and grow are increasingly turning to data analytics. Here's a great small business tool that provides a comprehensive market analysis designed to help your business gauge the nearby competition and local market. It can help you benchmark yourself against the competition, identify and map potential customers and suppliers, map demographics, labor force and consumer expenditure data, and find the best places to advertise.
Does your business want to be eco-friendly and build, buy and operate green by purchasing sustainable, energy efficient, EnergyStar products? From construction materials, to lightbulbs and toilets and more, this online analytic sustainable facilities tool, created by Southwest Florida company Ecomedes for the federal government's building green site, simplifies the economic and environmental ROI analysis of sustainable product selection — helping you decide the best green products to purchase.
Collier County welcomes the opportunity to discuss your business requirements. We believe in collaborative partnerships between our office, our partners, the education system and workforce boards to help support your workforce needs.
Contact Our Office:
Jace Kentner, Director
Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development
2660 Horseshoe Drive N., Ste. 105
Naples, Florida 34104
Page last updated on Sept. 13, 2019