ImmBiz now fully partnered with U.S. SBA

 The U.S. government agency charged with help entrepreneurs and small business now has an official outpost and partner in Immokalee. 

The Immokalee Business Development Center, or ImmBiz, signed January 20 a partnership agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, formally qualifying ImmBiz as an official link in Southwest Florida to the federal agency. 

SBA Regional Director Franciso Marrero signed the formal partnership documents with Immokalee CRA Executive Director Penny Phillippi and ImmBiz Director Marie Capita. Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta oversaw the official signing ceremony. 

 
Under the terms of the agreement, IMMBIZ and the SBA will increase joint training and outreach. The agreement means IMMBIZ clients – and others – will be able to increase opportunities for contracts with the federal government. The SBA will send speakers and technical advisors to Southwest Florida for additional training and guidance. 
 
“This is a great opportunity for our growing entrepreneurial sector in Immokalee and across the region,” said Capita. “With the SBA’s presence in Immokalee we can provide even greater resources to people who want to start or expand their businesses.” 
 
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