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National Entrepreneur Center Announces New President Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard

The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) is pleased to announce Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard as its President. Joining the organization from her previous role as Economic Development Director for the City of Kissimmee, Kirkegard brings over 25 years of public and private…

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Hurricane Ian Recovery– Local & Regional Small Business Support

Hurricane Ian Recovery-- Regional Central Florida Resources: BizLink Orange: BizLink Orange’s mission is to accelerate the growth and development of Central Florida’s small business community. By providing “How-To” resource guides, personal action plans, a region-wide business calendar and the powerful…

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Hurricane Ian Recovery– State & Federal Agency Small Business Support

The State of Florida Bridge Loan: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has…

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NEC Updates– Hurricane Recovery… Get Connected Today!

Note-- due to Tropical Storm Nicole, we will be closed Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th in accordance with UCF policy. Additionally, we are closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day. We plan to be open…

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National Entrepreneur Center Announces Retirement of President Jerry Ross

The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) announced today that Jerry Ross has informed the Executive Board of his intent to retire as President of the organization in late 2022, after more than 16 years of service in the role. Ross said…

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Jerry Ross and the National Entrepreneur Center named by the SBA as Small Business Advocate of the Year, Florida!

  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards is proud to announce the 2022 Small Business Week winners for the North Florida territory. State-wide winners have won an additional recognition. “Our small businesses have…

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National Entrepreneur Center is Central Florida’s Official Global Entrepreneurship Week Community Organizer!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of events celebrated each November in 180+ countries to make it easier for anyone to start and scale a company. Global Entrepreneurship Week's mission is to rally communities worldwide to…

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Valley Bank Invests in National Entrepreneur Center

(Orlando, FL) —The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) announced today that Valley Bank has invested $30,000 toward the continued operations of the business support facility, home to 16 non-profit business organizations. The NEC is a single location solution for entrepreneurs and…

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Everybody’s Business and YouTube channel launch!

  Click to listen (all podcast services) Click to watch (Youtube) ...And we can't wait for you to check it out! Our series Everybody's Business features practical business tips and in-depth interviews with experienced entrepreneurs who have walked the walk and are willing…

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NEC’s Jerry Ross named as one of 44 businesspeople to help Orange County restart the local economy

"Orange County has named 44 Central Florida businesspeople as part of its new planning group to help restart the local economy. 'All of the individuals and their companies on the task force were greatly impacted by the stay-at-home order and forced to…

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