The following local counseling resources offer free and confidential service:
City of Clearwater Economic Development
To learn more about programs and services that benefit businesses and residents in Clearwater, including site location assistance, contact:
Diane Hufford, economic development coordinator
Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone (727) 562-4054
Clearwater Business SPARK
Clearwater Business SPARK is a network to support entrepreneurs and small businesses in every stage of development so that you may easily identify and obtain the resources needed to start or grow a business in Clearwater.
Assistance is delivered through public and private partners working together to facilitate entrepreneurial, creative and small business development. Network partners include the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, city of Clearwater's Economic Development Department, Clearwater Public Library System, Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency, Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development, Florida Business Incubator (formerly known as TAFFIE), and Prospera (formerly known as Hispanic Business Initiative Fund/HBIF), Pinellas County SCORE, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation, and St. Petersburg College.
To learn more about the programs and services delivered by Clearwater Business SPARK, contact:
Audra Aja, program coordinator
Or visit www.ClearwaterBusinessSPARK.com
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Do you have a written business plan for success? A written business plan complete with pro-forma financial statements can serve as an operating guide as well as a financing prospectus. There are many resources available to help counsel both the novice and the seasoned businessperson.
SCORE is a volunteer counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE offers free counseling for small business. Counselors’ experience includes: accounting, advertising, computer systems, construction, franchising, hotels, import/export, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, real estate, restaurants, retail, sales and management. (Se habla español)
Contact: Juan Fret, chapter chair
Location: 4707 140th Ave. N., Suite 311, Clearwater, Fl 33762
1130 Cleveland Street, Clearwater, Fl 33755
Hours: 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Phone: (727) 532-6800 or (727) 461-0011 call for appointment
SBDC – Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development
The SBDC blends business expertise, customized training, technology applications and real world experience –to help your enterprise succeed. Whether you are starting out, needing to expand, or just improve your bottom line the center is here for you.
Offered are business and education training courses, counseling services, business information center with reference library.
Contact: Cynthia Johnson, senior business assistance manager
Location: EpiCenter in the ICOT Business Park
13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, Fl 33760
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Phone: (727) 453-7200
Job seekers: Get help selecting a new career, finding a new job, creating a résumé and locating suitable education or training.
Employers: Place job orders and find suitable candidates, review suitable training, analyze the labor market and determine competitive starting salaries.
Location: 2312 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, Florida 33765
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: (727) 524-4344