MELBOURNE, FLA.—Donn Miller-Kermani, director, Florida Institute of Technology Women’s Business Center (WBC), attended a March collaboration summit by the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Offices of Field Operations and Entrepreneurial Development in Baltimore, Md. Only one resource member from each region was invited to the summit; Miller-Kermani was just one of 10 WBC representatives to have ever been invited.
The summit, a joint meeting of SBA resource partners around the country, focused on marketing and outreach to support the SBA resource network and defined collaborative ways of promoting job creation, revenue growth and market expansion.
The SBA’s mission is to help small businesses succeed by providing support through a variety of programs and resource partners located strategically around the country. These partners, such as the WBC, support local SBA offices by offering technical assistance, business training, counseling, mentoring and other services to small business owners.
The WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It has served 341 clients since 2007 and more than 4,500 individuals have attended its classes, networking events and conferences.
To learn more about the WBC, visit: wbc.fit.edu.
About the WBC
The Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It is an outreach of the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business. The WBC provides women with opportunities, tools and connections to advance their global influence and success. The center offers well-equipped facilities conveniently located at Florida Tech, teachers, mentors and volunteers with expertise and business knowledge, partnering with community organizations for broad outreach, and training and resources that are onsite and online to accommodate busy schedules and provide easy access.