FSBDCN State Office: The Florida SBDC Network is proud to announce that the Florida Star of the Year, Pauline Davis, was recognized recently at the 2013 Association of Small Business Development Center’s (ASBDC) national conference in Orlando, at a special event honoring winners from each state. Davis, a certified business consultant at the FSBDC at the University of Central Florida, was recognized for her outstanding commitment, performance and contributions to the small business community in the Central Florida region.
“We are proud of Pauline’s accomplishments and her contributions to small business,” said Michael Myhre, State Director (Interim) of the Florida SBDC Network. “Her 14 years of dedicated service to the network are greatly appreciated and highly valued.”
Davis joined the FSBDC at UCF in May of 1999 as a business consultant. As a previous small business owner, Davis understands the challenges and needs of small businesses. She consults with clients on a wide range of topics, including financial statement analysis, loan packaging, business plan analysis, budgeting, cash flow projections and marketing.
Davis’ clients appreciate her wide knowledge base and benefit from her business philosophy: “It’s not enough to start a business; you have to remain in business.”
“It is an honor to be recognized by the ASBDC for doing the work I enjoy so much,” said Davis. “It is a privilege to work with these business owners and help them to recognize their dreams and reach their full potential.”
Throughout her tenure with the FSBDC at UCF, Davis has helped her clients achieve an impressive level of economic impact. From 2000-2012, Davis’ clients have created 676 jobs; retained 309 jobs; started 255 businesses; increased sales by $51,260,785; secured $29,284,800 in capital; and obtained $2,600,000 in government contracts.
About the FSBDC Network
For over 35 years, the FSBDC Network has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development organizations, dedicated to providing emerging and established business owners with management and technical assistance, enabling overall growth and increased profitability for the businesses and economic prosperity for the state. A statewide service network of 41 centers with 60 outreach locations, the FSBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, hosted by the University of West Florida and accredited through the national Association of SBDCs. To learn more about the FSBDC Network or to find a SBDC near you, visit www.FloridaSBDC.org or call 1.866.737.7232.
In 2012, the Florida SBDCs served approximately 38,000 entrepreneurs and small business owners through consulting and training, resulting in 47,845 jobs created, retained and saved; $6.3 billion in sales growth; $235.2 million in capital accessed; $588.4 million in government contract awards; and 744 new businesses started.