Florida entrepreneurs now have an online resource to learn about and connect with fellow entrepreneurs for advice on starting, growing or expanding their business – the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC). The website (www.FLVEC.com) lists resource agencies that can help entrepreneurs and provides an opportunity for users to sign-up and have their story featured on the website so other entrepreneurs can connect with them for guidance, partnerships and more.
With National Small Business Week underway, more than 250 founders and CEOs across 30 Florida counties have signed up to share their story and potentially make connections.
“As an entrepreneur, there is real value in being able to know who the other local entrepreneurs are and having a way to connect with them,” said Michael Zaharios III, FLVEC director. “We started FLVEC to help entrepreneurs find resources for permitting, securing funding, hiring employees and the many other things that come along with owning a business. We added the ability for users to connect to each other after seeing how entrepreneurs engage face-to-face at events like 1 Million Cups and Startup Weekend. The result is an online platform that elevates all entrepreneurs and drives traffic to them based on their story of entrepreneurship.”
These entrepreneur profiles share lessons learned, book recommendations, resource agencies that helped them and more. They are available to review on the site at no cost thanks to local sponsors. Users can browse the website, but must sign-up to have their profile featured. Entrepreneurs from all of Florida’s 67 counties are welcome.
FLVEC is a program of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.