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Small businesses are the life blood of any community and our city is privileged to have more than 9,000 businesses.  If you own a small business, hold a leadership position, or are thinking about opening a new business, the best points of contacts are right here.

Start-ups and those newer in business may enjoy attending our 4th Wednesday BizChats, hosted by the Cape Coral EDO Office in partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). This free event offers opportunities for networking and education, with a light lunch included.  BizChats run from January through October starting at 11:30 a.m.  Starting in September, BizChats will be held at the Coral Ridge Event Center located at 950 Chiquita Boulevard in Cape Coral.

For businesses of all levels, we’ve pulled together the best available resources in the region to help your business thrive. To access partner links without program or agency descriptions, please visit Resources/Quick Links.

Tap into our EDO Strategic Business & Community Partners

We’ve curated the best government and community resources available to make your business startup, expansion or relocation successful.

Florida’s Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at FGCU
1020 Cultural Park Blvd. S., Unit #3
Cape Coral, FL 33990
239-573-2737
Small Business Development Center

The Cape Coral EDO has partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) satellite office near City Hall. The SBDC is dedicated to providing businesses with free, confidential advice. Their services include confidential, one-on-one counseling as well as educational workshops geared for providing businesses with all the information they need to conduct a successful business. The SBDC is operated by FGCU’s Lutgert College of Business and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 2005, the SBDC-Cape Coral Office has counseled hundreds of businesses—from start-ups to expansions—through organized seminars and events.

Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute Entrepreneur Training Program
239-995-2106 Toll
866-995-2106
TTY: 239-995-9207
MicroEnterprise Institute

The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute helps emerging entrepreneurs with low to moderate income levels and other disadvantages to start new ventures or grow small businesses. Graduates complete a short-term business and management training course, and work with successful business mentors. The institute is administrated by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. A microenterprise is any type of small business that has fewer than five employees and requires up to $35,000 (typically far less) to start up or expand. Evening courses are available and announced through our Cape Coral EDO social media.

Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
2051 Cape Coral Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33904
800-226-9609
239-549-6900
Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Coral Chamber is a not-for-profit membership organization with more than 600 business members. Its office is the Visitor Information Center at the foot of the Cape Coral Parkway Bridge. The Chamber provides local business networking, small business resources, small business counseling, education, special events, visitor information and relocation assistance, community resources, and city and county government and business advocacy.

Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)
Chester Street Resource Center
4816 Chester Street
(239) 549-5615

The Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) works cooperatively with property owners to revitalize downtown Cape Coral—the South Cape. Technical and financial assistance is available for exterior commercial building renovations and new construction projects. This assistance is available to business and commercial properties located within the CRA. Through financial incentives, programs are designed to encourage investment to redevelop, improve and lease out commercial property within the South Cape.

Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA)
611 SE 11th St., Suite B
Cape Coral, FL 33990-2809
239-772-0027
CCCIA

The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association (CCCIA) has been serving the community since 1971. CCCIA’s purpose is to the benefit those engaged in construction-related industries in Cape Coral: contractors, Realtors, financers, electricians, plumbers, roofers and more. CCCIA helps connect local business partners by providing industry resources and networking opportunities.

Cape Coral Association of Realtors
918 SE 46th Lane
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-542-6209
Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association

The Cape Coral Association of Realtors was founded in 1969, and it serves as the hub for Realtor educational homebuyer programs, community involvement, special events, professional training, and national memberships. It is a member of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association.

Cape Coral Community Foundation
1405 SE 47th Street, Unit 2
Cape Coral, FL 33904
239-542-5594
CC Community Foundation

The mission of the Cape Coral Community Foundation is to support the public well-being and to improve the quality of life in the greater Cape Coral community through the stewardship of permanently endowed and gifted funds.


Cape EDO Regional Partners
Cape EDO State & Federal Partners
SBA Small Business Guide
 

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R-NogueraRicardo Noguera
Economic Development Manager
239-574-0444
ecodev@capecoral.net
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