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Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU Earns Top National Award 


Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU Earns Top National Award

The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at FIU Business won the Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The national award recognizes the accomplishments of one center each year.

The FSDBC was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April 2023. The event was held at the White House during National Small Business Week, when the SBA recognizes centers dedicated to the success of small businesses and celebrates their contributions to the economy. According to SBA data, small businesses employ about 50% of the U.S. workforce.

"This award is a great honor that represents the hard work of our team and the FSBDC consultants, as well as their dedication to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Miami and South Florida," said William Hardin, dean of FIU Business. "They are an asset committed to helping people succeed, creating jobs and creating economic opportunities."

The FSBDC was recognized as the Florida SBDC Network Center of the Year for 2022, putting it in line to compete for the national award in 2023. Leading up to the state award was the center's impact in 2021, when 2,051 businesses were assisted with 20,660 consulting hours.

"We have one of the best jobs in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. The FSBDC team gets to help local business owners start, grow and realize their entrepreneurial dreams," said Brian Van Hook, regional director at the FSBDC. "For that reason, I thank the SBA for this national recognition of our team's record levels of assistance and results provided to our clients in recent years."

The FSBDC at FIU Business consists of 20 highly knowledgeable business consultants who offer assistance with access to capital, investment business plans, financial management, government contracting, market analysis and more. The center began offering services in Miami-Dade County in 2014 and expanded to Monroe County in October 2018.


  • 1,037 Small Businesses Assisted
  • 6,780 Hours of Consulting Provided
  • 20 New Businesses Launched