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The Small Business Initiative (SBI)

MBA Orlando is committed to delivering the highest level of benefits to our members.  Whether you are a long standing business in the community, have just started a business or are considering starting a business, we want to help you by providing the tools you need to succeed.

Fortunately, we live in an area with robust offerings already in place to help you learn & grow.  Through this page, we will connect you with the many educational & informational resources available.

If you are interested in certifying, not only as an LGBT Owned Business, but potentially as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise, a Woman Owned Business Enterprise, or a Disability Owned Business Enterprise, click here to view the certifying organizations. 

MBA Orlando will also begin to hold four sessions a year that are specifically targeted to Small Business’s that will provide necessary tools for any business owners. This initiative will branch outside of a LGBT  focused initiative, and will encompass the practical tools for any business to succeed. Future sessions may include topics such as, marketing, accounting, payroll, human resources, outreach, contracting, bidding, startup, and much more. Stay tuned for future dates for these sessions.


The National Entrepreneurs Center

Located in the Fashion Square Mall
3201 East Colonial Drive Suite A-20
Orlando, FL 32803

Founded in 2003, through the collaborative efforts of Walt Disney World, Orange County Government and The University of Central Florida, this “shared facility” and collaborative approach to small business development has attracted national attention for its financial efficiencies and the ability to leverage the resources and skills of each resident organization.  Additionally, the center provides easy access to these business assistance organizations for local entrepreneurs.

The NEC hosts MANY educational seminars presented predominately by 3 main resource partners.  A few examples include:

Starting Your New Business

Presented By SCORE – $30 Cost

Designed to guide you through the steps necessary for starting a business. It covers the different legal business entities, licenses needed, taxes and insurance. We explain what business plans are all about and show you how to collect business information and research. You will learn about capital funding and the lenders view of the borrower.


Constant Contact – The Power of Email Marketing

Presented By SCORE – $10 Cost

You can make a connection with the people who need your products and services, inform them by delivering your message in a professional and cost-effective way, and grow your business to reach your lifestyle goals with The Power of Email Marketing.


How to do Business with Orange County

Presented By Orange County – FREE

Interested in doing business with Orange County? Is securing a contract with Orange County a puzzle? This workshop will unlock the puzzle and provide you a better understanding about how to learn about contracting opportunities with the County. Representatives will be present from Business Development, Facilities Management and Purchasing & Contracts

Health Care Reform “Must Knows”

Presented By SCORE – $10.00 Cost

This 2-hour seminar presented by Paychex reviews the new requirements for small businesses resulting from the Affordable Care Act. You will learn how your business can benefit from and stay compliant with the key provisions, such as the small business tax credit, new w-2 reporting, grandfathering, non-discrimination, and the CLASS Act.

  Click Here to check available dates and Register. * Note: Most seminars are offered periodically throughout the year so if you are not able to attend the first date offered, check for future availability. 




SCORE Orlando 

Who is SCORE & What else do they do?

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries. 

Mentoring:As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

These SCORE mentors will help you start and grow your business through free and confidential business advice online and in person.

Online Webinars In Real Time

and On Demand

On Demand webinar course categories include:

Start Up



Run & Grow Business


Finance & Money

(The actual courses are too numerous to list.)

Templates & Tools

Sales Projection Worksheets

Start up Expenses Worksheets

Cash Flow Worksheets

Business plan Templates

Business Planning tools for Non-Profits

By Laws of Corporation

Click here to visit the SCORE website for more information.

Stay informed of what’s happening in the Orlando Business community via the Orlando Business Journal.  The OBJ is very engaged in both the LGBT business community and Central Florida’s business climate in general.  Take your business to the next level by keeping up with local and national business issues.  Give your feedback via survey’s and consider who you would nominate for the many awards given throughout the year.

Don’t miss your chance to vote for the BEST of the Best via the readers’ choice awards.  Click the link to complete the survey and share your opinion of the best Local trade organization, Business Bank, Credit Union, Spa and MANY, many more.

More Small Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration | 800.827.5722 |

Enterprise Florida | 407.956.5600 |

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council | 202.944.2430 |

National Minority Supplier Development Council | 212.944.2430 | http:/

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce | 202.234.9181 |

U.S. Business Leadership Network | 800.706.2710 |

The National Entrpreneur Center | 407.420.4848 |

For more information on the Small Business Initiative contact Dawn Kallio.