The Next Generation of Agriculture
9:00 - 10:30 am, Tuesday, January 19, 2016
See our Blog (above tab) for a report from this informative event including funding and other resources available for North Florida farms and other businesses.

Hosted by US Congresswoman Gwen Graham, this informative program is being held on the Campus of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Speakers will include women, minority and veteran farmers from North Florida. In addition, the US Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Washington, DC will be a special guest presenter.  

RSVP to Tristan Brown at and receive further details about the event.

​How to Get Your Small Business Funded

​​Funding is a basic need for getting a business started and for growing established businesses to new heights. Whether you need funding right now or may in the future it’s important to understand the options, process and considerations for getting it. This free workshop has been scheduled to assist local entrepreneurs with this fundamental part of business success.

The SBDP’s January workshop will feature presentations by state officials and a Big Bend area lender. Small business funding programs of the state will be explained along with other available funding resources. Presenters include:

•    Marianne Arbulu of Monticello who serves as Small Business Programs Manager, Division of Community Development, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. 
•    Pam Tedesco, Loan Administrator for Access Florida Finance
•    Garry Thomas, FCCM, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
•    Marcia Elder, Director of the Jefferson County Small Business Development Program

Among the variety of resources to be addressed by the guest presenters will be “micro-lenders” with flexible lending terms and suitable for a wide range of business types. Funders focused on black and Hispanic businesses will also be included.

Attend this workshop to get an overview of the options and find out further details on programs to suit your business – such as available loan amounts, requirements for applications, credit scores, collateral, business plans and more. Participants will gain valuable information and contacts to help make and keep your business a success. 

The workshop is being sponsored by the Jefferson County Small Business Development Program. Reserve your space for this free event by emailing or calling 363-3753. And find out about other free services for local business support at

The Jefferson County Annex is located at 435 West Walnut Street (behind Building A of the old high school, at Water Street) and the event will be held in the County Commission chambers. 


The SBDP sponsors training programs and workshops to support local businesses on topics of special importance for their success.

All events are Free-of-Charge and open to the public.

Our first three events for 2016 are here:
How to Get Your Small Business Funded
Held January 14, 2016 – 6:00 – 7:45 PM

Jefferson County Annex      See below for details

Click herefor Florida DEO slides.

Click here for Access FL Finance slides.

Grants & Loans for Energy Improvements at Businesses
March 3, 2016 -- 6:00 - 7:30 PM

​The USDA Rural Development Office will conduct an Energy Workshop with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the benefit of local farmers and other Jefferson County businesses.  The primary focus will be to inform local small businesses and agricultural producers of grant opportunities available to purchase energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. Such installations will help businesses cut operational costs while also benefiting the environment. The use of renewable energy also provides an energy security measure for farmers and others.

The USDA provides grants for 25% of total project costs for businesses of wide variety. They also offer local agricultural producers technical and operating assistance through their Value Grant program.  In addition, the USDA - NRCS has grant opportunities to provide energy efficient financing for construction, equipment and energy audits for local agricultural producers.  

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to the SBDP by clicking here or calling 363-3753 .

Permitting & Land Use Requirements for Local Businesses
March 9, 2016 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jefferson County Annex      

Jefferson County adopted a new land use code in late 2015 and parts of it relate directly to small businesses throughout the County. This workshop will explain what local small businesses need to know about the code and about small business permits. Whether you’re a beauty shop, bed & breakfast, construction contractor, retail sales outlet, restaurant, farmer or a wide variety of other types of businesses, the codes of local governments apply to you. This workshop will provide timely information for businesses operating in Jefferson County or planning to start a business here.
The County’s planning and land use attorney and advisor, Scott Shirley, will present important information on this subject and be available to answer your questions. The SBDP will also report on available business support resources.

Jefferson Means Business