The Lee County Economic Development Office in collaboration with community partners, offers Workforce Training and Certification programs and a Small Business Technical Assistance Program to assist people, businesses and organizations in response to COVID-19.

WORKFORCE TRAINING & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The Workforce Training & Certification Program will offer micro and rapid credentialing programs in response to the education and skills deficiency for disproportionately affected communities exacerbated by COVID-19. Tuition assistance and scholarships paid through $3 million in ARPA funds will be available for in-demand programs in areas such as health care, real estate/construction and technology.

Partner organizations helping to make this grant possible are: 

Florida Southwestern State College(FSW) 
www.FSW.edu              icons8-phone-50.png 239-432-7313
​Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
Innovation Education and Partnerships
icons8-website-50.png   www.FGCU.edu              icons8-phone-50.png   239-745-4700
Adult Education at the School District of Lee County
upskillvillage@leeschools.net or Contact Rita Davis
icons8-website-50.png  UpskillVillage LCSD         icons8-phone-50.png   239-939-6304 


SMALL BUSINESS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Small Business Technical Assistance Program is funded by $475,00 of ARPA funds to local partners offering technical assistance to disproportionately affected small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
These Technical Assistance providers will reach out to eligible businesses in Qualified Census Tract (QCT) zones and Low to Moderate Income specified areas. If you would like more information please contact the Economic Development Office at 239 533 6800 or one of the Technical Assistance providers who contact information is listed below.  Services provided, but not limited to, are: 
  • Business mentoring
  • Business research
  • Capital access planning
  • Government contracting
  • Organizational Development
  • Operating efficiencies

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
icons8-website-50.png www.fsbdcswfl.org                                 icons8-phone-50.png 239-745-3700
SCORE
icons8-website-50.png   www.SCORE.org/Find-Mentor                   icons8-phone-50.png   239-533-3102
Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association (SRMA)
icons8-website-50.png   www.SRMA.net                                         icons8-phone-50.png   941-730-7903
SWFL Impact Partners
icons8-website-50.png   www.SWFLImpact.com                             icons8-phone-50.png   239-634-4690
Goodwill
icons8-website-50.png   www.GoodwillSWFL.org                            icons8-phone-50.png   239-995-2106

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