by Kelly Green
Orlando attracts visitors from around the world, so it’s only fitting that an organization that connects local businesses with the rest of the world would have its headquarters here. The National Entrepreneur Center was founded in 2003, and was originally called the Disney Entrepreneur Center. Today the NEC is located in the Orlando Fashion Square at 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida.
Small business owners can receive free one-on-one business coaching, as well as access to reasonably priced meeting space, low-cost seminars, publicity opportunities, networking events and more.
The center offers training and tips on how to turn business ideas into reality, what steps to follow, and guides business owners so they have the tools necessary to make their business succeed.
We were invited to tour the facility as part of their first ever Blogger Bash, and it’s impressive seeing not only the myriad ways the National Entrepreneur Center can help local business (and businesses around the country), but how the facility itself is a place where businesses are working in a shared space. Instead of each group buying certain office equipment et al, they share resources to keep operational costs low.
Local businesses Tijuana Flats and Gigi’s Cupcakes provided dinner and dessert for our group, and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also provided a pair of tickets to attend the Latin Food and Wine Festival in Altamonte Springs at Crane’s Roost this weekend. The Orlando Magic, also partnered to make the event a great success.
In addition, the NEC, in association with Southwest Airlines, is giving Exclusive Access to Central Florida Top 5 and other participating blogs. Our readers have a chance to win two round trip airline tickets! Click the icon at left to enter. The contest is live, and ends at midnight on October 24, 2014. Good luck.
Central Florida is a growing world market and is at the crossroads of trade lanes. Entrepreneurs and business owners should take advantage of the opportunities available at the National Entrepreneur Center so together we can create more jobs, bolster higher wages and secure economic benefits for us all.