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Visit The National Entrepreneur Center in the Orlando Fashion Square Mall

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 Nec360world 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 tRafflecopter logo linkwo 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.




VentureBoom Conference Florida 2014

Unique Conference Designed By and For Entrepreneurs in Central Florida


The conference will host 10 distinguished business owners and speakers, including entrepreneurs, founders, CEO’s, and consultants. Keynote speakers include Mike Holt, founder and CEO of Mike Holt Enterprises, a globalized fire and electrical contractor training provider; Renaut van der Riet founder of Axum Coffee, a thriving social conscious local business; and Bess Auer, founder and CEO of Florida Blog Conference, the state’s premier gathering of bloggers; and many more.

“We are very excited about the conference, we really think the attendees are going to walk away not only inspired, but with some practical tools they can apply the next day to their new venture or current business,” said Sean Blackburn, the organiser of healthcare event management services. “The level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference is really impressive. We honestly didn’t think people would get this excited to be coming together on this topic of entrepreneurship”

The conference is looking forward to bringing together the many of the women and men who already have made great impacts in the local Central Florida economy. Community leaders and members of Community Foundation of South Lake’s Board of Directors also have expressed their enthusiasm for what they say is the start of a new culture in South Lake County and the surrounding areas. “The proceeds from this conference will go directly back into our community, to hard working local entrepreneurs. We want to encourage and help be successful, remain here, and improve our local economy.” said Rocky DeStefano, a long-time board member of the foundation.

Topics at the conference include Entrepreneurship, Best Practices for Sustainable Small Businesses, Corporate Social Responsibility, Personal Branding for Entrepreneurs, and How to Launch Your Next Venture.

Thus far, sponsors for the conference include Premier Power Inc., Clean the World, Axum Coffee, MentionTribe.com, FlBlogCon, Go For Launch Venture Management, The Whiddon Group, Trippin’ with Tara, Kalos Services Inc, Worthday, and The Inspiring Awesome Podcast. The conference is hosted in partnership with The Community Foundation of South Lake, The Florida Small Business Development Center and The Clermont Community Center.

The conference will be held July 10 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the Clermont Community Center in Clermont, FL.

All proceeds from the conference will benefit The Community Foundation of South Lake. A discounted Early Bird ticket is now on sale for $19 and will be available through June 27th. (Tickets will rise $5 every two weeks afterwards)

For more information please visit VentureBoomConference.com and to order tickets please visit VBC14.eventbrite.com.