Business Start Up & Entrepreneurship

plan, strategize, and market for business growth

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The mission of the Business Innovation Center (BIC) is to foster entrepreneurship. The BIC provides a supportive environment to start-up businesses increasing the probability of success, while seeking to provide the ideal blend of business opportunities, resources, and synergies to enhance entrepreneurial development in Northwest Florida.

Programs include classes, initial discovery session, direct business assistance, guidance and mentoring, networking to capital, access to incubation space, and other technical resources. The BIC offices are located in the Corporate College suite, Student Union East, room 200 at Gulf Coast State College - Panama City Campus.

Business Planning Workshop   Register!

Whether you are looking to create or launch a new start up business or just need help getting to the next level with your existing business, this workshop can help you get there!  You will be able to work on drafting a solid business plan step-by-step in a supportive work environment. 

The workshop is an open entry - open exit course in which you can enroll anytime and come in as many times as you need for up to 10 weeks. 

Mon., Sept. 10 - Nov. 19, 4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Student Union East (SUE) 243
CRN: 98036 | Course: XIS 0027 | Fee: $150

BIC SMART Business Series   Register!

This four-part educational workshop series is perfect for existing and new businesses looking to enhance all parts of their business. Workshops will discuss business strategies in critical areas of business including but not limited to Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing & Sales. Guest speakers include representatives from Applied Research Associates, Inc.; Bay EDA, Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC - Panama City; Holiday Inn Select; Grow HVAC; Bay County SHRM; and Tipton, Marler & Chastain Accounting Firm.

Deadline to register July 31
Tues., Aug. 7 - 28, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Student Union East (SUE) 243
CRN: 98041 | Course: XIS 0028 | Fee: $150

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Deadline to register Oct. 2
Tues., Oct. 9 - 30, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Vinny & Bay’s Coffee and Eatery, 310 Harrison Ave.      
CRN: 98042 | Course: XIS 0028 | Fee: $150 

Bootstrap Marketing Techniques   Register!

An overview of marketing techniques and digital applications that are little to no cost for anyone who is trying to promote a business, event, cause or personal brand.

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Mon., Sept. 10, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Vinny & Bay’s Coffee and Eatery, 310 Harrison Ave.              
CRN: 98233 | Course: XIS 0007 | Fee: $35

Mon., Oct. 15, 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Student Union East (SUE) 246
CRN: 98133 | Course: XIS 0007 | Fee: $35



September 5, 2018  at 6:00 P.M.
Gulf Coast State College
Advanced Technology Center (ATC) 303

SPEAKER:  Allan Branch, Co-Founder of Less Everything

When Allan Branch grows up and becomes an adult, he'll figure out what he wants to do with his life. So far he's built and sold several software companies, hosted conferences and conference vacations, sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in ebooks, & last year he filmed a TV show for Lowe's Home Improvement. Now he's buying downtown real estate, starting a brewery, trying to find things to fail at in the hopes of going bankrupt and living in a van down by the river.

Come hear his story.  Allan hopes to paint a picture of a person with average intelligence, who was able to surround himself with smart people, who made sacrifices and worked their tails off.  Sometime during all that, he accidentally built a brand.  Allan is a person who is NOT scared to fail or look silly. When he wants something, he goes for it.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here to RSVP.

Coffee & Conversation in the Community:  SOCIAL MEDIA.  Let’s talk about sharing.

September 28, 2018 at 7:30 A.M.
Hosted by Vinny & Bay’s Coffee and Eatery, 310 Harrison Avenue

Start your day with us! Sip a cup of coffee and join in discussion with Holly Pituch, Marketing Manager for Sweet Bay to find out the importance of keeping social media interesting, helpful, real and most importantly shareable.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here to RSVP.


 Visit the Business Innovation Center's website for videos or if you missed one of our events recorded by the Gulf Coast State College Commodore Production team.

Naisy Dolar, Business Analyst
Corporate College and Business Innovation Center
850-769-1551 ext 2840