Business Start Up & Entrepreneurship

Business Start Up & Entrepreneurship


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: Step by Step   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 class can help you get there!  The course will take you through a step-by-step business planning process that will assist you in drafting a solid business plan. 

Mon, Jan 22 - Feb 12, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Student Union East, Room 246
CRN: 91131 | Course: XIS 0004 | Fee: $150

Mon, Apr 2 - 23, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Student Union East, Room 246
CRN: 91132 | Course: XIS 0004 | Fee: $150

Boostrap 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.

Wed, Feb 21, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Student Union East, Room 246
CRN: 91145 | Course: XIS 0007 | Fee: $35


Veterans Small Business Roundup   Register!
Join us for networking and a panel discussion in recognition of National Veteran's Small Business Week.

  • Keynote Address: Congressman Neal Dunn
  • Panelist of Veteran Owned Business Leaders:
    John Shepard, Carpet One Floor & Home
    Hank Picken, Beaumont Products, Inc
    Tomas Santos-Alejandro, Advent Services
    Rob Moran, Mine Survival, Inc

October 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Advanced Technology Center room 303
Networking to follow at 4:30 pm

 Enlightened Entrepreneur: What I Wish I knew Before I Started   Register!

  • Featured Speaker: Allan Bense
    Chairman and CEO, Bense Enterprises, Inc.

Allan Bense has served his community since the early 1980s and he has plenty of stories to tell. He is currently President and CEO of Bense Enterprises, Inc., with interests in road building, general construction, mechanical contracting, insurance, golf courses, and farming. He served as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from 2004 to 2006. He is Chairman of the Board of the James Madison Institute, a member of the Florida Council of 100, and a director of Gulf power Company. He is also chairs the Triumph Gulf Coast Board.

November  7, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced Technology Center room 303

 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