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  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. 

Mondays, Feb 5 through April 23  | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Student Union West, Room 100
CRN: 91294 |  Course: XIS 0027 | 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.

Mon, Mar 26 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Student Union East, Room 246
CRN: 91155 | Course: XIS 0007 | Fee: $35

Mon, April 23 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Student Union East, Room 246
CRN: 91156 | Course: XIS 0007 | Fee: $35


speaker series: talent management
march 14 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

It takes more than just a top-notch product to keep customers and clients coming back. It takes a talented team that represents the business model and understands excellent customer service.  The speaker Lara Herter is a former store manager of Pier 1 Imports of 12 years, an FSU Adjunct Professor in Public Relations and the Community Education Program Developer at Gulf Coast State College.

Location: Gulf Coast State College, Advanced Technology Center, Room 303
Contact Number: 850-913-2904

This is a no cost event.


 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