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, May 14 through July 23  | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Student Union West, Room 100
CRN: 95195 |  Course: XIS 0027 | Fee: $150

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.

Deadline to register July 31
Tuesdays, Aug 7 - 28 | 5:30 pm --7:30 pm
Student Union East, Room 244
CRN: 98041 | Course: XIS 0028 | Fee: $150

Deadline to register October 2
Tuesday, Oct 9 - 30 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Student Union East, Room 244
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.

Interested in taking Bootstrap Marketing Techniques? Contact Naisy Dolar below.


Coffee & Conversation -- Business Beyond Borders: Facets of Executing export sales
June 15 | 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Guest Speakers:

Jorge Arce, Director, Jacksonville, Tallahassee & pensacola U.S. Export Assistance Center
U.S. commercial Service (u.S. Department of commerce)

Andrea Moore, Regional Manager, International Trade Development and ICT & Computer
industry specialist

There are lots to consider when making the decision to export goods such as identifying the best opportunities, finance, compliance, logistics, and marketing.  Join the conversation with Jorge from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and Andrea from Enterprise Florida about systematic approaches to export sales and current updates.

Co-Sponsored by the Veteran’s Business Outreach Center

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