No-Cost Business Program for South Florida Aims to Enhance Small Businesses

The application deadline for the free program is Sept. 30

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, in Florida State University’s College of Business, is accepting applications for its Spring 2022 Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) and Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) held in Broward and Palm Beach counties. The free programs are funded by The Jim Moran Foundation and Jan Moran and her late husband, automotive pioneer Jim Moran.

The SBEP and NPEP are designed for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, presidents and executive directors of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Graduates gain the skills and training needed to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management and turn challenges into a strategic advantage.

“One of the things I enjoy most about my job is having the opportunity to work one-on-one with so many talented leaders in our community,” says Jennifer Kovach, director of the Jim Moran Institute’s South Florida Operations. “Small business and nonprofit leaders face unique challenges, and many are still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic. Our programs offer a unique venue for these leaders to connect with others who are experiencing similar struggles and to resources that can help them thrive during these challenging times.”

The SBEP and NPEP consist of nine sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of growing and managing a business or nonprofit organization. Starting in January and running through May, the sessions will be held in-person once a week from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every two weeks.

Applicants must be actively involved in running a business and be key decision-makers. Their company must have been established for at least three years and have five or more employees (or volunteers if the company is a nonprofit). The SBEP will be offered in Broward and Palm Beach counties, while the NPEP will be provided in Broward County for Spring 2022. Participants can apply here.

“The biggest thing we have to learn as entrepreneurs is that we don’t know everything,” says Rigo Garcia, president and CEO of RigStar Digital Media and an SBEP graduate. “We have to keep learning, keep pivoting and keep getting better. The Jim Moran Institute is a great organization to add to your team and a wonderful resource for your entrepreneurial journey.”

Program graduates receive a certificate and have the opportunity to be a part of an ongoing peer roundtable. They are also encouraged to participate in workshops, conferences and other Jim Moran Institute events. The South Florida team has guided and graduated 36 classes through its executive programs since 2009.

For more information or to learn more about the Jim Moran Institute’s South Florida programs, contact, or visit

SFBW Staff
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