(Jan. 12, 2017) — Congratulations Chris Spiro for yet another accolade in the business world! The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University has nominated the boss for the 2017 Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year.


Chris Spiro works with high school STEM students during a recent branding presentation.

The Florida Small Business Development Center recognizes just one business owner each year based on several criteria, including outstanding entrepreneurship and contributions to community and charitable causes.

If he goes on to win the prestigious honor, Chris will pack his bags in April for an overnighter or two and head out to Washington, D.C., where the national winners will be announced.

Chris Spiro and Agency Awards

Chris and the Agency received multiple awards and accolades for their work, accomplishments, creative expertise and community outreach in 2016. Chris was named Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida, as well as the Lee Building Industry Association’s Marketing Director of the Year/Associate for the sixth time. Additionally, the LBIA named the Agency Marketing Firm of the Year/Residential, among numerous other awards in 2016.

In addition to Chris’s nomination for the Small Business Administration award, he will participate as one of several judges for the upcoming 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida. The awards ceremony is entering its 6th year and applications for nominations will be available Feb. 1. Find out more about the FSBDC award program atwww.deprogramguide.wordpress.com.

Florida Small Business Development Center

small business development center logoThe FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

It is designated by the state as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance. The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Florida Small Business Development Center is located at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers FL 33965. Call (239) 745-3706 or visit www.FSBDCSWFL.org.