The Business & Career Resource Cooperative
is a one-stop-shop for individuals and business owners to find the resources and training needed to develop their career goals and grow their business.

Resource Partners


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College of Central Florida
Business & Technology Department
Small Business
Development Center 
Ocala District Office 
College of Central Florida
XCEL-IT Program
Citrus Levy Marion
Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association
Talent Center
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Ocala Human Resource Management Association 

Mid-Florida SCORE
Marion Technical College
CF Campus Locations 
Ocala Campus
3001 S.W. College Road
Ocala, FL 34474-4415 
Citrus Campus
3800 S. Lecanto Highway
Lecanto, FL 34461-9026 
Levy Center
114 Rodgers Blvd.
Chiefland, FL 32626-1420
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College of Central Florida offers a variety of educational opportunities for the local business community. In addition to the noncredit courses featured in this newsletter, customized training is available to meet employer needs. Available topics include leadership development, project management, Lean Six Sigma, Microsoft Office Suite, and more.
Another valuable resource is CF's internship program. The program provides local employers with access to students seeking to utilize their skills in the workplace. Students bring fresh ideas and gain valuable experience while assisting with projects and tasks.
For more information about customized training or student interns at College of Central Florida, please contact Bonnie Hays at  
Getting Your Bank to Say Yes
  • Need funding to grow? 
  • Worried about how to get a loan?

Sooner or later al most all entrepreneurs need access to funding to grow their business. This workshop focuses on accessing capital from a lender's perspective. Attendees will learn various ways of financing their business, types of loans available, what is required to be eligible for a loan along with best practices and must do's to get financed.  Whether your business is a startup or existing, this information will improve the likelihood your banker says "APPROVED". Presented by Michael Chung of the SBDC.

Tues, Feb 28, 2017 , 6:00PM til 7:30PM in Ocala
Preregistration is required at a cost of $25 but this includes dinner. You can also bring a guest for free. Register at  
How to Start YOUR Own Business (3 hours)
Do you have a great idea for a business but just don't know where to begin? This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction on how to start your own business.
Topics covered include idea generation, the legal environment and business structures. 
Workbook included.
March 1 | 9am - 12pm | $40 ($50 day of event)
April 5 | 9am - 12pm | $40 ($50 day of event)
Location | College of Central FL Ocala  
For additional information please call 352-622-8763
Get connected with Talent Center and local jobs by subscribing to our NetWORKER publications (register at: ). We currently publish the Student NetWORKER, the Professional NetWORKER and the IT NetWORKER - all to showcase "hot" part-time and full-time positions. In addition to the NetWORKER publications, students and career seekers are encouraged to visit for a more expansive listing of local job opportunities. Finally, career seekers may also want to explore Employ Florida Marketplace ( for the most comprehensive posting of local job opportunities.
Talent Center offers a full menu of no-fee career services for students, graduates and professionals in transition. In addition to a professional business setting; outplacement assistance; and one-on-one career coaching, our Talent Center team delivers cutting edge strategies and resources to help individuals shape their digital footprint; understand and develop the soft skills that employers values; create job specific resumes and strategic cover letters; and finally, nail the interview and get the job offer.  Individuals can work one-on-one with our coaching staff or opt for a small group setting to gain helpful tips and strategies to improve their job campaign.  For career ready job seekers, Talent Center offers business services and employer outreach through our Business Development team.
Interested in our Refocus and Reconnect Workshop for Graduates and Professionals in Transition? Please contact us to register for one of the following workshops in March:

March 7 & 8

March 21 & 22

The workshops begin at 8:30 am and end at 1 pm each day and are held at the Ocala campus of College of Central Florida. Registration is required in advance and interested individuals should contact Jerry Flanders at 352-840-5770 or at
You've survived. Now it's time for you to thrive!   
Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating. But with the help of SCORE mentors and your peers, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful.
  Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions and follow-up peer-to-peer learning roundtables where you decide the topics.
Important strategies you will learn include how to:
  • Operate: Learn strategies for business funding and operations,
  • Navigate: Discover how to take the time for planning strategic thinking,
  • Communicate: Develop or refine your "Core Value" and learn ways to communicate it to others.
This series is brought to you through a partnership between the SCORE Foundation and Canon USA. 

There is a fee of $30 for this series of 3 workshops but you can bring one guest for free. Light dinner is included.

Thurs, Mar 23 and 28 and Apr 6, 2017 , 6:00PM til 7:30PM in Ocala.
Preregistration is required at 
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Custom Business Training Grant - Training Incentives Funds

CareerSource CLM works with our local educational partners - Marion Technical College (MTC), Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC), and the College of Central FL (CF), to promote short term training programs to businesses that need to train their existing employees.  CSCLM offers training funds through our Custom Business Training Grant (CBT), which offer financial support to employers that offer training opportunities to their existing workforce. The program offers between 50% to 75% reimbursement of the training expenses to have employees work toward industry certifications and/or expansion of their skills in technical industries. 

Examples of some of the training that can be utilized under the CBT program are:  CNC, Logistics, Automation and Production Technology, Supervisor Training, Cyber Security, AutoCAD, Welding, just to name a few.  Many other programs qualify for these funds.  To learn more about the CBT program and to see if we can support your training needs, contact a CareerSource CLM business development staff at (325) 873-7955, or visit our web for further information:

Spring Career Fairs - Two Days - Two Counties - Lots of Opportunities

CareerSource CLM is hosting two career fairs in March.  If you have positions that need to be filled, contact one of our business development staff at 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1200, or register at @
  • Tuesday, March 21st in Ocala at the College of Central Florida from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Thursday, March 23rd in Lecanto at the College of Central Florida from 9 am to 1 pm.
Employers will be able to promote their business while meeting with candidates. There is no cost to attend.  Registration is limited - so plan to attend by registering and/or contact our business development team.
Career Awareness/Talent Pipeline Video Promotion Project

CareerSource CLM is initiating a series of educational videos - marketing industries in Marion, Citrus & Levy Counties through a 50 second video.  We are currently seeking employers in Information Technology and/or Manufacturing to promote their business through a short video that would help promote their business and industry, while educating our youth of career and industries in the region. The videos are professionally developed by Digital Fury.  In an effort to promote this program CareerSource CLM will pay half of all costs.  Check out the  YouTube video link on employers who have already utilized this program: youtube csclm employer videos

For more information on how to apply for this program, call 352-873-7991.
Ocala Campus
3001 S.W. College Road
Ocala, FL 34474

Noncredit Business and Technology Courses
March, April and May 2017

Contact Bonnie Hays at or 352-854-2322, ext. 1855 for more information.

Intermediate Excel 2016
Intermediate topics such as pivot tables, macros, intermediate formulas, and more.
Instructor: Trish Dukeman
Date: Tuesdays, March 28 and April 4, 11, 18
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $85 

Advanced Excel 2016
Advanced topics such advanced formulas, charts, macros and more.
Instructor: Dave Lanzilla
Date: Mondays, April 24, May 1 and May 8
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $75 

Customer Service
Interactive class covers topics such as internal and external customers, service recovery, verbal and nonverbal skills and more.
Instructor: Ulli Munroe
Date: Thursday, April 27
Time: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: $49

Supervisor Training
This class provides insight on behavioral styles and generational differences and discusses how to work effectively with each group. The class also covers  effective delegation, situational coaching, performance reviews.
Instructor: Ulli Munroe
Date: Thursdays, April 27 and May 4
Time: 1-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $79
Your Plan for Your Business Plan
Nothing is more crucial to business success than planning. Learn how you can best develop your plan for your business. 

A small business is like a gemstone - all the facets have to work together to make it brilliant. 

Presenter: Our presenter, Dr. Buck Buchanan, has started his own successful businesses and will share his secrets with you.

Wed, Apr 5, 2017 , 7:00 PM til 8:00 PM online
Preregistration for this free webinar is required at 
Understanding Your Business Using Excel
Microsoft Excel can be a powerful tool to help you model your business. It lets you make predictions and decisions to ensure success. This  workshop will show you how to use Excel to collect your financials/cash flow and do basic projections to make sure that your business is ready for business peaks and valleys [especially important in our local marketplace where a lot of business can depend on "snowbirds"].

Basic familiarity with Excel is a pre-requisite for this workshop. The workshop will show how to export data from an accounting package into Excel and then use the data to make projections. Examples will be handed out to help you when you get back to your office.

Sat, Apr 22, 2017, 9:00 AM til noon in Ocala

There is a registration fee of $25 for this workshop but you can bring one guest for free.  Register at
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