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PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL.- September 3, 2021 – The Florida SBDC at UWF announces the promotion of Terry Mauer to Assistant Director, managing the Panama City Beach outreach location office. In his role, Mauer will spearhead the SBDC’s efforts to break down barriers to entry in order to drive growth for the small business communities located throughout 7 counties in Northwest Florida.
“With over 20 years of experience in hospitality and management, a strong background in consulting and a vibrant personality, Terry is sure to serve as an invaluable addition and strong leader to our Panama City Beach team,” shares SBDC at UWF Regional Director, Kelly Massey. “We are excited to have Terry in this new position and we look forward to continuing to work hard as do we our part in the effort to keep the Northwest Florida community the award-winning destination that so many have grown to love and cherish.”
Mauer initially joined the SBDC at UWF in 2020 as a Business Consultant, after devoting much of his time over the past 10 years, assisting independent restaurateurs to develop, launch, and expand new and existing lodging, food, beverage and entertainment concepts, throughout the region. During this period, Mauer also held leadership positions in both corporate and independent hospitality organizations, most recently serving as the Director of Food & Beverage at Premier Island Management Group in Pensacola, Florida.
September 3, 2021
“I’m excited, along with the amazing team in PCB, to grow the SBDC’s impact in the region. There is endless opportunity in this part of the panhandle and we want to ensure the small business community has the resources to take advantage of those opportunities” shares Mauer. “The region has been in survival and recovery mode for the better part of three years and, together, have poised the region for enormous growth and revitalization and we are here to help small businesses, and the community as a whole, continue that progress!”
About the Florida SBDC at UWF:
The Florida SBDC at UWF is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The University of West Florida serves as the designated lead host institution for the Florida SBDC Network, which is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.
About the Florida SBDC Network:
For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy.
In 2019, Florida SBDCs provided 114,064 hours of professional business consulting to 12,535 client businesses, resulting in 37,966 jobs impacted; $4.4 billion in sales generated; $496.5 million in government contracts acquired; and $255.3 million in capital accessed; and 453 new businesses started. With over 40 offices statewide, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit
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