Strength in Local Partnerships
Through partnerships, Lee County better serves those seeking additional information or connections in our region. Lee County collaborates with the Horizon Foundation, the Horizon Council, the Industrial Development Authority and other economic development organizations.
Business Assistance Partners
CareerSource Southwest Florida
Specializing in talent, the CareerSource Florida network of career development professionals works directly with Florida employers to align their demand for skilled talent with the needs of Floridians seeking employment and career development opportunities. CareerSource Southwest Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University
The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University provides entrepreneurs with professional business consulting at no cost, management training, and vital information they need to grow and succeed in a complex and competitive global environment. The FSBDC at FGCU maintains a full-service office in Fort Myers, serving emerging and growth businesses in Lee County. Consulting services and training are also provided at several locations throughout our service territory.
Southwest Florida SCORE – Fort Myers & Lee County
SCORE provides free counseling, low cost workshops and events, free mentoring, templates and tools to new and existing businesses in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, Labelle and surrounding areas in Lee and Hendry counties.
Industrial Development Authority
The Industrial Development Authority (IDA), a board appointed by the Lee County Board of Commissioners, fosters industrial and business development. The Lee County IDA serves as the initial entry point into the Industrial Development Bond application process.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU)
Florida Gulf Coast University continuously pursues academic excellence, practices and promotes environmental sustainability, embraces diversity, nurtures community partnerships, values public service, encourages civic responsibility, cultivates habits of lifelong learning, and keeps the advancement of knowledge and pursuit of truth as noble ideals at the heart of the university’s purpose. Click here for more information about Florida Gulf Coast University
At Hodges our mission is to offer Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate degrees as well as other programs that enhance the ability of students to achieve personal or professional objectives. To accomplish this mission our schools offer a variety of academic programs online and on our Fort Myers and Naples campuses. Click here to learn more about Hodges University
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW)
With the first students admitted to then Edison Junior College in the fall of 1962, the college continues to provide students with the opportunity to fulfill their professional goals. On July 1, 2014, the college was renamed Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW). The college offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Baccalaureate degrees, as well as various certificate programs. Please visit our Academics page to learn more about our programs.
State Economic Development Partners
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.
Regional Economic Development Partners
Through the collaboration of the Lee County Horizon Council, the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce and Florida Gulf Coast University, the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) was incorporated as a 501(c)6 organization in the State of Florida in 2013. The Alliance is a marketing engine that represents a five-county Southwest Florida region and aims to attract businesses to the region.
Local Economic Development Partners
The Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council (BSEEDC) is committed to building a prosperous, sustainable and economically diverse community. The BSEEDC exists to help local companies succeed and grow, help relocating companies get their businesses up and running as quickly as possible, and attract new business to the region for sustainable job growth.
The Cape Coral Economic Development Office (CCEDO) is responsible for attracting new investors and businesses to Cape Coral. The EDO promotes the growth of existing businesses and works to create new and improved employment opportunities for residents. The EDO’s goal is to diversify and strengthen the local economy, balance the city’s tax base, and continuously improve the quality of life of residents and visitors.