Empowering Entrepreneurs to succeed through education, resources, and support.

At the National Entrepreneur Center, we are dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge they need to thrive. Our comprehensive programs and services cover everything from business planning and funding to marketing and networking. Join us today and take your entrepreneurial journey to the next level.

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Our team is standing by to answer your questions.

Meet Our Team

Get to know the talented individuals who drive our success.

Belinda Ortiz Kirkegard
Belinda is a visionary leader with a passion for helping small businesses thrive.
Julie Matthews
Vice President
Julie is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow.
Lisa Busto
Director of Events and Marketing
Lisa is a creative marketer who brings innovative strategies to the table.
Roger Colon
Program Director, CFITO
Roger ensures businesses are prepared for global expansion.
Katy Cook
Program Manager, Bizlink Orange
Katy is the expert on what resources are available to Central Florida businesses.
Lucia Alvarado
Office Manager
Lucia provides exceptional customer service to every person who walks through our doors.
Monique Wilson
Client Experience Specialist
Monique ensures that each and every business owner gets the resources they need.

Meet Our Board Members

The leaders and experts that serve on our boards.

Dan Hilken, MBA
EVP, Regional Market President
Seacoast Bank
Adam Babington
Vice President, External Affairs
Walt Disney World
John D. Bachman
Vice President, Relationship Manager
Regions Bank
Andrew Bekemeyer
Assistant Director of Innovation
Orlando Magic
Robert (Bobby) Collins
Manager, Economic Development
Orlando Utilities Commission –The Reliable One
Dennis Holte
Orange County Government
Marthaly Irizarry, MPA
Economic Trade and Tourism Development
Orange County Government
Ed Jacobs
Chief Financial Officer
UCF – Office of Research and Commercialization
Michael Kilbride
Executive Chief of Staff
University of Central Florida
Nevresa Mujcinovic
Senior Director
Florida Blue
Amy Ouellette
Retail Exec, Palm Beach Treasure Coast Mkt
BankUnited, N.A.
Paul Sohl
Chief Executive Officer
Florida High Tech Corridor
Lynetta Tipton Steed
Senior Vice President, CFL Market President
Valley Bank
Eric Ushkowitz
Business Development Division Manager
City of Orlando

Let's Connect.

The National Entrepreneur Center is located inside Orlando Fashion Square by the Parking Garage off Maguire Boulevard.

3201 E. Colonial Drive Suite A-20


Find answers to frequently asked questions about our services, programs, and expertise.

What makes the National Entrepreneur Center different?

We provide the business support and assistance that will help your small business grow and thrive. Because our community sponsors have invested in our small business community, these services are at little or no cost to you!

You'll find an innovative collaboration of small business assistance unlike anything anywhere else in the world.

• Free One-On-One Business Coaching
• Low-Cost Seminars
• Use of Our Computer Lab
• Valuable Database Programs
• Industry Specific Events
• Loan Advisement
• Technical Assistance
• International Trade Programs

Is the National Entrepreneur Center just for start-up companies?

Not at all! Our resource partners have a variety of programs directed at middle market and high growth companies. From CEO round tables to free advisory boards, you can find support and resources that you need to take your business to the next level!

Anyone can use the resources found at the National Entrepreneur Center. The center not only provides services at our Orlando facility, but we have partnering organizations throughout Florida, and our web-based resources are available to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Do I have to pay for services at the National Entrepreneur Center?

Many of the services that you receive at the National Entrepreneur Center are free of charge, including use of the Innovation Center and most counseling sessions. Some training classes offered do require a nominal fee, and there are some organizations at the center that do require membership.

How do I start a business?

We have a variety of resources for entrepreneurs looking to start a business. Reviewing our Start Your Business resources page is a great place to start.

Can I run a business from my home?

Yes. But you may need to register your business with your city and county. Experts estimate that as many as 20% of new small business enterprises are operated out of the owner’s home. Resource partners at the National Entrepreneur Center can provide information on how to manage and grow a home-based business.

Where can I get funding to start my business?

We recommend reviewing our Grow Your Business page. It's a great place to start for businesses looking to find funding.

Committing your own funds is often the first financing step and it is certainly the best indicator of how serious you are about your business. Risking your own money gives confidence for others to invest in your business. You may also want to consider a partner for additional financing, as well as family resources, and of course banks are always a source of funds. Other loan sources include commercial finance companies, venture capital firms, local development companies and life insurance companies. Trade credit, selling stock and equipment leasing do offer some alternatives to borrowing. For example, leasing can be an advantage because it does not tie up your cash.

Service providers at the National Entrepreneur Center can provide pertinent information about these various financial alternatives.

I want to know more about SBA Loans.

The SBA website is a great place to start when looking for information on funding for your business. If you haven't yet, check out our resource on starting your business. There, you'll find resources for funding your business. It's normal to have questions about where to start. That's why our team is always here to help you find the resources you need.

What business support organizations are located at the National Entrepreneur Center?

We are proud to partner with regional organizations to help entrepreneurs here in Central Florida and beyond. To see the most updated list of the business support organizations located at the National Entrepreneur Center, visit our How We Help Businesses page.

Does the National Entrepreneur Center provide any specific help to veterans?

Most service providers at the center can support a veteran of the armed services planning to open a new business. An excellent place to start is the Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative whose sole mission is to empower and support veteran entrepreneurs through business guidance, education and mentorship.

Does the National Entrepreneur Center have any resources specifically for women?

Women entrepreneurs play a critical role in our nation’s economy, and we are committed to expanding this presence. Although all of our service providers are well-equipped to support women business owners, the National Association of Women Business Owners accurately represents the interests of women entrepreneurs.

Still have questions?

Contact us for further assistance.