The Small Business Development Center/Veterans Business Outreach Center at Gulf Coast State College has hired Robert J. Goetz as the new director.
Goetz is educated in economics and business from the State University of New York at Albany (BA) and the University of South Florida (MBA). He is certified in technology consulting and writes the column "Entrepreneurship and the Creative Economy" for Community College Entrepreneur Quarterly.
In addition, Goetz has also been the Manager of the Small Business Development Center at Seminole State College in Florida as well as the Program Manager for the Advisory Board Council and Entrepreneur Education at Seminole.
Goetz has played key roles in a multitude of startups and early stage ventures. He is well-versed in entrepreneurship and business incubation. "Entrepreneurship and small business remain critical to local economic development," Goetz stated. "We've seen 12 down business cycles, or recessions, since WWII. Economic recovery during each of these recessions was driven by entrepreneurs and small business owners embracing innovation and launching new ventures, or expanding existing ones. Florida's Gulf Coast communities and the College have awesome talent and resources. With its STEM focus and hands-on practical approach, GCSC's Advanced Technology Center is keenly positioned to play a critical role in safeguarding our local economic development. I could not be any more excited about playing a contributing role in helping secure our future economic well-being."
Information provided by Gulf Coast State College