Chamber of Commerce and UWF formalize small business agreement

Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce President Alicia Booker

Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce President Alicia Booker and University of West Florida president Dr. Judy Bense sign a memorandum of understanding solidifying the partnership between the chamber and UWF’s Small Business Development Center. Chamber Executive Director Wayne Harris and President-Elect Marian McBryde applaud.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 07:15 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce has had a longstanding partnership with the University of West Florida’s Small Business Development Center.

Thursday morning that partnership grew even stronger.

“The S.B.D.C. has a very long history in our community,” chamber President Alicia Booker said. “This strengthens that relationship.”

Chamber Executive Director Wayne Harris said when he first arrived at the chamber years ago, small business consultant Tom Hermanson, who keeps weekly office hours at the chamber, was reading a book.

“I never get any visitors,” Harris recalled Hermanson saying.

“I said, ‘We’re going to turn that around,’” Harris said.

At the monthly chamber of commerce breakfast meeting, Booker and University of West Florida president, Dr. Judy Bense, signed a memorandum of understanding,



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