GulfCoast Business Finance, Inc. (GBF) was established in 1982 as St. Petersburg Certified Development Corporation to assist the City of St. Petersburg in providing financial and technical assistance to small business. Over the years, it has assisted businesses with access to financial capital with programs including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) and micro loan funding. GBF has transitioned its financing programs today to include the SBA 504, Community Reinvestment Fund, New Markets Tax Credit and Small Business Emergency Bridge loan programs.
Additionally, GBF provides technical assistance to small business, banks, and community organizations. We conduct educational seminars, host lender training sessions, and provide referrals to other small-business resources to help with financial and technical assistance.
Though we work throughout the state and have offices in Orlando and Englewood, we recently provided financing for the following Pinellas County businesses: Quaker Steak and Lube, Spoto's Steak Joint, Bayprint, 4th Street Dental Group, Updegraff Vision, Global Technical Systems and more. Elsewhere in the state, we financed a $15-million printing plant in the Panhandle, a car wash in Jupiter, a dinner-cruise ship in Pompano Beach, a daycare in Homestead and a bar in Gainesville.
We also provide technical assistance to finance a project, so even if we can't help you, we will connect you with those who can, and will help you find the deal that works for your business. We're here to help you grow your business and enhance the community where you work.