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Entrepreneur Center To Open In Orlando Mall

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 8/12/2010

Disney Entrepreneur Center will use both private and public money for funding.

One shopping center in Orlando may soon be making news for small businesses in the area.

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Disney Entrepreneur Center has begun the process of negotiating a lease with a mall in northeast Orlando. In order to complete the deal, the lease must be approved by the Orange County Commission because of the public funds involved.

The center will be home to a handful of small business counseling centers and other non-profit organizations funded by both public and private sponsors, including Walt Disney World and Regions Bank.

"We are very excited about this new horizon," said Eugene Campbell, a Disney executive and chairman of the center's board of directors, according to the news report. "I think it offers a great opportunity for all of the service providers to really expand their access to the entrepreneurial landscape here in central Florida."

There was other news for small business owners in Florida recently when the Small Business Administration announced that it would be opening an office in the Lower Keys. The office will handle claims related to businesses affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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