SWFL Inc. Launches Biz @ BR in Collaboration with Babcock Ranch

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SWFL Inc. Launches Biz @ BR in Collaboration with Babcock Ranch

Southwest Florida (March 10, 2023) – SWFL Inc., a Five-Star Accredited, regional Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with Babcock Ranch to bring the business owners of the community Biz @ Babcock Ranch. The mission of Biz @ Babcock Ranch is to provide the town’s business owners with access to resources that will aid the growth of a vibrant and prosperous business community within Babcock Ranch.

“SWFL Inc. has always admired Babcock Ranch’s vision and its commitment to making Southwest Florida a desirable place to live and work,” said Tiffany Esposito, President and CEO of SWFL Inc. “With this new partnership, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Babcock’s dedication to the economic development of our community. We look forward to connecting Babcock’s businesses with the resources they need to succeed!”

SWFL Inc. provides the BIZ @ Babcock Ranch community with networking, advertising and education opportunities as well as a basic membership to SWFL Inc. Biz @ Babcock Ranch will operate out of The Hatchery, a collaborative workspace available to home-based businesses and remote workers. A SWFL Inc. team member will be on-site to meet one-on-one with the business owners of Babcock Ranch, answer any questions they may have and help create a custom plan for their business’s growth.

This SWFL Inc. team member is Jessica Hoover, Director of Business Development. She currently works with SWFL Inc.’s 4,000 members and is passionate about providing them with the right tools unique to their businesses to help them succeed. Hoover is excited to begin collaborating with the business owners of Babcock Ranch and hopes that they too will find value in one another. She calls The Hatchery home every other Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The benefits associated with SWFL Inc. and Babcock Ranch’s strategic partnership are exclusive to and were handpicked for the business owners within Babcock Ranch. These resources, such as access to events, placement in an online directory and meeting time with SWFL Inc. staff are offered free of charge to Babcock Ranch’s business owners.

“Babcock Ranch is attracting a vibrant mix of entrepreneurs and innovators who are investing in our community,” said Lucienne Pears, Vice President of Business & Economic Development at Babcock Ranch. “We are excited to partner with SWFL Inc. to expand their opportunities to collaborate and connect with the larger Southwest Florida business community.”

The new partnership with SWFL Inc. further demonstrates Babcock Ranch’s commitment to becoming a place for forward looking, sustainable technological development, and a “living laboratory” where leading innovators can design, deploy and refine smart technologies that will change the way we live.

Additionally, all Babcock Ranch lands are located within Charlotte County and are part of an economic Opportunity Zone. Created by the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, Opportunity Zones are designed to stimulate private, long-term investment. Business benefits include tax incentives including the waiver of federal capital gains taxes. Opportunity Zone incentives are available for qualified investments at Babcock Ranch through 2027, which is an attractive incentive for business owners in the community.

The Babcock Ranch lifestyle is also a powerful tool for attracting and retaining top talent. With a seamless melding of modern technology and timeless hometown charm – all nestled within expansive natural spaces – this solar-powered town delivers an unmatched quality of life. Residents and business owners within Babcock Ranch have access to the innovative public charter school offering Project-Based Learning (PBL) and a Green-STEAM curriculum, educational programs for lifelong learning, community gardens, access to trails and lakes, regional parks, neighborhood pools and clubhouses, the Health & Wellness Center and now access to SWFL Inc.’s regional network of nearly 4,000 businesses throughout Southwest Florida.

For more information on Biz @ Babcock Ranch, visit SWFLinc.com/bizbr. Questions can also be answered by emailing Jessica Hoover, Director of Business Development, at [email protected].

About SWFL Inc.

SWFL Inc. is a regional chamber of commerce serving the Southwest Florida business community. It connects businesses to a regional network of customers, offers educational resources to help them grow in a modern economy, and actively works to solve regional issues that impact the business community. At SWFL Inc., membership is free and open to all businesses to create (inc)lusive opportunities for all.

Ranked among the top one percent of chambers nationwide, SWFL Inc. produces exceptional business resources and programs to serve the business community, promote a region where businesses can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life in Southwest Florida.