business consulting, mentorship and navigation

The Greenhouse partners with various service providers to offer 1-on-1 expert business assistance by appointment at no cost. Use this resource to discuss plans for business startup, expansion or to establish an ongoing relationship through personal and confidential sessions.

Business Consulting
The Greenhouse partners with Florida SBDC at USF to connect entrepreneurs with expert consultants who can assist in a variety of business areas, including: marketing, business certification, capital access, market diversification, developing strategic business plans, export services, and web optimization.

Business Mentoring
What is better than one very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneur working to make a business highly successful? How about two very passionate, forward-thinking entrepreneurs working on your business ownership goals? The Greenhouse partners with Pinellas County SCORE and helps match specialized mentors to work alongside entrepreneurs to help realize their small business ownership goals and pathways.

Greenhouse Navigation
Greenhouse Navigators act as local small business liaisons and connect business owners with the resources and solutions available to accommodate for continued growth and success. Consider us as your direct connection into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.


If you do not have past business experience, we recommend you take our business startup and business plan workshops. These core workshops will help to answer many basic questions, map out your approach to business startup and help to focus your counseling sessions.

Interested in attending a live session? Visit to see when they are offered next and for more information and registration. If you already have business experience, follow the steps below to request counseling.


  1. Contact The Greenhouse to request a business counseling appointment by calling (727) 893-7767, or filling out an online request for counseling.  The Greenhouse staff will then match you with a business counselor and schedule an appointment date and time for a 1-hour session. Please allow up to 48 hours to be contacted with availability. 
  2. Complete the required forms prior to your visit:

Sessions are currently being held remotely through phone and virtual zoom meetings.


Clients can book no cost, follow up appointments, as needed.  You can see the same business counselor, or our staff can match you with another subject matter expert as your needs change.  Follow the steps above to schedule an appointment.

Note:  Returning clients who previously requested counseling online will notice most of the registration pages are already filled.  If your customer information has changed, please update this in your Client Dashboard.