business consulting and mentorship

The Greenhouse partners with various service providers to offer 1-on-1 business counseling by appointment at no cost. Use this resource to discuss plans for business startup or expansion and establish mentor relationships. All business counselors have startup expertise and The Greenhouse staff will work to match growth businesses with a counselor based on industry or business development topic.


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.

  • Business Startup Workshops – take one of the following:
    • Introduction to Business Startup
    • Business Startup Basics
  • Business Plan Workshops – take one of the following:
    • How to Research & Write Your Business Plan
    • How to Research & Plan for Your Business
    • Rapid Business Planning Using Lean Canvas (this is a two-part series that includes: Part 1: Principles and Part 2: Application)

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 fill 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.
  2. Complete the required forms prior to your visit:

If you wish to complete these forms when you come in, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.


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.

Before your business counseling session, visit our Location & Parking Page for directions and parking options for The Greenhouse.