A group of business leaders and academicians met in the spring of 1984 to accelerate the successful development of the entrepreneurial community in the State of Florida. A survey revealed that most entrepreneurs had sound technical expertise but many needed assistance in the areas of management, marketing, and finance. The result of that meeting was an advisory and support program called The Florida Venture Forum. The goal of the Forum is to help ensure the success of entrepreneurial ventures by offering expert counsel, educational advice, and managerial assistance. The group provides programs on a statewide basis attended by venture capitalists, investors, bankers, corporate executives, accountants, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, marketing, and research and development. Panelists for these instructional presentations consist of high-ranking executives who share their experiences with the audience. Providing candid management and financial advice and hands-on technical assistance, these programs offer a valuable learning experience for entrepreneurs and professionals.