Published: Feb 24, 2011 1:57 AM EST
Updated: Feb 23, 2011 9:38 PM EST

On Wednesday, the City of Cape Coral launched a series of meetings to help small businesses.

The purpose is to help owners navigate through red tape and paperwork.

More importantly, the sessions help business owners with questions about marketing plans, strategies, licenses, and other issues.

"There's no doubt getting expert help from anyone is going to make you more successful," said Bob Smoot, a Certified Business Analyst.

Smoot is working alongside the city's Economic Development Office.

The Small Business Administration estimates seven out of ten new businesses survive after two years.

The Cape wants to see that number increase.

They hope this series of informative meetings helps new businesses succeed.

Terry Courtemanche and Carol Mathiesen own Conch Construction Cleaning.

The two just opened a few weeks ago and are trying to get their business off the ground.

The Cape Coral company specializes in home cleaning after renovations have been made or a new home has been built.

After Wednesday's meeting they knew they were off to a good start.

"We're on the right track," Terry said.

To learn more about the new business meetings, contact Cape Coral's Economic Development Office.

To learn more about Conch Construction Cleaning, go to