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  • 05/10/2022 12:47 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Join us in Tampa on Tues, May 17th for the BEST networking opportunity of SOFIC week! This is the first public screening of Scott Mann's new movie "Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret" and an exclusive charity event benefiting four nonprofits serving the SOF & Veteran community (Project Transition USA included!)

    Event hours are 5:30-10pm, and your $25 ticket includes two drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a meet-and-greet with the cast, a silent auction, and a SOF movie in the most beautiful theater in Tampa.

    Get your tickets now before they sell out! Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avantus-frles-last-out-movie-screening-and-charity-event-at-sofic-tickets-290913388777?aff=KirkVIP

    Also, consider donating items for the Silent Auction! Donations will be accepted until Mon, May 16. Please send the following info to Kate Bitely at kbitely@avantusfederal.com (ASAP):

    * A short description of the item

    * Your company logo (high-res)

    * A few sentences about your company

    (NOTE: Kate can coordinate a pick-up time beginning Sun, May 15th, or you can bring the item to the Tampa Theater by 5pm on Tues, May 17th – the auction opens at 5:30.)

    Our growing list of donated items includes a Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion pistol and a Sig CROSS Rifle (308 or 6.5), Aerial Resupply Coffee, Horse Soldier Bourbon (signed by ODA 595), Spookstock sponsorship, and many more...

    This exclusive event will be attended by approx 400 senior military & DOD industry leaders coming to Tampa for SOFIC week. Dress is Business Casual.

    VIP's attending include:

    SOCOM Commander (GEN Clarke)

    Deputy Commander (ADM Green)

    Vice Commander (LTG Bauernfeind)

    SOCOM Acquisition Executive (Jim Smith)

    LTG (Ret) John Mullholland

    Former SECDEF (Chris Miller)

    Tampa Mayor Jane Castor


  • 05/03/2022 8:42 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Government Contracting: Overview

    May 10, 2022. 1:00-- 4:00 PM

    Cocoa Campus • EFSC 1519 Clearlake Road, Bldg. 3, Room 103, Cocoa

    The “government” in all its forms (federal, state, local) is arguably the largest target market in

    the world. The question is usually not “Does the government buy what you are selling?” . . . . it is more “Can you be competitive enough and relentless enough to position your business to win government contracts?”. If you think you can be competitive, then government contracting may be a good growth opportunity for your business.

    Join us to learn more about this unique marketplace.

    This will be the first Live PTAC Training Event in almost 2 years so both UCF PTAC Consultants are planning to attend. 

    WHO IS IT FOR?

    This seminar is designed to be helpful to three types of businesses:

    • Brand New to Government Contracting: Exploring it as a potential new target market.

    Just looking to get the ‘lay of the land’

    • Early Phase Government Contractors: Maybe you are down the road a bit and looking

    to benchmark and ‘backfill’ some key steps and process.

    • New Hires for Established Contractors: This class can be a great overview for new hires

    that are new to government contracting.

    WHAT TO EXPECT?

    The session will be a ‘deep dive overview’ of government contracting. It typically runs about 3 hours but you can come and go as you are able. Topics to be presented will include:

    • General Overview of Government Contracting
    • Getting Registered as a Government Contractor at all Levels
    • Discussion of a basic government contracting “Marketing Tool Kit”
    • Business Development Framework for Government Contracting
    • An Introduction to the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search database

    Register online: https://clients.floridasbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=520420023

    Or Call 321-433-5570 or 321-433-5514


  • 04/18/2022 1:35 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    We invite you to celebrate The Small Business Week in this national event with SCORE Space Coast Chapter 400 by congratulating Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Brevard County.

    https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qnDd

    This year ’s theme will be Marketing for Growth Strategies for Businesses, which is designed to equip local small business owners with a successful marketing toolbox.

    BizFest will be featuring Network Opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    TOPICS include:

    Digital Marketing, Social Media, Moving your Nonprofit to the Next

    Level, Networking, Banking for the Self Employed, Exit Strategy for Businesses, Branding for Your Small Business, Credit for Businesses, Women in Business

    Registration fee $35.00 includes complimentary lunch, Holiday Inn Express & Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane. Cocoa, FL 32926.  (I-95 and SR 520, Exit 201)

    Jim Youngquist, Chair, SCORE Space Coast Chapter

    https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qnDd

  • 04/15/2022 11:31 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    PRESS OFFICE - Small Business Administration 

    Release Date: April 14, 2022                                                        Contact: alyn.fernandez@sba.gov

    Release Number:  SFL22-01                                        Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs & Instagram

    SBA Announces 2022 South Florida District Office Small Business Week Winners

    Miami, FLA. - U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards is proud to announce the 2022 National Small Business Week winners for South Florida. National Small Business Week Awards celebrate the sacrifices and achievements of small business owners and their significant contributions to our economy and our communities. America’s entrepreneurs are doing their part to power our nation’s historic economic comeback. The 30th Annual National Small Business Week will be celebrated May 1-7, 2022.

    “Many small businesses were able to successfully pivot and with tenacity and resilience have not only survived the pandemic but have thrived.  These awards honor those in our community who have excelled in business ownership, demonstrating these virtues that are among the hallmarks of successful entrepreneurship. We congratulate our winners and thank the small business advocates who have helped them succeed,” said District Director Richards.

    *SBA Florida local awards are judged at the district and state levels. State-wide winners have won an additional recognition.

    2022 South Florida District and State of Florida Veteran Business Owner of the Year

    Mr. Mack Sasser, Owner, 11 Series Energy (Melbourne, FL)

     South Florida District Small Business Advocate of the Year

    Mr. Stuart “Stu” Smith (Cocoa Beach, Florida), CEO Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses 


    These winners will be recognized at public events during National Small Business Week May 1-7, 2022.

    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.


  • 04/13/2022 11:05 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)


  • 04/11/2022 12:01 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)


    The call is officially open for competitors in this year’s Battle of the Pitches at the 2022 Veterans Florida Expo Presented by Bank of America. https://www.veteransfloridaexpo.org/

    The winners selected in the video competition will compete at the statewide finals to be held on 18 June at the Hilton Orlando. Please encourage all of your alumni and Florida veteran entrepreneurs who meet the requirements and are available to pitch in person in Orlando on June 18 to submit a video and application as detailed here  https://www.veteransfloridaexpo.org/battleofthepitches/

    Jeremy Sinnemaki

    Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) Director

    Office: (850) 296-7553‬

    Email: mailto:sinnemaki@veteransflorida.org

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    Subject: Calling Florida’s top veteran entrepreneurs

    The 2022 Battle of the Pitches features Florida’s best veteran entrepreneurs vying for cash awards at the Veterans Florida Expo presented by Bank of America. We’re looking for the top sixteen small veteran-owned businesses to compete in the finals, regardless of whether they’ve participated in our programs. 

    This isn’t your average pitch off — it’s statewide and past winners have pitched at national events and won industry awards. 

    Submit your pitch video by Monday, May 9 to see if you’ve got what it takes to pitch live, on-stage at the Expo on Saturday, June 18.

    View the eligibility requirements and submission guidelines here  https://www.veteransfloridaexpo.org/battleofthepitches/

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    Veterans Florida

    930 Thomasville Road, Suite 100

    Tallahassee, FL 32303

    Main: 850-296-8116

    veteransflorida.org


  • 04/11/2022 8:52 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)


    Our member, Vince Loran is doing great things to raise needed funds to fight blood cancers.  

    Join Team Dante to help those affected by  blood cancers as all benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    #HopeRising4LLS, #MWOY, #FightBloodCancer

    Let's beat cancer together and thank you in advance for all your support!

     We are having a virtual Race, Run or Walk from April 16th to May 1st! I added the flyer and you can register here: https://runsignup.com/endbloodcancer

    Those in central Florida, we will have a 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 16th at 7 AM at Black Hammock 1571 E State Rd 434, Winter Springs, FL 32708! Who will join Bridget Lake, Amy Robl, and Dante?

    How about curing cancer one laugh at a time?! Come out to one of our Comedy Nights!  Flyers attached

     April 14th-SAK Downtown Orlando @ 7:30 PM  www.sak.com/lls

     May 1st-West End Trading Co. @ 5PM

    https://www.ticketweb.com/.../laughs-for-a-cure.../11848765

    ·       If the workout or comedy does not tickle your fancy,

    Donate $30+  Pick one item (T-shirt, bandana or lapel pin)

    Donate $60+ Pick two items (T-shirt, bandana or lapel pin)

    Donate $90+ Pick three items (T-shirt, bandana or lapel pin)

    Use this link: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/ncfl/orlando22/vloran.

    Please let me know which items you would like. 

     

  • 04/09/2022 10:37 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Come out and hear from ACTION ZONE Alumni who have been successful with their endeavors, network with other AZ alumni with light bites.

    041422 1700-1900

    About this event

    After a 27-year career in the United States Air Force, Clifton Fischer searched for a business opportunity he could be passionate about. Today, Clifton Fischer, CEO of Doggery Craft Ice, provides wholesale and retail large format clear ice products and ice sculptures for the entire state Florida. Expertly filtered, carefully frozen, and neatly stored, their ice undergoes an intricate process to ensure that taste and clarity are unbeatable.

    Join Action Zone Tampa in a networking opportunity for participants in the current and previous Action Zone programs, as well as any service member thinking of starting a business. The event is open to all participants in Action Zone cohorts to share in the success of our Spotlighted Alumni and network with everyone who works in support of the Action Zone Community.

    We look forward to seeing you in-person soon.

    *During the COVID 19 pandemic, always defer to local CDC regulations for in-person gathering regulations and attend in-person events at your own discretion.

    Registration on Eventbrite is required.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-zone-alumni-spotlight-networking-event-tickets-304168354737

    This event is in partnership with Veterans Florida and the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses. Action Zone is a member of FAVOB and supports their efforts in building up the military and veteran entrepreneurship community in Florida.


    Come out and hear from ACTION ZONE Alumni who have been successful with their endeavors, network with other AZ alumni with light bites.

    041422 1700-1900

    About this event

    After a 27-year career in the United States Air Force, Clifton Fischer searched for a business opportunity he could be passionate about. Today, Clifton Fischer, CEO of Doggery Craft Ice, provides wholesale and retail large format clear ice products and ice sculptures for the entire state Florida. Expertly filtered, carefully frozen, and neatly stored, their ice undergoes an intricate process to ensure that taste and clarity are unbeatable.

    Join Action Zone Tampa in a networking opportunity for participants in the current and previous Action Zone programs, as well as any service member thinking of starting a business. The event is open to all participants in Action Zone cohorts to share in the success of our Spotlighted Alumni and network with everyone who works in support of the Action Zone Community.

    We look forward to seeing you in-person soon.

    *During the COVID 19 pandemic, always defer to local CDC regulations for in-person gathering regulations and attend in-person events at your own discretion.

    Registration on Eventbrite is required.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-zone-alumni-spotlight-networking-event-tickets-304168354737

    This event is in partnership with Veterans Florida and the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses. Action Zone is a member of FAVOB and supports their efforts in building up the military and veteran entrepreneurship community in Florida.

  • 04/07/2022 6:41 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    March Post Meeting: Join the SAME Space Coast Post for its March General Membership Meeting and Presentation. It'll be held, Thursday, April 21; Networking 11:30AM – 12Noon  Meeting/Presentation 12:00 – 1:00PM, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Cocoa Beach.

    Presentation: "Cyber Security for Defense Contractors" presented by Alexander 'Alec' Hall, PMP, CMMC-RP  & Retired Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt.) USF.
     
    Registration Fee: $10 for DoD and Military attendees, $20 for Industry attendees.

    To register, click here.  On site registration is also acceptable.
    This presentation is worth 1 PDH.

    Regional 

    SAME Tampa Bay membership luncheon, Wednesday, April 13, 11:30AM - 1PM. "Let's Talk Trenchless" - if interested, click here

    SAME Jacksonville membership April meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 11:30AM-1PM. "Sustaining the Nassau County Shoreline through Maintenance Dredging of the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Entrance Channel" - if interested,  click here


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ABOUT ASSOCIATION

Here at FAVOB, we believe that if you have served our country and done so honorably than there should be a real opportunity to start and grow your own business in the State of Florida.

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Email: ceo@favob.org
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Physical Address: 835 Bennett Rd. 
Orlando, FL 32803

Mailing Address: PO Box 540447 
Orlando, FL 32854-0447

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