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  • 06/03/2021 12:10 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Hero Tour Golf provides PTSD services and mentoring support for veterans in need.   ACTS Mentoring Ministry is a faith-based organization. 

    Fundraising events are hosted by local golf courses and veterans and first responders GOLF for FREE!!! 

    For more information and golf schedule events.  https://herogolftour.com/

  • 06/01/2021 5:47 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Here is what's offered in June!!!

    • Are You the Next Veteran Entrepreneur? Vet-to-Vet Advice About Business Ownership
    • Growing Your Business Globally - Three Fearless Female Founders Share the Keys to Success
    • Fundamentals of Starting a Food & Beverage Business
    • How to Make Your Business Bankable
    • A Step-by-Step Approach to Writing a One-Page Business Plan
    • Patents & Trademarks
    • Small Business Marketing
    • Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely
    • What’s My Business Worth?

    Blogs and Recorded Business Training Videos

    SBA Learning Center - https://www.sba.gov/learning-center

    Recorded webinars from SCORE - https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars

    Training Videos from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network  - http://floridasbdc.org/training-videos/

    Sign up to get SBA E-Newletter and updates -  https://www.sba.gov/updates

    As part of our SBA Strategic Alliance Memorandum, we invite all FAVOB members to leverage the services offered by the SBA.  

    Webinars are offered every month.  Topics include - financing, marketing and social media, cybersecurity, importing and exporting, starting, buying, growing and selling a business, doing business with the federal government and small business certification assistance.  

    Webinars are listed on the South Florida District Office website https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami  and Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lonnie-koyama-9878643818

    For more information or assistance, please contact Lonnie Koyama, our SBA representative.  

    Lonnie Koyama, Lead Economic Development Specialist

    South Florida District Office U.S. Small Business Administration

    505 South 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

    Office: 772- 466-3176

    Cell: 772-332-7311

    leon.koyama@sba.gov


  • 05/17/2021 10:44 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager for the SBA, will be leading a workshop to help veteran owned business understand the government surplus programs. The government provides access to millions of dollars of surplus equipment and supplies to qualifying small businesses, particularly including veteran owned businesses. Ed will discuss how to identify federal surplus property through the State of Florida Surplus Property Agency.

    Kara Vernon, Procurement Specialist with the Florida PTAC, will also discuss basic VOSB eligibility and the CVE SD/VOSB program. Both speakers will also be available for questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

    Here are the details for this event:

    Date: Wednesday, May 19th

    Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

    Where: Virtual. Login details available after registration.

    Registration: https://clients.floridasbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=event&event=500410068

    Sponsored by: United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

    Hosted by: The Florida PTAC at UCF

    Hosted by : Sandy Pfrimmer

    Operations Coordinator

    Florida SBDC at Eastern Florida State College

    1519 Clearlake Road, Bldg. 3 Suite 114

    Cocoa, FL 32922

    P. 321.433.5570

    pfrimmers@easternflorida.edu

    www.easternflorida.edu/go/sbdc


  • 05/05/2021 4:27 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    This free webinar is presented by the University of Central Florida's Innovation Districts. Whether you are familiar with the Government SBIR/STTR process or not, this session will prove valuable insights regarding "how to write and format your proposal for maximum readability" and "how to get through all those registrations" to even submit the proposal. This actually applies to lots of different types of proposals since how you WRITE is so very important in telling your story. Your proposal and its formatting should enhance readability by reviewers and showcases your technology to its best advantage and, thus, improve the competitiveness of your proposal. This webinar will also help take the mystery out of registrations with tips on how to get started, where to register for what and how to get help.

    The webinar will be held from 9 am - 12 pm (EDT) on 11 May. Register here.

  • 04/27/2021 3:28 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    From Veteran to Entrepreneur - Steps to Start and Find Funding

    PART of MONTHLY SBA offerings. 

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm EST

    Veterans have the skills needed to be successful business owners, but their rate of self-employment has been declining.

    This educational webinar, presented by entrepreneurial experts Tammy Durden and Wendy Dickinson, will discuss how to make a successful transition of going from Veteran to Entrepreneur, and provide step-by-step guidance on filing proper documents to gain the funds to power your business.

    You will learn:

    • The actionable steps to begin
    • How to obtain funding
    • Agency resources that can help you
    • And more…

    https://readytalk.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1444293&tp_key=e5c348c4e7&sti=scoreeventpage


  • 04/22/2021 11:02 PM | Anonymous

    SBA is partnering with its newest 7(j) training provider, NetQuarry, Inc. to provide market intelligence, training, and technical assistance to 7(j) eligible small businesses.  NetQuarry’s exciting new state of the art online government business development platform (called Bidspeed) will help 7(j) eligible firms improve their business development and ultimately help your firms win new Government Business.

     

    This training provided by NetQuarry includes frequent briefings on open Federal Opportunities, personalized Federal Market Intelligence, training on best practice business development, and technical assistance on finding, managing, and capturing Federal contracts.  NetQuarry’s activities will help 7(j) eligible small businesses sell their goods and services to Federal agencies, gain a foothold in the Federal marketplace, and increase the number and dollar amount of captured awards. 

     

    NetQuarry’s unique Bidspeed Platform provides complete access to up-to-the-minute data on Federal opportunities, forecasts, recent awards, expiring and renewing contracts all combined with technical assistance and training that includes best-practice knowledge and processes.  The Bidspeed Platform will help small business concerns better understand the Federal procurement landscape, better allocate their marketing and business development resources, and make more timely decisions that increase teaming opportunities and lead to winning new Federal contracts, and is a unique solution that provides empirical intelligence specifically designed to combine data from multiple data sources into a single actionable product for small business contractors.  NetQuarry’s Bidspeed Platform uniquely brings together many sources of data across the Federal marketplace in one place, including data from FPDS, SAM, FBO, SBIR/STTR, NAICS, and Grants.gov, that will help small businesses better understand and manage their business development efforts.

     

    **Please see attached marketing flyer and training calendar for more details about this exciting new training and how 7(j) eligible firms can register.

     

    NetQuarry Inc. (Bidspeed) 7j Training Schedule - May 2021.pdf


  • 04/10/2021 2:10 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    One of our great nonprofit members, OASIS of Central Florida, has a scholarship opportunity closing in the next week.

    The OASIS Matthew J Hearon Scholarship will provide $5,000 to both a male and female recipient this year. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    - Must reside in Florida

    - Must be active in a high school JROTC program

    - Must be a JROTC senior

    - Must have plans to enter the military or enroll in a college ROTC program

    Applications close on 15 April 2021. Apply and get additional information on their website www.oasisofcfl.org. For further questions or information, please contact the Director of Scholarships, Patty Carlson, at scholarship@oasisofcfl.org or 607-684-5483.

    Good luck, and thank you for helping OASIS honor the legacy of Colonel Matthew J Hearon. COL Hearon served as the Commander of the 164th ADA Brigade for the Florida National Guard. He distinguished himself with over 35 years of selflessness to his community, state and nation. COL Hearon’s extraordinary service and commitment to the Army Values reflected great credit to all his accomplishments. His legacy is a source of great pride and has left an indelible mark on the Florida National Guard and his service to our country.


  • 03/31/2021 8:42 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    As part of our SBA Strategic Alliance Memorandum, we invite all FAVOB members to leverage the services offered by the SBA.  

    Webinars are offered every month.  Topics include - financing, marketing and social media, cybersecurity, importing and exporting, starting, buying, growing and selling a business, doing business with the federal government and small business certification assistance.  

    Webinars are listed on the South Florida District Office website https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami  and Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lonnie-koyama-9878643818

    In addition, there are several SCORE offerings:

    Your Money. Your Business. Your Life. - Funding and Financing Your Black-Owned Business - 1430700 (webcasts.com)

    7 Steps to Build Your Platform and Stand Out in a Noisy World - 1437284 (webcasts.com)

    For more information or assistance, please contact Lonnie Koyama, our SBA representative.  

    Lonnie Koyama, Lead Economic Development Specialist

    South Florida District Office U.S. Small Business Administration

    505 South 2nd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

    Office: 772- 466-3176

    Cell: 772-332-7311

    leon.koyama@sba.gov


  • 03/27/2021 1:15 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    Bravo Zulu to Blue Cord DevGroup, LLC and their Holland & Knight representatives for recently getting an important legal ruling on behalf of all veteran owned businesses.

    It is essential to keep Government contracting as fair as possible at all levels (local, state, Federal) and it becomes unfair when any businesses represent themselves as disadvantaged small businesses (e.g. minority, woman, veteran) but do not actually meet those standards. We have to collectively hold the system accountable.

    Here is the summary from the link below: On Oct. 6, 2020, Blue Cord protested Purple Heart Heroes LLC's Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) status after it was awarded an SDVOSB set-aside lease by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). OHA determined a service-disabled veteran did not control Purple Heart Heroes and therefore the company is not an eligible SDVOSB. As a result of OHA's decision, the lease is deemed void ab initio, meaning it never existed, and the VA has removed Purple Heart Heroes as a SDVOSB from its Vendor Information Page (VIP), making the concern ineligible for future set-aside lease awards.

    https://www.hklaw.com/.../holland-and-knight-represents...


  • 03/04/2021 11:26 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    Action Zone, the exclusive military community entrepreneur support organization in Tampa, has opened registration for the next business startup program to begin 27 March and run through 26 June 2021.

    "We are happy to announce that Veterans Florida has sponsored an additional cohort for 2021," says Rosie Lee, co-founder and Executive Director of Action Zone. "We have been a network partner with Veterans Florida for three years, and we couldn't be more thrilled to host another class of veterans seeking to start or grow their business."

    The Action Zone business startup program is a 12-week program that guides participants as they develop or grow their business. As a virtually provided program, it is open to any veteran across Florida. The program gives new entrepreneurs the foundational knowledge they need to develop a concept into a viable, sustainable business. Existing business owners gain insights into their business to grow a more profitable business.

    Sponsored by Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, ActionZone provides the curriculum, materials and resources to approximately 20 new Veteran entrepreneurs in the program that has been going strong since 2018. Registration is open and can be completed online .

    Contact Rosie at rosie@actionzonetampa.com for more information.


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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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Phone: (407) 221-0286
Physical Address: 835 Bennett Rd. 
Orlando, FL 32803
Mailing Address: PO Box 540447 
Orlando, FL 32854-0447

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