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  • 07/28/2022 3:15 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T), will host the eleventh Innovation Foundry (IF11) Event, where S&T Futures seeks to bring together U.S. and International Special Operations Forces (SOF), Industry, Academia, Government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions.

    The theme of IF11 will be “SOF Operations in a World of Omnipresent Sensor Networks.” The goal of the event is to develop concepts and approaches for the framework, technologies, infrastructure, and capabilities required to effectively conduct SOF operations in a world where omnipresent sensors track people, organizations, vehicles, and systems throughout their lives, at home and around the world in both the physical and virtual realms. In this effort, S&T Futures will be working with international S&T liaisons, USSOCOM staff, the USSOCOM Next-Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactically Relevant Situational Awareness (NGISR/SA) Capability Focus Area (CFA), and Joint Staff Intelligence (J2).

    To ground the discussion, IF11 participants will use a fictional mission scenario that reflects the future operating environment with omnipresent sensor networks that are part of the civilian infrastructure. This scenario will also consider the potential for additional sensor networks emplaced by military and intelligence organizations who may be friendly, neutral, or adversaries. Participants will emphasize the opportunities and challenges related to these sensor networks and their resultant information products, reflecting the complex interplays of social, technological, political, and cultural factors as they might play out in the 2035 timeframe.

    Why You Should Participate
    The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government, as well as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in sensor design and development, Radio Frequency (RF) technologies, Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Detection (LPI/LPD) solutions, data analysis, data visualization, communications technologies, networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, situational awareness, social and behavioral sciences, and SOF Operations to ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF. USSOCOM has also used Innovation Foundries to build key relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and technology developers.

    Problem Statement
    How do we move from traditional ISR platforms and sensors to future state-of-the-art methods to understand and conduct operations in this future environment, considering both offensive and defensive perspectives? How can we collect, analyze, and disseminate data, as well as effectively use the resulting product(s) to operate in a contested/constrained environment?

    IF11 participants will develop concepts for future SOF missions, addressing situational awareness and signature management, as well as related questions including maneuverability, operations, effects, and countermeasures in a world of omnipresent sensors.

    “The scenarios were sophisticated and intentionally difficult in order to drive new and creative approaches to the problem sets.” — RDML Rodriguez (NSWC Deputy), IF3

    Event Timeline
    Phase 1 – 19 July 2022 to 12 August 2022 Submissions Open: Sensor design and development, RF technologies, LPI/LPD solutions, data analysis, data visualization, communications technologies, networking, autonomous systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, situational awareness, social and behavioral sciences, and SOF Operations SMEs, futurists and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs are encouraged to participate in the IF11 Event by submitting a CV (Curriculum Vitae) below NLT 12 August.

    Phase 2 – 15 August 2022 to 19 August 2022 SME Review: The S&T Directorate Future’s Team will review SME submissions and notify SOFWERX of invited participants. SOFWERX will notify participants of their attendance status o/a 22 August. 

    Phase 3 – 27 September 2022 to 29 September 2022 Innovation Foundry 11 Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Future’s Team, and U.S. and International SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.

    This event will be held in person at SOFWERX. 

    Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

    • Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award through the SOFWERX Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) (15 U.S. Code Section 3715)
    • OTA for research or prototype projects (10 U.S. Code Sections 4021, 4022)
      • An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 4022 may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
    • Procurement for experimental purposes (10 U.S. Code Section 4023)
    • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code Section 3710a)
    • Prizes for advanced technology achievements (10 U. S. Code Section 4025) and/or prize competitions (15 U.S. Code 3719)
    • FAR-based procurement contract 
    • Awardees may need to be compliant with NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in Non-Federal Systems and Organizations

    How You Can Participate
    Industry, Academia, Government, and National Labs SME Participants

    Government Observers

    • If you are interested in virtually attending the opening (27 September) and closing briefs (29 September), please request to attend: Click Here to Request to Attend (NLT 24 August)  

    Questions?
    For event-related questions, please contact Gabby Robles, gabrielle.robles@sofwerx.org


  • 07/12/2022 9:26 AM | Pete Blum (Administrator)


    Excellent topic for business owners to watch live today!

    Join US Navy Veteran Michael Costanza in a live streamed interview as he talks about transitioning out of the military into business and how he learned Agile project management to advance his career and succeed in business. Michael will share some of the challenges he overcame, opportunities that can help others in transition, along with guidance for other Veterans to streamline their success in business when they are departing from service.

    Michael will be sharing these insights in a live interview at The Agile Heroes Summit on 7/12/22 at 1:30pm Eastern.

    Reserve your free seat to join live -> http://theagileheroessummit.com

  • 06/22/2022 12:54 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    CMMC 2.0:

    Understanding OSC and MSP Compliance

    July 28, 2022 from12 PM to 4 PM EST

    This is an in person NO COST seminar being held in Cocoa at the EFSC, Bldg. 3 Room 103

    Registration is required.

    This will be the fourth in our series of Expert Speaker Series events focused on the topic of cybersecurity for government contractors. This session will focus on providing some framework and tools for OSC (Organizations Seeking Certification) to understand their compliance requirements and what they should expect from MSPs (Managed Service Providers) and other support resources. Panel members are scheduled to include:

    • Matt Titcombe: CEO, CMMC Provisional Assessor, C3PAO Peak Infosec. Matt served on the CMMC Accreditation Body’s Standards Management Committee Industry Working Group.
    • Fernando Machado: Managing Principal, CISO and CMMC Provisional Assessor, Candidate C3PAO Cybersec Investments. Fernando also served on the CMMC Accreditation Body’s Standards Management Committee Industry Working Group.
    • Charlie Tupitza: Director of Channel Partnerships at FutureFeed. Charlie was a charter member of two working groups of the Presidential Policy Directive 21 for Cybersecurity.

    This seminar will not be repeated this year, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to expand your understanding of CMMC 2.0.


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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


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