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  • 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.


  • 02/26/2021 10:31 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    SBA Veterans Small Business Advisory Committees to Host Virtual Public Meetings March 3 and 4

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration's Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF) and Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) will hold virtual public meetings on March 3 and 4, respectively, via Microsoft Teams.

    "Our advisory committees are dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by the military and veteran small business community, especially as businesses work to recover and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic," said Larry Stubblefield, Associate Administrator for the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development. "The continued collaboration between federal agencies, veteran service organizations, and veteran-owned small businesses during these quarterly meetings provides a critical opportunity to further support and advocate for veteran small business owners nationwide.”

    The IATF will meet on Wednesday, March 3, from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join the meeting by phone instead, use (202) 765-1264 and Conference ID: 422 331 000#.

    The ACVBA will meet on Thursday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) via this Microsoft Teams link. To join by phone instead, dial (202) 765-1264 and enter the Conference ID: 422 462 191#.

    The IATF meeting will include committee member updates from the Departments of Defense, Labor, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; General Services Administration; Office of Management and Budget; North Carolina Military Business Center; Student Veterans of America; and American Legion. Committee members will also receive the latest updates on veteran-owned small business access to federal surplus property.

    The ACVBA meeting will include opening remarks from the SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development's Associate Administrator and ACVBA Chairwoman, followed by guest speakers' briefings. The presentations will include briefings from the SBA on veteran's business development, veteran-owned small business access to federal surplus property, rural and underserved veteran-owned small business populations, and access to capital. The meeting will also include a VA small business update from the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as updates on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) CVE transfer from VA to SBA.

    Public comments and questions are strongly encouraged to be submitted in advance by March 1 via email to veteransbusiness@sba.gov or by phone at (202) 205-6773. For technical support, please visit the Microsoft Teams support page. Meeting presentations and minutes will be available after both meetings at www.sba.gov/ovbd, under the "Federal Advisory Committees" section.

    NOTE: Building on a month of strong results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses. Recently reported data illustrates the agency is making real strides in ensuring these funds are reaching underserved communities, and continues to be a focus in the Veteran-Owned Small Business community.

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    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.


  • 02/08/2021 4:19 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    OWNING A SMALL BUSINESS

    Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Boots to Business can help.

    ABOUT BOOTS TO BUSINESS

    Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the DOD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

    During B2B, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. This two-day in-person program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors.

    Participants that complete an in-person B2B course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses. If you’ve already attended a B2B in-person course, visit https://sbavets.force.com/ to sign up for one of the online B2B follow-on courses.

    B2B ONLINE for PATRICK AFB, FL 24-25 FEBRUARY 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Eastern

    ADVANCE APPROVAL REQUIRED PLEASE CONTACT: Patrick AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center POC: Sal Noto at 321-494-5676 salvatore.noto@us.af.mil

  • 01/27/2021 9:12 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

    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

  • 12/10/2020 11:05 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The annual City of Jacksonville's Vetrepreneur Summit is on Friday, 11 December, from 10 am - 12 pm EST. A virtual event this year, the event focus is How to Startup or Pivot Your Business During COVID

    This event is hosted by the City of Jacksonville’s Military Affairs and Veterans Department in partnership with the Florida SBDC at University of North Florida. FAVOB member Karen Barnes-Rivera will be one of the panelists. Hear from her and other Jacksonville business owners on surviving and thriving during COVID-19. Learn about their successes and mistakes followed by a panel of local resource providers ready to assist you and your business. Candid discussion and interaction are encouraged! For more information, please call (904) 255-5550 and register via this link Pay for Workshop (unf.edu) - there is no cost for this event.


  • 12/06/2020 12:55 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    On 17 February 2021, the University of Central Florida will hold their inaugural UCF Technology Venture Symposium (UTVS). The fundamental objective of this symposium is to showcase the little known HIDDEN GEMS within UCF research, faculty and alumni for advancement and potential investment.

    UCF alumni, faculty, and students are welcomed to attend this free virtual symposium along with interested industry and government stakeholders, entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. Ideas and inspiration will be provided in heavy doses. Participation is available via Zoom from 8 am - 4:30 pm (EST). To see the agenda and register for the Zoom link, please go here.

  • 11/30/2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous


    State of FL B2B Reboot Flyer 12-16-2020.pdf

    Register Here:

    https://sbavets.force.com/ (Choose Florida location then Online, Miami)

    What is REBOOT?

    Reboot is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), and spouses are eligible to participate.

    For additional questions please contact Lonnie Koyama at leon.koyama@sba.gov

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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.

CONTACTS

Email: barron.mills@favob.org
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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