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  • 10/24/2023 12:45 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Events Nationwide Will Highlight Agency’s Efforts to Support Nearly 2 Million Veteran and Military Spouse-Owned Small Businesses

    WASHINGTON – Today, Administrator Isabel Guzman, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses, announced the SBA will celebrate the 10th annual National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.

    Throughout the week, the SBA, its resource partners, and local organizations across the country will host a series of virtual and in-person events to highlight the entrepreneurial journeys of veteran- and military spouse-owned small business owners and the agency’s support of this important community. Topics include transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, government contracting, disaster assistance, and access to capital. Currently, there are around 100 virtual events that are free and open to the public. View the full schedule and register at

    “For the last 10 years, the SBA has celebrated National Veterans Small Business Week to honor and highlight America’s nearly two million veteran entrepreneurs who have served our nation heroically in the military and now as leaders of their local communities,” said Administrator Guzman. “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting veterans in every facet of their lives once they return home, and the SBA stands ready to help thousands of transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses get access to opportunity and the American dream through the path of business ownership.”

    In addition to its support for veteran-owned small businesses, the Biden-Harris Administration recently announced an executive order to support military spouses, under which the SBA will provide resources, capital and other specialized support to help get their businesses off the ground. The SBA has made a number of key changes in the past year to expand access to capital for veteran- and military spouse-owned small businesses, including:

    • Implementing the SBA Veteran Business Certification program, which connects service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses with federal contracting opportunities through a more streamlined and user-friendly process.
    • Expanding the Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program from 22 to 28 VBOCs across the country to provide more resources and support to active service members, veterans and military spouses.
    • Overhauling its loan program to expand access to capital for veteran-owned small businesses.
    • Launching its new Military Spouse Pathway to Business training program to help military spouses looking to start their entrepreneurial journey. 

    Each year, veteran-owned businesses make significant contributions to the U.S. economy, employing over 5 million Americans and generating $1.3 trillion in total sales.

    For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week, and to find events in your area, visit Sign up for an event and join the online conversation using the hashtag #NVSBW23. 

  • 10/23/2023 1:16 PM | Kevin Ross

    Register at 


    95 Triplet Lake Drive
    Casselberry, FL US 32707


    Come together with your friends and family to honor our active and retired Military Veterans on Veteran's Day weekend with a 5k Run or Walk.  This event is set to take place on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry, FL!  Participants can enjoy this celebration of Veterans Day as we come together to support our military with a beautiful run in the Casselberry community. The fun continues after the 5k race with a kids run, face painters, a bounce house, music, and recruiters from the ARMY and NAVY!

    The 2nd Annual Trustco Bank Veteran & Active Duty Run for Freedom 5k will celebrate our commitment to supporting our military!  Proceeds from the run will benefit the below charities for 2023:

    1.  JOSH – Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers. For more information on JOSH please visit their website at
    2.  Camaraderie Foundation - For more information on the Camaraderie Foundation, please visit their website at .
    3.  Florida Association of Veteran Owned Business - For more information on FAVOB, please visit their website at .

    Lake Concord Park 
    95 Triplet Lake Drive
    Casselberry, FL 32707

    Event parking will be located across the street from the venue inside the Petsmart parking lot (4510 S US Hwy 17 92, Casselberry, FL 32707).  Please look for Event Parking signs directing you into this parking lot.

    6:30am – Race-day Registration and Packet Pickup opens
    8:00am – 5K Run/Walk begins
    9:00am -  Race Awards
    9:15am – Kids’ Dashes begin


    - A Tech t-shirt for all 5K Run/Walk participants
    - Awards for the top 3 overall finishers [male & female]
    - Finisher Medal for all 5K participants
    - Finisher Swag
    - Water and post-race snacks
    - Mission BBQ will be serving all participants a FREE breakfast sandwich!
    - Bounce houses for the Kids
    -  Face painters for the Kids
    - Sponsor/Vendor booths

    - $30.00 through November 1, 2023 
    - $35.00 from 11/2/23 - 11/11/23
    - $45.00 Day of the race (if not sold out)*

    - $15.00 through November 1, 2023 
    - $20.00 from 11/2/23 - 11/11/23
    - $25.00 Day of the race (if not sold out)*


    - $15.00 through November 1, 2023
    - $20.00 from 11/2/23 - 11/11/23
    - $25.00 Day of the race (if not sold out)*
    **Must show Military ID at time of packet pickup


    - A Tech t-shirt for all 5K Run/Walk participants
    - Mission BBQ will be serving all participants a FREE breakfast sandwich!
    - Bounce houses for the Kids
    -  Face painters for the Kids
    - Sponsor/Vendor booths

    FAN SUPPOTER - SPECTATORS can join in some of the fun!
    -$10.00 through November 12, 2023 @ 9:30am



                                                                 **** ALL ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND RACE REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE ****

                                                                                               ****************** THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT******************

                                                                                           ********NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER********

    All participants who register for the 5K event will receive a unisex Tech T-shirt. Sizes are guaranteed through October 21, 2023.

    All PAID 5K participants will receive a custom Trustco Bank Run for Freedom 5K themed finisher medal. Children participating in the FREE kid’s dashes will receive a finisher ribbon.

    5K AWARDS:
    Race awards will go to the top 3 overall male and female finishers in the 5K Run/Walk.  

    We will host a FREE Kids’ dashes following the 5K & the Awards Ceremony. All children must be registered on race day at the registration table. All children participating must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a Finisher medal.  Distances will vary by age group and ability, ranging from 50 yards up to 200 yards.

    Races will be held rain or shine, however, if there is severe weather in the area the race start may be delayed or cancelled. As a reminder, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


    In order to ensure safety of all runners, roller skates and in-line skates are prohibited from the race course. It is VERY important for you to stay alert throughout the race, stay inside cones and obey all race signage. Jogging strollers are permitted but must start in the back.

    Strollers are allowed. Nurturing future generations of runners/walkers is a priority as is demonstrating healthy lifestyles to our children. We do ask those registrants participating with a stroller to line up after the runners & walkers at the start line. Please listen for directions on where to line up on the day of the race. Only paid registrants of the 5K Run/Walk will receive a finisher medal. If you would like your child to receive a medal, please register for them to participate in the Run/Walk.

    Early Packet Pickup will take place at TRUSTCO BANK located at 9400 S. US Hwy 17/92, Maitland, FL 32751 from 3pm - 6pm on Friday, November 10th, 2023.

    If you are not able to get your packet early, you can opt to pick up your packet at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry on Race Day beginning at 6:15 am. However, please do allow additional time to pick up your packet on race day due to parking and potentially long lines.


    Our Beneficiaries of The Trustco Bank Veteran & Active Duty Run For Freedom 5K

    The 2nd Annual Trustco Bank Veteran & Active Duty Run for Freedom 5k will celebrate our commitment to supporting our military!  Proceeds from the run will benefit the below charities for 2023:

    1.  JOSH – Just Our Soldiers’ Helpers. For more information on JOSH please visit their website at
    2.  Camaraderie Foundation - For more information on the Camaraderie Foundation, please visit their website at .
    3.  Florida Association of Veteran Owned Business - For more information on FAVOB, please visit their website at .


  • 10/10/2023 12:32 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    FAVOB is pleased to announce our first website and FAVOB "Mail Call" sponsor partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.

    The SBDC banner on our home page and Mail Call links to the SBDC services at USF. 

    FAVOB and USF are partnering to inform FAVOB members,+9000 social media followers and +2000 Mail Call subscribers of the amazing NO COST services offered to vetean owned businesses.  

    Solutions include services to support:

    • Growth Acceleration
    • Certifications
    • Minority-Owned
    • Woman-Owned
    • Veteran-Owned
    • International Trade
    • Government Contracting
    • Consulting
    • Training
    • Starting Your Business
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Student Teams
    • Organizational Development

    The Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Defense, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution.  

    Future partnership will be available in the near future.  Contact Stu Smith, CEO at 

  • 09/01/2023 2:47 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    We wanted to take this opportunity to share that Florida Commerce’s Business Damage Assessment Survey is now open at The responses from this survey will help government agencies determine the short and long term needs of the business community in Florida. Please encourage your members and other partners to take a moment to respond.

    The Florida SBDC at USF continues to be a recovery resource for the business community. Our region is comprised of Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Highlands, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Please share feedback of the business needs you identify and let’s work together on how to best support the businesses in your area recover from Hurricane Idalia.  Our website - – offers additional resources available to all in our community. No cost appointments with our team can also be requested through the website. The SBDC’s role is to support business owners recover from the effects of the storm, provide them with support as they apply for financial assistance provided by the State of Florida and/or SBA and other financial assistance programs, in addition to offering regular SBDC services post financial assistance building their resiliency. These support services are provided at no-cost to the business community.

    Together we will help our business community recover and become more resilient.

    We look forward to hearing from you and working with you.


     Yanina Rosario, MBA, ABCP

    Associate Director

    Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida
    Muma College of Business

    P 813.396.2726

  • 08/31/2023 3:50 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    OSBP-KSC Virtual Outreach Logo

    Join us as we continue our virtual outreach series focused on NASA KSC Prime Contractors. This hour-long webinar is hosted by the Office of Small Business Programs - Kennedy Space Center. 

    Log-in information will be provided after registration, within the Eventbrite confirmation.  We look forward to your participation in our events!   Questions?  Contact NASA OSBP-KSC at

    Laurie Boehm

    Contract Administrator III

    Office of Small Business Programs - KSC

    Seventh Sense Consulting, LLC

    Phone: (321) 867-7353



  • 08/28/2023 9:48 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    What We Offer

    Our Veteran Home Repair program addresses health, safety, and accessibility issues. NON-EMERGENCY Repairs could include: • roof repair • construction of wheelchair ramp • window and door replacement • flooring repair • plumbing and HVAC repair The home repairs are not free. Beaches Habitat finances the repair with an interest-free loan. The monthly payments are calculated based on income. Inquire Today For more information, give us a call! (904) 595-5806

    Home Repair and Modification Services Beaches Habitat’s Home Repair Program helps current homeowners who are struggling to maintain the integrity of their home due to age, disability, or family circumstances Partnering with Beaches Habitat for Humanity will allow you to reclaim your home with pride and dignity.

    Who Qualifies? The program is open to honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military living east of Hodges Boulevard. The home in need of repairs must be the veteran’s primary residence and it must be owner-occupied (no rentals). In addition, the household members must demonstrate need, be willing to partner, and be able to repay the loan. 

    Who We Are

    Beaches Habitat for Humanity is your local Habitat, one of a network of locally operated nonprofits. You’ll find Habitat hard at work in your community making affordable housing available for those who need it.

    Contact Us Veterans Repair Program 797 Mayport Road Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 (904) 595-5806 serving

  • 08/18/2023 7:22 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Annually, Veterans Florida issues a survey for Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program cohort, workshop, and networking event participants.

    You are receiving this email because it was reported you attended one or more of the training courses or events we help fund.

    Reminder: Veterans Florida was created and is funded by the State of Florida to provide you and other aspiring veteran entrepreneurs the training, local resources, and connections to help you and your business succeed.

    Completing this survey helps ensure you and other veterans continue to have access to our entrepreneur programs and services in the future. The survey information collected is shared with lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure continued Program funding.

    Click here to complete your survey.

    Should you have any questions or need assistance, please reply or email

    Thank you for your participation in the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program!

  • 08/09/2023 6:27 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Congressman Bill Posey Presents: FEDERAL CONTRACTING CONFERENCE


    Meet Procurement Representatives!

    Melbourne, FL - Congressman Bill Posey has announced he will be hosting a Federal Contracting Conference on August 16. This is

    the chance for government contractors to have one-on-one meetings with procurement representatives from Washington D.C., and

    Central Florida to explore new contracting opportunities. This is also an opportunity for local businesses that specialize in technology,

    innovation, defense contracting and services to learn how to navigate the federal procurement process.

    Congressman Bill Posey is pleased to coordinate with the Space Launch Delta 45 - US Space Force, CareerSource Brevard, USDOT, GSA, NASA, SBA, Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College, Space Florida, and weVENTURE Powered by Florida Institute of Technology.

    The agenda includes a keynote address by Congressman Bill Posey, Matchmaker meetings and/or Expo presentations by the following: AAR, Acuity, AFTAC, Apex Accelerator (formerly PTAC), KBR, the Boeing Company, Collins Aerospace, DRS, Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses, Inc., Jacobs, L3Harris, NAVFAC, Northrop Grumman, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Special Operations Command, Women In Defense Space Coast Chapter. Networking and a continental breakfast begins at 8:00 AM and the program begins at 8:45 AM. Lunch will be on your own from 11:40 AM until 1:00 PM.

    When: August 16, 2023

    • 8:00 - 8:45am – Registration, Expo, Networking

    • 8:45am -11:40am – Conference

    • 1:00pm - 5:00pm – Match Maker Appointments

    What: Federal Contracting Conference

    • Meet procurements representatives

    • Matchmaker appointments – call David Jackson at 321-632-1776 to schedule appointments

    • Expo and networking sessions

    • Learn about federal contracting

    • Hear from local small business resources

    • Learn about developing acceptable rates

    Where: Florida Solar Energy Center

    1679 Clearlake Road

    Cocoa, FL 32922

    Coordinating Agencies:

    Space Launch Delta 45 - US Space Force, CareerSource Brevard, USDOT, GSA, NASA, SBA, Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College, Space Florida, and weVENTURE Powered by Florida Institute of Technology


    This conference is free and open to business owners who want to:

    1) Meet procurement representatives

    2) Learn the federal procurement process


    For More Information or to Contact Congressman Posey, visit


    Ph: (321) 632-1776

    Ph: (772) 226-1701

    Toll Free: 1-888-681-1776

    Fax: (321) 639-8595

    CONGRESSMAN BILL POSEY Ph: (321) 632-1776 Ph: (772) 226-1701 Toll Free: 1-888-681-1776 Fax: (321) 639-8595

  • 07/13/2023 2:26 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Many of our members have an interest in the new PACT Act and may be affected by toxic exposure.  Veterans Affairs officials plan a public awareness blitz over the next five weeks to get as many individuals as possible to sign up for new military toxic exposure benefits ahead of an August deadline for retroactive payouts.


    Toxic Exposure Chat: Newly Expanded Benefits for Veterans Exposed to Toxins


    When: Fri. Jul 14, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

    Where: This is an online event.

    Cost: Free

    More Veterans are eligible for VA benefits now! Need to know how eligibility for benefits has recently expanded? The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve. Tune in to this Twitch event as Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) teams up with experts from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on July 14 at 4:00 pm ET.

    How to join the event:

    • Prior to the event, follow Wounded Warrior Project’s Twitch account.  
    • Go to WWP’s Twitch account a few minutes before the event. 
    • When the live broadcast begins, a ring will appear around the WWP profile picture with the word Live.
    • Tap or click this to view the video.

    Deadline Looms for Veterans to Get Retroactive Toxic Exposure Benefits

    Read the MOAA article HERE

    Additional links on our website to assist in applying and navigating the application.  Find Additional Links Here


    PACT Act Vet Fest/Claims Workshop Middleburg VA Clinic 400 College Blvd, Suite 200 Middleburg, FL 32068 Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Contact:, 727-319-5904

    VetFest Florida Tropicana Field 1 Tropicana Drive St. Petersburg, FL 33705 Saturday, August 5, 2023, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET Free admission to Veterans and their families Contact:, 386-292-3608 PACT Act Summer

    VetFest Eglin Air Force Base Outpatient Clinic 100 Veterans Way Pensacola, FL 32542 Friday, August 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact: Jason Boatwright:

  • 07/06/2023 3:31 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Window of Opportunity July 13 Chase Bank.pdf

    Chase Bank is hosting a Business Workshop for July 13th – Window of Opportunity!!!!

    In this workshop our business owners will learn how to navigate contracting with government agencieshow to access corporate supplier diversity programs, and certification to do business with these entities. This is a great OPPORTUNITY for those organizations that are looking for ways to diversify their customer base!. (which I believe all the organizations are looking to do so…) and those ones that are owned by veterans  as well.

    As always, this workshop will be held at the Hwy 192 and Main St branch and will be conducted by our very own Janice Lopez!  I am attaching the flyer invitation. (we will spoil our participants with some snacks and drinks)

    Thank you so much for your support in these activities we are doing for our business community.

    And don’t forget to ask your guest to RSVP!


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Orlando, FL 32803

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



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