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  • 10/28/2021 3:20 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    The NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) in collaboration with the Office of Procurement (OP) and Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) will host a virtual NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour. This collaboration provides an open platform for HBCU and MSI representatives to learn about OSTEM's Minority Serving Institutions Sustainability Initiative, Agency acquisition opportunities, product service lines and Vendor Database, STMD's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) opportunities, as well as research opportunities, grants, fellowships and contracts within each of the four Mission Directorates.

    By participating in group sessions with various NASA program and technical personnel, in addition to large prime contractors, attendees will gain insight and strategies to pursue procurement and technical opportunities. Presenters will discuss lessons learned and their success stories. In addition, there will be virtual networking sessions with participating federal government representatives, NASA Center Technology Transition Leads and NASA prime contractors to introduce and build networking opportunities to follow up on information shared at this event.

    Event highlights include:

    • Finding opportunities within the NASA Mission Directorates.
    • Overview of the Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) & MUREP Sustainability Initiative.
    • Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
    • HBCU/MSI initiatives and opportunities with the Federal Government.
    • NASA procurement overview.
    • University capability presentations.
    • Tips for Success: Building and maintaining relationships with prime contractors.
    • Understanding the importance of your capability statement.

  • 10/27/2021 2:44 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    The City of Palm Bay Procurement Department invites you to a virtual training session providing an overview of how to do business with the City.

    Topics include:

    • What is Procurement and What Do We Do in the City?

    • Overview of the City’s Procurement Requirements

    • Responding to Invitations for Bid & Requests for Quotes

    • Responding to Requests for Proposals

    • Vendorlink Registration tutorial

    When: November 9, 2021, 10 am to 11 am

    Where: Virtually using Microsoft Teams To receive an invitation to this virtual TEAMS meeting so you can listen and view the webinar.

    Please send an e-mail to Further instructions for logging in to the webinar will be in your invitation.

  • 10/14/2021 12:12 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The Tampa Chapter of Contractors Closers & Connections is hosting a business luncheon on Tuesday, 9 November, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in honor of Veterans Day. Active duty military and veterans can attend at no cost. Guest Speaker will be SgtMaj Matt Parrish from US Special Operations Command.

    Start time is 11:30 am and attire is business or service dress uniform. Address for the Bryan Glazer JCC is 522 N Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606. To register, send an email to or call 813-953-1056. There were still over 100 available seats for military/veterans at the time of this posting. We anticipate that a number of FAVOB members will attend and encourage everyone to invite others to the event. There are also still some sponsorship opportunities available for those interested.

  • 10/14/2021 10:30 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    VBA partnered with Stars and Stripes to create a special edition insert for the publication called “The Veterans Benefits Guide.” The print and digital publication, which highlights VA benefits and services available for transitioning service members and their families, is available now.

    The digital version of the Veterans Benefits Guide is available here: Veterans Benefits Guide | Stars and Stripes.

    What you can expect

    The Veterans Benefits Guide answers most of the commonly asked questions for a variety of benefits and services, including:

    • Compensation
    • Life insurance
    • Pension and fiduciary services
    • Education and training programs
    • Economic development and employment
    • Home loan guaranty programs and housing assistance
    • Mental health resources

    In addition, the articles include links to helpful resources, such as program eligibility information, yearly benefit program reports, application directions, VBA contact information and much more.

  • 09/14/2021 12:45 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The NASA Small Business Opportunities Virtual Expo 2021 with industry-specific networking rooms* is sponsored by the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). This year the Expo will host an overview of the Artemis program to include technical and contractor panels and afternoon industry-specific networking rooms. This virtual event will be from 10 am - 5 pm (EDT) on 7 October 2021.

    A virtual program and exhibitor guide will be provided to all registered attendees. Register at this link NASA Small Business Opportunities Virtual Expo 2021 Registration, Thu, Oct 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

    Who Should Attend?

    • Small Businesses who want to do business with NASA.
    • Socio-economic Categories: WOSB, HUBZone, and SDVOSB.
    • Small Businesses who want to meet and network with NASA Prime Contractors.
    • Large Contractors seeking teaming opportunities with Small Businesses.
    • Construction companies interested in learning more about NASA contract opportunities.


    This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information or questions, please email or call 202-358-2088.

    *The Government reserves the right to relocate, reschedule or cancel the event.

  • 08/24/2021 10:38 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    There are many great entrepreneur support programs available for veterans and military spouses in Florida. One of those is provided through the InLab at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. The InLab is an innovative center that provides several areas of service to the community, one of which is Operation Startup. Through a unique partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families - IVMF, the InLab offers a free veteran entrepreneurship program called STRIVE. STRIVE assists veterans, and their family members, turn their ideas into a business. Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to apply for grants, seed funding and participate in pitch competitions that award $12,000 in funding.

    The program is six weeks and the deadline to apply for the next cohort is September 17. Veterans, and their family members, can learn more about the program at or by attending one of the open house events below.

    August 28 Open House:

    September 7 Open House:

    The STRIVE program is provided virtually (so you can attend from any location) and there will be some limited in person seats for those in the Tampa area.

  • 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.

  • 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 -

    Recorded webinars from SCORE -

    Training Videos from the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network  -

    Sign up to get SBA E-Newletter and 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  and Eventbrite

    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

  • 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.


    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

  • 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.


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