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  • 12/07/2021 5:33 PM | Barron Mills

    FAVOB Member Teresa Moon is hosting a webinar on 14 December at 1 pm (EST) to dive into Simplified Acquisitions with Guy Timberlake. No cost to attend except for your time and attention. Register at this link

  • 12/02/2021 7:32 AM | Barron Mills

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    Action Zone is hosting a sales workshop, one of the most vexing challenges our new businesses face. Part of their Take Action series, this workshop is co-sponsored by Veterans Florida and is free of charge. This workshop will presented both live (Tampa, FL) and virtually on 16 December 2021 from 5:30-8:30 pm (EST)

    Sign up here:

  • 11/30/2021 8:51 AM | Barron Mills

    Each year at this time, Wreaths Across America seeks to place a holiday wreath at the final resting place of all veterans. FAVOB member VFW Post 10147 Apopka /Altamonte Springs is seeking wreath sponsors and volunteers for their local effort. Here are some more details from Loretta Forlaw:

    My team and I volunteer to find sponsors so there is a wreath for every known veteran (385) in the City of Apopka Edgewood/Greenwood ceremony. Tuesday, 30 November, is our cut off for ordering wreaths to be delivered for the 18 December ceremony. It is just $15 to sponsor a wreath. You can honor a Veteran in the City of Apopka Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery online by sponsoring a wreath/ signing up to volunteer until Midnight November 30 2021 - Our link

    Wreaths Across America

    Edgewood/Greenwood Cemetery, Apopka, FL

    Please sponsor a wreath and or Volunteer at this link!

    Wreaths Across America Day. Our ceremony and placing of wreaths is on December 18, 2021 at 12 Noon. Thank You notes prepared by a local member of the Rainbow Girls will be presented at the ceremony and/or mailed to sponsors and volunteers.

    Thank You!

    Loretta Forlaw, PhD, RN, FACHE

    COL (Ret) ANC

    Chief of Staff (Volunteer)

     VFW Post 10147 Apopka /Altamonte Springs

    Phone: 407-579-5971

  • 11/09/2021 10:21 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)



    Entrepreneurship and small business ownership are key opportunities for transitioning service members and

    veterans as they transition to civilian life. Returning veterans are natural entrepreneurs, possessing the skills,

    experience and leadership to start businesses and create jobs. According to the most recent U.S. Census, veteran-

    owned firms represent 9% of all U.S. small businesses. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employ over

    5.5 million people, and are part of the backbone of the US economy. If you have a passion and the drive to start a

    business, this intensive training workshop is a perfect fit for you!


    The Two-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Self- Employment Intensive Training Workshop is offered in

    collaboration among the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at

    Syracuse University (IVMF), the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


    After this two-day workshop, you will learn if starting a business is right for you and the variety of options you have in

    small business ownership. You will gain access to free tools and resources you can use to assess the feasibility of your

    business idea and the steps you need to take to create a viable plan for your venture.

    WHEN: 1 Dec – 2 Dec 2021 / 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    WHERE: Virtual Event via WEBEX

    POC: Mr. Salvatore J. Noto

    Phone: 321-494-5676/3472



    You must be a transitioning service member, veteran, or spouse


    Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at Patrick SFB: 321-494-5676

  • 11/09/2021 10:12 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Florida Welcomes Veterans

    For: Veterans, transitioning servicemembers, military families, employers who want to bolster their workforce

    Florida doesn’t just talk about being veteran-friendly. We back it up with action. From establishing the nation’s first statewide DOD SkillBridge initiative to our entrepreneurship program where participants have generated $124 Million in revenue, Florida welcomes veterans with opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

    Whether you’re a veteran looking for a career, an entrepreneur starting and growing a business, or an employer seeking to bolster your workforce, our guests represent some of the top organizations that can help you succeed. They’ll discuss the roles they play in Florida’s economy and take your questions live.


    Joe Marino, Executive Director, Veterans Florida, U.S. Army Veteran

    Matthew Choy, Director of Talent, Education and Quality of Life Policy, Florida Chamber of Commerce

    Greg Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Florida Small Business Development Centers Network

    Steven Gustafson, Workforce Administrator - Statewide Programs, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

    Terry McCaffrey, Col., USAF (Ret.), Vice President - Military and Defense Programs, Enterprise Florida


    Nov 30, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

     Register today to save your place and get reminders ahead of the event.  

  • 11/09/2021 10:02 AM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    Opportunities await!!!

    Free & Open to All Military, Federal, Contractor Personnel & Those Interested in Technology

    Registration online or on-site

    *Pre-Register online at

    (Highly recommend to save time and avoid crowding at registration table)

    Patrick SFB Technology Expo

    Event Location: Cocoa Beach, FL [The Tides Co-Located Club]

    Event Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 / 0930-1330

    Event Details: This event is scheduled to be held live and in person. Should things change due to the pandemic this information will be updated. Located at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the 45th Space Wing Staff Agencies strive to continue being a top command and control (C2) organization in Air Force Space Command, providing incomparable service to their customers. The 45th Space Wing has more than 30 major mission partners and tenants at Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral AFS, including: -Defense Equality Opportunity Management Institute -Air Force Technical Applications Center -National Aeronautics and Space Administration -Naval Ordnance Test Unit -920th Rescue Wing, Air Force Reserve Command -Joint STARS Test Force -Department of State INL Air Wing -Air Force Office of Special Investigations-date knowledge of space launch operations and maintenance. The expo will be promoted to all mission partners and units at Patrick AFB. The 2019 expo featured over 35 exhibitors and 200 attendees.

  • 11/02/2021 12:28 PM | Barron Mills


    Don’t miss the 9th Annual HCC Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium. This free event is open to all Veterans, active duty service members, spouses, and business partners. Meet with entrepreneurs, community business leaders, in a fun filled day of learning, networking, idea exchange, and empowerment. The VETS event culminates with a Financial Pitch competition for $12,000 in cash prizes. Learn more and register here

  • 10/29/2021 11:43 AM | Barron Mills

    Are you ready for the only LIVE in-person National Veteran Small Business Event this year?! The National Veteran Small Business Coalition is hosting their annual Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS21) from 2-5 November 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Don’t miss this annual convening of over 400 attendees made up of veteran owned small businesses, Federal agencies, and prime contractors. Activities will include awards, exhibits, training, networking, and match-making - check out the full agenda here. We also had a great discussion about NVBSC and VETS21 during one of our recent FAVOB Virtual Town Halls - check out the video here.

    It is still not too late to register and Florida residents/companies can get 25% off of the registration with code VETS21FL - register here!

    While NVSBC has a focus on Federal procurement opportunities for SDVOSB/VOSBs, VETS21 will offer connections and information that any small business can use in order to grow and scale quickly. FAVOB will have a booth at VETS21 and we encourage you to attend and stop by when visiting the exhibitors area. Let's grow together!

  • 10/28/2021 3:36 PM | Stuart Smith (Administrator)

    National Veterans Small Business Week 1-5 November 2021

    Learn More: 


    SBA Programs for Veterans Looking to Start or Grow their Business  #NVSBW 

    Time Management Tips  -  November 2  11am 

    This class covers the programs and services the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to veterans to help start and grow a business. Although the SBA is usually associated with loans, this overview will run through the SBA Loan Programs as well as our other programs and services including Counseling, Export Assistance, Government Contracting, Surety Bonds, and Disaster Assistance. Some of these services are for all businesses, while others are specifically for veterans. Presented by South Florida SBA. 

    Webinar - SBA Programs for Veterans looking to start or grow their business Tickets, Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite 


    Federal Contracting for Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans  #NVSBW  -  November 4  11am 

    The Federal Government spent $ 20.6 billion on Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOSB) contracts in 2018. This class provides an overview of the SDVOSB Federal Contracting Program as well as Veteran Owned Small Business eligibility requirements. 

    The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the SDVOSB program. Joining the disabled veterans’ business program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for. Presented by South Florida SBA. 

    Federal Contracting for Veterans & Service Disabled Veterans Tickets, Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite 


    Overcoming Career Setbacks - Soft Skills to Enhance Your Small Business 

    Business  #NVSBW  -  November 4  12pm Noon 

    At some point in our careers (working for a company or being our own boss), we will most likely experience a set-back, whether it’s a promotion we didn’t get, an exam we didn’t pass, that perfect job that slipped away from us, or a client that went to another business. Learn tips to: 
    • Understand the types of set-backs that occur in the business world; 
    • Learn to accept the reality of the situations; 
    • See how to analyze the halt of progress; and 
    • Develop resiliency and progress from failures and disappointments to achieve success.  

    Presented by the Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) 

    Meeting Registration - Zoom 


    SBA Southeast Region National Veterans Small Business Week Event (NVSBW) 

    This year’s virtual event will be packed with information which will take the guess work out of launching or growing a Veteran Owned Small Business. SBA will share information on the latest programs and services, plus hear a message from each of SBA’s Resource Partners. The event will also include a panel of Vetrepreneurs, that will share details on how their business has survived using strength and resilience. 

    SBA Southeast Region National Veterans Small Business Week Event (NVSBW) Tickets, Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite 


    Cottage Food Law Updates  #NVSBW  -  November 5  12pm 

     The updated legislation increases the gross sales for cottage food operations from $50,000 per year to $250,000 per year; • It places those operations under state regulation and exempts them from certain food and building permit requirements; • Prohibits local governments from prohibiting cottage food operations or regulating cottage food products by cottage food operations; • Allows for internet sales, in-person delivery, sale at venues (such as farmers markets) or by mail; • Disallows food items to be sold wholesale. Presented by Florida Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). 

    Meeting Registration - Zoom 


    SBA Workshop:  SBA Resources for Veterans   #NVSBW -  November 10  1-4pm 

    This presentation addresses the role of the SBA Office of Veterans Business Development in maximizing the availability, applicability, and usability of small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their dependents or survivors. OVBD is SBA’s liaison with the military veteran’s business community; provides policy analysis and reporting; and is an Ombudsman for veteran entrepreneurs. OVBD has a number of programs and services to assist aspiring and existing veteran entrepreneurs such as training, counseling, and mentorship, and oversight of Federal procurement programs for Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. Presented by North Florida SBA. 

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Physical Address: 835 Bennett Rd. 
Orlando, FL 32803

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



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