Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses


 Contact Stu: CEO@FAVOB.ORG

Stuart Smith (Stu)

CEO


Stu is a distinguished US Army Veteran and was recognized in 1987 as the 9th Infantry Division, I Corps and FORSCOM Soldier of the Year. He entered service from Brevard County, Florida and now resides in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

He is a tireless advocate for his fellow veterans focusing on entrepreneurship and employment.  He has led the Military Affairs Council of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a founding board member of the Florida Association of Veteran Owned Businesses (FAVOB) Space Coast.  He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and life member of the Brevard County Veterans Center.  

Stu is a 2018 Inductee into the Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame, Outstanding Military Service Award, Brevard County, FL.


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STATE Board Members


Michael Waldrop - Chairman

President/CEO, Blue Cord Construction

(ARMY Veteran)


John Miles - Vice Chairman

President/CEO, Passion Struck

(Navy Veteran)


Kishima Garcia - Secretary

Executive Director, Action Zone

(Air Force Veteran)


Ruth Osborne - Treasurer

President/CEO, Abacus Accounting

(Marine Veteran)


Trish Murphy - Marketing Chair

CEO, Marketing Smarty Pants

(Air Force Veteran)


Steve Fulmer -

Governmental Affairs Committee Chair

(Army Veteran)


Clarence Zarnes - Membership Chair

Broker Associate | Real Estate Instructor - Author

Florida Realty Investments

(Army Veteran)


Jim Lane - Board Member

CEO, Lane Technologies

(Air Force Veteran)


Leon Jablow- Board Member

(Navy Veteran) 


Mack Sasser - Board Member

(Army Veteran)



Taylor Pancake - Legal Committee

President

Blue Cord Professional Services

(Marine Veteran) 



Teresa Moon - Programs & Events Chair

(Patriot)



Jason Alderman - Orlando Chapter Chair

Realtor, Keller Williams

(Marine Veteran) 


Alec Hall - Board Member

(Air Force Veteran)



David Africano - Space Coast Chairman

President/CEO, Blue Cord Construction

(ARMY Veteran)



Pete Blum - Tampa Chairman

(Marine/Navy Veteran)



Ben Sever - Board Member

(Patriot)



Mike Ellicot - Chapter Chairman

(ARMY Veteran)



Keith Nadig - Research

(ARMY Veteran)


Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • 08/31/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2101 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
    • 45
    Register

    Join us for the August FAVOB Greater Tampa Bay Chapter Networking Event! Our guest speaker for this event will be Dinsmore & Shohl LLP! Luca Hickman will be presenting "Intellectual Property and Legal Issues for Startups".

    At FAVOB we believe that Veterans make great entrepreneurs and business owners who all deserve an environment where they can thrive. We connect veteran owned businesses together in the state of Florida to collaborate, accelerate growth, and increase success! Plus so much more!

    This event is in partnership with Action Zone and Project Transition USA

    Action Zone is a Veteran-owned business hub helping the military community build and launch their businesses.

    Project Transition USA provides world class LinkedIn training that helps transitioning military, veterans, and their families learn to network like an expert and find meaningful and rewarding civilian careers.

    Refreshments will be provided. No charge to attend!

    Date/Time:

    Wednesday August 31, 2022 @ 6:00-8:00 PM

    Location:

    Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center In Ybor

    2101 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

    Parking for the ECC is in the big lot across the street from the building only!

    #FAVOB #FAVOBGreaterTampaBay #ActionZone #PTUSA #ProjectTransitionUSA #FloridaVetBiz

    #floridaveterans #veteranownedbusinesses #veteranentrepreneurs #Tampa #TampaBay

    • 08/31/2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • DOLCE 500 E.CENTRAL BLVD


    FAVOB continues to create fun creative ways to network, create business partnerships, pass leads and have fun doing it. This after hours will be all these things and more!

    Do business with America's Finest.

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    Members $20

    Non Members $25

    Ticket includes admission to After Hours, First Drink, passed appetizer

    Additional event SPONSORSHIP opportunities available. Contact Chris Buxton chris@tophathospitality.com or Tony Busby tonyb@greatflorida.com

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

    Ticket includes admission to After Hours, and First Drink

    SPONSORSHIPS available. Contact Chris Buxton chris@tophathospitality.com


    • 09/13/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Register

    Please join the Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses, Inc. Space Coast Chapter for our after hours networking event where w will hear from Brig Gen (ret) Eric Froehlich, USAF, for a discussion regarding considerations and opportunities when pursuing a business relationship with the Department of Defense. 

    He will provide insights into important relationships and business strategies that may increase your chances of success. 

    The presentation will specifically include an overview of the DoD “innovation” ecosystem and how to leverage Small Business Innovation Research Funds (SBIR) and Other Transactional Authorities (OTAs) to infuse your business with non-dilutive research and development capital.

    A BIG Thank You to Groundswell Startups for hosting this event.

    • 09/21/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Dolce 500 E. Central BLVD Orlando, FL
    Register


    Rise and shine! We're bringing back an old favorite for all of our morning people.

    Grab your smiles, and business cards. Join us for this admission-free business networking event.


    • 10/19/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Dolce 500 E. Central BLVD Orlando, FL
    Register


    Rise and shine! We're bringing back an old favorite for all of our morning people.

    Grab your smiles, and business cards. Join us for this admission-free business networking event.


    • 11/16/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Dolce 500 E. Central BLVD Orlando, FL
    Register


    Rise and shine! We're bringing back an old favorite for all of our morning people.

    Grab your smiles, and business cards. Join us for this admission-free business networking event.


Past events

08/17/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
08/09/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking Event
08/09/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS IN ST. CLOUD
08/05/2022 FAVOB's First Friday Virtual Presentation - Expert in the Field Series
07/27/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO JULY AFTER HOURS
07/27/2022 FAVOB Greater Tampa Bay Networking Event
07/20/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
07/12/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO JULY AFTER HOURS St.Cloud
06/29/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO JUNE AFTER HOURS
06/22/2022 FAVOB TAMPA NETWORKING EVENT
06/21/2022 FAVOB SPACE COAST COFFEE TALK
06/15/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
06/14/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS IN ST. CLOUD
06/14/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
06/14/2022 Decision '22 FAVOB Legislative Roundtable - Orlando
06/13/2022 Decision '22 FAVOB Legislative Roundtable - Tampa
06/03/2022 FAVOB's First Friday Virtual Presentation - Expert in the Field Series
05/25/2022 'JOINING FORCES' NETWORKING EVENT
05/25/2022 FAVOB TAMPA NETWORKING EVENT
05/18/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
05/10/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS
05/10/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking and SBA Recognition Event
04/27/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS
04/27/2022 Greater Tampa Bay Networking April Event
04/20/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
04/12/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS IN ST. CLOUD
04/12/2022 FAVOB SPACE COAST NETWORKING AFTER HOURS
03/30/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS
03/29/2022 Space Coast FAVOB Lunch & Learn
03/16/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
03/15/2022 FAVOB SPACE COAST COFFEE TALK
03/10/2022 FAVOB TAMPA KICKOFF and NETWORKING
03/08/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS IN ST. CLOUD
03/08/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
03/03/2022 US Air Force Dual Use Military-Commercial Technology Acceleration and Prototyping Opportunities
03/02/2022 Space Coast Networking w/ 2X LinkedIn Top Voice Michael Quinn
02/23/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS
02/16/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO BREAKFAST NETWORKING
02/15/2022 VIRTUAL POWER HOUR
02/15/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Virtual Power Hour
02/08/2022 FAVOB ORLANDO AFTER HOURS IN ST. CLOUD
02/08/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
01/26/2022 FAVOB Orlando January After Hours
01/18/2022 Town Hall (Hybrid event: virtual and in-person)
01/18/2022 TRUSTEE BREAKFAST (Trustees and Members ONLY)
01/11/2022 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
12/14/2021 Orlando Board and Membership meeting
12/08/2021 4th Annual FAVOB ORLANDO Holiday Help a Vet Mixer and Fundraiser
12/07/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Nonprofits and Giving
11/09/2021 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
11/02/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - National Veterans Small Business Week
10/27/2021 After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
10/12/2021 FAVOB SPACE COAST After Hours at FrogBones
10/05/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour Lunch - Selling Your Business
09/29/2021 September After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
09/28/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - NVSBC National Conference
09/28/2021 FAVOB Space Coast Volunteers at The Children's Hunger Project
09/14/2021 Space Coast Networking After Hours
09/07/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Small Business Loans
08/27/2021 FAVOB Coffee Talk
08/25/2021 After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
08/17/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Hiring Veteran Employees
08/10/2021 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
08/03/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour Lunch
07/28/2021 After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
07/20/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall
07/13/2021 FAVOB Space Coast Networking After Hours
06/30/2021 FAVOB Orlando JUNE 'Party Crashing' After Hours
06/15/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Veterans Florida Expo
06/08/2021 Networking After Hours - Space Coast
06/08/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Manufacturing in Florida
06/01/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Residential Real Estate
05/27/2021 Trustee Partner Breakfast
05/26/2021 After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
05/11/2021 Networking After Hours - Space Coast-Sponsored by Veterans Florida
05/11/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - HR for Small Businesses
04/28/2021 FAVOB Orlando April After Hours. Sponsored by: Veterans Florida
04/27/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Florida Legislative Update
04/13/2021 Networking After Hours - Space Coast-Sponsored by Veterans Florida
04/06/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Strategic Marketing
03/26/2021 New Member Coffee Talk
03/24/2021 After Hours Event Orlando Chapter Sponsored by: Jason Alderman, Realtor, and Shack Sweets
03/16/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - GovCon Summit 2021
03/09/2021 Networking After Hours - Space Coast
03/02/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Authoring & Publishing Books
02/24/2021 February After Hours Event Orlando Chapter SPONSORED BY VETERANS FLORIDA
02/23/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Synapse Summit 2021
02/02/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Small Businesses & Taxes
01/27/2021 January After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
01/21/2021 FAVOB Tampa Meeting: Financial planning in 2021 with Michael Von Berg, MBA Financial Advisor
01/19/2021 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall
01/12/2021 Networking After Hours - Space Coast
01/05/2021 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour
12/16/2020 FAVOB Orlando Holiday Help a Vet Mixer
12/15/2020 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Nonprofits
12/15/2020 FAVOB Orlando Annual Members Meeting
12/10/2020 FAVOB Tampa Meeting: How to Navigate the Landmines of 2020
12/01/2020 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Franchises and Franchising
11/18/2020 FAVOB Orlando November After Hours
11/17/2020 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Florida and Federal Contracting
11/11/2020 FAVOB Orlando Lunch & Learn
11/10/2020 Networking After Hours - Space Coast
11/03/2020 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour - Creating a Brand & Community
10/29/2020 FAVOB Tampa October Membership Meeting: The Agile Advantage, Get the Fortune 100 Competitive Edge
10/28/2020 Oktoberfest After Hours Event Orlando Chapter
10/13/2020 Networking After Hours/Space Coast Chapter
10/08/2020 Cancelled FAVOB Virtual Power Hour Lunch
10/08/2020 Social Media Strategies SBA NO COST Seminar
10/08/2020 Cash Flow vs. Profitability SBA NO COST Seminar
09/30/2020 After Hours: FAVOB-Orlando
09/17/2020 FAVOB Tampa Chapter Launch
09/08/2020 FAVOB Space Coast - Virtual Meeting
09/03/2020 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - Entrepreneur and Small Business Programs
08/26/2020 Virtual Members Meeting and Happy Hour Orlando Chapter
08/13/2020 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour Lunch
07/30/2020 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall
07/16/2020 FAVOB Virtual Power Hour Lunch
07/02/2020 FAVOB Virtual Town Hall - What Are You Worth?
05/21/2020 Virtual Lunch Power Hour Hosted by the Orlando Chapter
05/07/2020 Virtual Town Hall - Certification and Business with State of Florida
04/23/2020 FAVOB - Space Coast 2nd Annual Event
04/23/2020 Virtual Lunch Power Hour
04/03/2020 Lunch & Learn Orlando
03/25/2020 FAVOB After Hours at The Parkview in Winter Park
03/05/2020 Lunch & Learn Orlando
02/18/2020 Monthly Board Meeting - Orlando Chapter
02/11/2020 Networking After Hours
01/14/2020 Networking After Hours - 2020!
01/03/2020 3RD Annual Congressional Breakfast
12/12/2019 How To Do Business With GOAA
12/05/2019 Holiday Help a Vet Mixer
11/21/2019 Business After Hours: Night of Networking
11/19/2019 Florida Cybersecurity Forum
11/12/2019 Networking After Hours
11/08/2019 Vietnam Traveling Wall coming to Sanford
11/07/2019 National Veteran Small Business Week
11/07/2019 November Lunch & Learn
11/04/2019 StarterStudio Demo Day 11
10/29/2019 Rally Fall 2019 Showcase
10/26/2019 Seminole County Homeless Veteran Stand Down
10/23/2019 NASA Business Opportunities Expo 2019
10/23/2019 Tallahassee Supplier Diversity Exchange
10/21/2019 Acquisition Process Exchange (APx) Myth Busting: Acquisition Stories
10/15/2019 Monthly Board Meeting - Orlando Chapter
10/15/2019 Breakfast Networking - Orlando Chapter
10/08/2019 Networking After Hours
10/03/2019 October Lunch & Learn
09/25/2019 FAVOB Networking AfterHours
09/17/2019 Monthly Board Meeting - Orlando Chapter
09/17/2019 Breakfast Networking - Orlando Chapter
06/10/2019 Special Board Meeting
05/02/2019 May Lunch & Learn
04/16/2019 FAVOB Breakfast Leads and Networking
04/04/2019 April Lunch & Learn
03/07/2019 March Lunch & Learn
02/27/2019 FAVOB Networking After Hours
02/07/2019 Lunch & Learn
12/06/2018 FAVOB Holiday Mixer and Charity Event
11/10/2018 2nd Annual 2018 Veteran's Day Street Party
10/30/2018 FAVOB After Hours at TEWS Company
09/26/2018 FAVOB Business After Hours
09/18/2018 Board of Directors Meeting
09/18/2018 FAVOB Breakfast Leads and Networking
09/12/2018 Lunch & Learn
09/12/2018 Lunch & Learn
08/21/2018 Board of Directors Meeting
08/21/2018 Breakfast Networking Event

ABOUT ASSOCIATION

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: ceo@favob.org
Phone: 
Physical Address: 835 Bennett Rd. 
Orlando, FL 32803

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

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