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  • 09/09/2020 12:58 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The StreetShares Foundation presents the Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge: Covid Comeback Edition in partnership with the Military Influencers Conference and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program. They want to hear your entrepreneurial comeback story!

    The StreetShares Foundation is committed to creating access to capital opportunities for military veteran and military spouses entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the economic downturn prompted by the pandemic crisis. This award is designed to boost small business owners who are innovating and creating a social impact in the changing marketplace.

    Submit your application before the October 3 deadline!

    Don't wait! Visit the StreetShares Foundation website, download their featured e-book, and submit your application for the $25,000 Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge.

  • 09/03/2020 12:40 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The NASA Kennedy Space Center's Office of Small Business Programs has announced that registration for the 7 October 2020 Regional Outreach Event: Gateway to Small Business Opportunities at NASA  is now open. You can access the registration page here: https://gatewaytosmbizoppsatnasa.eventbrite.com Please register at your earliest convenience. Matchmaking details and the official flyer will be made available soon.

    Questions regarding this event should be directed to smallbusiness@nasa.gov and type “Gateway to Small Business Opportunities at NASA” in the subject line.

  • 09/02/2020 9:27 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The Veterans Business Incubator is a three-month, part-time evening program open to transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses who are looking to create their startup or grown their existing tech business. There are no fees to participate. Applications are currently open and you can apply here. This first cohort will begin on 6 October. You can see the planned schedule hereUpon graduation from the VBI program, participants may be invited to transition to the Center of Advanced Technology and Innovation’s Venture Incubator program. For additional information, please contact the program's director, Navy veteran Matthew Harper, at harperm@scf.edu and 941-752-5587.

  • 09/01/2020 4:17 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    CARES Act Grant Funds are still available for small businesses in Brevard County but will have to be sent back to the Federal Government if not utilized. E-verify has been a stumbling block for some companies, but it is a mandatory requirement.

    The Brevard County Small Business Economic Relief Program was approved by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners on 7 July 2020 to assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations with a grant up to $10,000 for recovery and stabilization of business operations. 

    Got here for more information http://www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardCARES/home

    Eligibility Criteria 

    • The small business must be physically located in Brevard County T
    • The small business must have had 50 or fewer employees as of 1 January 2020 
    • The small business must have been negatively impacted financially by the COVID-19 public health emergency 
    • The small business must be enrolled in the US Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program 
    • Applicant’s revenue losses or expenses utilized to establish program eligibility and grant amount must not have been reimbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief Program or other similar federal and state programs. 

    If you can use additional assistance, please contact Sandy Pfrimmer at pfrimmers@easternflorida.edu or phone 321-433-5570.

  • 09/01/2020 3:43 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    Pivoting your company’s business model during this challenging time could mean the difference between your company’s continuity or closure. The R.I.S.E. program may but you need right now.  R.I.S.E (Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate.) is a virtual, boot camp-style program focused on sustainability and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, operational, strategic planning and communication challenges small businesses are facing during these unprecedented times.

    Hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, R.I.S.E. is a six-week program dedicated to small business owners, veteran business owners and military family business owners. Over the course of six weeks, participants will walk away with the tools and training needed to continue to pivot and grow their business during these challenging times. Topics include re-determining your company’s business model, content ideation, rebranding for reopening, determining a sustainable growth rate, strategic assessment and more.

    Applications close on 9 September and the program will run from 14 September to 23 October. Apply here. For additional information, check out this recent informative webinar about R.I.S.E. and join our next Virtual Town Hall on 3 September when this will be one of the entrepreneur/small business programs highlighted that afternoon.

  • 08/31/2020 7:25 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    We have been pushing the CEO Mindset course offered by JULO Strategy for a full year now. Along with the great results being achieved by it's graduates, veteran business owners and CEOs (or other executive roles) in Florida can attend the Phase 1 at no-cost thanks to a grant provided by Veterans Florida. A dozen or more FAVOB members have gone through the program and we've gained members out of it as well thanks to our partnership with JULO Strategy to facilitate getting more veterans into the class.

    If you can give three hours every Wednesday evening for six weeks (plus some homework in between), then we highly recommend that you participate in this CEO Mindset course. This is really a rather easy way for business owners to invest in themselves. Please take a hard look at this right now and jump on it if you are tired of being your best/only employee, doing too much on your own, or not seeing the needed growth in revenue. Don't keep thinking that you are too busy to do CEO Mindset. The reason you are too busy is because your business is running you instead of you running your business. Learn to ADE yourself - Automate, Delegate, and Eliminate.

    CEO Mindset is currently presented as a virtual course and there are still some spots left for the class that starts on 9 September. Find our more about CEO Mindset here and apply here if interested. Applications close on 4 September. Please make sure you indicate that you heard about the course through FAVOB.

  • 08/30/2020 1:52 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit, produced by Established®, will take place virtually in November 2020. Application Deadline is 15 September 2020 at 11:59 PM PT.  Amongst the various awards is the U.S. Veteran Startup of the Year. In order to qualify, you must meet these qualifications:

    - All applying startups (all categories) must have the following at the time of application:

    • Have a founding date between 2014 and 2020
    • Have raised less than $5MM in funding
    • Be an independent company (not a subsidiary)
    • Have a working beta product or service

    - U.S. Veteran Startup of the Year applicants must meet these additional qualifications:

    • Veteran/veteran spouse-owned businesses located in the United States. Veterans must have served in the U. S. Armed Forces or The National Guard or be a spouse of a veteran of the U. S. Armed Forces or The National Guard
    • Active Military/military spouse/partner and qualifying household dependents located in the United States are also eligible
    • This award will be designated to an eligible "USA Only" military company
    • Minimum Age Requirement is 18 years old

    To learn more and to apply, please go here.

    Want to attend the virtual Summit in November? Sign up here to know when registration opens.

  • 08/30/2020 11:55 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    The CARES Act is providing a significant amount of grant monies to support small businesses around the country. Specifically, many counties have recently set up grants strictly for veteran owned businesses. Miami-Dade County Government is one them and just opened up applications for $5M in available grant funds. To apply, go here https://www8.miamidade.gov/apps/ISD/SBD_VBG. The eligibility and application requirements are below. If you are a veteran owned business but not in Miami-Dade, then please check with your the small business office of your county as many counties are rolling out similar grants.

    From the application page:

    Initial Submission – applicant will be required to upload the following six (6) documents in order to determine eligibility (all documents must be in PDF form).

    Eligibility documents should be the most current and valid:

    1) 2019 tax return; if 2019 not available, submit 2018

    2) 941, RT-6, or signed statement from payroll company of number of employees

    3) Local Business Tax Receipt (Miami-Dade County and/ or Municipality)

    4) Veteran’s Affairs identification card

    5) Department of Defense Form 214.5 (DD214)

    6) Executed lease agreement or mortgage statement for establishment

    Reimbursable Expense Submission and Funding Setup – if eligible for the program, you will be required to itemize your expenses for each category and upload the supporting documentation. This information will be collected at a later time and you will be notified via email.

    - 100% Reimbursable Personal Protective Equipment – PPE purchases and other associated expenses necessary to comply with CDC guidelines or Miami-Dade County COVID-19 safety orders; proof of purchase via a receipt, or paid invoice

    - 80% Reimbursable Rent or Mortgage – proof of payment via a receipt, or cancelled check; if behind on payments, a notarized letter from landlord or lender stating how many months behind/default and to include specific dates is required

    - 50% Reimbursable Other Expenses – utility bills, licenses, insurance are allowable expenses needed to keep the business operational, and to safely meet local, state, and federal requirements; proof of payment via receipt, paid invoice, or cancelled check

    - Vendor establishment to get funded if approved – Applicant must upload a current and completed W-9 and a copy of the IRS Letter 147 C or any other official document from the IRS, State or Federal government that certifies the vendor name and FEIN (tax ID).

    After a complete application submission, it will be reviewed and a response will be provided via email of

    (1) an approval to include completion and return of the grant agreement and affidavit or

    (2) denied and the reason why.

    If you encounter submission issues, please send an email to sbdmail@miamidade.gov or call (305) 375-3111.

  • 08/13/2020 3:12 PM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    Leaving the military and deciding to offer your services to the government can be rewarding. Knowing how to navigate the government contracting space is essential. This section will cover opportunities for small and veteran-owned businesses to pursue government contracts. We will provide you an insight of what to expect if you are looking to work as a government contractor, advantages and disadvantages of doing business with the Government, the process to register to do business with the Government, where and how to look for opportunities, basic strategies for new businesses, and how teaming and subcontracting work on federal contracts.

    Learn from those who have walked in your shoes. Garth Arevalo is CEO of Lukos. Lukos is one of the most successful small businesses in the military special operations market. Prior to co-founding Lukos, he served on active duty for 12 years in the Air Force and at Special Operations Command as a Contracting Officer and then served another 8 years in the Air Force Reserve. He has worked supporting special operations forces throughout the world for most of his career. He has a BS-Business Administration from Georgetown University and an MS in Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida. Garth and Lukos are also FAVOB members and an Operational Trustee Partner.

    Register HERE for this no-cost Zoom webinar

  • 08/06/2020 8:50 AM | Barron Mills (Administrator)

    Thank you to FAVOB member Lonnie Koyama for sharing this with our network. Check out this incredible virtual event for military spouse entrepreneurs on 19 August!

    The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is hosting a virtual Military Spouse Entrepreneur Summit on Wednesday, 19 August, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. In collaboration with Second Lady Karen Pence and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, this event will inform aspiring and current military spouse entrepreneurs about FREE resources available to help them on their small business journey. Panel discussions will focus on SBA and partner resources, disaster preparedness, access to capital, government contracting, and more. Please help spread the word about this event to your local networks. For more information and to register, visit https://events.hiringourheroes.org/d/37ql80.


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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.

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