Entrepreneurs in Action

Hurricane Ian Small Business Support

Hurricane Ian's impact on Central Florida is still being felt. The National Entrepreneur Center created an up-to-date list of Hurricane relief and recovery organizations for small businesses. Make sure to bookmark Hurricane Ian Recovery- State & Federal Agency Small Business Support - National Entrepreneur Center (nationalec.org)

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SBA announces 2022 North Florida District Office & State of Florida Small Business Week Winners

Jacksonville, FLA. - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District Director J. Malcolm Richards is proud to announce the 2022 Small Business Week winners for the North Florida territory. “Our small businesses have been hurting for the last couple of years due to the pandemic, and some of them had...

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Orlando Business Journal’s Inaugural Power Player

This year, Orlando Business Journal is bringing together a new awards program that identifies 50 people making the biggest waves in the region during a time of tremendous upheaval as we seek to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. OBJ's 2021 Power Players are the winners in a nomination-based awards program highlighting individuals helping grow...

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Central Florida NBMBA Takes Two Awards Home from the 43rd Annual Conference and Career Exposition in Chicago

Awarded 2021 Tier 2: Lifestyle Channel Award and Kimberly Saunders Wins Chapter President of the Year The Central Florida Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. was awarded the 2021 Tier 2: Lifestyle Channel Award and Chapter President of the Year Award at the 43rd Annual Conference and Career Exposition...

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VEI Helps Veterans with New Mission: Business Ownership – i4Business

VEI Helps Veterans with New Mission: Business Ownership I will cherish my years of service to my country in the U.S. Army for my entire life. During my last five years of service, I worked with Force XXI 1st Raider Brigade 4th Infantry Division. This elite group was the first digital...

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Warehouse Equipment & Supply Story

Her former partner is now her competitor as she strives to break barriers in a historically male-dominated industry. Nothing is holding her back from her entrepreneurial dream! Related resources: FSBDC at UCF Building your own business can be a monumental undertaking, even if you have had previous success in your industry. And...

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Andy’s Auto Service Story

Andy’s Auto Service has established his full-service repair facility as the best there is in St. Cloud, FL and he has loyal customers to prove it. Related resources: FSBDC at UCF For a small business owner, the first challenge is making sure you’re offering the best products or services in town. The...

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1PL8 – 3rd Place Winner in State Pitch Competition

This summer one of VEI's Alumni and Grid 407 participant, competed in a statewide business pitch competition with Veterans Florida. This virtual pitch consisted of nine veteran businesses from all over the state and in various industries. Related Resource: VEI Chef Rich pitched his business, 1PL8, and ended up placing 3rd in...

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All-in-One Electric Awarded $20K Grant from Siemens

Florida State Minority Supplier Diversity Council worked with All-in-One owner Rodney Jones to secure a $20,000 grant from Siemens – the first grant ever applied for by the business.  Related resources: FSMSDC Siemens awarded a $20,000 grant to All-in-One Electric, a Tampa-based company, to enhance minority representation in its supply chain....

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4Pets Gets Back on the Road

After a devasting fire scorched their dream, 4Pets Mobile LLC worked with Ascendus to receive an SBA 7a Community Advantage Loan for $119,000 to replace their van and revitalize their business. Related resources: Ascendus, Prospera As their nostrils filled with smoke, the Layas watched a part of their dream burst into...

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