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February 2017

North Florida District News to Share

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

The 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon

On February 14, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Linda E. McMahon as the 25th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

As Administrator of the SBA, McMahon will direct a federal agency with more than 2,000 full-time employees, with a leading role in helping small business owners and entrepreneurs secure financing, technical assistance and training, and federal contracts. SBA also plays a leading role in disaster recovery by making low interest loans.

McMahon is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Women’s Leadership LIVE, as well as the co-founder and former CEO of WWE.  She was the Republican nominee to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012.  McMahon is an advocate for small business and continues to promote entrepreneurship, particularly among women.

McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University. She and her husband, Vince, have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Watch McMahon’s Statement to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship HERE


SBA in the Community

SBA team members learn about legal help for start-ups!

Group picture of SBA staff
Pictured L to R: Donna Padgug, Economic Development Specialist; Katharine Hartland, Supervising Attorney and Florida Coastal School of Law Professor; Annette Paulson, Economic Development Specialist; Jay Choi, Business Opportunity Specilaist; and Tisa Clark, Business Opportunity Specialist.

The North Florida District staff participated in an informational meeting/training provided by Florida Coastal School of Law on providing assistance to startup businesses on their legal needs. The college provides free legal assistance to area startups, and will work with the office to provide some training to local entrepreneurs that will benefit. The school provides a free law clinic run by law students that need the practice, and provides custom agreements, counseling, and general training. 

SBA Staff Tour National Entrepreneur Center Orlando:

Gil Colon and Ed Ramos visiting with Hispanic Chamber and Prospera
Above Pictured L to R: Ed Ramos, Orlando Senior Area Manager; Margie Viera, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, Director of Business Development; Gaby Ortigoni, Vice President, Prospera; Gilbert Colón, SBA Deputy District Director; and Frank Lopez, New President for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.

Gilbert Colón, Deputy District Director; Ed Ramos, Senior Area Manager; and Nayana Sen, Public Affairs Specialist recently toured the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) in Orlando, Florida. The NEC hosts several of SBA’s resource and community partners in Central Florida. The group met resource partners including with Eunice Choi, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at the University of Central Florida and Dick Meyer, SCORE Orlando Chapter Chair. Additionally, the group met with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and Prospera (formerly Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Central Florida), both of which have active Strategic Alliance Memorandums in place with the SBA. 

SBA Programs and Services

Learning: The 8(a) Business Development Program

What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?

  • The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • The 8(a) Program is an essential instrument for helping socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society. The program helps thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs to gain a foothold in government contracting.
  • Participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage.

Benefits of the Program

  • Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. While we help 8(a) firms build their competitive and institutional know-how, we also encourage you to participate in competitive acquisitions.
  • 8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. This enhances the ability of 8(a) firms to perform larger prime contracts and overcome the effects of contract bundling, the combining of two or more contracts together into one large contract. Also, see the Mentor-Protégé Program for more information on allowing starting 8(a) companies to learn the ropes from other more experienced businesses.

Learn more about the program by attending one of our workshops in person. 

Welcome to Jimmy Van Horn, Lead Lender Relations Specialist

Jimmy Van Horn

The North Florida District recently welcomes James "Jimmy" Van Horn as the new Lead Lender Relations Specialist (LRS). Van Horn served as the lead LRS in the Denver, Colorado field office for 8 years before relocating to North Florida. He is a Florida native, originally from Pensacola, Florida . He is a proud Veteran who served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. 

February is African-American History Month

SBA Celebrates the success of African-American Owned Businesses. 

African American History Month
Andy Harold

Andrew “Andy” Harold, President, A. Harold and Associates (AHA) has grown from a one-man operation to a multi-million dollar business with over 260 employees in 13 years.   

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Printella Bankhead

Printella Bankhead, President of EBS Security (EBS), was recently selected as the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration State of Florida Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year. 

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Jacksonville - Small Business Summit

Date:March 9, 2017 | 

12:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm


7825 Baymeadows Way-Suite 100-B Jacksonville, FL 32256

Money Smart for Small Business - Banking Services

Date: March 14, 2017 | 5:30 pm EDT - 7:30 pm 


7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite 100-B

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Jacksonville - Small Business Ideas Workshop


March 16, 2017 | 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm 


7825 Baymeadows Way Suite 100-B, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Jacksonville- Boots to Business|Reboot


March 22, 2017 | 8:00 am EDT - March 23, 2017 | 4:00 pm 


1225 W. Beaver Street Jacksonville, FL 32204

Entrepreneur Success Webinar


March 23, 2017 | 6:00 pm CDT - 7:00 pm CDT

Visit for more events. 


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