celebrated and honored every day by the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA). We recognize the value that woman-owned small businesses present to our
great economy. Women entrepreneurs challenge the role that women face in the
labor force every day by driving innovation and technology; placing small business
on a global competitive playing field.
The entrepreneurial drive that women possess leads to jobs creation and
exponential growth for our economy. We
often hear that small business is the engine that drives our U.S. economy. There are nearly 10 million women owned small
businesses in the United States, so it is very clear who is in the driver’s
seat of this fast moving vessel.
SBA provides resources to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses, grow their businesses and compete in the global marketplace. With our online resources, financing opportunities and Women’s Business Centers, we’re here to help you succeed.
North Florida District Office
Donna Padgug, Women's Business Representative
Jacksonville Women's Business Center
Women's Business Center
3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Some of our recent success stories!
Heather Sams, Owner of HAS Art Solutions, LLC. (HASAS) has increased her revenue by 50%, has hired 7 new people, and has expanded her space as a result of her participation in ScaleUp North Florida, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and administered through the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.
Kelly Munoz, President, Central Southern Construction (CSC), has grown the company from a 2-person operation to a multi-million dollar business with 72 employees within 7 years of starting. CSC is a heavy civil federal contractor and a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program since 2012.
U.S. Small Business Administration this week announced the awarding of $300,000
in Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program grants to three
organizations offering small business development resources to women veterans
and military spouses.
North Florida Area Recipient:
Labs provides education, mentoring and networking opportunities to help
military veterans start and grow their businesses. EPIC is a 14-week training
course offered by Bunker Labs where participants meet weekly, while also having
access to the online “Bunker in a Box.” The program is offered in Chicago,
Philadelphia, Redwood City (California), Nashville, Austin, Minneapolis, New
York City, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Madison (Wisconsin), and
The V-WISE program
is an intensive three-phase program containing a 15-day online preparatory
course, a two-day residency program, and post-training technical support. IVMF
also offers an accelerated version of the course called “IGNITE.” Both programs
are open to applicants nationwide.
Lift Fund is a
non-profit organization that helps small business owners with limited access to
capital. The Texas-based Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Program is a seven-week
course offering both in-person and online training, and covers everything from
technical assistance to capital requirements. The program serves the San
Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Laredo, Brownsville, and El Paso areas.
Pictured L to R: James Van Horn, Lead Lender Relations Specialist; Natalie Hall; Economic Development Specialist; Thaddeus Hammond; Business Opportunity Specialist; Rosalind Bryant, Lender Relations Specialist; and Gilbert Colón, Deputy District Director. Missing from the photo is Arleen Boyd-Alston, SBA Procurement Center Representative.
The NFDO recently held a Small Business Summit (the first in
a series) aimed at helping small businesses do business with the government.
The event was hosted by SBA GC Area III PCR, Arleen Boyd-Alston and Thaddeus
Hammond (NFDO BOS).
Colón, Deputy District Director offered welcoming remarks to the group of 45+
attendees. Rosalind Bryant (NFDO LRS), along with Rodrigo Cerveira, ACCION East
(micro-lender) and Janice Bounds (CBC National Bank) presented information on
obtaining financing. Natalie Hall (NFDO EDS) provided an overview of the
SBA’s Programs and Services, to include Veterans Programs. Arleen
Boyd-Alston provided insight on how she views
many acquisition and procurement strategies before they are announced, so she
can assist small businesses in obtaining federal govt. contracts. In addition,
Cherri Duval (Eglin AFB-Director, SB Office) and Diana Jordan-Burks (ACOE JAX
District-SBS) conducted workshops on how to do business with
their agencies and the types of services they procure.
Emerging Leaders 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida
If you’re looking
for a solution on how to grow your small business in 2017, the SBA may have the
Recruitment for SBA’s Emerging Leaders 2017 training cycle is now underway at selected SBA district offices, and we’re looking for interested small businesses.
is a FREE executive-level training program that provides tools and resources to
help under-served small companies to sustain and grow. Now in its ninth year,
Emerging Leaders is an intensive entrepreneurship education series for small
businesses that have the potential for quick growth and job creation. The
has been a change-maker in increasing opportunities for under-served communities, and it provides participating businesses
with an organizational framework, as well as a resource network, that helps to
form sustainable companies and promote economic development within urban and
If you are a
small business owner interested in applying for the 2017 training cycle, be
sure to first learn more about the full
eligibility requirements for participants.
take a minute to register your company’s interest here: Emerging Leaders Registration for consideration for
the 2017 cycle. Added information on the
Emerging Leaders is available online.
Sign-up now, classes
are scheduled to begin in May.
Contact James.Vanhorn@sba.gov or at (904) 443-1900 for more information on the program.