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North Florida District Office  - December 2019

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Meet the Acting North Florida District Director

Gregory Hall

Acting District Director Gregory Hall

 

Mr. Gregory Hall is the Director of Program Oversight with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of Field Operations (OFO). Mr Hall is responsible for directing reviews on SBA’s 68 district offices, stream-lining field operations, and developing oversight mechanisms. Mr. Hall serves as the senior advisor and consultant on state-of-the-art management techniques in order to provide critical information used to streamline SBA processes. In addition, Mr. Hall directs and leads all Field Accountability Reviews (FAR) for OFO’s 68 district offices and develops oversight mechanisms to improve complex business processes to assess program effectiveness and correct deficiencies. Mr. Hall has an excellent pedigree to include a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, 10 years of Inspector General (IG) experience, a diverse procurement and capital access background, and strong leadership skills. Mr. Hall is currently the Acting District Director (DD) for the North Florida District Office.

National Small Business Week Nominations

The North Florida District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2020 National Small Business Week Awards Program.

For the North Florida District, NSBW award nominations are being accepted in the following 11 categories:

*Small Business Person of the Year

*Small Business Exporter of the Year

*Rural Small Business Person of the Year

*Second Chance Hiring Advocate of the Year

*Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Veteran Business Owner of the Year

Minority Business Owner of the Year

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Small Business Advocate of the Year

Small Business Community Partner of the Year

Small Business Media Advocate of the Year

 

All National Award and Regional Award nominations (*) must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Jan. 7, 2020

Other district and state-level awards must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Feb. 7, 2020.

Email submissions of SBA Awards forms will not be accepted as they contain personally identifiable information (PII). Nomination packages must be hand delivered or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration

North Florida District Office

7825 Baymeadows Way, 100B

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Business owners and advocates can self-nominate. Descriptions of the award categories and instructions on how to nominate a person can be found online at North Florida District Website. The website also includes other national-level small business award categories and nomination guidelines.

The winners of the State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Exporter of the Year awards will advance to the national competition and be recognized during the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 3-9, 2020.

Visit the National Small Business Week Awards website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. Additional categories for national consideration are also available at this website.

 2020 North Florida NSBW categories:

 National Award(s) Due Jan. 7

Small Business Person of the Year: Nominees from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam will compete for the title of the National Small Business Person of the Year, SBA’s signature award. Nominees must demonstrate success in business as well as contributions to their local communities.

Small Business Exporter of the Year: SBA’s Small Business Exporter of the Year recognizes individuals for their success and dedication to exporting products or services.

Regional Award(s) Due Jan. 7

Rural Small Business Person of the Year: This award honors an individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three-year track record in a community of 50,000 people or less (or is considered rural).

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: To be considered a young entrepreneur, the nominee must be a majority owner (51% or more) and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three year track record, and who will not have reached the age of 30 by April 1, 2020.   

Second Chance Hiring Advocate of the Year: This award will be presented to an individual that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses. These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.

 State Award(s) Due Feb. 7

Veteran Business Owner of the Year This award honors an individual who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business and who has been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions. Nominees must serve as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three-year track record.

Minority Business Owner of the Year This award honors a minority who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must serve as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three-year track record.

Woman Business Owner of the Year This award honors a female who owns and operates (or bears principal responsibility for operating) a for-profit small business. Nominees must serve as a majority owner (51% or more) and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business with a minimum three-year track record.

Small Business Community Partner of the Year This award honors any organization that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s North Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.

Small Business Advocate of the Year This award honors an individual that assists entrepreneurs through advocacy and other efforts that raise the profile, effectiveness, health, vitality, growth, or expansion of small businesses in the SBA’s North Florida District Office territory.  These efforts can target specific segments of the small business population such as women, veterans, minorities, exporters, and those small firms located in rural communities.

Small Business Media Advocate of the Year This award honors an outstanding communications professional from television, radio, web, electronic or print media whose work supports the growth and expansion of small businesses in the SBA North Florida District Office territory. 

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to our nation’s economy.  For over 55 years, SBA continues its tradition of honoring the nation’s 31 million small businesses.  More information can be found at the SBA’s National Small Business Week website at www.sba.gov/nsbw.


SBA Special Event: Opportunity Zones Tallahassee

2020 Opportunity Zone Information Session

Join the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University (FSBDC at FAMU), Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s North Florida District Office (SBA NFDO) for this information-packed event dedicated to providing important knowledge and guidance to resources available about Opportunity Zones in your region.

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 9:00am EST

TCC Center for Innovation
300 West Pensacola Street
TallahasseeFL 32301

Resource Partner Events

Keys to Insuring Your Business Risk

SCORE Business Mentor

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:00am EST

East Lake Chamber of Commerce

24214 Sorrento Avenue

Sorrento, FL 32776

Registration Required

 

Financing a Start-Up in Central Florida

SCORE Business Mentor

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:00pm EST

Registration Required

 

Creating a Quick Business Plan in 3 Hours

SCORE Business Mentor

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 9:00am EST

Ocala/Marion CountyChamber & Economic Partnership

310 SE 3rd St

Ocala, FL 34471

Registration Required

 

Plan de Negocios

SCORE Business Mentor

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 9:30am EST

Sumter County Service Center - Pinellas Library

7375 Powell Road

Wildwood, FL 34785

Registration Required

 

Cash Flow: Finding Cash in Your Business

Small Business Development Center

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:00am EST

Lake Sumter State College - South Lake Campus

1250 North Hancock Road

Clermont, FL 34711

Registration Required

 

Starting a Successful Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:00am EST

Saint Leo University

1930 SW 38th Avenue

Ocala, FL 34474

Registration Required

 

SCORE Jacksonville - Where Can I Find Financing For My Small Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 6:00pm EST

Jacksonville Public Library - Highlands Branch

1826 Dunn Avenue

Jacksonville, FL 32218

Registration Required

 

Steps to a Well-Run Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 9:00am EST

East Lake Chamber of Commerce

24214 Sorrento Avenue

Sorrento, FL 32776

Registration Required

 

FSBDC at UCF: How to Start Your Business

Small Business Development Center

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:00am EST

FSBDC at UCF inside the National Entrepreneur Center

3201 E Colonial Dr

Orlando, FL 32803

Registration Required

 

Business Plan Writing Made Easier

Small Business Development Center

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:30am EST

Lake Sumter State College - North Lake Campus

9909 US Highway 441

Leesburg, FL 34788

Registration Required

 

Steps to a Well-Run Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:00am EST

East Lake Chamber of Commerce

24214 Sorrento Avenue

Sorrento, FL 32776

Registration Required

 

Developing Inspired Leaders

SCORE Business Mentor

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 1:00pm EST

Sumter County Service Center & Pinellas Library

7375 Powell Road

Wildwood, FL 34785

Registration Required

 

How to Start Your Business

Small Business Development Center

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm EST

Lake Sumter State College - South Lake Campus

1250 North Hancock Road

Clermont, FL 34711

Registration Required

 

Steps to a Well-Run Business

SCORE Business Mentor

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 9:00am EST

East Lake Chamber of Commerce

24214 Sorrento Avenue

Sorrento, FL 32776

Registration Required