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Ep. 44 | Xiomara Peña VP of External Engagement at Small Business Majority | Special Segment

Ep. 44 | Xiomara Peña VP of External Engagement at Small Business Majority | Special Segment

October 26, 2021

On this bonus episode brought to you from the Access To Capital Summit in Ft. Pierce Florida Xiomara joins Tom to talk about capital access and what Small Business Majority has been doing in their small business communities in California. Xiomara brought her expertise to the Treasure Coast and talked to a group of bankers and organizations that are all sharing the effort to make the Treasure Coast a better place for businesses to grow by gaining access to capital. 

Xiomara Peña drives Small Business Majority’s external engagement efforts toward a more inclusive and equitable economy that directly benefits entrepreneurs in underserved communities. Alongside the organization’s small business engagement team, she works collaboratively on strengthening relationships with policymakers, small business owners, and organizations across the country to amplify our equity lens in all areas of our work. Xiomara has extensive experience supporting small businesses, particularly those run by people of color, women, and immigrants. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, Xiomara piloted business retention programs for the City of Los Angeles and programs geared toward empowering at-risk youth. She also has extensive experience as a business owner, community organizer, and campaign manager.

Small Business Majority | LinkedIn  A Way Forward for Small Businesses

 

Connect with Xiomara Peña we've listed her social media links ⏬

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/xio-pena

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/xiopartnersco

Instagram : @xio_pena

Ep. 43 | Joey D‘Souza VP,  External Engagement for The Able Trust  | FEDC Conference

Ep. 43 | Joey D‘Souza VP, External Engagement for The Able Trust | FEDC Conference

October 25, 2021

The Able Trust does its work in three primary strategic areas:  a comprehensive grant award effort that helps community organizations with programs that provide employment training, coaching, and placement;  an extensive and successful youth program, which addresses the need to encourage high school youth with disabilities to plan for their education and employment future;  and  programs directed at providing workforce experiences for people with disabilities – internships, mentoring, job shadowing, part and full time jobs.

The organization is funded through a combination of public and private dollars.  The positive impact of the work of The Able Trust has been felt by non-profit agencies serving people with various disabilities, by post-secondary institutions that welcome students with disabilities, and by people with disabilities and their families.

On this special segment from the FEDC Conference hosted at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, Tom Kindred interviews Joey D'Souza VP of External Engagement with the Able Trust.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month The Able Trust  is partaking in a national initiative highlighting career paths and industries to students and job seekers with disabilities; providing tools and resources to businesses to support their efforts in employing people with disabilities; and lastly, creating awareness of and advocating for an underutilized talent pool.

As a key leader in disability employment, The Able Trust’s DEAM program is designed to connect and support Florida’s businesses, local disability service agencies and people with disabilities. The variety of experiences curated by The Able Trust supports a path towards Florida being a role model of disability employment.

Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 on Twitter: "National Disability Employment  Awareness Month (often referred to as National Disability Awareness Month)  is a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about  employmentPersonnel note: Able Trust hires new stable of lobbyists

 

Ep. 42 | Kevin Carr CEO at Florida Makes | FEDC Conference

Ep. 42 | Kevin Carr CEO at Florida Makes | FEDC Conference

October 21, 2021

On this episode of Small Biz Florida, Tom interviews Kevin Carr the CEO at Florida Makes, a statewide, industry-led public-private partnership with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small-and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth.

MakeMore is a leadership-focused initiative  originally developed by FloridaMakes in partnership with Associated Industries of Florida, CareerSource Florida, Inc., Enterprise Florida, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce with the collective goal of elevating the state’s manufacturing industry and demonstrating its impact on the economy. These organizations recognized the importance of diversifying our economy and prioritizing the growth of an industry that provides high-wage, high-value jobs which can ultimately improve Florida's quality of life.

FloridaMakes Appoints James Hodge, CEREX Advanced Fabrics, and Charles A. H

Ep. 41 | Lucienne Pears VP of Economic & Business Development of Babcock Ranch, FL | FEDC Conference

Ep. 41 | Lucienne Pears VP of Economic & Business Development of Babcock Ranch, FL | FEDC Conference

October 18, 2021

Join us on this special episode with Lucienne Pears Vice President of Economic and Business Development of Babcock Ranch,  America's First Solar Town. By utilizing an on-site 150-megawatt utility-scale solar generation facility. Babcock Ranch has entitled 6 million square feet for development of light industrial, retail, commercial, civic, and office space. Creating space for businesses to have room and resources to grow in a collaborative environment conducive for creation of value across sectors.

 

Lucienne Pears educates us on how this town came to be and all the innovative new projects coming to Babcock Ranch including recently becoming a host to pilot of “Smart Can” a robot that is programmed to cart your trash can to the curb for pickup. “Smart Can” is a robotic platform under development by Boston-based entrepreneurs who are leveraging automation to ease the burden of household chores.

 

Babcock Ranch Featured in Washington Post - Babcock RanchBabcock Ranch partners with CenturyLink - The Charlotte County Economic  Development Partnership

 

 

Ep. 40 |  Wendy Norfleet Owner of Norfleet Integrated Solutions | JMI SBL Conference 2021

Ep. 40 | Wendy Norfleet Owner of Norfleet Integrated Solutions | JMI SBL Conference 2021

September 13, 2021

Wendy Norfleet has extensive experience and success at assisting individuals and corporate partners in accessing and developing talent that may go unrecognized and unseen. She also has had numerous training and team-building events for corporate and non-profit clients.

Wendy published work in several journals, which titles include a Standard Methodology for Return on Investment for Software Improvement Projects, and Measuring Progress: A Realistic Approach to Implementing Level Three CMM. 

Her business, Norfleet Integrated Solutions provides strategic planning,  corporate training, leadership development, and career coaching to their clients

Increase Your Potential - Norfleet Integrated Solutions

 

Ep. 39 | Jonathan Brimer Co Owner of Select Shades | JMI SBL Conference 2021

Ep. 39 | Jonathan Brimer Co Owner of Select Shades | JMI SBL Conference 2021

September 9, 2021

Taco Lover and Entrepreneur at heart. We interviewed Jonathan at the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference in Orlando and he talked to us Select Shades, he co-owns with his business partner Jason Pittenger. 

With Select Shades you are in for a journey of fashion, choice, style, protection, color, and texture. Select Shades delivers a positive experience centered around one simple category: Sunglasses. We help people see the world through 50 iconic sunglass brands: available in-store, digitally, and at your event!

Select Shades Inman Quarter - 7 Recommendations - Atlanta, GA

Ep. 38 | Jeff O‘ Hara  Founder of AlliedPRA | JMI SBL Conference 2021

Ep. 38 | Jeff O‘ Hara Founder of AlliedPRA | JMI SBL Conference 2021

September 6, 2021

In ‘Have Fun, Fight Back and Keep the Party Going’, Jeff O’Hara entertains readers, entrepreneurs, and industry experts with brutally honest “war stories” showing exactly how he navigated the chaos and destruction left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake while building the foundation for AlliedPRA - his destination management company.

Since purchasing the AlliedPRA New Orleans franchise in 2002, he has made the New Orleans destination experience his focus, winning numerous awards and accolades in the process. In 2016 and 2017 AlliedPRA was named to the Inc.5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. 

Along the way he has started and developed 7 other hospitality businesses and 2 real estate companies. He has also backed several start ups as an Angel Investor, including firms in the fields of technology, biotech, consumer staples and alternative energy.

Have Fun, Fight Back, and Keep the Party Going: Lessons from a New Orleans  Entrepreneur's Journey to the Inc. 5000: O'Hara, Jeff: 9781732510241:  Amazon.com: Books

Ep. 37 | Vicky Zelen Ownder of Zelen Risk Solutions | JMI SBL Conference 2021

Ep. 37 | Vicky Zelen Ownder of Zelen Risk Solutions | JMI SBL Conference 2021

August 30, 2021

Vicky Zelen founded Zelen Risk Solutions, Inc. in 2003 after 17 years of industry experience. She started working in the industry when she was still in high school. She has used all her combined experience to give her clients an unmatched experience versus her competitors. Listen to her interview now to hear all about what makes her insurance firm stand out from the others.

Business Insurance Jacksonville FL | Home and Auto

Ep. 36 | Ramon Ray Founder of Smart Hustle |  JMI SBL Conference 2021

Ep. 36 | Ramon Ray Founder of Smart Hustle | JMI SBL Conference 2021

August 26, 2021

In today's episode Regional Director and Podcast Show Host Tom Kindred has an insightful conversation with MC of the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference from our Center's trip there back in June. Ramon is a leading expert on small business success. He inspires and educates thousands of business owners a year through his articles, podcasts, and in-demand media interviews. Ramon is the founder of SmartHustle.com and Entrepreneur In Residence at Oracle NetSuite ​Ramon is a contributor to Entrepreneur.com and a host of Breakfast with Champions on Clubhouse He is a successful entrepreneur, in-demand, motivational speaker and event host.

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Connect with Ramon Ray - 

Follow Ramon on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/ramonraysmarthustle/

Visit Smart Hustle Website https://smarthustle.com/?ltclid=a217aa72-5a82-4f55-a5b5-10b2aaf58044#.YSemhNNKhtY

Visit Ramon's Page: https://www.ramonray.com/

Join the Smart Hustle Nation : https://www.facebook.com/groups/smarthustlenation/?ltclid=5c7d93ac-23cb-498f-9a4e-f5215241f7a8

Ep. 35 | Greg Britton CEO of Florida SBDC Network | Special Episode

Ep. 35 | Greg Britton CEO of Florida SBDC Network | Special Episode

August 5, 2021

Join host Tom Kindred as he interviews the new CEO of the Florida SBDC Network on this special episode of Small Biz Florida. 

Get to know Greg Britton and how his path crossed with the Florida SBDC. In this episode he talks all about his upbringing in Indiana, his Aerospace Engineering education and what brought him to Florida in the first place...

You will not want to miss as Greg talks about his vision for the FSBDC and his goals as he starts his work with the network. 

If you enjoyed this episode and want to stay up to date on more of Small Biz Florida check your podcast platforms every Monday and Thursday for new episodes or Follow us on our new Instagram @Smallbizflorida to stay in the loop. 

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