EXPLORING FLORIDA’S OPPORTUNITIES

Florida’s the best state for veterans. The Veterans Florida Virtual Expo showcases the endless opportunities, resources, and benefits for military families in interactive virtual booths.

  • Network with veteran-friendly employers in industries like aerospace, engineering, defense, and more at the career fair
  • Watch Florida’s top veteran entrepreneurs compete in the Battle of the Pitches
  • Get expert advice from industry experts at workshops and panels
  • Explore resources that make Florida the most veteran-friendly state

WHO?

Free for veterans, retiring and separating from the active duty military, members of the Guard and Reserves, and their families.

WHERE?

Virtually on veteran-owned Premier Virtual

WHEN?

Thursday
July 29, 2021
10AM ET

Bank of America

Bank of America

Learning Alliance

VITAS HEALTHCARE

NATIONAL AVIATION ACADEMY

The Boeing Corporation

The Boeing Company

MAG Aerospace

ST ENGINEERING AEROSPACE

ARES Technical Services

GE Aviation

Draken

Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman
Corporation

PIKE

JTD

BASF

Danfoss Turbocor

Dayton-Granger

Advanced Roofing

Piper Aircraft

PIPER AIRCRAFT

US Department of State

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

AECOM

Firestone Direct

FIRESTONE DIRECT

Tampa Steel & Supply

S&B Metal Products, Inc.

7G Environmental Compliance Management

Guardian Fueling Technologies

Applied Fiber

APPLIED FIBER

Growve

Growve

Memorial Healthcare System

Memorial Healthcare System

OMNICOMMANDER

OMNICOMMANDER

EM Key Solutions Inc

Redwire

AAR Corporation

WellDyneRx

Seminole County Government

Builders FirstSource

Southern States Toyotalift

General Plumbing & Air Conditioning, Inc

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

U.S. Social Security Administration

Florida Department of Corrections Reception and Medical Center (FDOC RMC)

Innovative Professional Solutions, Inc.

Volusia County Tax Collector

RATPACK WORLDWIDE SECURITY

GEICO

GEICO

Rinauldo Enterprises

RINAUDO ENTERPRISES

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Tampa Armature Works

TAMPA ARMATURE WORKS

RGNEXT

Florida Department of Corrections

Guidewell

VEYTEC

TEAM VETCOR

Clay County Board of County Commissioners

VETS2PM

Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY

Leonardo DRS

EBI Management Group

The Middlesex Corporation

TD Bank

J-Tech

Spectrum

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office

Magnolia Grill of Fort Walton Beach

SkillBridge Overview

Careers

Boris Kun, U.S. Department of Defense
Eric “Doc” Wright, Vets2PM
Charlene LaMountain, Program Participant
Derrick Fishback, Amazon Web Services

Building Your Professional Network For Job Seekers

Careers

Mark Harden, Veterans Florida Board of Directors
Barron Mills, Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses

Andrew Phillips, LinkedIn
Anthony Bush, Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

Why You Need Industry Certifications Credentials

Careers

Cathy Miclat, Vets2PM

Eric “Doc” Wright, Vets2PM

Job Searching for Military Spouses

Careers

Rebecca Fior, Bank of America

Abby Hollingsworth, Bank of America

Florida Benefits for Veterans and Spouses

Resource

James S. “Hammer” Hartsell, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

Reggie Fujimoto, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Rafael Caamano, Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative

Ricardo Garcia, Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative

Personal Story

Entrepreneurship

Scottie Neil, American Freedom Distillery

Franchising: Buying and Selling

Entrepreneurship

Jenny Sutter, FranNet
Matt Wiggins, VetFran
Bobby Carbonell, Growler Country
Paul Huszar, Team VetCor

Acquiring A Business

Entrepreneurship

Troy Underwood, Tampa Steel & Supply

Rob Kirila, The Kirila Group, Veterans Florida Board of Directors

Building your professional network to Grow your Business

Entrepreneurship

Ricardo Garcia, Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative
Aaron Caldwell, Bunker Labs
Trisha Murphy, Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses
Eric “Doc” Wright, Vets2PM

Bootstrapping Your Veteran-Owned Business

Entrepreneurship

Diane Denslow, University of North Florida
Troy Bolivar, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dr. Kevin Cox, Florida Atlantic University

Personal Story

Entrepreneurship

Eric Autery, UF/IFAS and Founder of God’s Garden Farm

Surviving & Thriving During & After the pandemic and sustainability

Entrepreneurship

Rosie Lee, Action Zone
John Batchelor, University West Florida
Troy Underwood, Tampa Steel & Supply
Tom Rice, Magnolia Grill, Veterans Florida Board of Directors

Personal Story

Entrepreneurship

Dr. Natacha Delince, CEO and Founder of Lamercie Health Care

Personal Story

Entrepreneurship

Sara Ferrera, UF/IFAS and Founder of Floaty’s Farm

Marketing Your Veteran-Owned Business

Entrepreneurship

Dan Barrow, Veterans Florida
Lucille Spann, Blaze Digital Services
Neil Marr, Learning Alliance Corporation

Personal Story

Entrepreneurship

Jewral McIntyre, Rat Pack Worldwide Security and Consultant

How Co-Working Space Can Propel Your Veteran-Owned Business

Entrepreneurship

Jarin Eisenberg, Groundswell Startups
Robert Blacklidge, Domi Station
Tina Fischer, Rising Tide Innovation Center

Launch & Grow Your Agribusiness

Agriculture & Entrepreneurship

Juliann Nichols, JULO Strategy
Mike DeFelice, Twelve Oaks Community Farms
Eric Autery, God’s Garden Farm, Program Participant

Opportunities in Agriculture

Agriculture

Jeff Albritton, Stallings Crop Insurance
Simon Bollin, Hillsborough County Economic Development

Ed Rodriguez, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Lt Gen Martin Steele (Ret), Veterans Florida Board of Directors

Veterans Florida Agriculture Program Overview

Agriculture

Charlene LaMountain, Program Participant
Gary Vallad, UF IFAS/GCREC
Ray McCoy, Program Participant

SkillBridge: Your Untapped Talent Pipeline

Workforce

Derrick Fishback, Amazon Web Services
Matthew Choy, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Jeremy Sinnemaki, Veterans Florida

Personal Story

SkillBridge

Brian Bilski, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Bank of America

Bank of America

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Learning Alliance Corporation

PLATINUM SPONSOR

CareerSource Florida

GOLD SPONSOR

Vitas Healthcare

GOLD SPONSOR

University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center

SILVER SPONSOR

Western Governors University

SILVER SPONSOR

National Aviation Academy

SILVER SPONSOR

Collab Resume

SILVER SPONSOR

Florida International University

SILVER SPONSOR

Premier Virtual

TECHNOLOGY SPONSOR

Bank of America

Bank of America

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

Western Governors University

Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve

Career Source Florida

Career Source Broward

Career Source Capital Region

Career Source Central Florida

Career Source Northeast Florida

Career Source Gulf Coast

Career Source Research Coast

Collab Resume

Florida International
University

University of North Florida
Military and Veterans Resource Center

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

University of Florida – Mid-Florida Research and Education Center

University of Florida – Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC/IFAS)

University of South Florida  Office of Veteran Success, St. Petersburg Campus

University West Florida
Military & Veterans Resource Center

Florida Troops to Teachers

Florida Association of Veterans Owned Businesses

Florida Veterans Foundation

ACTION ZONE

Jacksonville Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Growler Country Franchising

Operation New Uniform

Onward to Opportunity

IVMF Onward to Opportunity Program

Julo Strategy

VetFran

IT and Cybersecurity
Employment Program

Florida Reserve Component Transition Assistance Advisor

Stallings Crop Insurance Corporation

Northeast Florida Community Veterans Engagement Board

Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative

Groundswell Startups

Camaraderie Foundation

FranNet

Domi Station

Senator Tom A. Wright

Florida Senate

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Jamal Allen Sowell

Enterprise Florida, Inc.

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Derrick Fishback

Amazon Web Services

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Scott Neil

American Freedom Distillery

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PANELISTS

Tom Rice

Magnolia Grill of Fort Walton Beach

Bobby Carbonell

Growler Country Franchising

Watch these top veterans from our Entrepreneurship Program compete for funding and bragging rights in the Battle of the Pitches.

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