Entrepreneurship Resources

Tap into the following resources for funding, communications, social media and other kinds of information and advice for your business enterprise.

External links are provided as informational resources and do not imply endorsement or require purchase of products or services.

Street Shares

Funding

“Street Shares” is veteran owned and operated business offering 3-36 month term loans and lines of credit from $2,000 to $100,000

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Access Florida Finance

Funding

“Access Florida Finance” is a State of Florida funded loan program with $10,000-$250,000 loans

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Veteran Crowd

Funding

“Veteran Crowd” is a marketplace for investing in veteran-run businesses.  They bring together qualified investors and equity investment opportunities in companies led by military veterans.  Qualifying veteran owned businesses minimum raise is $1,000,000.

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The Florida Angel Nexus

Funding

“The Florida Angel Nexus” matches businesses with angel investors statewide.  They have a great resource guide here

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Angel Investment Group

Funding

“Angel Investment Group” is focused on early stage investments to support start-up companies founded and run by graduates of the U.S. Military Academies. Most of their investors have served in the military and are successful senior executives with experience in a broad range of industries and business models.

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Kabbage

Funding

“Kabbage” is a possible working capital source. Up to $150k line of credit.  No interest.  Monthly fees. Term 6 to 12 months.   Business assessment required.  If their product is not a good fit at least check out their core values

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Lending Tree

Funding

"Lendingtree" offers all kinds of loans and lines of credit.  Requires credit check.  Turn around time 24-48 hours.

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On Deck

Funding

“On Deck” has lines of credit up to $100K and loans up to $500k.  They use standardized price metrics and explanations so one can best assess loan options using four key metrics: total cost of capital, annual percentage rate (APR), average monthly payment, and cents on the dollar

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Trello

Organize Tasks

Trello a tool for collaboration and project management

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Hootsuite

Social Media

Hootsuite helps one manage multiple platforms at once

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MailChimp

Email Communication

MailChimp A useful tool to reach out to customers

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FLVEC

Map of Services

FLVEC find entrepreneurial support nearby you in Florida

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The Homefront Foundation

Tell Your Story

The Homefront Foundation teaches impactful speaking techniques to veterans 

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News Article: PC Mag

Payroll Automation

News Article:  PC Mag - HR and payroll software that is ideal for startups and small businesses with full-time, part-time, and hourly workers

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Radio Internew

Alumni on the Airwaves

Radio Interview with Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program alumni Rick Bugg and Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program facilitator/mentor Ricardo Garcia of UCF

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FAVOB

Strength in Numbers

FAVOB promotes and unites established and startup veteran owned businesses

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FDACS

Business Services & Regulation

FDACS Licensing, marketing, and training opportunities

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VBOC

Advice and Training

VBOC Funded by the Federal Government’s SBA

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Bunker Labs

Business Advice

Bunker  Labs Events, networking, workspace, and workshops

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Florida Women's Business Center

Business Advice

Florida Women’s Business Center

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FL SBDC

Business Advice

FL SBDC Statewide business advice and assistance

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Street Shares

Government Contractor Handbook

Street Shares has built a high speed step by step e-book/guide

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Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity

Business Advice and Support

Florida Department of Management Services Office of Supplier Diversity a state agency whose mission it is to improve business opportunities for Florida-based woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses

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Florida Business Incubator Association

Network of Florida Business Incubators

Florida Business Incubator Association Incubators support the successful launch and operation of early stage businesses

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Domi Station

Tallahassee Based Incubator

Enjoy a fun, dynamic, and collaborative environment with access to an amazing network of talented individuals, a pool of mentors, can't-miss events, fiber internet, and coffee from Catalina Café. Domi Station is the place to meet great people and get things done.

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Co:Lab

Pensacola Based Incubator

Provides on-staff mentors and an environment of knowledgeable tenants that grow together. Their affordable private office space, mentors, business services, and community expand opportunities for companies in the Pensacola area.

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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Business Licensing 

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation offers professional licensure to any individual that is currently serving; has formerly served and received an honorable discharge as an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States; or is a spouse or surviving spouse of such a member. Must currently hold a valid license for the corresponding profession in another state, the District of Columbia, any United States territory or possession, or a foreign jurisdiction.

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Steve Blank

Business Advice

A USAF veteran who was one of the early pioneers in the Lean Startup Method.  

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Florida Department of Revenue

Business Taxes and Regulations

A state agency that provides answers for questions about new hire reporting, Florida tax regulations, incentives, and tax reporting. 

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Florida Department of Health

Health Industry

The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the regulation of health practitioners for the preservation of the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The Licensing and Regulation section provides information relating to professional, facility and permit licensing as well as enforcement.

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