Action Zone

Action Zone’s Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP) is unlike any other in Florida. Building on three years’ experience delivering the Veterans Florida program, Action Zone prepares you for building your business, assists in developing your business model and provides expert support and mentors throughout the program.

Action Zone’s Advanced VFEP Course is a five-phase structured program delivered through a weekend mindset seminar, a weekend validation lab, a nine-week business development course and six weeks of professional business coaching. Each phase builds on the next and provides the most comprehensive business development tools to launch your business.

Action Zone also offers practical application workshops and networking socials throughout the Tampa Bay region to complement business modeling and take you from design to execute with the shortest learning curve and least expense. Workshops and socials are open to all Veterans and other entrepreneurs in the community.

Advanced Program

60 hours of in-class training held at one of our six participating organizations designed to prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. For veterans with well-defined business ideas or early-stage companies. Acceptance required.


  • Cohort 2

    Starts February 22, 2019

  • Cohort 2

    1/16/2019 – 3/13/2019


Discover Online Courses

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at your own pace with our online curriculum. Perfect for veterans contemplating entrepreneurship. Open to all vets.

About the Instructors

Pete Blum

Pete Blum

Pete is a logistics and information technology manager and trainer with 20 years’ experience in leadership, project management, training, managing teams to success, technology transformation, and strategic planning. He is an associate instructor at FourBlock, teaching and mentoring student-Veterans. He is the lead technology trainer for Project Transition USA’s Veteran Scholarship program and provides one-on-one coaching to supplement LinkedIn workshops for transitioning military service members on MacDill AFB.

Russ Barnes

Russ works with leaders to develop Strategic Organization Solutions. He specializes in organization design and helps enterprises of all types with strategic thinking, building capability and expanding capacity. Russ seeks to help leaders who are frustrated by the chaos in their companies that sucks the joy out of life and who realize that they have maximized their current capacity for productivity and profitability. He focuses on helping leadership create the customized environment that empowers employer and employees.

Steve Hash

Entrepreneur who develops and leads teams in large scale global business transformation projects to position the organization for greater returns. Deep expertise in engineering and construction across the entire value chain including Petrochemicals, EPC, power and infrastructure. Process improvement mentor in Construction and Decision Making and project manager developer for the next generation of skilled practitioners. Led multiple global strategy and large-scale global business transformation projects to optimize returns. Comprehensive experience in developing and implementing high quality change management, organization development, and learning solutions in a fast paced environment.

Jeremy Lavin

A seasoned professional with extensive experience in commercial, federal, and defense markets.

Luminary Deployment (LD) is an end-to-end provider of pre-deployment services catering to defense contractors, civilian federal employees, and global corporations. LD seamlessly integrates with your organization across the full spectrum of the pre-deployment process; visa expediting, pre-deployment medical, training, and Berry Compliant tactical gear. Our full suite of services give our clients the ability to focus on what really matters, the mission.

Valerie Lavin

Valerie Lavin

Proactive, results-oriented management professional with over 20+ years of progressive experience in U.S. National Security operations, intelligence operations and executing business strategies in both domestic and international markets. Versatile, innovative and loyal management professional able to see the “big picture” while staying on top of all the details. Proven leadership skills working with U.S. DoD executives to execute and further strategic and operational end-states and support multi-faceted operations. An Executive-level communicator, known for using advanced critical thinking analysis and innovative strategies in support of solving highly complex problems leading to a robust bottom line

Stephanie McNeal-Brown

As a speaker, entrepreneur, caregiver and sales and marketing professional, Stephanie McNeal-Brown knows a thing or two about finding peace and balance.

Her philosophy is simple: In order to be successful in business AND life you start with the heart. A successful business begins with a combination of healthy body, stable spirit and prosperous soul.

With more than 25 years in sales, marketing and training, Stephanie equips her clients with powerful business tools and life strategies.

Michelle Rhodes

Inspired by her passion for mentoring and coaching , she assists Health Professionals who struggle with time management, goal achievement, leadership and She has gone to enjoy a 20+ year career in Nursing, Authored four (4) books, and now enjoys her passion of inspiring others through Leadership Development as well as serving healthcare providers with messages of empowerment and entrepreneurship

Eddie Rojas

I am a passionate, intuitive, realistic and warm therapeutic leader with a deep sense of connection to other people. I aim to educate, elevate, and empower individuals and groups by helping access their own inherent capabilities, inner resources of strength, creativity, insight and healing. I hold a master’s degree in professional counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

I am a US Army Veteran with over 10 years of experience in operational and practical leadership, strategic planning, cultural diversity, equal opportunity, institutional training, and talent acquisition management