Former Vetrepreneur of the Year Mark Llano attended White House forum

Mark llano, 2009 Vetrepreneur of the Year and president of Source One Distributors, Inc. a leader in military and tactical gear distribution recently attended a half day forum on jobs and the south Florida economy co-hosted by the White House Business Council and Business Forward.

The forum featured high level discussions between senior White House and Administration officials and successful local area entrepreneurs focusing on national resources needed to grow the economy and create jobs in local markets. Nominated by the Small Business Administration to attend, Mr. Llano joined other prominent south Florida business leaders at the United States Treasury Department to discuss what’s working in the Miami area and how the private sector and government can collaborate more effectively to foster greater opportunity, innovation, job creation, and, as the President said in his State of the Union address, “create an American economy that’s built to last.”

“I was honored to have had the opportunity to represent the state of Florida in our nation’s capital and meet with senior White House and Administration officials as well as my peers to discuss how to help the American economy grow,” said Source One President & CEO Mark Llano. “The entrepreneurial talent at this forum was very impressive; the state of Florida was well represented as the destination for small businesses in the United States!”

About Source One Distributors, Inc.
Source One Distributors is certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as an SDB, Veteran/Minority Owned and Operated small business. For more information please visit: http://www.buysourceone.com


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/19/2012 12:15 PM

SBA seeks small businesses to highlight during Small Business Week

In celebration of National Small Business Week 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service.  The contest will raise awareness of the importance of SBA programs, and the impact the small businesses that use them have in their local communities. 

Three winning videos will also be shown during a Google+ Hangout hosted by the SBA and the White House with SBA Administrator Karen Mills on May 24. The winners can also participate in the event with Administrator Mills, while she answers questions from small businesses around the country.  All qualifying videos will be showcased on SBA’s YouTube page. 

Contestants can enter the contest by producing an original video, two minutes or less, that shares their story.  The list of Contest Rules provides additional details on required video content.  All eligible videos will be judged by SBA senior officials on the inspirational nature of the message and the creativity or uniqueness of the video concept. 

Videos will feature small business owners from across the country discussing the SBA assistance the company received, the most rewarding aspects of starting a business and how the SBA assistance benefited the business and the local community.  Small businesses may have received SBA business counseling, SBA-guaranteed financing or SBA disaster assistance or participated in a SBA contracting program or in SBA’s online community. 

The videos can be submitted through Challenge.gov from 12pm EDT April 16 through 5pm May 11.  The contest offers the opportunity to celebrate entrepreneurship and hear directly from small business owners how SBA has helped them grow and create jobs. 

For more information on the Small Business Week Video Contest, visit http://smallbizvid.challenge.gov

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/19/2012 12:08 PM

Golf tournament set to raise money to send 5 veterans to business training program

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a charitable golf tournament this summer to raise money to send 5 veterans the Veterans Institute for Procurement (VIP) training program.

The Tournament:

July 16, 2012 - 11:00am - 7:00pm


Lakewood Country Club
13901 Glen Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20850
Telephone: 301-453-9010

About VIP:

“VIP provides veteran-owned business leaders who look to distinguish themselves in the challenging marketplace of government contracting with an incomparable professional development experience, certification and tremendous new contacts,” said Barbara Ashe, President of the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation. “Expanding the program nationwide will bring many more veteran-owned businesses to the epicenter of federal government contracting, where access and relationships are both key to success.”

VIP is funded entirely by corporate sponsors through the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF), at no cost to participants or taxpayers, with instruction by professional service providers.

For further information about the VIP program or sponsorship opportunities, contact Barbara Ashe, President, MCCCF, atbashe@mcccmd.com or 301-738-0015 x215. Or visit the National Center for VIP website.


Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/19/2012 11:54 AM

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 kicks off this week in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- The people of New Orleans and visitors to the city will be able to tour 11 ships from six nations that arrived in New Orleans April 17, to participate in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration and "Star Spangled Banner" Navy Week 2012.

The ships moored at several piers along the east bank include the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, the destroyer USS Mitscher and frigate USS De Wert. FS Germinal from France, HMS Montrose from Great Britain and HMCS St. John's from Canada make up the international naval contingent, along with the tall ships Dewaruci from Indonesia and BAE Guayas from Ecuador.

"This opportunity to visit the historic city of New Orleans for the Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 is a once in a lifetime experience for Wasp and the crew," said Capt. Gary M. Boardman, USS Wasp's commanding officer. "Wasp is a first-rate command, and I couldn't be more proud of my ship and crew to be selected for such an event."

The commemoration in New Orleans is an opportunity for Sailors and Marines to engage the American public to increase awareness and knowledge of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, and the vital role these services play in defense of the nation and the projection of the maritime power and security.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our Sailors and Marines to tell their story, and the story of the sea services," said Boardman. "I would like my Sailors to reflect back on what we as a Navy accomplished back in 1812 and look at how far we have come."

"I'm very excited and honored to be able to experience my first Navy Week in New Orleans," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Justin Kesterson. "I'm not quite sure what to expect, but I'm signed up for a few tours and ready to get out and see the city."

Service members from the United States will compete in athletic events such as soccer, softball, basketball and tug-of-war with sailors from Ecuador, Indonesia, France, Canada, and Great Britain.

Click here to learn more!

Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/19/2012 11:38 AM

NaVOBA Regional Advocate Named Veterans Small Business Champion

NaVOBA member and Delaware Regional Advocate L.J. Nick Callazzo III, was recently named the Veterans Small Business Champion for Region #3 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Callazzo was also recently appointed by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) to the serve on the state’s Supplier Diversity Council as a representative of veteran-owned businesses.

“I am very enthusiastic for the opportunity to work with the governor in helping veterans better understand critical success factors in starting a new business and sustaining an existing one,” said Callazzo.

Callazzo, a contributing writer for Vetrepreneur magazine, has taught business and leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School; served as the Director of the Entrepreneurial Forum at Drexel University (Pa.); taught business leadership at Wesley College, in Dover, Del.; Entrepreneurism at Delaware State University; Professional Practice Management at the University of Delaware; and Small Business Management at Wilmington University in New Castle, Del.

He also is a certified instructor in ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ of the Covey Institute. His penchant for excellence can be traced all the way back to his selection as ‘The Outstanding Marine Recruit’ at Parris Island, S.C., on Jan. 29, 1957.

Congratulations Nick, as the 2012 Region 3 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year.




Posted by Matthew Pavelek at 04/03/2012 09:38 AM


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