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Small Biz FL was designed to highlight issues and promote business assistance resources available throughout the state of Florida.
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Join host Tom Kindred and guest Colin King, CEO of Profit Mastery, for a no-nonsense conversation about the financial tools and strategies every small business owner needs to thrive. In this episode, you'll learn: Essential financial concepts: Understand the basics of income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow to make informed decisions for your business. Financial ratios decoded: Discover how these simple calculations can reveal the hidden strengths and weaknesses of your business. Break-even analysis: Find out how to determine your break-even point to set realistic sales goals and pricing strategies. Real-world advice: Colin shares his experience as an entrepreneur and offers practical tips for managing your finances like a pro. Whether you're a financial novice or a seasoned business owner, this episode is packed with valuable insights that will help you take control of your financial future and achieve lasting success.
In this episode of Small Biz Florida, Tom Kindred, welcomes Allison Chase, President and CEO of the Able Trust, a vital partner of the Florida SBDC network. They delve into the Able Trust's mission to advance career development for Floridians with disabilities through collaboration, investment, and partnerships.   Allison shares her journey into this vital work, emphasizing the importance of connecting businesses with talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. With a focus on the High School High Tech program, the Able Trust is nurturing the next generation of skilled workers, bridging the gap between education and employment for students with disabilities.   As they discuss the challenges and opportunities in Florida's workforce, Allison highlights the Able Trust's role as a connector, fostering relationships between employers and potential employees. With innovative solutions and a commitment to inclusivity, the Able Trust is paving the way for a more diverse and prosperous future in Florida.   Tune in to learn more about the Able Trust's impactful programs and how you can get involved in supporting career development for individuals with disabilities across the Sunshine State.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
 Join us as we venture into the realm of technology-driven economic development with Jake Biggs, Business Development Manager, and Matthew Moloney, Director of Marketing and Sales, both representing BluDot.   At the heart of BluDot's offerings is its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform, designed to streamline communication, data management, and project coordination for economic development organizations, cities, and counties. Through intuitive features such as business outreach, data analysis, survey capabilities, and project management tools, BluDot empowers communities to proactively engage with businesses and address their needs effectively.   Listeners gain valuable insights into BluDot's subscription model, pricing transparency, and commitment to providing tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its clients. With a focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing, BluDot's platform fosters a sense of community and empowers stakeholders to work together towards shared goals.   Don't miss this conversation with Jake Biggs and Matthew Moloney as they share the transformative potential of BluDot technology in driving economic development and supporting small business success in Florida and beyond.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
In this episode of Small Biz Florida, we delve into the world of employee ownership and the innovative methods available for transitioning businesses, featuring experts Roy Messing, Director of State Center Operations at Employee Ownership Expansion Network  and John Burgess, Principal at Jackson Lewis. With the looming "silver tsunami" of baby boomer business owners looking to exit, succession planning has become crucial. Roy and John shed light on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), a compelling option for business owners seeking to maintain their legacy while engaging employees.   The conversation underscores the importance of raising awareness about employee ownership and provides insights into the process of initiating this transformative journey. Roy and John offer valuable resources and guidance, emphasizing the collaborative and supportive nature of the employee ownership community.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
In this captivating episode, Tom Kindred sits down with Ruth Buchanan to explore the pivotal role of Florida Makes in shaping the future of Florida's manufacturing economy. With decades of experience in economic development and a passion for driving positive change, Ruth offers invaluable insights into the transformative impact of manufacturing on Florida's economic landscape.   Ruth traces her remarkable journey from the private sector to her current role as Business Development Director for Florida Makes, highlighting the diverse experiences and expertise that have shaped her career. With a background in economics and market research, Ruth brings a unique perspective to her role, combining strategic vision with hands-on experience to drive meaningful results. From workforce development and training to cybersecurity and compliance, Florida Makes equips manufacturers with the tools and resources they need to succeed in an ever-evolving business environment. Ruth emphasizes the organization's commitment to innovation and continuous improvement, ensuring that Florida's manufacturers remain at the forefront of technological advancements and industry best practices.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
As Tom Kindred and David Zelaya delve into the intricacies of CRM platforms, they unveil the myriad benefits of leveraging technology to streamline business operations and enhance customer engagement. From automating manual processes to harnessing the power of AI-driven analytics, Glue Up emerges as a game-changer in the realm of CRM solutions.   Get a comprehensive overview of Glue Up's competitive advantage, which lies in its ability to seamlessly integrate disparate tools and automate essential business functions. From event management and membership processing to email campaigns and analytics, Glue Up offers a holistic solution tailored to the diverse needs of associations, chambers, nonprofits, and small businesses alike.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
In this episiode, Tom Kindred and Bridget Lacoste, Events and Stakeholder Relationship Manager at Florida SBDC Network unveil the strategic vision behind the Small Business Success Summit, now in its third triumphant year. Bridget shares her remarkable journey, from her background in hospitality and event management to her pivotal role at the Florida SBDC Network, where she spearheads initiatives to support and uplift the small business community. Join Tom Kindred and Bridget Lacoste as they shine a spotlight on the upcoming Small Business Success Summit, a cornerstone event for Florida's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether you're a seasoned business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur, this episode of Small Biz Florida is a must-listen, offering unparalleled insights and opportunities to unlock your business's full potential. This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
In this enlightening conversation, Tom Kindred and Britney Odom unveil the multifaceted landscape of environmental consulting and construction services offered by SCS Engineers. With over 17 years of experience in the environmental sector, Britney Odom provides invaluable insights into the due diligence process, emphasizing the importance of thorough assessments to mitigate potential risks for small business owners and developers. Tom Kindred and Britney Odom delve into the challenges and opportunities facing small business owners, especially in rural communities, as they embark on property development ventures. Through real-world examples and practical advice, listeners learn how strategic partnerships with environmental engineering firms like SCS Engineers can streamline the development process and unlock hidden potential in contaminated properties. This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
Under the guidance of Tom Kindred, the Host of Small Biz Florida and Regional Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College, listeners are invited to explore the array of career pathways woven throughout the Sunshine State. Adrienne Johnston, CEO of Career Source Florida, brings her wealth of expertise to the table, shedding light on the myriad opportunities available to entrepreneurs and job seekers alike.   Tom Kindred and Adrienne Johnston uncover the spectrum of programs and resources offered by Career Source Florida. From pioneering apprenticeships tailored to emerging industries to innovative virtual services designed for the digital age.    Listeners gain a profound understanding of the transformative impact Career Source Florida has on the lives of Floridians. Whether it's providing tailored training grants to small businesses or spearheading initiatives like the Hope Florida program, Adrienne Johnston and her team are dedicated to fostering a dynamic and inclusive workforce ecosystem.   This episode of Small Biz Florida was recorded at the 60th Annual Florida Economic Development Council Conference hosted at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach
This episode of Small Biz Florida dives into Comcast's impactful role in bridging the digital divide and fostering economic growth in rural Florida communities. This episode of Small Biz Florida tackles the critical issue of rural internet access. Host Tom Kindred interviews Michelle Oyola McGovern, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Comcast. Together, they explore the state and federal government's multi-billion dollar investment in broadband expansion and how Comcast is a key player in bringing reliable internet to underserved communities. The conversation highlights the importance of "beyond the build" initiatives, where Comcast collaborates with local partners to ensure affordability through programs like ACP and Internet Essentials. The episode emphasizes the transformative power of broadband access for rural economic development, attracting businesses, fostering entrepreneurship, and creating remote work opportunities.   Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Unveiling the power of data!  This episode of Small Biz Florida, recorded live at the Florida Rural Economic Development Association (FREDA) Summit, explores how GIS Web Tech empowers rural economic development. Host Tom Kindred sits down with Row Bertasi, co-founder and CEO of GIS Web Tech, for an insightful conversation on the importance of data in attracting businesses to rural communities. Mr. Bertasi details how GIS Web Tech's user-friendly software equips Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) with the tools needed to showcase their unique assets and propel rural economic growth.     Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld  
Bridging the Gap: Unveiling strategies for rural economic development at the Florida Rural Economic Development Association (FREDA) Summit. This episode of Small Biz Florida sheds light on economic development initiatives in rural Florida. Host Tom Kindred is joined by Terry Burroughs, a county commissioner and economic development leader, for a insightful discussion centered around the FREDA Summit. Mr. Burroughs delves into the Summit's focus on fostering growth and prosperity in rural counties across the state. The conversation explores the distinct challenges and opportunities faced by these communities, including infrastructure development, workforce housing, and strategic planning.   Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Small businesses, big dreams in rural Florida? This episode of Small Biz Florida is for you! Join us as we chat with Kaylee King, President, and Alex Tijerina, Director of Existing Industry, at the Okeechobee Economic Development Corporation (OEDC). Kaylee shares exciting new plans for the OEDC, including a focus on business retention and expansion. We explore the unique challenges and opportunities of rural economic development, discussing strategies for attracting and retaining businesses. Discover how the OEDC tackles issues like housing and broadband access, fostering a thriving ecosystem for all companies. Tune in for insights on rural economic development in Florida and resources for Okeechobee County small businesses.   Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Powering Up Growth: How Duke Energy Supercharges Florida's Small Businesses Florida's small businesses, listen up! This episode of Small Biz Florida connects you with a powerhouse supporter – Duke Energy's economic development team. We chat with Marc Hoenstine, Managing Director, of Economic Development for Duke Energy about the company's commitment to your success. Discover programs designed to fuel your growth, from expansion opportunities to resources hidden in your power bill!   Learn how Duke Energy helps communities define their vision and find the perfect fit.    Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld  
Unlocking opportunity in Florida's rural communities: How innovative partnerships are fueling small business growth. Ever wonder how small businesses can thrive in rural Florida? This episode of Small Biz Florida dives deep into the power of public-private partnerships! We'll chat with Justin Ford, from Dewberry Engineers, and Antonio Jefferson, Gretna's City Manager. They'll reveal the secrets behind Gretna's successful site development project, showcasing how collaboration can unlock a wave of opportunity for rural businesses. Join us for insights on innovative thinking, the importance of small businesses in rural communities, and the key ingredients for a thriving public-private partnership. It's an episode packed with practical advice and inspiring stories – perfect for any Florida small business owner looking to grow!   Special Thanks to:  Florida Rural Economic Development Summit Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld  
In this special edition of Small Biz Florida, recorded live at the prestigious 2023 Florida MakesMore Manufacturing Summit at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, host Tom Kindred brings you a groundbreaking episode featuring Ken Brace, the innovator behind Rapid Prototyping Services. Journey through the evolution of 3D printing with Ken, from its humble beginnings in the '80s to its current prowess in creating aerospace components. Uncover the diverse applications of 3D printing, exploring materials ranging from plastics to metals like stainless steel. Ken shares insights into how 3D printing has transformed the manufacturing landscape, offering quick-turn prototypes for inventors and facilitating low-volume production for established businesses. Demystify the process of turning napkin sketches into 3D-printed reality and understand the crucial role of CAD files in this innovative journey. Explore Ken's commitment to education and community engagement, as Rapid Prototyping Services collaborates with local schools and serves a diverse clientele, from inventors to defense contractors. The episode concludes with a call to action—subscribe to Small Biz Florida for more exclusive insights from the FloridaMakes MakeMore Manufacturing Summit. Recorded live at the 2023 Make More Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A special thanks to the conference hosts for having Small Biz Florida attend, and a shoutout to the Dr. Phillips Center for being an outstanding venue for this event. Stay tuned for more episodes as Small Biz Florida continues to spotlight businesses shaping Florida's future. Thrive, innovate, and make your mark on the evolving world of manufacturing with Small Biz Florida, in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College.
In this special episode, Tom engages in a dynamic conversation with Lake Ray, the President of the First Coast Manufacturers Association and a prominent figure in Florida's manufacturing and legislative scene. With a background as a professional engineer and 30 years of experience in engineering and small business ownership, Lake brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at FCMA. Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, Lake has played a pivotal role in shaping policies impacting the manufacturing sector. In this insightful conversation, Lake shares his unique perspective on the challenges facing Florida manufacturers today, from workforce dynamics to supply chain intricacies and evolving policy landscapes. The spotlight of this year's summit is on "digital transformation," and Lake delves into the significance of embracing this revolution for sustained growth and success. Explore the diverse range of industries within Northeast Florida that FCMA represents, from manufacturing medical supplies and fragrances to recycling materials. Discover the importance of Regional Manufacturing Associations (RMAs) like FCMA in bridging the gap between manufacturers, communities, and policymakers. Lake emphasizes the crucial role of networking and collaboration for a thriving manufacturing ecosystem. Tom and Lake wrap up the conversation with a call to action—urging listeners to be part of the interconnected future of manufacturing. Whether you're in the industry or have valuable insights, the message is clear: Let's shape the future together. Recorded live at the 2023 Make More Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A special thanks to the conference hosts for having Small Biz Florida attend, and a shoutout to the Dr. Phillips Center for being an outstanding venue for this event.
Welcome to a special episode of Small Biz Florida, broadcasting live from the heart of downtown Orlando at the illustrious Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. We're on the scene at the 2023 Florida MakesMore Manufacturing Summit, where industry leaders converge to explore innovations, collaborations, and the future of manufacturing in the Sunshine State. Today, we're joined by Robert Linder, Senior Operations Manager at GE Renewable Energy, with a remarkable background from military service to manufacturing leadership. Amidst the vibrant atmosphere of the summit, we dive into Robert's journey from the Navy to GE and explore exciting developments in renewable energy, specifically the production of onshore wind turbines in Pensacola, FL. In this engaging conversation, we touch upon GE's commitment to green power, the significance of onshore wind in the energy landscape, and the unique role that the Pensacola plant plays in producing every GE wind turbine in North America. The focus then shifts to the Florida Makes event, where Robert is a featured presenter. He delves into the pivotal role of digital transformation in lean manufacturing, emphasizing the need for a laser-focused approach to technological advancements. The discussion covers the challenges of managing a global supply chain, the importance of real-time data in daily operations, and the positive impact of digital transformation on safety, quality, and productivity. Robert shares insights into fostering a culture of innovation within GE, where every team member is encouraged to contribute ideas for continuous improvement. From the importance of staying agile in the ever-evolving manufacturing landscape to the exciting prospects of creating a robust ecosystem in Florida, this episode is a deep dive into the dynamics of modern manufacturing. As we wrap up this enlightening conversation, we encourage you to connect with GE Vernova at GEVernova.com for career opportunities and partnerships. Recorded live at the 2023 Make More Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A special thanks to the conference hosts for having Small Biz Florida attend, and a shoutout to the Dr. Phillips Center for being an outstanding venue for this event.
Get ready for a riveting episode of Small Biz Florida, live from the hub of innovation – the prestigious Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Join us as we plunge into the dynamic world of manufacturing at the 2023 Florida Makes More Manufacturing Summit. Our honored guest today is Pavel Kuviarzin, the Business Advisor at FloridaMakes, bringing over 15 years of expertise in revolutionizing operations. Strap in as we explore Pavel's journey, from managing distribution centers to launching his own consulting business, armed with certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Discover how Pavel, as the Business Advisor of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association, leads initiatives to streamline processes and optimize performance for a range of industries. Beyond certifications, Pavel is a hands-on problem solver, managing transformative projects for clients in food and beverage, plumbing and HVAC, and wood molding. In this episode, Pavel shares insights into the current manufacturing landscape in Florida, a state experiencing exponential growth in the sector. Explore the challenges faced by manufacturers, from the need for greater industry participation to the crucial role of digital transformation. Stay tuned as we unravel the theme of the 2023 Florida Makes More Manufacturing Summit – digital transformation. Pavel decodes what this means for manufacturers and why embracing technologies like robotics and AI is not just an option but a necessity for staying competitive. Recorded live at the 2023 Make More Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A special thanks to the conference hosts for having Small Biz Florida attend, and a shoutout to the Dr. Phillips Center for being an outstanding venue for this event.
Get ready for an electrifying ride through the heart of innovation with Small Biz Florida, recorded live at the 2023 Florida Makes Manufacturing Summit at the renowned Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando! In this immersive episode, host Tom Kindred explores the vibrant world of manufacturing, spotlighting the challenges, triumphs, and the thriving small business community that's shaping Florida's industrial landscape. Joining the spotlight is Alex Vasquez, the Vice President of ResourceMFG at Employbridge – a true trailblazer in the manufacturing sector. From his Puerto Rican roots to steering Employbridge's manufacturing division across 34 states, Alex's journey from a machine operator to a transformative leader exemplifies the boundless possibilities within the manufacturing realm. Tune in as Alex passionately reshapes perceptions about manufacturing, dispelling stereotypes, and presenting the industry in a positive light. With infectious enthusiasm, he delves into the intricacies of diverse manufacturing verticals, from aerospace and medical equipment to electronics and defense. Explore how Employbridge, as America's largest industrial workforce provider, is redefining work through a blend of digital prowess and industry expertise. Alex unveils the mission of ResourceMFG – "good people, good jobs" – emphasizing the commitment to showcasing the advancements in modern manufacturing to the next generation. The episode takes an exciting turn as we dive into ResourceMFG's annual survey, uncovering hard facts and key findings from the minds of frontline manufacturing workers. Discover the top issues resonating with this workforce, from competitive compensation to job security and the hunger for advancement opportunities. Navigate through the intricacies of the manufacturing ecosystem as Alex sheds light on ResourceMFG's innovative approach in bridging the skills gap and fostering collaboration with educators, certification providers, and technology companies. Recorded live at the 2023 Make More Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the iconic Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. A special thanks to the conference hosts for having Small Biz Florida attend, and a shoutout to the Dr. Phillips Center for being an outstanding venue for this event.
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