Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST
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Center for Innovation & Economic Development CIED 
530 W University Ave
Room DB 117
Gainesville, FL 32601

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SCORE Workshop Chair 
SCORE North Central Florida Chapter 408 

Workshop: Government Programs and Opportunities for Minorities, Women, and Veterans 

Local, State and Federal Governments comprise a vast marketplace for small businesses and especially minority or veteran owned businesses.  By law these government organization commit ~ 15% of their purchases from the small business entities and  have special programs to support them. These include set-aside projects, loans and assistance in marketing small businesses. Each Federal agency has a Small Business Office and at each major installation and has a Small Business Development and Utilization office (SADBU) which is charged with assisting small businesses to market their products. Certification and qualifications are often easy; special programs such as the 8(a) Certification, are available opportunities having limited or no competition. The presentation will also highlight another program - SBIR/STTR awards Phase 1 to III contracts or grants on a competitive basis for commercialization of innovative opportunities. Phase I projects range up to $150K and over $1 million for subsequent phases.

Dr. M. B. (Arun) Ranade is a retired Chemical Engineer with experience in Research Institutions and Universities in Particle Technology area. He also owned and operated a small business devoted to novel particle manufacture methods for advanced materials. For over 40 years, he conducted many projects ranging from particle processing, environment monitoring and control.  He is familiar with many Federal and State programs for Small Business, minority owned and 8(a) certified entities.  He mentored for SCORE for the last 6 years and was the Chairman of the North Central SCORE chapter for FYs 2017-2018.