Registration for 2018 Mentor Protégé Program is now OPEN!

UF Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Mentor Protégé Program matches emerging small businesses with leading area businesses to assist them in gaining the tools and techniques to improve their operations, foster long-term relationships and accelerate growth. .

 Accepting applications September 2017!

 Learn more about this program here.


SBA Boots to Business

Are you a Veteran interested in starting or growing your business?
If so, you don’t want to miss out on this “Boots to Business Reboot Training“.

This is a 2 part training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

Part one is a two-day introduction to Entrepreneurship course eligible to Veterans of all eras, Servicemembers, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. This course is instructed by SBA and its partners who are skilled business advisors.

Cynthia D. Washington, President of WCI will be facilitating some of these workshops. Mrs. Washington has over 20 years of experience and is able to give expert advice on small business and government contracting topics. She is also able to identify the needs and address the issues that are important to start-ups, developing and excelling small businesses.

For over Two Decades, the WCI Government Contracting NETWORK has been successful in assessing the business and marketing needs of small businesses Nationwide and propelling them into their next dimension. WCI is the best firm to not only prepare small businesses for Government Contracting, but once they are prepared, we can expedite their efforts to develop business by presenting them directly to WCI Contacts who are interested in contracting with small businesses. Learn more here.

For additional information about registering for the training, contact Natalie Hall at (904) 443-1902 or  You must register in order to attend.
Click HERE to register.



InnovateHER Challenge 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration is searching for innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.


The SBA 2017 InnovateHER Challenge is open to aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with businesses representing innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Through the competition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking to amplify products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization. UF Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations and SBA – North Florida Office are local co-hosts to the competition and adhere to the rules and criteria as established by the SBA.

Key Dates:
Friday, May 19th – Applications Due
Friday, May 26th – Applicants Notified
Saturday, June 3rd – Pitch Event – Winner/National Nominee selected
               Time: 10am – 3pm
               Location: UF East Campus – 2046 NE Waldo Rd, Suite 3201 Gainesville, FL 32609

Download the Application »

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
Non-UF Attendee: $75 (Early-Bird $55)


 The UF Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center proudly invites students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to attend the 2017 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. Come learn, network & celebrate the empowering potential of women’s entrepreneurship. This event will feature speakers and panels, with a keynote presentation by Barbara Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley.

“Women changing the world one venture at a time”


For Additional Information, please contact Susana Santos or call 352.273.0328.

Be sure to Register Today!