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The Office of Supplier Diversity and leadership of DMS are working hard to ensure we are providing Florida-based woman-, veteran-, and minority-owned business owners the best customer service, support, advocacy and training opportunities available. We will continue to review our processes to ensure that vendors have a clear understanding of how to do business in our state, including the certification process to become a certified business enterprise.

Should you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact OSD at 850-487-0915 or email osdhelp@dms.myflorida.com.

  

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma

Sep 14, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from today through Oct. 31, 2017.
Governor Scott said, “Hurricane Irma was a massive storm affecting our entire state, including many of our small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of Florida’s economy, and families are depending on these businesses recovering as quickly as possible. The small business bridge loan program will help small business owners and communities get back up and running and I encourage all affected business owners to apply today.”
DEO administers the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network to provide cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.
DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, "So many communities across Florida have been affected by this storm. Businesses from the Panhandle to the Keys need assistance, and DEO is working with these businesses to make sure they can recover and be successful. The first step to getting our communities back on their feet, is getting our businesses back on their feet.”
DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. Use this link to access business survey and select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu. Response to the damage assessment is not an application for assistance, so businesses that fill out the survey and are interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application as well.
Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in any of Florida’s 67 counties affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for short-term loans up to $25,000. These interest-free loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to Sept. 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.
Michael Myhre, CEO and State Director for the Florida SBDC Network, said, “We are saddened to see and hear the stories of damage and loss that individuals and small businesses have suffered due to Hurricane Irma. We want our small business owners to know how important they are to our state and we are here to help walk them through the recovery process to get their employees back to work and growing their business.”
To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

 

Office of Supplier Diversity Kicks Off Mentor-Protégé Program for Small Businesses

~Program designed to assist small businesses in learning firsthand about government contracting~

Tallahassee, FL – The Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) executed an initial agreement between two certified small business enterprises to launch the Mentor-Protégé Program. This program is designed to help small businesses by pairing up a mentor company with experience in securing government contracts and a protégé company concentrated in a similar industry. United Data Technologies, Inc. (UDT), a certified minority-owned business that specializes in information technology consulting, will serve as the mentor to protégé TriOrb Solutions, LLC, a certified minority- and veteran-owned business.

“Government contracting is a great potential revenue source for a small business,” said Hue Reynolds, Executive Director of OSD. “The Mentor-Protégé Program is a way that we can help foster a working relationship between a company that has experience working with the public sector and a small businesses looking to grow and expand through government contracts. We are thrilled to launch this initiative as it provides an excellent opportunity for small businesses to share best practices with one another.”

“It is a great pleasure to partner with the Office of Supplier Diversity and TriOrb Solutions in the Mentor-Protégé Program,” said Jeffrey J. Engle, Vice President, Government Sector of UDT. “UDT has long been a proponent of supporting other small businesses as they experience the challenges we faced in our early years. The establishment and focused effort put toward this program by OSD demonstrates its continued commitment to finding innovative solutions to assist our diverse businesses in achieving their potential.”

“TriOrb Solutions believes the relationship created by the Office of Supplier Diversity’s mentor program will empower each company to build an alliance, share strategies and unveil new possibilities,” said Joseph Hall II, Founder and CEO of TriOrb Solutions.

The Office of Supplier Diversity is currently accepting certified businesses who are interested in the Mentor-Protégé Program. Interested businesses are appropriately matched by OSD based on their strengths and needs. Once matched, the mentor and protégé work together to gain guidance and feedback, particularly as it relates to government contracting. While the agreement is administered by OSD, the mentor and protégé establish their own goals and work collaboratively to accomplish them. For more information visit the Mentor-Protégé Program website.

The Office of Supplier Diversity certifies and assists Florida-based woman, veteran and minority small business owners in better understanding and securing state government procurement opportunities. For more information about OSD, visit www.dms.myflorida.com/osd.

 

University of Florida and Department of Management Services' Office of Supplier Diversity Sign Agreement To Help Small Businesses

~Ambassador Agreement assists Florida businesses in governmental and higher education contracting~  

Gainesville, Fla.– The University of Florida’s Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division (UF Small Business) and the Florida Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) executed an Ambassador Agreement to increase contracting opportunities for Florida’s woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses. The purpose of the agreement is to develop and foster a mutual understanding and working relationship between the University’s Small Business Office and OSD to increase the number of certified business enterprises in the state.

“The Office of Supplier Diversity is thrilled to partner with the University of Florida to promote small business development in our state,” said Hue Reynolds, Executive Director of OSD. “Today’s collaboration, brings attention to the state’s certification program and its efforts to assist certified businesses as they approach the state’s procurement process while enhancing the supplier diversity of our state.”

The University’s Women’s Business + Leadership Conference in Gainesville was held in commemoration of Women’s Small Business Month. “We are pleased to strengthen this relationship with OSD to sufficiently ensure we are working collaboratively to the benefit of small businesses,” said University of Florida Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Director Kathey K. Porter. “It is fitting that we solidify this partnership during this month as celebrate women entrepreneurs.”

About the Office of Supplier Diversity:
The Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD) works to improve economic opportunities available for woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses by providing education, advocacy, training and technical assistance with certification. For more information about OSD, please visit  www.dms.myflorida.com/osd.

About the University of Florida Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division:
UF’s Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations Division is responsible for overseeing UF’s Supplier Diversity Program which focuses on identifying and utilizing a diverse supply of qualified vendors interested in providing the many services and products required by the university.