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Orlando Firm wins Regional SBA Exporting Award

Orlando, FL --- Harry Arnon, President and CEO of Hernon Manufacturing, Inc. was recently named the 2013 District, State, and Regional Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hernon Manufacturing produces over 5,000 high performance adhesives, sealants, and processing equipment. Hernon serves multiple industries including:  ammunition, defense, aerospace, automotive, electrical and heavy equipment.  The company sells in more than 25 countries, engaging strategic partners to repackage and/or distribute their products in those nations. All Hernon products are made in the United States.

 

Hernon Manufacturing, an already established business in the Orlando area for over 20 years, recently worked with SBA resource partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Central Florida, to grow its exporting division. The SBDC is helping Hernon evaluate, recommend, and target overseas markets to position the company for its... Read More

Marine wins State Veteran Owned Business of the Year Award

Jacksonville, FL --- Lauren Little, Multi-franchise Owner, Edible Arrangements was recently awarded the 2013 District and State Veteran Owned Small Business of the year. Edible Arrangements is a creator of handcrafted fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate dipped fruit. Little opened her first franchise in 2007 in the Avondale area of Jacksonville through the assistance of an SBA backed loan. In 2009, Little purchased an existing franchise in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville. Combined her franchises are generating nearly $1 million in annual revenue, and have created 4 full-time and 16 part-time jobs for the local economy. In order to grow her business, Little initially networked at local events and meetings. She also worked closely with two SBA resource partners, including the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida, for technical assistance and training. For more information on the... Read More

Orlando, FL --- Andre Uribe, Co-Founder and vice president of Business Development for Power Grid Engineering, LLC (PGE), has been named the 2013 North Florida District Small Business Person of the Year. Uribe’s company has seen tremendous success, growing their electrical engineering firm from a small three person startup to a multi-million dollar corporation with nearly 100 employees in just six years.

 

Uribe attributes the company’s success to the firm’s commitment to quality assurance. Six years ago, PGE was founded on a vision to transform the way electrical engineering consultants provide service to utility clients throughout the industry when Uribe, along with his co-founders Michael Wright and Glenn Durie, identified an opportunity to improve an industry wide problem related to a lack of quality assurance standards.

 

Prior to PGE, the trio worked as electrical engineers in the area of Protection & Control for one of nation’s largest... Read More

Fort Walton Beach, FL --- Margarita Howard is the Founder and President/CEO of HX5, LLC, a U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) and HUBzone certified company. HX5 provides professional research and development, engineering, and information technology services to U.S. Defense agencies.   

 

Ms. Howard launched HX5, LLC in 2004 after a 20-year career in executive management positions throughout various organizations that supported the Defense industry. She also used the experience she gained in the U.S. Air Force to develop critical skills such as leadership and discipline to grow her business.  Ms. Howard established HX5 with the knowledge of the value of SBA business development programs and pursuing federal contracting opportunities. 

In late 2007 and early 2008, HX5 was certified both as an 8(a) and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) firm.   The 8(a) Business Development Program is an important resource for small businesses seeking... Read More

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