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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

Jacksonville, FL --- Pegine Echevarria, Owner and President of Team Pegine, Inc., a SBA-certified 8(a) company, was inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. Pegine is one of a handful of women and the only Latina woman to be honored with this distinction; this honor reflects her hard-work and personal style. Pegine goes by her first name only, and describes herself and her company as “feisty, fearless, focused, and fun”. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, only 3 percent of all women-owned firms have revenues of $1 million or more, and Team Pegine, Inc. is one of them.   

Team Pegine, Inc. is a Jacksonville, FL based small business that provides situational role playing, event planning/management, scalable training, educational products, and speakers (including Pegine) for the federal government, Fortune 500 companies, and the defense industry. Pegine not only motivates others, she is also focused on motivating her staff and herself to attain... Read More

Jacksonville, FL --- Ronald Rose, President of Nova Pressroom Products, LLC was recently awarded the North Florida District Exporter of the Year and the Region IV Exporter of the Year. The company has been in business for just over 5 years and in that time has increased export sales from 3% to 23%.

NOVA Pressroom Products, LLC manufactures and markets a full line of pressroom products such as blanket and roller washers for the graphic arts industry worldwide. Nova Products are available throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. The company uses a combination of technology and client support to grow its business. An example of client support provided by the company is that when selling in international markets, NOVA sales managers accompany distributor representatives on sales calls. The company currently has 21 employees and 7 manufacturing representatives. The company started with just 5 employees in 2007. Mr. Rose has also used SBA guaranteed lending to grow... Read More

Jacksonville, FL --- Ann Sabbag created Health Designs, Inc. in 1995 with the hope of delivering health and wellness programs to corporations. At the time, Ms. Sabbag worked as a Wellness Coordinator for Bellsouth and saw first-hand how the wellness program benefitted employees.  Ms. Sabbag was passionate about health and wellness and decided that she could have more impact on the field if she started her own business. Health Designs, Inc. now provides employee health assessments, biometric screenings, and face-to-face health coaching to hundreds of companies in 22 States throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

Ms. Sabbag is the winner of the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year award for both the North Florida District and the State of Florida. Health Designs. Inc. was nominated by the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida.  The Small Business Person of the Year in every State will be invited to Washington D.C. to compete for the national... Read More

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