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SBA South Florida District Office Financial Literacy MonthApril has been recognized as National Financial Literacy Month. Why is that? Because good financial habits don’t come out of thin air. They need to be learned, practiced, implemented, and remembered. Here are some upcoming webinars to help with your business financial literacy and education: Business Finance De-Mystified…

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Financial Literacy Month
April has been recognized as National Financial Literacy Month. Why is that? Because good financial habits don’t come out of thin air. They need to be learned, practiced, implemented, and remembered. Here are some upcoming webinars to help with your business financial literacy and education:

Business Finance De-Mystified – March 31 6pm
If you’re looking for an easy-to-understand introduction to business finance concepts, this is the workshop for you! Even if you have no prior experience with financial statements, we’ll use plain English, simple examples and pictures in a way that will allow you to better understand:
• the difference between an Income Statement and a Balance Sheet
• how those documents can help you manage your business and make it more profitable
• tools you can use to keep track of how your business is doing.
Business Finance De-Mystified | SCORE

Financial Forecasting in A Post-Pandemic Economy – April 1 1pm
Is it business as usual in what could be a post pandemic 2022 and beyond? Or do we need to update our assumptions and our forecasting techniques to accommodate a new reality? This webinar explores those conditions and presents an array of forecasting methodologies to help your business plan for the future.
Financial Forecasting in A Post-Pandemic Economy | SCORE

Tax Boot Camp for Small Business Owners – April 5 6pm
This seminar is specifically developed for small business owners who have little to no experience or understanding of the role and impact of income taxes on their businesses. It is facilitated by experienced Tax Professionals and is designed to provide ideas and tax strategies that can be shared with one’s tax advisor.
https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000005qevW

Building Credit for Your Business – April 6 10am
The Building Credit webinar summarizes the importance of small business owners having a good personal and business credit history.
After completing this training, participants will understand the following:
1. How the personal and business credit reporting landscape relates to their business
2. What goes into the personal and business credit reports and scores used to assess credit profiles
3. How to establish and build strong personal and business credit histories to support the growth and sustainability of their business
4. How lenders and other businesses may use personal and business credit reports and scores to assess lending risk or evaluate other business-to-business opportunities;
5. How the use of credit reporting services can help small business owners make sound decisions
6. How to leverage strong personal and business credit histories to obtain satisfactory financing terms
7. How to recognize when business and personal credit history may become a bigger factor in seeking larger financing options
Building Credit for your Business Tickets, Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite

Understanding Financial Statements and Sustainability – April 8 1pm
We will introduce you to 3 financial statements that will give you a high level “dashboard” for how your business is performing financially so you can secure a business loan and outlive the current pandemic!
Understanding Financial Statements and Sustainability | SCORE

Cash Flow vs. Profitability – April 14 10am
Understanding the difference between cash flow and profitability can prevent the number one reason businesses fail – insolvency . Learn how to use each of them to manage your business more effectively in this one-hour seminar, featuring a real small business case study.
Registration (gotowebinar.com)

Ask an Expert – Smart Money Moves for Your Business – April 14 1pm
So you have finally started to see consistent profits. The next step is to learn money management strategies that improve your business’s cash flow.
Join us for this LIVE Q&A session with expert presenter Justin Krane, dedicated to answering your questions.
In this webinar, we will answer questions about:
• Pricing
• How to set up your business to fund your personal financial life
• Increasing your profits
• Proactive cash flow planning
April 14: Ask an Expert – Smart Money Moves for Your Business | SCORE

Managing Business Cash Flow – April 19 1pm
Welcome to Managing Cash Flow. Taking this class is an important step to building a better financial future for you and your family.
About this event
As a small business owner, it is important to know how much cash is moving in and out of your business. You need to think ahead in order to meet financial obligations and run a profitable business on a long-term basis. This class introduces some basic cash flow concepts that can get you started.
Managing Business Cash Flow Tickets, Tue, Apr 19, 2022 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Financial Management for Small Business – April 20 11am
The Financial Management for a Small Business module will take you on an important first step to building a better financial future for your business.
After completing this training, you will be able to:
• Explain the concept of financial management and why it is important to a small business.
• Identify financial management practices, rules, and tools that are commonly available to a small business.
• Explain the most common financial statements.
• Explain how these financial management practices, rules, and tools work.
• Explain financial management basics for a small business.
• Importance of cash flow management.
• Explain the basics of financing for start-up and growing businesses.
Financial Management for Small Business Tickets, Wed, Apr 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

Show Me the Money – Financing Options for your Small Business – April 27 11am
This class discusses the multiple sources of capital for starting and growing a small business. The pros and cons of the funding sources are reviewed. Topics to be discussed include familiar options such as self-financing, funding from friends & family, and partnerships. Other sources are reviewed such as:• Small Business Loans• SBA Loan Guaranty Program• MicroloansSome less conventional financing sources along with their pros and cons are also discussed, including selling equity (shares), venture capital, angel investors, and crowd funding.
Show me the money – Financing options for your small business Tickets | Eventbrite

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April at the Gulf Coast Symphony

Our April 2022 Performance Calendar BRIAN LIN PLAYS MOZART Saturday, April 2 Pianist Brian Lin joins the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, K466 in d minor. The program includes Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 and Fanny Mendelssohn's Overture in C. AN EVENING OF PIANO QUINTETSSunday, April 3Piotr Kozlowski, piano and the…

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Our April 2022 Performance Calendar

BRIAN LIN PLAYS MOZART

Saturday, April 2

Pianist Brian Lin joins the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K466 in d minor. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C.

AN EVENING OF PIANO QUINTETS
Sunday, April 3
Piotr Kozlowski, piano and the Stamps String Quartet perform famous quintets.
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in g minor Op. 57
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 44

MY LIFE IN MUSIC
Friday, April 8

Broadway leading lady, and GCS fan favorite, Melissa Errico is joined by pianist and multi award winner John McDaniel for a unique one-night only intimate cabaret performance called “My Life in Music” as seen at NYC’s 54 Below.

GULFSHORE BALLET
Saturday, April 9
The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra performs a magical night of Spanish Ballet with dancers from the Gulfshore Ballet. The program includes excerpts from Don Quixote
and Paquita.

JAZZ COLLECTIVE JAMS
Friday, April 22

The Gulf Coast Jazz Collective has invited friends, their top students and other local favorites for a night of cool jazz playing various Jazz standards.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Friday, April 24
The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra presents a program inspired by mother earth, including Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale”.

A RICHARD RODGERS TRIBUTE
Friday, April 8

Broadway stars Christiane Noll, Hugh Panaro and Ben Davis take the stage at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for a magnificent program with music from Carousel, Oklahoma, South Pacific, the Sound of Music and more as we celebrate on of Broadway’s most heralded composers.

Gulf Coast Symphony, PO Box 60878, Fort Myers, FL 33906, United States

Come see Pianist Brian Lin at the MACC, One Night Only, April 2nd at the MACC.

Pianist Brian Lin Performs with theGulf Coast Chamber Orchestra April 2 Music and Arts Community Center The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra welcomes Piano Virtuoso Brian Lin. Brian Lin has taken the international piano scene by storm, enjoying a career that has taken him to performances across the United States, China, Canada, Korea, France, Australia, and…

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Pianist Brian Lin Performs with the
Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra

April 2

Music and Arts Community Center

The Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra welcomes Piano Virtuoso Brian Lin.

Brian Lin has taken the international piano scene by storm, enjoying a career that has taken him to performances across the United States, China, Canada, Korea, France, Australia, and Russia.

Renowned pianist Matti Raekallio hails Lin as “a tremendous virtuoso with an appealing richness of musical imagination and a performer’s courage that
immediately captures the listener.”

The program includes:

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17

April 24

Barbara B Mann Performing
Arts Hall at FSW

Richard Rodgers was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, having composed 43 Broadway musicals and being credited with over 900 songs. This program is a tribute to to his greatest works from Oklahoma, Sound of Music, Carousel, King and I & many more musical theater favorites.

The Gulf Coast Symphony will be joined with Broadway singers
Ben Davis, Christiane Noll & Hugh Panaro

Gulf Coast Symphony, PO Box 60878, Fort Myers, FL 33906, United States

Come out to our Jazz Jam, have fun, see your friends and swing with us!

Jazz Jam April 21 Music & Arts Community Center It has been a great season! But it is not over yet! The Jazz Jam is the last Jazz concert with theamazing Gulf Coast Jazz Collective for this year. Join the members of the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective in a fun"Open Mic Night Jam", for a…

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Jazz Jam

April 21

Music & Arts Community Center

It has been a great season! But it is not over yet!

The Jazz Jam is the last Jazz concert with the
amazing Gulf Coast Jazz Collective for this year.

Join the members of the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective in a fun
“Open Mic Night Jam”, for a night of special guests and
jamming music!

Gulf Coast Symphony, PO Box 60878, Fort Myers, FL 33906, United States

Warm fuzzies incoming

Our creative community (that's you!) is the best. You're the kindest, funniest, most adventurous, best looking individuals in the world... and you make our little world go round.This April, connect to your neighbors and to the arts at the Alliance! The Cake a comedy by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Stephanie Davis Last chance! Performances…

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Our creative community (that’s you!) is the best. You’re the kindest, funniest, most adventurous, best looking individuals in the world… and you make our little world go round.
This April, connect to your neighbors and to the arts at the Alliance!

The Cake a comedy by Bekah Brunstetter and directed by Stephanie Davis

Last chance! Performances March 31 and April 1 • All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary and she’s just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then, her late-best-friend’s daughter comes home from New York City to ask her to make a cake for her upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen’s about to marry a woman, she is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around them all. This emotional and deliciously funny play was created by Bekah Brunstetter, writer and producer of NBC’s “This is Us.”

This production is sponsored by Janet and Bruce Bunch.

Naples Big Band

Saturday, April 2 • Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and park yourself on our festival grounds for this Big Band concert! Enjoy a beautiful evening with your friends as you tap your toes to some fabulous music. Tickets are $10 per person for non-members. Tickets for members are free, but an RSVP is required.If you are an Alliance for the Arts member, click here to reserve your tickets.

Storytelling Series: Stories of April Fools and Tall Tales

Saturday, April 16 • What’s a tall tale? Come and find out the truth. Our tellers get up on stage and tell stories as tall as the sky and as wide as the ocean. That’s a pretty big story! Storytellers of the Round Table and The Elephant Showcase Storytellers bring you stories in the oral tradition. Captivating, spellbinding, and entertaining and featuring featuring Dr. Joel Ying, Mary Lou Williams, Lisa Leonhardt and Pamela Minton.

Free Family Art Lab

Saturday, April 23 • Make creativity part of your family routine each month during Family Art Lab! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. Come ready to imagine and create!

Bob Ross Classic: “Rolling Hills” – Painting Workshop (Ages 13+)

Saturday, April 2 • Join Mathew Halstead, CRI of Lazy Painter Brushworks, for a classic Bob Ross painting workshop with friends at the Alliance. Find freedom on a canvas as Mathew leads you from start to finish though creating the painting, “Rolling Hills.” Students will take home a finished 16×20 painting.

The Art of Matting and Framing for Artists and Photographers (Ages 16+)

Sunday, April 3 • In this hands-on workshop you will learn professional mat cutting skills and techniques using a Logan mat cutter. Instructor/Professional Framer will teach you conservation, preservation, archival mounting and assembly for art and photos.

Collage and Mixed Media (Ages 16+)

Mondays, April 4 – 25• In this four week course, students will be exposed to various mixed media techniques with an emphasis on collage. This will be a fun and experimental class for anyone who wants to try but doesn’t know how to go about it. It will also have relevance for the seasoned artist who wants to try something different.

Zentangle for the Seasons (Ages13+)

Wednesday, April 6-27 • Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of drawing patterns step by step. It is relaxing, gratifying and a great way to exercise the creative side of your brain! Beginning with the basics in the first class, we’ll then create a variety of Art works throughout the month, based on the season.

13 the Musical Presented by Alliance Youth Theatre

Performances April 29 – May 1 • Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Summer Arts Camp for Grades 1 – 7

Sessions June – August 2022 • A camp session consists of two immersive weeks of the best summer arts camp in southwest Florida. Fill your child’s summer with an exhilarating array of activities like art, theatre, photography and movement! Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to experience, explore and engage with both visual and performing arts.

Choose your own art•venture with weekly session themes exploring the elements of wind, earth, fire and water through both visual and performing arts as well as science experiments.

Membership Survey

You can help us improve our membership benefits and programs by taking this quick survey. Plus there’s a chance to win an upgrade to the Traveler level (North American Reciprocal Museum Membership). If you are already at the Traveler level or above, we will extend your membership with the Alliance for one year.

Discover your SoulCollage® animal companion

Friday, April 8 • This workshop is one of a series, designed for those who have taken an Introduction to SoulCollage®. This workshop delves into the Companion suit, and includes a guided meditation to help you discover your own animal companions, which are associated with each of the seven main chakras, or energy centers, in the body.

Watercolor Made Easy – Creating Textures (Ages 13+)

Saturday, April 9 • This workshop will cover the three methods of watercolor application – washes, glazes, and wet-into-wet techniques. Time will also be spent exploring various techniques to create textural effects that add detail and expression to paintings.

Introduction to Colored Pencils Workshop (Ages 18+)

Saturday, April 9 •This introductory class will teach the beginner how to use colored pencils to create beautiful works of art. The Instructor/Artist will provide all materials for this class, allowing you to try out this versatile medium before investing in your own supplies.

Classical AM, PM or Painting Studio with Terry Lynn Spry (Ages 16+)

Tuesdays, April 12 – May 17 • Join long-time instructor and painter, Terry Lynn Spry, for her weekly fine art painting classes designed for the novice to the professional. Students are encouraged to work at their own level, and with their subject and medium of choice.

Westminster History and Treasure Part 1 – Online Art Lecture

Thursday, April 28 – May 19 •This interactive and hands-on event is hosted online, which means you get to enjoy it from the comfort of your living room, patio or kitchen table! An access link will be provided prior to the start of the event.

Fine Art Acrylics (Ages 18+)

Mondays, April 18 – May 16 • In this critique based class student’s artwork and ideas will be shared freely. Each class begins and ends with a group critique session. In between group sessions students work at individual stations at their own pace. Each student will receive one-on-one guidance from the instructor.

Plein Air Abstract Landscape Painting (Ages 18+)

Wednesdays, April 20 – May 18 • Join artist Marilyn Hedlund for an outdoor, in-person plein air abstract landscape painting class where nature will be your guide. Learn to use landscapes or seascapes as the basis for an abstract painting.

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SBA Talks Equity Across the Southeast

March 2022 Regional Administrator Allen Thomas Visits Miami Highlighting Equity & OpportunitySBA Regional Administrator Allen M. Thomas joined Administrator Isabella Guzman and SBA Associate Administrator for Government Contracting & Business Development, Bibi Hidalgo, U.S. Representatives Maria Salazar and Frederica Wilson, and Florida SBA Director Malcolm Richards to a visit to Miami. The visit highlighted the…

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March 2022

Regional Administrator Allen Thomas Visits Miami Highlighting Equity & Opportunity
SBA Regional Administrator Allen M. Thomas joined Administrator Isabella Guzman and SBA Associate Administrator for Government Contracting & Business Development, Bibi Hidalgo, U.S. Representatives Maria Salazar and Frederica Wilson, and Florida SBA Director Malcolm Richards to a visit to Miami. The visit highlighted the importance of government contracting for entrepreneurs, equity throughout entrepreneurship, and small business owners who spoke about the pandemic challenges they faced and how they utilized SBA and Biden-Harris Administration recovery programs to overcome them. Regional Administrator Allen Thomas stayed in Miami for an extra day meeting with Community Navigators, Miami Dade County Mayor Cava and key stakeholders in Miami.

Roundtable with Representative Maria Salazar:
SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Rep. Maria Salazar, and Regional Administrator Allen Thomas participate in a roundtable discussion with entrepreneurs, resource partners, lenders, students, and small business stakeholders at Miami Dade College.

Olds’ Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina:
SBA Southeast Regional Administrator Allen Thomas, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, SBA Associate Administrator for Government Contracting & Business Development Bibi Hidalgo met with Mr. Eliesteban Mena, owner, Olds’ Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina. Olds’ Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina is located on the famous “Calle Ocho” of Little Havana that is visited by tourists and locals alike searching for the Cuban heartbeat of Miami.

Roundtable with Representative Frederica Wilson:
Next, Regional Administrator Allen Thomas, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Rep. Frederica Wilson, SBA Associate Administrator for Government Contracting & Business Development Bibi Hidalgo participated in a roundtable discussion. The roundtable was held at Aero Marine Interior, Inc. (AMI). AMI is an FAA Approved Repair Station specializing in Aircraft Interior Repairs. Their services include full Aircraft Interior Overhaul, Refurbishing, Upholstering, and Carpeting. The Tuckers(owners) were able to talk about and display how the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) helped their business to stay afloat throughout the pandemic and they were able to pay and maintain their staff through challenging times.

Miami-Dade County Visit:
Regional Administrator Allen Thomas made a visit to the Miami Dade County offices where he along with SBA Florida Director Malcolm Richards and SBA Marketing & Outreach Specialist Alyn Fernandez visited with Miami Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and discussed her top priorities and how SBA may play a vital role for the small businesses of Miami Dade County.

Community Navigator Visit:
Regional Administrator Allen Thomas met with Brian Van Hook, regional director of the Florida SBDC at FIU and the Community Navigator Hub: the Florida SBDC serves as the hub of the Miami-Dade Business Navigator Program and the spokes: 6 Miami-Dade organizations to support small businesses and help create jobs:
• Ascendus
• Branches
• Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade
• Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
• Prospera
• StartUP FIU Procurement

News From Across the Southeast

Alabama District
Thomas Todt, District Director
Alabama Seeks to share SBA Resources about Loan Programs
The Alabama District Office’s Lender Relations Specialist, Roderick Perkins, and Outreach and Marketing Specialist, Megyn Rodriguez, led a pilot program at the start of the new year with SBA Loans 101 and 201. The goal of the programs is to inform small business owners and entrepreneurs about key eligibility, key steps to obtaining loans, how to find resources partner assistance, the details of each SBA loan program and how to improve likelihood of approval. Over the course of eight virtual events, they were able to provide outreach and answer questions to 355 plus participants of diverse backgrounds. Are you interested in attending? They do not need to be taken in any order. Register today while the program still lasts: For 101 or for 201! Check out other local events for business plans, government contracting, and so much more!

Register today while the program still lasts: For 101 or for 201! Check out other local events for business plans, government contracting, and so much more!

North & South Florida Districts
Jon “Malcolm” Richards, District Director
North Florida:
The North Florida District Office hosted 2 events to support Women’s History Month.
The district started the month with an event designed to help women learn about franchising. Presenters included Heidi Simos, The Entrepreneur’s Source; Jonel Hein, SBA North Florida Deputy District Director; Frances Fisher, SCORE Counselor; and Natalie Hall, SBA Economic Development Specialist.

The district also hosted a celebration event to highlight women business owners that have made it through the pandemic. The event featured a keynote speech from Natalie Madeira Cofield, SBA Assistant Administrator for Office of Women’s Business Ownership and Jackie Geary, Director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. Jonel Hein, SBA North Florida District Director spoke about statistics for women’s business ownership. The event then followed the journey of 3 women business owners during the pandemic: Mary Jane Culhane, Founder/Partner Culhane Irish Pub; Cantrece Jones, CEO, Acuity Design Group (ADG); and Indy Vega, CEO, CCI Group. The event was planned and coordinated by Ana Grogan, SBA Marketing and Outreach Specialist.

South Florida:
Celebrate Financial Literacy Month with the SBA South Florida District all April long! For more information and to register please click link below:
SBA South Florida Financial Literacy Month

Georgia District
Terri L. Denison, District Director

In honor of Women’s History Month, We are Honored to Highlight Bella Hanono Family Dentistry
Dr. Bella Hanono arrived in Atlanta in the early 1990s after graduating from dental school at the University of Texas in Houston. She learned DeKalb and Fulton counties had a large Hispanic population and saw an opportunity to open a family dentistry practice to help fill a gap in dental services for the Hispanic population. The patients felt very comfortable when the provider was able to communicate with them in the same language.

Shortly after the pandemic started, Dr. Hanono contacted the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to request assistance for her business, Bella Hanono Family Dentistry. The chamber recommended she reach out to one of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partners, ACE Women’s Business Center, for counseling on COVID-19 relief options available for small businesses. “I reached out to ACE Women’s Business Center when my financial institution was not able to help me,” she said.

Dr. Hanono decided her best option was to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. After she applied for the EIDL loan directly through the SBA, she decided to also apply for a PPP. “I scheduled a meeting with a coach who assisted me with the application process and submission through ACE,” she said. “Everyone was extremely helpful – explaining the options of the SBA relief funds, application process, answering questions and ensuring that the applications were submitted accurately to the SBA.”

Early in 2021, when the 2nd Draw of the PPP was available, Dr. Hanono contacted the Women’s Business Center again. A coach assisted her with the second application and she was funded by ACE again. They staff also guided her through the PPP forgiveness process. “Thanks to these funds, I was able to keep my workforce employed and continue operating during the COVID-19 crisis.”
“I am very pleased with the service I received, and it was a wonderful experience. Thank you to ACE and the Women’s Business Center for helping my business during these unprecedented times for all of us. I am also extremely grateful to U. S. Small Business Administration for making the relief funds available to small business owners like me.”

Kentucky District
Robert Coffey, District Director

SBA Celebrates Women’s History Month in Kentucky
SBA helps women entrepreneurs launch new businesses and compete in the marketplace. You can connect with the training and funding opportunities specifically for women.
And every March, SBA celebrates Women’s History Month and highlights SBA resources for Women-owned business. We also like to highlight inspiring small business success stories.
So, what happens when you fuse traditional Italian recipes with soul food grilling? Read Paula Hunter’s story: how she tapped into SBA resources to her start and grow The Black Italian Grill Kitchen – and survived the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the Women Owned Small Business Success Stories below – and many others – at www.sba.gov/ky and on Twitter at @SBA_Kentucky:
• C&R Beauty Bar
• The Delish Dish
• Oscarware, Inc.
• Two Rivers Fisheries
• Mammy’s Kitchen

Mississippi District
Janita R. Stewart, District Director

Mississippi Women’s History Month Event
“She Started It”
On March 10th, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the SBA Mississippi District Office in collaboration with the Mississippi Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Alcorn State University and Jackson State University held a virtual event “She Started It” on various types of SBA resources for women entrepreneur. The attendances were welcomed by Bridget Johnson Fells, Economic Development Specialist/DOTR. Opening remarks were provided by Janita R. Stewart, Mississippi District Director. The Mississippi WBCs provided information on their services and three Mississippi Women-Owned Small Businesses served on the Panel sharing their small business journey.
“She Started it!”

North Carolina District
Michael Arriola, District Director

North Carolina SBA Lenders Honored in Asheville
SBA leadership took part in the Southeast Small Business Lenders Conference (SESBLC) in Asheville recently. About 500 lenders and service providers from across the Southeast participated.

Southeast Regional Administrator Allen Thomas Addresses a sold out event- over 500 lenders

NC’s SBA lender award ceremony, from left: Regional Administrator Allen Thomas; Lead Lender Rrelations Specialist Karen Hoskins; Live Oak Bank rep Sherrill Stockton, BEFCOR rep Elaine Fairman, Mountain BizWorks rep Kelly Foster, Fidelity Bank rep Kale Gaston; and NC District Director Mike Arriola.

SBA Honors Women’s History Month with:
Concrete Roses Life Center
Throughout her life, Shaukura Brown has regularly been one to express compassion and a desire to help others. She is known by her friends and family for her warm, empathetic heart.
“I was fortunate to be positioned in life where I had the financial means to take care of my responsibilities, and to invest in my destiny and purpose,” said Brown. “Yet, what I had in life was not enough for me. I felt compelled to do more. I had to give back.”

Brown’s education and work experience stem from the computer science world but one could easily overlook that based on her passion for social work. In fact, she wanted to start her own small business but was unsure how to put all the pieces together.

“My thoughts and ideas were spinning in my head, and my ambition fueled my energy-level,” said Brown. “I searched the Internet and ended up stumbling across the Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Charlotte. I immediately scheduled a meeting.”

On the day of her first appointment with the WBC counselor, Brown sat in her car outside the WBC and role-played the introduction she would momentarily give.  She did not know what to expect from the meeting but promised herself that she would at least walk away with progress toward her business goal.
“When I walked into the WBC, I was caught off guard by the warm greeting and smiles that I received,” said Brown. “The staff was just as excited about my business idea as myself.”
Following that day, Brown went on to take one of the WBC’s entrepreneurial classes, and left feeling like a subject matter expert.
“The Women’s Business Center never made me feel like I was just a number but more like I was in a network or sisterhood,” said Brown. “The staff keeps you on your toes and holds you accountable for your action items.”
Brown is now the owner of the mental health and well-being business, Concrete Roses Life Center. The Center has more than 50 staff members and clinicians dedicated to providing services to the public. Her business also offers mentoring services for Charlotte-Mecklenburg public schools and has additional programs with community partners to provide youth therapy, workforce development, and parenting enrichment programs.

South Carolina District
Richard “Gregg” White
The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. On April 5th and 6th, join us for two classes that will educate you on the process of selling to the federal government.

April 5th – The System for Awards Management (SAM)
Learn how to register for, navigate and use the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) at www.SAM.gov. This is the first step in federal contracting.
Register

April 6th – Federal Contracting 101
Once registered in SAM, learn how to expand your contracting opportunities through federal certifications. This class will discuss the certification requirements, the process to become certified, and how to use the certifications to increase business revenue.
For more upcoming events, visit our calendar at www.sba.gov/sc.

Tennessee District
LaTanya Channel, District Director

SBA Regional Administrator Allen Thomas took part in two Tennessee District Office events.
He attended a planning session with the Disaster Assistance Leadership Team to discuss ongoing recovery efforts for businesses and residents affected by the March 2020 tornadoes that tore through the heart of Middle Tennessee, the catastrophic August 2021 floods of Waverly, TN, and December 2021 severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes impacting West Tennessee counties.

On, March 9, 2022, he participated in the US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville Small Business Industry Day. Over 100 small businesses attended theme Back-2-Business virtual event learned about USACE programs and future government contracting opportunities within the Department of Defense.
Please continue to check the Tennessee District Office Eventbrite pages for upcoming webinars to learn what it takes to start and grow a business and financing options!
Regional Administrator Allen Thomas & Kem Fleming, Director of Field Operations Center East, Office of Disaster Assistance meet in Tennessee to discuss the impact of the destruction from natural disasters

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Stevens Construction earns Great Place to Work Certification

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 31, 2022) – Stevens Construction has been certified as a Great Place to Work based on feedback from current team members, announced Mark Stevens, president, Stevens Construction, Inc. Team members were provided an anonymous survey in which 100% of participants indicated that are proud to share they work at Stevens Construction. …

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 31, 2022) – Stevens Construction has been certified as a Great Place to Work based on feedback from current team members, announced Mark Stevens, president, Stevens Construction, Inc.

Team members were provided an anonymous survey in which 100% of participants indicated that are proud to share they work at Stevens Construction. 

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

Stevens Construction currently has 73 team members throughout its offices in Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers. The company is currently recruiting for multiple positions in all offices. For a full list of current opportunities, visit Careers | Stevens Construction (stevensconstructioninc.com).

About Stevens Construction, Inc.

With offices in Fort Myers, Tampa, Sarasota and Orlando, Fla., Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds healthcare, commercial and hospitality facilities. For information, visit www.stevensconstructioninc.com or call 239-936-9006.

Spring BearWise tips to reduce conflicts with bears

March 31, 2022 Spring BearWise tips to reduce conflicts with bearsWith spring bringing warmer weather, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds residents and visitors that bears are becoming more active. You can help prevent potential negative interactions with bears and other wildlife by removing food attractants and following other BearWise® practices.During spring,…

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March 31, 2022

Spring BearWise tips to reduce conflicts with bears
With spring bringing warmer weather, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds residents and visitors that bears are becoming more active. You can help prevent potential negative interactions with bears and other wildlife by removing food attractants and following other BearWise® practices.
During spring, bears become more active in search of things to eat. Female bears are also beginning to travel with their cubs and teaching them where to forage for food.
“Bears will take advantage of easy meals, such as unsecured garbage, pet food or bird seed,” said the FWC’s Bear Management Program Coordinator, David Telesco. “If bears don’t find a food source in the neighborhood, they’ll move on.”
Follow the six BearWise Basics to avoid attracting bears to your neighborhood and help prevent conflicts:
1: Never feed or approach bears
• Feeding bears can make them lose their natural fear of people.
• It is illegal in Florida to intentionally feed bears or leave out food or garbage that will attract bears and cause conflicts.
• Getting close to a wild animal is dangerous.

2: Secure food and garbage
• Store garbage in a sturdy shed or garage and then put it out on the morning of pickup rather than the night before.
• If not stored in a secured building, modify your existing garbage can to make it more bear-resistant or use a bear-resistant container.
• Secure commercial garbage in bear-resistant dumpsters.
• Protect gardens, beehives, compost and livestock with electric fencing.
• Pick ripe fruit from trees and bushes and remove fallen fruit from the ground.

3: Remove or secure bird and wildlife feeders
• Remove wildlife feeders.
• If wildlife feeders are left up, only put enough food out for wildlife to finish eating before dark and make feeders bear-resistant.

4: Never leave pet food outdoors
• Feed pets indoors.
• If feeding pets outdoors, only put food outside for short time periods and bring in leftover food and dishes after each feeding.

5: Clean and store grills
• Clean and degrease grills and smokers after each use.
• If mobile, store them in a secure shed or garage.

6: Alert neighbors to bear activity
• If you see a bear, let your neighbors know.
• Share tips on how to avoid conflicts with bears.
• Encourage your homeowner’s association or local government to institute bylaws or ordinances to require trash be kept secure.

While black bears generally are not aggressive, they have injured people in Florida. Dogs can trigger defensive behaviors from bears, especially females with cubs.
When walking dogs, keep them close to you – preferably on a non-retractable leash – and be aware of your surroundings. Before letting your dog out at night, flip lights on and off and bang on the door to give bears and other wildlife a chance to flee.

As bears increase their movements this time of year, they also increase the number of roads they cross. For the safety of yourself and bears, remember to slow down when driving, particularly on rural highways at dawn or dusk. Watch for road signs identifying bear crossing areas. Each year in Florida, an average of 250 bears are killed after being hit by vehicles.

Having conflicts with bears? Call one of the FWC’s five regional offices. Go to MyFWC.com/Contact, and click on “Contact Regional Offices” to find the phone number for your region. If you want to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

More information is available at MyFWC.com/Bear, where you can access the “Guide to Living in Bear Country” brochure. Find additional ways to be BearWise at BearWise.org. Help us help bears and other wildlife by purchasing the Conserve Wildlife tag at WildlifeFlorida.org/CWT.

Spring is an active time for many of Florida’s wildlife species. For more information on wildlife in Spring, visit MyFWC.com/News and click on “Spring Wildlife News.”

QUESTIONS? Contact the FWC

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission · 620 S. Meridian Street · Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 · (850) 488-4676

Looking for an Spring Getaway?

Discovery Map is back with more vacation inspiration! Spring Break is right around the corner. If you're looking for beach days, family-friendly attractions, and gorgeous scenery, consider a trip to Hilton Head & Bluffton, South Carolina! From the Heritage Park Classic at Sea Pines Resort to its beautiful coastline and vast array of wildlife, Hilton…

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Discovery Map is back with more vacation inspiration!

Spring Break is right around the corner. If you’re looking for beach days, family-friendly attractions, and gorgeous scenery, consider a trip to Hilton Head & Bluffton, South Carolina!

From the Heritage Park Classic at Sea Pines Resort to its beautiful coastline and vast array of wildlife, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton offer a unique experience on the Atlantic coast.

As always, on the Discovery Map page you’ll find information on:
• Things to do
• Lodging
• Places to eat & drink
• Shopping destinations
• Services
We’ve also got helpful articles that highlight our favorite spots and information about the history and culture of the area.

Check out our favorite write-ups for Hilton Head, SC and the surrounding towns below.

Southern Culture of Hilton Head and Bluffton

Explore the history, culture, and customs of the Lowcountry.

Outdoor Fun in Hilton Head and Bluffton

Golf, golf, golf. It’s a big part of the whole raison d’être of the Hilton Head and Bluffton of today. Since the early sixties, this part of South Carolina has grown into one of the golf capitals of the world.

Ready to Plan Your Trip?

The best resource for planning your vacation is your very own Discovery Map of Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC! Head to our online store and order copies from the comfort of your home;http://discoverymap.com › map-store › product Bluffton & Hilton Head Map

You can also check out Hilton Head and Bluffton on the WebMap.

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Legal News and Updates from Henderson Franklin - March 2022 Edition

March 2022 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated on legal issues impacting their businesses and families. Below please find the blogs, articles, and firm news published in March 2022. Legal Updates There are more than 1.5 million residential condominium unit owners in Florida. While association documents…

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March 2022

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is dedicated to keep our clients and community updated on legal issues impacting their businesses and families. Below please find the blogs, articles, and firm news published in March 2022.

Legal Updates

There are more than 1.5 million residential condominium unit owners in Florida. While association documents may require owners to maintain their units, accident happens. When damage occurs, who is responsible?
In this post, association attorney Colby Keefe and litigation attorney Steven Gendreau team up to discuss Florida law governing maintenance obligations, liability standards, financial obligations, and subrogation claims.

Henderson Franklin was again honored to sponsor 2022 Market Trends, which took place on March 16, 2022, with speakers Randy Thibaut, founder of Land Solutions, Inc., Denny Grimes, President of Denny Grimes & Team at Keller Williams Realty, and Justin Thibaut, CEO of Land Solutions, Inc.

Employers who use arbitration agreements for employment disputes just had the scope of those agreements narrowed. On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act.
From Labor & Employment Chair Scott Atwood.

In the news

In her second one-year term as President of the Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club, Monica Schmucker wants to continue the Club’s momentum with growing its presence in the community and with their vision of renovating the historic schoolhouse that serves as the FMB-WC clubhouse. She shares:
“Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club membership has grown steadily over the past two years, meaning we have more people becoming involved in supporting our local organizations. Since COVID put a halt on our plans for the restoration of the historic schoolhouse that is our charming clubhouse, we continue to focus on relaunching that project. We have also returned to hosting our big annual community fundraising events as well as fun and safe monthly social events and membership meetings.”

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Lee Rendeiro has joined the firm’s Business & Tax Department. As a registered patent attorney, he strengthens the breadth of the firm’s intellectual property services.  Lee’s technical and legal experience provides a well-rounded solution for anyone seeking guidance on their intellectual property portfolio, obtaining proper protection for their intellectual property, monitoring their intellectual property registrations, and/or defending their intellectual property rights.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Litigation attorney Peter Kamm has joined the firm as a stockholder in the Tort & Insurance Litigation Department. He brings nearly two decades of trial acumen and today represents insurance carriers in the defense of automobile and premises liability claims.
Upon completing Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, Peter’s legal career began as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a Staff Judge Advocate. He served as both a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney and as Senior Defense Counsel, achieving the rank of Captain prior to an honorable discharge.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Land Use and Environmental Law Department Chair Jeff Wright has been recertified by the Florida Bar as Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. The Supreme Court of Florida states that “those who are board certified are preeminent in competence and ethics.”
Wright specializes in working through the complex challenges of assisting property owners, developers, associations, and investors in obtaining land use entitlements and addressing permitting concerns.

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