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Small Business Conference for SBA certified companies 6/5

The Florida 8(a) Alliance ( will hold the first Annual Conference on June 5 and 6, 2012. The Florida 8(a) Alliance, a non-profit organization, has a mission to strengthen, train, educate and promote 8(a) and other small businesses in Florida through informational seminars, Internet groups, and summit meetings.

Speakers include: Cassius Butts- SBA Region IV Administrator; Linda Oliver- Deputy Small Business Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Wilfredo Gonzalez- Director, SBA North Florida District and Kenneth Hamilton- Supervisor, SBA Business Development Division.

The Conference is for all businesses 8(a), small businesses, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), 8(M), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), large businesses that have an interest in strengthening, training, educating and promoting 8(a) and small business firms in Florida in alignment with the organization’s mission.

Founder of the Alliance Andy Harold said “that providing a place for small businesses to network and learn from each and giving back to the small business community that has given so much to him was the primary reasons that he established the organization.” Mr. Harold is CEO of A. Harold and Associates (AHA), LLC a Florida-based, service-disabled veteran-owned (SDVO), 8(a)/small disadvantaged business (SDB)-certified firm.

The 8(a) program name comes from Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act. The Act, as amended by Congress, created the 8(a) program so the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) could help small companies owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged persons develop their businesses. This Alliance could not exist without the generous support of their wonderful sponsors: Beaver Street Enterprise Center; 5/3 Bank and LSQ Funding Group; Keystone Benefits Group; Ennis, Pellum and Associates CPAs; Deltek; Brown Insurance; Synovus Bank and First Coast Community Bank; Florida SBDC at UNF; Brown & Brown Insurance and FHM Insurance and Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam CPAs and Associates.

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