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  • Central FL Disability Chamber Opens Doors for Veteran Success

    Orlando, FL, November 8, 2018 – The nine-week program, created by the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce (CFDC), for military veterans and their spouses seeking employment, entrepreneurship opportunities and continuing education, concluded today with a celebration graduation hosted by Rosen Hotels & Resorts. To date, more than 600 military veterans, spouses and family members have participated in the Veterans Business Initiative program at no cost, with a career placement success rate of approximately over 50 percent. This is the fourth year of the program with future sessions planned for Spring/Fall 2019.

    CFDC board member, Janice Abrew-Coriano, shared the inspiring story of Harris Rosen, COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, with graduates who are seeking an entrepreneurial path. Rosen began with one hotel originally purchased for $20,000 – his life’s savings at the time – and now owns seven hotels, all of which are debt free.

    Abrew also spoke on the topic of leadership stating, “to be a leader one must first learn to follow, listen, and demonstrate unparalleled work ethic, while never forgetting to also close their eyes and dream.” Harris Rosen, a fellow veteran, served in the United States Army for three years in Germany and South Korea.

    Many of the CFDC partner sponsors and employers such as Florida Hospital, Regions Bank, Orlando Health, Lockheed Martin, Orlando Business Journal, Herzing University and Wyndham Destinations also shared words of encouragement and were on hand to help celebrate. The Veterans Business Initiative is supported by Universal Orlando Resort, Hilton Grand Vacations, Manpower, Career Source Central Florida, OUC, Electronic Arts, University of Central Florida, Southwest, Beacon College, Duke Energy, Seminole State College and Travelers, as well as many others.

    The event concluded with community and business leaders giving praise for the work that the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce does to help military veterans transition back into the workplace.

    What makes this initiative different? It by no means is a job fair. This is a direct connect to hiring managers and directors that make decisions to engage in an actual hire,” stated Rogue Gallart, president of the CFDC. “It is our responsibility as business leaders in the community to make sure that military veterans, spouses and family members have an opportunity to meet with decision makers in the job market.

    Photos from the event can be viewed here. The next Veterans Business Initiative session is scheduled for March 2019. For more information, contact Rogue Gallart at 407-420-4899 or

    About the Central Florida Disability Chamber

    The Central Florida Disability Chamber (CFDC) aims to provide information and education on business creation and growth, specifically designed for the needs of people with disabilities. Founded in 2009, the Chamber is known for its ongoing work with the Veterans Business Initiative (VBI)- an ongoing program assisting veterans, spouses and their families in pursuit of careers after the military – and the Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) – helping high school students with disabilities gain the necessary skills for both entrepreneurship and occupational pathways. For more information on the Chamber and its programs, visit

  • Stealth fighter jets, guns, rockets: Lockheed, Northrop, Raytheon attract $1.6B in defense work to Orlando

    Senior attorneys who’ve given some thought to questions of inclusion at a number of AmLaw 100 firms in Miami agree: Most of the diversity in large firms is at their lower levels. That goes for both women and ethnic and racial minorities.

    Big work is ahead for companies in metro Orlando, thanks to five military contracts totaling more than $1.6 billion. And that’s good news not only for the firms that got the award directly, but also for area subcontractors.

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  • Focus on Inclusion Feed Minority, Gender Diversity at Law Firms in Florida

    Senior attorneys who’ve given some thought to questions of inclusion at a number of AmLaw 100 firms in Miami agree: Most of the diversity in large firms is at their lower levels. That goes for both women and ethnic and racial minorities.

    “I have seen so many women that are talented and so many people of color leave the AmLaw 100 because of perceived barriers that are really a lack of inclusiveness that allows them to feel nurtured and satisfied within their careers,” said Duane Morris partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff in Miami.

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  • MBDA to Award More Than $11 Million For Innovative Proposals

    Agency Releases FY 2018 Broad Agency Announcement, Funding Grants for Minority Business Development

    WASHINGTON (June 12, 2018) —Today, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the Department of Commerce launched a search for innovative ideas to benefit minority-owned businesses, from projects that increase access to capital to resources that increase disaster preparedness and relief. MBDA’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is designed to solicit proposals that will positively impact minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve.

    MBDA expects to award up to $11.65 million in grants to fund and implement innovative projects across the country.

    “Under the Trump Administration, the economy has seen unparalleled expansion while unemployment has fallen to the lowest level in nearly 50 years,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Minority business enterprises play a key role in our expanding economy as they not only provide over seven million jobs in the United States but also contribute billions to the national GDP.”

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  • Congratulations to Anderson & Assocaites, P.A. Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

  • Northrop Grumman's Space Coast unit wins dual Hawkeye contracts worth $81.2M

    Northrop Grumman Corp. is closing out the week with two more contracts its Advance Hawkeye military aircraft, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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  • Where Orlando leads and lags for Hispanic entrepreneurs

    Orlando is among the top 25 spots on a list measuring Hispanic entrepreneurship rates.

    Half a dozen cities – Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale; Charleston, West Virginia; Burlington, Vermont; and South Burlington – have the highest number of Hispanic-own firms, adjusted for the Hispanic population, according to WalletHUB.

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  • Another success story! Congrats to Life & Sign Designs on awarded contract with one FDBC proud corporate member Massey Services.

  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce chooses Tampa for 2019 convention

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Tampa to host its 2019 convention.

    While Philadelphia will be hosting next year’s NGLCC convention, Tampa will be the location for the 2019 event, which is estimated to have an economic impact of $2.1 million. Some 2,450 hotel rooms are expected to be booked, including 700 on the peak night.

    The 2019 convention in Tampa will run from Aug. 13 to Aug. 16.

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