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Courtney Named Director of University of Florida’s Small Business & Vendor Diversity Office

January 22, 2021 – Dwan Courtney, M.B.A., has been named Director of the University of Florida’s Small Business & Vendor Diversity (SBVD) Office. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Florida where she majored in Economics. She holds an M.B.A. from DeVry University-Chicago and is currently earning her Master’s in Political Science from UF. […]

University of Florida makes strides in sourcing and vendor diversity

Increasingly, higher education procurement leaders are focusing on supplier diversity to meet federal regulations, contribute to institutional mission, and give back to their surrounding communities. But many procurement leaders struggle to move the needle on increasing spend with diverse suppliers for three reasons. One, diverse vendors are often unfamiliar with sourcing opportunities with colleges and […]

6 Keys to Develop a Successful Small Business

Steve Jobs dropped out of college to start a little computer company in his garage. Mark Zuckerberg launched the first iteration of Facebook from his dorm room at Harvard. While every successful entrepreneur’s career path looks a bit different, there are universal signposts that can help steer everyone with small businesses in the right direction. […]

The Cost of Managing People

Can your business survive three, six or nine months with one or two key employees absent? What about a lawsuit? Can your organization handle the expense and emotionally exhaustive, time-consuming process of an employment investigation into your organization’s workplace practices? If you are like most small businesses, the answer is no. For small to medium-sized […]

For small businesses, education and innovation go hand in hand

There used to be a time when creativity and innovation were only associated with artists, musicians, writers, and the like. It didn’t take much for an organization to stand out, as competition wasn’t so intense…as long as it was a little different, it was perceived as innovative, making it easy for someone to dominate the […]

Take Action, Try Not To Overthink It !

Congratulations! You’ve made a large step in thinking about or already establishing your business endeavour. If you now own a business, you completed the most difficult task for most, action. If you’re still on the fence the best advice is to take action. New Is Scary It’s more common than you think to be terrified […]

Correct Your Posture Before It Tells You

The month of May is Correct Posture Month. According to the American Posture Institution, startups, entrepreneurs, and business leaders lose an average of 6 hours in productivity per week. The typical loss of activity is attributed to headaches, back pain, and decreased focus. On any given workday, there are a number of factors that play […]

Small Business Trends To Use In Your Company

Leveraging technology is on the uptick for most small companies and entrepreneurs. The definition and level of technology is different for each organization. Bottomline, regardless of what technology is used, entrepreneurs need to stay on their toes and updates with changes that may affect their business. After working with many small businesses and entrepreneurs, we […]

Division at UF seeks to promote women-owned businesses

The University of Florida has a robust program to engage small, minority and women-owned businesses. The Division of Small Business and Vendor Diversity Relations (SBVDR), led by Director Kathey Porter, is charged with identifying small, minority and women-owned businesses to do business with UF and implement programs to increase their long-term viability and success. A […]

Tips To Effectively Delegate To Your Team Members

Delegation, what does it mean to you as a business owner or processional? Do you feel like you are an expert or can you always improve how you delegate to your team members? The synonyms for delegation are entrusting, giving, and transference. There is both an art and science to proper delegation. Of course, not […]