2019 Business Awards Celebration Luncheon Will Celebrate Local Business Owners

TAMPA, FL – The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida will host the 2019 Business Awards Celebration Luncheon at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on May 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will join the Florida SBDC at USF, in celebration of National Small Business Week, to recognize area businesses with the Florida SBDC at USF Awards and U.S. SBA Awards.

Hayes Fountain, chief executive officer of Widescope Consulting and Contracting Services, located in Largo, will be honored as the U.S. SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year for the South Florida District. Additional award winners will be announced at the celebration.

The 2019 Business Awards Celebration luncheon will feature a keynote discussion with the U.S. SBA, as we celebrate entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay region.


Cost to attend this event is $35 per person. Register at bit.ly/2019-sbdc-awards by May 6.


The Florida SBDC at USF assists existing and emerging businesses in the 10-county Tampa Bay region, through no-cost confidential business consulting, information, and low-cost training. Learn more about the available services for businesses at SBDCTampaBay.com.


About the Florida SBDC Network: 

For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide existing and emerging small and medium-sized business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for Florida’s economy. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 624,331 hours of professional business consulting to 58,975 client businesses, resulting in 281,831 jobs impacted; $36.7 billion in sales generated; $2.7 billion in government contracts acquired; $1.6 billion in capital accessed; and 4,520 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 offices, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners. The Florida SBDC Network, headquartered at the University of West Florida, is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs and is a 2016 recipient of the President’s E Award for Export Service. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.