The next Central Florida Tech Grove “Juice Bar” event, HUBZone and the DoD, is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2023, and will be presented by Project 160.


Juice Bar talks gather military, industry and academic professionals to discuss topics of interest to Central Florida’s modeling, simulation and training community. Previous discussions have ranged from providing small business owners with tips to become more competitive when pursuing government contracts, to navigating Other Transaction Agreements, to spotlighting the pilot training platforms inside Tech Grove.


“This is a chance to interface and have dialogue with the government in a low-key, informal environment,” said Carol Ann Logue, Tech Grove director.


HUBZone is a Small Business Administration program for small businesses that operate and employ people in historically underutilized business zones. The HUBZone program’s mission is to promote job growth, capital investment, and economic development in historically underutilized business zones, referred to as “HUBZones,” by providing contracting assistance to small businesses located in economically distressed communities.


Several HUBZone firms support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) training missions by providing training hardware and software, e-learning options, and technology solutions, among other products and services. August’s meeting will feature industry experts who will provide guidance on various nuances of doing business with the DoD as a HUBZone-certified company.


“This next event will cover the benefits of pursuing HUBZone certification, the value of that certification to the government on the DoD side, how the DoD looks for qualified HUBZone companies, and the opportunities available for HUBZone-certified firms to do business with the government beyond the DoD,” Logue said. “[HUBZone is] not a program that gets a lot of attention, not many companies appreciate the opportunities that come with HUBZone certification, and there are challenges to getting that certification. [This talk] will give companies a chance to get insight into why it matters to government, and why it should matter to them.”


Logue said the HUBZone program also benefits the warfighter by giving the government the opportunity to quickly engage with, and access solutions from, a different group of companies that get to come to the table, to which the government can “sole-source.”


“‘Sole-sourcing’ generally means that things happen faster and government can get a solution more quickly into the hands of the warfighter,” Logue said. “That’s a key value, not only for the company, but also for the government, and for the warfighter at the end of the day.”


This hybrid event offers options for in-person and virtual attendance, both of which are free of charge, but registration is required.


For more information, or to register to attend, go to


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