On May 10, 2023, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will join the Florida SBDC at USF, celebrating National Small Business Week, and recognizing area businesses at the 2023 Florida SBDC at USF Business Awards Luncheon. The 2023 Business Awards Luncheon recognizes Florida SBDC at USF and U.S. SBA business award winners for their work during 2022. In addition, Florida SBDC at USF team members are recognized for their outstanding work.
- 11:30 am: Doors Open
- 11:45 am: Welcome Remarks
- 11:50 am: Lunch Served
- 12:10 pm: Florida SBDC Network Performance Awards Presentation (Presented by Carl Hadden, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF)
- 12:20 pm: Florida SBDC at USF Small Business Awards Presentation (Presented by Carl Hadden, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF)
- 12:30 pm: U.S. Small Business Administration Award Presentation (Presented by CJ Castro, Senior Area Manager, U.S. SBA)
- 12:40 pm: Pay It Forward Recognition and Keynote Introduction (Presented by Amber Fogler-Tortora, Regional Vice President of Field Marketing, East Division, Spectrum Reach)
- 12:45 pm: Keynote Address: Johnny Crowder – Mental health advocate, entrepreneur and musician
- 1:10 pm: Closing Remarks and Networking (Carl Hadden, Regional Director, Florida SBDC at USF)
4103 USF Cedar Circle
Tampa, FL 33620
Second Floor: 2100 AB
Mental health CEO and entrepreneur Johnny Crowder is a true master of one of the most pressing strategic concerns in business today: wellbeing. But revealing the keys to a healthier workplace, headspace, and heartspace for all is just the beginning.
As the founder and CEO of the globally-utilized positive psychology startup Cope Notes, Johnny Crowder gives audiences practical self-care tools and mental health strategies that people can start using now to improve their emotional health and wellbeing. With infectious positivity, humor, and authenticity, this trauma survivor and Certified Recovery Peer Specialist shows audiences why opening up about mental health is the key to coping, and why the most resilient organizational cultures proudly prioritize and support mental health for all.
Whether he’s discussing ordinary, everyday struggles or challenges like anxiety, depression, addiction, burnout, and compassion fatigue, Johnny Crowder confronts the myths that keep people stuck. As he explains in his 2020 TEDx Talk that garnered over one million views and catapulted him to the world stage, good mental health is like physical health—quick fixes and miracle cures don’t work. Instead, Johnny gives audiences a toolkit of self-care and wellness techniques they can put into practice immediately to re-wire the brain for positivity over time, coupled with a blueprint for making mental and emotional wellbeing a cultural cornerstone in any workplace.
Johnny’s own personal experiences of poverty, childhood abuse, and trauma, his deep knowledge of psychology, and his remarkable ability to explain complex topics in an easy-to-understand way make for presentations that are both powerful and practical. His refreshingly vulnerable and candid perspective has attracted praise from hundreds of outlets, including Upworthy, CNN, and Forbes. Even when commanding a virtual stage or touring with his Billboard-charting heavy metal band, Prison, his firsthand experiences with mental illness and his infectiously positive humor never fail to resonate, educate, and inspire.