Women, Minority, Veteran Certification

Women, Minority, Veteran Certification

Certification Gives Your Business Competitive Edge

If your business is 51 percent majority-owned by a woman, minority or veteran, certification could present opportunities for your business, but there is a process to becoming certified.

Certification allows you to:

  • sell to the government
  • apply for set-aside contracts
  • operate as a subcontractor
  • opens doors to diversity programs

Our expert consultants at the Florida SBDC at USF can assist your business with:

  • understanding which certification is most beneficial
  • reviewing certification packets to ensure accuracy
  • becoming a registered vendor with government entities
  • strategizing how to market your business

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  • Yanina Rosario

    Associate Director, NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP), Florida SBDC at USF, Tampa

    Specialty: Women/Minority/Veteran Certification

    Yanina Rosario, Florida SBDC at USF associate director and certified business consultant, specializes in business certifications, business planning, and marketing. She oversees operations in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. Rosario’s expertise comes from years of guiding pre-venture and well-established business owners through procurement, licensing, planning, marketing and financing, helping clients secure more than $5.2 million in small business loans. Rosario serves on the board of directors for the CareerSource Tampa Bay, is a member of the City of Tampa Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Committee, and the Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week) planning committee. She manages the Florida SBDC at USF’s Emergency Bridge Loan Committee. Rosario obtained a bachelor degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida and a masters in management from the Florida Institute of Technology. She also is a NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

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  • Simplice Essou, CPA

    Simplice Essou, CPA

    Florida SBDC at USF

    Specialty: Accounting, Business Planning, Financial Management, Startup

    Simplice Essou joined the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida in March 2020 as a business consultant, bringing almost two decades of experience in accounting, finance and entrepreneurship. Essou started and managed an international consulting firm in 2008, specializing in advising African government on issues related to small-to-medium-enterprise development. Previously, he has worked for large corporations, including Bank of America, BP-Amoco, General Electric, and Lehman Brothers. These roles gave him a wide breadth of experience, including the ability to handle forecasting, analyze revenue entries, actively communicate account receivable risks, and lead day-to-day analysis and reporting for credit losses. He earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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