SOURCE: Veterans' Pathway to Business Success

Veterans' Pathway to Business Success

August 07, 2013 11:21 ET

Veterans' Pathway to Business Success Receives Florida Governor's Business Ambassador Award

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - Aug 7, 2013) -  Veterans' Pathway to Business Success ("Veterans' Pathway"), a non-profit, entrepreneurial grant program for Florida's combat Veterans of the Afghanistan or Iraq war, yesterday received the Governor's Business Ambassador Award from Florida's Governor Rick Scott, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Tallahassee.

The Governor's Business Ambassador Awards are presented to companies and organizations for their commitment to expanding business opportunities in Florida to create more jobs and opportunities for Florida families. The Award was created by the Executive Office of the Governor and Enterprise Florida, Inc., in 2012 to recognize individuals, companies, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the state of Florida's economic development.

Governor Scott said, "With the third largest population of veterans in the nation, Florida is poised to grow even more opportunities for families by supporting our veterans. Florida's veterans served our nation with honor and distinction -- and their training and leadership can play a critical role in job growth. The Veterans' Pathway organization is working to empower these heroes with the tools they need to pursue their dreams and grow jobs in the Sunshine State, and I'm proud to present them with the Governor's Business Ambassador Award." 

"Veterans' Pathway is honored to be recognized by Governor Scott as a contributor to his program of job creation for Floridians and especially for those Veterans who have honorably served our country," said MG (RET) Joseph Taluto, Chairman of Veterans' Pathway to Business Success. "According to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 231,000 Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans who claim Florida as their home of record. Not only do we have a moral and patriotic obligation to support these men and women who have defended our country, we need to provide meaningful job opportunities that will give them and their families' economic security for their future," MG Taluto continued. 

Recipients of grants from Veterans' Pathway are Veteran entrepreneurs who are hoping to start their own business or who have an established business and are seeking funding for expansion. The main requirements for receiving a grant are for Veterans who:

  • are combat Veterans of the Afghanistan or Iraq war (military documentation required);
  • have, or are eligible for, an honorable discharge;
  • reside in Florida and can provide proof of residency; and
  • provide a detailed business plan for eventual approval by the Veterans' Pathway Board of Directors.

Veterans' Pathway awards grants on quarterly cycle, with the last cycle for application intake of 2013 ending August 15, 2013. The schedule and application for grant awards can be found at

About Veterans' Pathway to Business Success: Veterans Pathway is a non-profit organization founded by a Veteran of the Korean War to provide Florida's entrepreneurial Veterans with funds to help them start or grow their own business. Veterans' Pathway gives grants to those Veterans' who are eligible and meet the established criteria for funding. For more information, visit or contact:

Contact Information

  • Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane
    Executive Director
    Email Contact
    (561) 395 4581