SOURCE: Veterans' Pathway

Veterans' Pathway

May 22, 2013 09:00 ET

Veterans' Pathway to Business Success Awards Grant to Verissimo Global

Grant Goes to Tampa Bay Area Start-Up Founded by a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) -  Veterans' Pathway to Business Success ("Veterans' Pathway"), a non-profit, entrepreneurial grant program for Florida's Veterans who have served in Afghanistan or Iraq post 9/11, announced today that it had awarded a $30,000 grant to Verissimo Global, a Tampa Bay area start-up.

Verissimo Global is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business located in New Port Richey, Florida. Bill Puopolo, Founder and President, is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, a 2011 graduate of Florida State University's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, and is currently participating in the AT&T Operation Hand Salute program. He has received his AT&T Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and soon will be TL9000 Quality certified. Verissimo Global is looking forward to becoming a quality SDVOSB supplier to AT&T.

Verissimo Global, Inc. provides a full range of information technology and communications solutions for both the government and commercial sectors. Verissimo delivers turnkey solutions for Central Office switching, transmission wireless, VOIP, and Data Networking applications such that our clients can build manage and maintain their networks.

"Bill Puopolo has shown a tremendous dedication to his country and to his fellow Veterans through his service in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as continuing outreach and support to various veteran service organizations upon his return from duty," commented Major General Joseph Taluto (retired), President of Veterans' Pathway. "Bill has established an excellent track record through his training at FSU's EBV program and his completion of AT&T's education and mentoring program. We are confident that Verissimo Global will be a success, following Bill's track record on his previous endeavors," Major General Taluto continued.

Randy Blass, Director of Florida State University's EBV program, added, "Bill distinguished himself at the EBV program. He engaged fellow students and instructors on a wide range of topics and was more than willing to share his knowledge with other student veterans. Many EBV participants sought Bill's consideration and still refer to him today for advice and motivation. He is a wonderful example of what we are trying to accomplish with our entrepreneurial training."

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 funding are for Veterans who:

  • have served in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and are a recipient of an Iraq or Afghan Campaign medal;
  • 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 from November 1 to October 31. The schedule for grant submission can be found at 

About Florida State University's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV):

EBV offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting post-9/11 operations. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership by developing competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. This is also achieved by helping veterans coordinate their efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.

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:

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