The Veterans Florida Virtual Expo showcases the endless opportunities

Florida’s the best state for veterans. The Veterans Florida Virtual Expo showcases the endless opportunities, resources, and benefits for military families in interactive virtual booths.

(Florida) – Veterans Florida is hosting a virtual expo on June 24th, 2021, presented by Bank of America.  The virtual expo will include:

  • Network with veteran-friendly employers in industries like aerospace, engineering, defense, and more at the career fair
  • Watch Florida’s top veteran entrepreneurs compete in the Battle of the Pitches
  • Get expert advice from industry experts at workshops and panels
  • Explore resources that make Florida the most veteran-friendly state

There are 45 major employers with hundreds of job openings, plus informative panels and keynote speakers that include, Senator Tom A. Wright, Derrick Fishback from Amazon Web Services and Scott Neil from American Freedom Distillery.  Also speaking will be Tom Rice of Magnolia Grill of Fort Walton Beach and Bobby Carbonell of Growler Country Franchising. The event is being powered by Premier Virtual, a virtual event platform created by Army Veteran, Steven Edwards.

“Premier Virtual’s growth proves what veterans can accomplish when they combine their military experience with our Entrepreneurship Program. There’s no better platform for veterans and their families to explore Florida’s opportunities than Premier’s industry-leading software and we thank Steve and his team for their sponsorship.” – Veterans Florida Executive Director Joe Marino

WHO? – Free for veterans, retiring and separating from the active-duty military, members of the Guard and Reserves, and their families.

WHERE? – Virtually on veteran-owned Premier Virtual

WHEN? Thursday, June 24, 2021, starting at 10 AM ET

Attendees – click here to register: https://portal.premiervirtual.com/event/register-jobseeker/7066-veterans-florida-expo-2021

Sponsors – click here to register: https://www.veteransfloridaexpo.org/sponsors/

Contact Information:

Dan Barrow, Marketing & Communications Director – Veterans Florida
C: 850-570-3448
O: (850) 296-8493
E: Barrow@VeteransFlorida.org
https://www.veteransflorida.org/

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Premier Virtual CEO, Steve Edwards is an FAU Veterans Florida Alumni Success Story!

Despite the severe economic disruptions caused by Covid-19, the latest ‘State-Of-Startups’ in the Southeast report published by BIP Capital is encouraging.
The report sites that the ‘maturation of the southeastern startup ecosystem has allowed for a steadfast response to adversity. While we saw a rapid downtown in investing in March due to the pandemic, it appears a steep year-over-year decline has begun to recover, with momentum returning in the second half of 2021.’
One institution that is deeply rooted in the startup community here in the Southeast is the Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University, otherwise, known as FAU. In particular, FAU has a dedicated program based at the Adams Center College of Business which runs a Veterans focused entrepreneurship education and training program with the support of Veterans Florida who subsidizes the costs for Veterans. Dr. Kevin Cox is the lead instructor for the program which is in its sixth year.

This entrepreneurship course is an immersive and comprehensive educational program designed for current or future business owners. The 8-week program provides Veterans with the knowledge and skills they need for starting and/or growing their businesses. In addition to the in-depth educational program, all participants are paired with a successful entrepreneur who provides direct guidance and mentorship throughout the program and beyond.  Each year the program invites local CEOs and business professionals to present their startup ideas as part of their ‘pitch competition. Last year, one of the program’s winners was Steve Edwards, Founder, and CEO of Premier Virtual.

The success of Premier Virtual has been a true testament to the support a program like this offers, and what it can do for a startup. Not only did Steve’s company win the pitch contest at the local level, but he also went on to win at the national level, which earned him additional funding and resources.
“The experience of the course was incredible, recalls Steve. We were introduced to Dr. Cox through a business incubator in West Palm Beach called 1909. Because of my veteran status, I was able to qualify and take the course. Their mentorship was a big part of why we won the local and state pitch contest, and the support from Veterans Florida gave us a great deal of exposure, that led directly to new business for us.”

In just over a year, Premier Virtual’s event platform has powered over 1,000 virtual hiring events, where more than 10,000 employers were able to fill critical job openings from over 100,000 registered candidates! In the previous 8 years of experience that Steve had hosting in-person hiring events, he did not reach half of the numbers that his Premier Virtual platform produced in just one year!

‘We are very proud of Steve and how he was able to grab the momentum that was generated by Covid-19 and run with it. Steve has continued to invest in the software and is truly emerging as the premier platform in the virtual hiring event space. We like to take credit for being there in the beginning, but the truth is we knew that a great idea like that just needs a little support, and with Steve’s passion and dedication, it would be a huge success!’ said Dr. Cox.
‘We are now accepting entries for the 2021 pitch contest and are looking forward to finding the next Premier Virtual. Any veteran who has the entrepreneur spirit can apply at https://business.fau.edu/centers/adams-center/veterans/index.php The contest starts on February 25th, so the deadlines for entries are coming up quick.”

Our Military and Veteran Focused Account List Continues to Grow!

Veteran-owned Tech Company Premier Virtual, Helping Veterans Get Back to Work!

As part of a tribute to their fellow service members, Premier Virtual is promoting ‘Veteran’s Week’ from November 9th to November 13th, 2020, to bring attention to veteran-focused virtual hiring events and increase participation from employers and veterans alike.

CEO and founder of Premier Virtual, Steve Edwards, is a U.S. Army veteran. His company is the platform provider for a growing list of military and veteran-focused organizations hosting virtual hiring events in November.

‘It’s beyond my wildest dream to have once been recruited by the Army, and now I own a company that helps so many different branches of the military and associated organizations to not only recruit others, but to create employment opportunities for veterans like myself.” Said Steve.

After completing his service to our country, Steve moved to South Florida and attended Florida Atlantic University. Once he graduated, Steve joined a local recruiting agency and began putting on in-person job fairs.

Nearly nine years in, Steve began looking for a better way to recruit, as in-person job fairs performance and effectiveness continued to decline. His quest to find a suitable option came up empty. He decided he would have to build the answer he was looking for, and Premier Virtual was born.

To launch his new venture, he partnered with his lifelong friend Gary Chambers, and together they took Premier Virtual from concept to reality…then Covid hit!

Unlike many other industries that have been decimated by the pandemic, the virtual world has increased, and that put Premier Virtual in high demand. The platform mirrors in-person job fairs that allow job-applicants to meet and interview with recruiters efficiently and safely.
Needing to scale quickly, Steve reached out to fellow veterans he served within the Army. Now they work side by side with Steve and Gary as part of Premier Virtual’s management team.

• Jamie Varraso, Vice President of Business Development
• Jason Einbinder, Director of Sales
• Drew Ummel, National Account Manager

Premier Virtual is not only Veteran-owned but also managed at the highest levels.
Keeping true to their pledge, Premier Virtual has secured agreements with a growing list of military and veteran-focused groups that host virtual job fairs to provide employment opportunities for Americas’ Veterans.

In November and the coming months, Premier Virtual will be powering the virtual hiring events for:
• Paychecks for Patriots – CareerSource Florida
• Red, White & You – Workforce Solutions Texas
• NC4ME (North Carolina for Military Employment)
• U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce
• Soldier For Life
• MassHire – State of Massachusetts
• Veterans Advantage
• The American Legion
• Maryland Dept. of Labor for Veterans
• Virginia Statewide Veterans Job Fair

“Being veteran-owned, we always take a little more pride whenever we can power military or veteran-focused virtual hiring events like these. It means that what we’re doing is truly making a difference in helping military personnel to get recruited and then to re-enter the workforce.” Said Jamie Varraso, Vice President of Business Development.