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Is a Franchise Business Right for You?
Please join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and our guest, Heidi Simos from The Entrepreneur’s Source, as we present this franchise event that will be packed with information which will take the guess work out of becoming a Franchisee! SBA will provide the latest information on the programs, services and resources available to help our Veterans and their spouses tap into franchising.

May 18, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Heidi Simos
Career Ownership Coach @The Entrepreneur's Source
Meet Heidi Simos, an award-winning Career Ownership Coach with The Entrepreneur’s Source. Heidi is an expert with assisting people who are ready to take control of their future and explore alternative career options that will help them reach their Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity goals. In her meetings, Heidi begins coaching her clients on how to keep an open mind as they learn about new career possibilities and start thinking outside of their comfort zone. She helps individuals confront and eliminate any barriers or fears that may be standing in the way of becoming self-sufficient. Heidi creates a safe learning space and uses tools to provide her clients with education, discovery and awareness throughout their journey. This is an opportunity to explore career options that are available at no cost, risk or obligation! Before becoming a Career Ownership Coach, Heidi was an esteemed multi-unit franchise owner in the education field.
Sean Rotolo
Owner @Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Northeast Florida
Sean Rotolo has proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 15 years and counting. He has a background in logistics, a deployment to Afghanistan, and 8 years in recruiting allowing him to grow his skills as Director of Production and Program Manager. No matter what his position was, he always led his sailors to achieve their best and to grow within their careers while putting family first. Mr. Rotolo is currently the President and CEO of Rotolo Corp. under which he owns and runs Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Northeast Florida. Though the hurdles and challenges he has faced and overcome while starting his business, he quickly realized the value of having a strong diverse network of experience, knowledge, and resources. As President and Cofounder of Veterans Business Connection Inc. he leads the organization to help connect, mentor, and provide resources to current and aspiring Veteran entrepreneurs.
Edward Hawkins
Owner @Home Helpers
Edward Hawkins was born in Immokalee, FL but grew up in Macon, MS. He severed in the United States Navy for 20 years as a Radioman/Information Technology Specialist. Edward has been happily married for 28 years and is the proud parent/grandparent of 5 children and 11 grandchildren. He worked in Corporate America in the Information Technology industry before becoming an Entrepreneur. Edward has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College and three Master of Art degrees from Webster University in Human Resources Development, Information Technology Management, and Management and Leadership. The idea of being an Entrepreneur came to light when Edward attended the Veteran Entrepreneurship workshop at UNF in October 2018. He said “If they can do it, so can I”. Home Helpers Home Care offers exceptional care to seniors to live a more independent life in the comfort of their home, wherever that may be.