It all started when young political science student, Michael Bilello, learned the importance of communicating the right message to the right target by working on public relations campaigns for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. His time in Tallahassee led him to a media relations position with the U.S. Marine Corp. where he escorted national and international reporters to cover Iraqi Freedom. This experience added another layer of understanding to the word communications as quick and strategic thinking was crucial at all times. Bilello worked with Fortune 100 companies, professional athletes, entertainers and healthcare providers upon his return to the United States.
A year after Bilello started Centurion Strategies in 2008, he reached out to the Small Business Development Center at USF (SBDC at USF) by participating in the Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned Small Business Technology Conference. This conference connected him to U.S. Special Operations Command and other area businesses also owned by fellow veterans. Later on Michael took advantage of the Women, Minority & Service Disable Veteran Certification and Government 101 trainings at the SBDC at USF.
About the SBDC:
Proud member of the FL & National Association of SBDC Networks
State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network has more than 30 locations from Pensacola to Key West. The SBDC at USF region spans a 10-county area providing no-cost, one-on-one consulting and offering more than 450 entrepreneurial programs each year.
The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is Ffunded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a partnership with higher-education institutions, economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and other organizations dedicated to economic prosperity through small business success.