Grant goes to Tampa Bay Area start-up founded by a Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
Boca Raton, Fla. – (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 Boot camp 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.”
Click here to learn more about the qualifications for the Veterans’ Pathway To Business Success grant program.
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 www.veteranspathway.org.