Military Information – 22 July 2016

Spotlight Event:

Join us for the

WIDGTB “Get Informed” Luncheon!


 Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis, Representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District

Join us for an annual legislative update from Congressman Gus Bilirakis who will share an update on current legislative efforts affecting the defense community. Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis is a Republican from Palm Harbor, representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Gus serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, Co-Chairman of the Military Veterans Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance.

Tuesday, August 2 – 11:30am-1:00pm

The Centre Club – 123 South Westshore Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33609



GOAL:  commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a cruise on 3 December 2016

NEED:  raise $250,000 in order to dry dock the ship in August – Our dollars will go a long way to preserve the ship as one of only four operational World War II merchant vessels in the U.S., and Tampa’s only non-profit, national historic landmark dedicated to community service.  Sponsorship Levels:  contribution by in-kind donation, credit card or check made payable to American Victory Ship

Interested Sponsors:  contact Bill Kuzmick at director@americanvictory.org or (813) 228-8766 for more information


Hillsborough Community College

4th Annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium (VETS)

This annual one day event (during Veterans Day week), provide Veterans, active duty service members, their spouses, and business partners with an opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about and explore the field of entrepreneurship and self-employment, while connecting with other entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community resources. Now in its fourth year, the VETS event has served over 1,000 attendees, and community partners. This event is 100% sponsored and is provided at no cost to the attendees.  The symposium features networking in the morning followed by keynote speakers, and a catered lunch. The afternoon revolves around a series of high impact workshops led by subject matter experts on various topics related to entrepreneurship. The capstone event for the day is a “shark tank” Business Pitch Competition, where Veterans pitch their early stage businesses or business ideas for cash prizes.

As with any event, especially an event completely free to our Veterans HCC is in need of sponsorship. Below are the links to VETS sponsor opportunities and the Eventbrite link to the event.