Meet our MENTEES
These entrepreneurs are accelerating their businesses by participating in The Spring Venture Mentoring Service
MEET OUR MENTEES
These companies are paired with 3-5 highly experienced mentors to receive a variety of very skilled expertise and advice to help grow their businesses, build revenue and create jobs in the Pensacola area.
Argo Cyber Systems
Located in Pensacola, Florida, Argo Cyber are true cyber security and intelligence experts offering 24/7 dedicated security monitoring of critical infrastructure assets, businesses, and other environments. They support monitoring of systems no matter where they are located. If companies use AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, on premise, or any combination of these, they can provide expert 24/7 cyber security monitoring. Argo Cyber leverages state of the art technology to deliver the best monitoring services possible. Their pricing model does not charge based on the number of assets or devices monitored. We use a consumption model which is based on the amount of data that is collected and processed through our system. This allows for greater flexibility when choosing which devices and assets to monitor.
Argo Cyber uses years of experience and expertise in information security, risk and compliance to identify vulnerabilities and assess technology so that businesses may minimize risks of a cybersecurity breach, or mitigate any losses should a breach occur. They help clients make informed decisions on how to manage security risks, helping to create customized and workable solutions. Argo Cyber also offers penetration testing on computer systems, networks, and web applications to find vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit.
De Luna Coffee International
De Luna Coffee is a family owned and operated, small batch coffee roaster that imports high grade green coffee from 13 different countries from Colombia to Kenya. The company was established in 2014 by Ed Lemox, who now runs the company with his wife, Courtney and son, Brett. De Luna Coffee combines gourmet coffee with a local flare, as they have collaborated with the United States Navy for their Blue Angels blend coffee, as well as with the Pensacola Police Department to create the Midnight Shift blend in honor of police officers and all first responders.
De Luna Coffee operates mainly in wholesale distribution of its products to a wide range of grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and offices. That range includes local Pensacola area establishments such as Joe Patti's, Apple Market, Global Grill, The Fish House, and Jackson's Steakhouse, to national clients such as Publix, Walmart, and the Navy Exchange.
Mrs. Jones Cold Brew
Mrs. Jones Cold Brew makes easy coffee for busy people. Locally owned and operated, this small-batch coffee brewery bottles a coffee ELIXIR concentrate so that consumers can create fancy coffee-shop beverages at home in minutes. Every bottle of ELIXIR is hand-made with locally roasted coffee and does not contain dairy, sweetener, or preservatives. Mrs. Jones encourages her fan-friends to “Be Your Own Barista”, creatively adding their own milk and syrups to customize their cold brew.
Mrs. Jones began in late 2016 as a side-hustle for Stephanie Jones, a mom on a mission to share the benefits of cold brew coffee concentrate with other sleep-deprived parents. Now a well-known local brand, Mrs. Jones distributes her magical bottles at farmers’ markets and local establishments including Ever’man Co-op Grocery, Apple Market, Alyssa’s, Casino Beach Bar, Daily Squeeze, and Craft Bakery.
RCI Health Metrics
RCI Health Metrics produces Software-As-A-System (SaaS)-based platforms for treating patient distress in healthcare institutions that result in better patient health outcomes and significant cost savings for healthcare providers. Clinically, RCI platforms offer providers the opportunity to assess and treat patient distress as complementary to physical medical care treatment. RCI is a 5-year-old Florida-based company with 16 employees and with a product that consistently demonstrates a 67% reduction in patient distress level, a 15.5% increase in patient experience scores (HCAHPS) and produces estimated cost savings for the average U.S. hospital of $9.3M per year in reduced patient length of stay costs. RCI currently has contracts in place with nine hospital systems nationwide, including trial use with the nation’s largest public health care system. RCI’s clinical and financial mission is to implement its platforms in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, urgent care, and retail care centers, and physician clinics nationwide and worldwide, and to saturate the worldwide market with RCI’s platform.
Tap the Coast
Tap the Coast is a mobile beverage and experiential bar service that adds a unique, upscale feel to private events. It was started in 2019 by Dannon and Christopher Hooks, a husband and wife team who are both proud Pensacola natives. While planning their wedding, Dannon discovered the mobile beverage industry and the growing number of mobile bars across the country. There was nothing like it in the area and the couple saw it as an opportunity to bring a new and exciting concept to the local scene.
Drawing on their own professional experience and backgrounds in event planning and business management, Chris and Dannon set out to make their dream a reality. They found the perfect vintage camper to renovate and tackled the project together, completing the build and launching their business in just five months. Since that time they've added other rental options to the fleet and have plans to grow even further in 2020, providing a variety of bar styles to meet the needs of events large and small, from barns to the beach. Tap the Coast's mission is to create memorable experiences for life’s unforgettable moments.
Bird of Prey Fishing Tackle
Bird of Prey Fishing Tackle was started in 2013 by Brian and Bill Arnold to help fill a growing need for recreational and commercial fishing tackle along the Gulf Coast. Bird of Prey’s mission is to manufacture quality fishing tackle products that allow customers to help provide for their families while making memories that last a lifetime. Bird of Prey currently supplies several tackle stores and over 200 charter and commercial fishing operations spanning from Tampa, FL to Kemah, TX along the Gulf Coast.
Furthermore, Bird of Prey ‘s growing online retail customer base extends to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Canada.
Bird of Prey was founded on a lifelong love for fishing, the outdoors, and conservation, combined with Bill Arnold’s 35 years of experience in fisheries biology and Brian Arnold’s background in mechanical engineering. This foundation has allowed Bird of Prey to create a wide range of products specifically designed to help fishermen target a wide range of inshore, offshore, and pelagic saltwater species. Bird of Prey works regularly with lifelong charter captains, commercial fishermen, and recreational fishermen to create new tackle and to further develop existing products.
Extreme Tactical, Inc.
Extreme Tactical, Inc. (ETI) is a full service durable goods, weapons and explosives supplier providing a wide spectrum of resources for Government Agencies offering expertise in Duty Gear, Tactical, Safety, Small Arms, Ammunition, Military Armored Vehicles, Tanks and Tank Components, and Educational Support Services. ETI is headquartered in Crestview, FL with the capability to reach customers worldwide. Since 2007 they’ve been supplying the U.S. Military, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies with training, weapons, training aids and tactical equipment in Florida and throughout the United States.
ETI’s strength/mission is to provide the best equipment and training to military and law enforcement officials in order to secure our homeland. ETI has instructors who are military veterans, law enforcement and licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) who teach classes from basic to advanced firearms, pre-deployment training, foreign weapons training, role play services, pyrotechnics, homemade explosives (HME) training, Explosive ordnance Disposal (EOD) training and combat medical training.
The Native Café
The Native Cafe is locally owned and operated by the Brown family, longtime Pensacola locals whose ancestry goes back to a time when the Pensacola area played a pivotal role in the development of our region and culture. Inspired by Pensacola’s uniquely blended culture and cuisine, we saw an opportunity to share a taste of the Gulf Coast with tourists and locals (a.k.a. “Natives”). Native Cafe opened it’s doors for business in 2008 and has been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch ever since.
Known by Pensacola natives and “visiting natives” alike as the place to go for delicious, fresh, healthy, homemade food on Pensacola Beach, word about our tasty fresh food, friendly staff and eclectic atmosphere spread to both local and distant communities. We’re honored every time we hear from a visiting native that they ate the majority of their meals while on vacation with us - it happens a lot - and there’s no greater compliment than to be someone’s homestyle kitchen while they’re away from home. And we love our local natives who make our little slice of paradise the place to go to hang with locals and eat a good meal. Native Cafe strives to grow hand in hand with our community and celebrate all the people and flavors unique to our area for decades to come. Go Native!
Snap Soccer believes that growing the game of youth soccer leads to better, stronger connections between all people and every community. Founded in 2010, their mission is to put players, parents, soccer clubs, and businesses on the same playing field and watch them grow.
What started as one couple running a 100-team tournament has evolved into a trusted partner to 100’s of soccer clubs, local municipalities, and small to medium sized businesses. Snap Soccer takes these organizations and transforms their brand. They leverage modern marketing techniques to engage with their audience, as well as produce extremely organized, large-scale sporting events.
When you combine these services, Snap Soccer keeps participants happy, saves organizers from headaches, gives soccer clubs more time to focus on training, and helps local businesses find new customers.
In 2018, Matthew Jeffries founded Warfighter Fitness after discovering obesity’s negative impact on our military and national security. He developed a web-based platform and app, to help expand the recruiting pool through accountability coaching. Warfighter Fitness has proven success in helping unfit recruits meet sign-up requirements and maintain healthier lifestyles. The ultimate mission is to expand Warfighter Fitness to civilians through corporate wellness programs and help those suffering from diabetes.
BJ's Exotic Hardwood
BJ's Exotic Hardwood is an importer of reclaimed and sustainably harvested Caribbean and South American hardwoods and a provider of hardwood home décor.
Grind and Glaze
Grind and Glaze doughnut bar is a brand-new start-up restaurant. We serve craft coffee and craft doughnuts with exceptional service at an affordable price. We strive to bring an inspiring atmosphere from the walk up from the sidewalk, music, customer interaction, and consumption of our products. However, the true mission of Grind and Glaze extends far past our store and into the community we are placed in. We aim to instill the entrepreneurial spirit into our customers and employees that not only lets you see starting your own business is possible, but allows you to believe you can do it too.
Nail Company Wholesale Supply, Inc.
Nail Company Wholesale Supply, Inc. was established in 2016 to help salon owners and technicians save valuable time and effort by providing a great selection of nail supplies locally and shipped via their website at competitive prices. They conveniently offer a wide range of nail supplies, equipment, chemicals and sanitation products so that nail businesses and technicians do not have to travel during off days and/or holidays to purchase supplies.
The artistry of nails is an exciting and fun business venture for which anyone can develop a passion. Through social media, the world has become a more connected society. Why should customers have to wait to catch up to the latest and greatest? Nail Company Wholes Supply strives to stay current on the latest product development trends and techniques and provide continuing education through training and demo days by the hottest manufactures in the market. At Nail Company Wholesale Supply, “Our Passion is your Success!”
Something Old Salvage
Something Old Salvage (S.O.S.) offers full service junk removal to commercial and residential clients. Their goal is to become the "Chick-Fil-A" of junk removal by quickly, safely, and efficiently removing the things invading the client's space without sacrificing customer service. They treat everyone with dignity and their items with respect.
They properly and legally dispose of items not salvageable or recyclable. Conversely, S.O.S donates reusable items to local nonprofits and recycles whenever possible. Their team volunteers for organizations in Pensacola and the surrounding areas where they contribute resources to help our neighbors. Although the business model is simple, they have a profound effect on our clients' lives.
Owners Anthony and Sabrina Simpson strive to continue to grow within the local area and expand operations to include ancillary services and other markets in need of professional junk removal experience. As always, they remind everyone, Stressed with Mess? Call S.O.S.
WM Martin Transport
WM Martin Transportation is a 3rd Party Logistics Company specializing in domestic flatbed freight shipments in the Southeastern US. We bridge the gap between medium-large manufacturers and the deeply fragmented carrier capacity that exists in the marketplace. We do this through Technology, Excellence in Communication, and Expertise.
Cycle Joint is an Electric Bike Shop located in historic downtown Pensacola. We sell, rent, service, and offer guided tours on Electric Bicycles. Additionally, we sell electric skateboards, Onewheels, Bote Paddle Boards, and outfitter gear.
InHer Physique Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Wellness
InHer Physique Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy & Wellness offers on-on-one, private pelvic floor rehabilitation sessions to women, men, children, and transgender individuals who suffer from pelvic dysfunctions. From urinary incontinence to pelvic pain, we treat conditions that are specific to the pelvis and gastrointestinal regions. We also offer pregnancy and postpartum wellness consultations to help navigate pregnancy, prepare for birth, and recover postpartum. Our dedicated team of professionals are specialists who are highly trained to help those who suffer in silence. One of the first of its kind, InHer Physique is here for our community and abroad.
Rainey’s Closet offers designer clothing rentals for children and moms-to-be through an online store. Moms and photographers throughout the United States rent high-end special occasion clothing and coordinating accessories for a fraction of the cost to buy. Whether it’s a photo session, wedding, or other special event, their mission is to help save time, money, and the planet by providing everything in one place to celebrate and capture memorable moments.
Station 96 is a niche cleaning, maintenance and repair company serving the restaurant community along the gulf coast that specialize in ensuring commercial kitchens maintain compliance with insurance and fire code requirements. While serving as the Fire Code Enforcement Officer for Air Force, Jay Wingfield realized the need for a competent, trained and certified cleaning company that understood not just the cleaning requirements but installation requirements as well. Station 96 was established in October of 2018 and began operations in July of 2019.
Station 96 spent the first nine months as a part time side job while Jay prepared for his retirement from the US military but quickly grew and is currently serving over 100 customers on a recurring basis. What was intended as an owner/operator company grew to four employees in a matter of months. The future goals are to expand with satellite offices throughout the southeast.