Meet our MENTEES
These entrepreneurs are accelerating their businesses by participating in The Spring Venture Mentoring Service
MEET OUR MENTEES
These are the first companies to join The Spring Venture Mentoring Service program. These 10 standouts, which make up our pilot group of ventures, have been paired up with 4-5 highly experienced mentors to receive a variety of very skilled expertise and advice.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eastburn Woodworks is a family business that was started by Kenneth and Iris Eastburn in 1997. They produce furniture-quality custom cabinetry and millwork for the Gulf Coast area. Each project is built per order to bring our customers vision to light with a medley of function and beauty. Their goal is to create the tool they use to transition their house into a home.
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.
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.
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.