Innovation Harvest Day: HUBZone Showcase

  • October 26, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Central Florida Tech Grove

    12809 Science Drive
    Orlando, Florida 32826
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2023 Innovation Harvest Day: HUBZone Showcase

Thursday, October 26th, 8:30 am-3:00 pm EST


Join us on Thursday, October 26th for the Innovation Harvest Day: HUBZone Showcase at Central Florida Tech Grove, where HUBZone companies will be  showcasing their latest technology innovations and Guest Speaker Lori Gillen Director, Office of the HUBZone Program will be presenting. This opportunity presents a fantastic chance to connect with like-minded individuals, expand your network, learn about HUBZones, and stay at the forefront of cutting-edge technology advancements. Each of the exhibiting companies is ready and eager for partnerships, customers, and collaborations to grow the use of their solutions in government and commercial markets.  


Learn what they have to offer your organization, how they achieved and maintain HUBZone status, and how they utilize that certification to grow their companies!

2023 Innovation Harvest Day: HUBZone Showcase Agenda:

08:30 am – Check-in/Networking/Exhibits Open 

09:00 am – Guest Speaker Lori Gillen, Director, Office of the HUBZone Program

09:30 am – Showcase Open

03:00 pm – Showcase Close

Guest Speaker - Lori Gillen 

Director, Office of the HUBZone Program

Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

As Director of the Office of the HUBZone Program at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Lori Gillen leads a team of professionals dedicated to helping small businesses in historically under-utilized business communities succeed in the federal marketplace. 

Prior to joining the HUBZone Program, Lori served as the Director of the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program and joined the federal government as a career senior executive in the Office of Entrepreneurial Development in 2014 to help expand and strengthen SBA’s small business counseling and training network. 

Lori has dedicated her 35+ year career in economic development to boosting entrepreneurial ecosystems and expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Prior to joining SBA she founded a Women’s Business Center with a specialty in government contracting, expanded a small business incubator of women and minority-owned enterprises, started a micro-loan fund with regional banks, and ran her own small business. 

Lori earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Urban Affairs from George Washington University. As a recent empty nester she and her husband have been traveling and getting reacquainted with the D.C. region’s many treasures.


Date & Time

Thu, Oct 26, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Central Florida Tech Grove

12809 Science Drive
Orlando, Florida 32826 Central Florida Tech Grove
Central Florida Tech Grove

The Central Florida Tech Grove is a hub for accelerating collaboration and innovation in defense modeling, simulation, training, and human performance.  Tech Grove is located in the Central Florida Research Park in Orlando, Florida which is the epicenter of the nation's largest cluster of government, industry, academic, and industry organizations developing and delivering training and simulation products for our nation's military. Tech Grove was established in 2020 through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) between the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and the University of Central Florida Research Foundation.  Eight other Department of Defense entities are Tech Grove members: US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), US Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation (AFAMS), US Marine Corps Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), US Army Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC), US Army Futures Command Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team (STE CFT), Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), Defense Health Agency (DHA), and the Office of Naval Research through the NavalX Central Florida Tech Bridge.


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