Success Story

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SunTek Synergies, LLC

The outcome of working with the Florida SBDC has been a complete success in starting my business and obtaining my desired certification. I am extremely satisfied and would not have been able to complete my SDVOSB certificate program without their hard work and support.

 

Ron Flora, known as “Action Jackson” to his close companions, is a US Military Veteran and founder of SunTek Synergies, LLC. One year ago, Ron was an independent contractor for a surgical supply company. With close to 20 years sales experience in medical supplies, he knew how to find business and close deals. As a veteran, he also saw a need in the market to give back to VA health care systems and he had the idea of starting his own official company to do so. He just wasn’t sure how to get started and navigate the government contracting world.

As recommended to him, he visited the Florida SBDC where he met Kaitlyn Saavedra, Procurement Specialist at the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center at UNF. After their first meeting, he was running to start his company. Kaitlyn provided insights into registering a limited liability company with the State of Florida as well as the basic steps to starting his business. Once SunTek Synergies, LLC was officially formed, Ron turned to Kaitlyn again for guidance with government contracting. Kaitlyn assisted Ron with his System for Award Management (SAM) registration which allowed him to begin working in the federal government arena. This was a critical first step, since Ron’s target customer was the health care systems of the Department of Veteran Affairs. When he was certified in the SAM system, Kaitlyn provided direction to complete his Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification with the VA. This allowed him better access to opportunities with the VA.

Since these achievements, Kaitlyn has assisted Ron with VA market research reports and developing an official business plan. SunTek Synergies, LLC is now successfully going after federal contracts and purchases of surgical supplies with a well-developed strategy in mind. The duo still work closely in building the foundations of his company.

“Starting with just a vision and now seeing the logo design, the website, and marketing, operations, and business plans in place is very gratifying. Most importantly, having the opportunity to provide a service to the VA hospital system that will save them funds while providing high quality products is what I am most excited about in my business.”

Ron’s advice for other entrepreneurs starting their companies is to do your homework first and make sure there is an actual need for your service or business. As Ron states, “Know upfront it may take a year in just getting the needed research and infrastructure in place. Have patience and seek the expert advice from your local SBDC. Overall, don’t lose sight of your vision, never give up, and have fun putting it together.”

SunTek Synergies, LLCRon Flora