Oxford named State of Florida Woman Business Owner of the Year by U.S. Small Business Administration
Orlando, Fla. (April 17, 2023) – For the second year in a row, a UCF Business Incubation Program client has been named one of the top business owners in the state.
This year, Tonya Oxford, CEO and owner, Global Technology Integrators, has been named the 2023 North Florida and State of Florida Woman Business Owner of the Year. Last year, Indy Vega, CEO and founder, CCI Group, was the North Florida and State of Florida Minority Business owner of the year.
“We are simply thrilled with the success and recognition of the entrepreneurs in our program who are creating a great future for their business and for our community,” says Carol Ann Dykes Logue, director, programs & operations, Innovation Districts & Incubation Program, University of Central Florida. “Tonya and the team at GTI have proven their success over the past few years as they have grown into an essential provider of services in a wide range of industries.”
Global Technology Integrators has more than three decades of experience solving complex problems with simple cost-effective solutions within the government training and entertainment & amusement space.
The company specializes in providing atmospheric elements, such as snow, smoke and scents, to training systems. It also specializes in unique audio-visual equipment, including infrared technology.
“Being recognized in this manner is special to me and a great recognition of the work and effort it took to get to this point,” Oxford says. “This also shows why entrepreneurs should seek out organizations like what UCF, SBDC and the SBA offer. All these programs can help companies grow like they have with ours.”
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About the UCF Business Incubation Program: The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has provided vital business development resources resulting in over 300 local startup companies reaching their potential faster and graduating into the community where they continue to grow and positively impact the local economy.
With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2017/2018 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped to sustain more than 6,725 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of over $725 million on regional GDP and over $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned more than $12.00 in state and local taxes for every $1.00 invested in the program. In addition, for every $1.00 of public investment the firms also produced $118 of additional regional GDP and $226 of regional sales. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.