2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year

We are delighted to shine the spotlight on a local business that worked with our mentors to achieve success.

Taylor and Steve Smith

Taylor and Steve Smith, owners of Guardian Defense, headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, were selected as the 2018/2019 Entrepreneurs of the Year. Guardian Defense is a consulting company that offers threat response training and was chosen for its dedication to helping the community, its success, and its innovation.

“SCORE helped us establish a strong foundation and develop our identity as a business,” said Steve Smith, president of Guardian Defense and a detective with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. “The mentors helped us grow our business, develop new products and improve our systems so we can work more effectively with our clients. Now we’re at the point where we are working with clients across the country.”

Smith and his wife, Taylor, were inspired to launch Guardian Defense after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, six years ago. The couple, who at the time was caring for a newborn and a 2-year-old, watched the coverage of the shooting that killed 20 children and six adults.

“Teachers and administrators didn’t receive the proper training. My wife and I knew that we could develop a program that would work for schools, businesses, and churches,” said Smith, who also serves as a team leader for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department SWAT Team. “Today, we teach our clients how to react, defend themselves and some basic principles that will save their lives and the lives of others.”

Congratulations Taylor and Steve.