A Legacy of Entrepreneurship

The B. W. Simpkins Business Seminar for Entrepreneurial Development was endowed by Entrepreneur Bernard W. Simpkins to teach the fundamentals and success of entrepreneurship. The free one-hour seminars, held on the campuses of Eastern Florida State College, bring entrepreneurs to Brevard County to speak about their challenges and triumphs along their journey to economic success through innovative ideas. They also offer insight into today’s economic trends. Be sure to check out the Past Speakers page to explore the program's impressive alumni.

Since its inception, the lectures, which are held each spring and fall, have become a popular event for faculty, students and business owners in Brevard County and surrounding areas. The seminars allow entrepreneurs to share how they started, what prompted them to become an entrepreneur, the characteristics and traits of an entrepreneur and important decisions that enable entrepreneurs to have success.

Mr. Simpkins is an entrepreneur who has worked in the petroleum business with convenience stores and owned a Toyota automobile dealership, a Goodyear tire distributorship and Thrifty franchise car rental. He currently owns S & S Enterprises, Inc. based in Cocoa, Florida.

In March 2000, Mr. Simpkins donated $250,000 to Eastern Florida State College to establish an endowment known as the “Business Seminar for Entrepreneurial Development.” In 2007, Mr. Simpkins became the college’s first $1 million donor for the development of an entrepreneurial curriculum program. The generosity is greatly appreciated.

Founder's Message

BW Simpkins

Bernie Simpkins


“I enjoy what I do so why retire. Entrepreneurship is an open road to success for those who chose to invest hard work and determination. Saving what you earn to establish a beginning is a key to success."

Spring 2018 Seminar

Simpkins Entrepreneur Series
Wes Henderson
Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Angel's Envy Whiskey

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
Simpkins Center/Cocoa Campus

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12 PM
King Center/Melbourne Campus

Co-Founder of Angel’s Envy whiskey, Wes Henderson’s vision had always been to create a one-of-a-kind spirit with his father. His son, Kyle, would later join them, making Angel’s Envy the work of three generations of Hendersons. Today, that same vision continues, as Wes serves as the brand’s Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Wes shepherds Angel’s Envy’s future as his company continues to innovate, grow and craft some of the finest award-winning whiskeys in the world. Come hear Wes Henderson’s exciting story and learn how it can help launch your own business success.