Chamber launches Minority Business Accelerator

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of its Minority Business Accelerator program.  This program is geared towards helping Black and Hispanic business owners identify and overcome barriers to company growth. The MBA will provide participants with the tools and knowledge to increase their organizational capacity, cultivate business opportunities & referrals and raise their brand awareness and visibility.

“One of the pillars of the Chamber’s ten-year vision plan is to be an inclusive organization.  The Minority Business Accelerator is the first program under that pillar and we are excited to launch the program in the first year of our vision plan.  This program is the result of the engagement and hard work of many Chamber volunteers over the last three years and I look forward to announcing the first class at our Annual Meeting this year,” said Mike Griffin, Chair, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Recruitment for the program begins in August and there will be two Community Info Sessions prior to the application period to allow business owners that want to learn more about the program. The inaugural participants in the program will be announced at the Chamber’s 132nd Annual Meeting on December 14.

“I have been involved in this project since I co-chaired the Minority Business Caucus two years ago.  This initiative is the culmination of researching similar programs in other communities and understanding the needs of the Tampa/Hillsborough County area.  I am excited to chair the first class of our Minority Business Accelerator and I look forward to helping Black and Hispanic owned and operated businesses in our community reach their fullest potential,” said Bemetra Simmons, Chair, Minority Business Accelerator Program.

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More information about the MBA program can be found at www.tampachamber.com/mba.

Community Info Session #1
June 27, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1 pm
Robert W. Saunders Library
1505 N. Nebraska Ave
Tampa, FL 33602

Community Info Session #2
June 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2 pm
West Tampa Branch Library
2312 W. Union St.
Tampa, FL 33607

Member News 6/15/17 – 6/22/17

Member News

Member Events

Member Job Openings

Member Accolades

 

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Policy & Transportation Digest

President announces new policy on travel to Cuba

Today, President Trump announced changes in the rules that allows Americans to travel to Cuba.  The new restriction reverse some of the changes made by President Obama.

Florida House Speaker talks about schools and local government in Tampa

House Speaker Richard Corcoran was in Tampa today to talk with Tampa Bay residents about the 2017 Legislative Session including the controversial K-12 legislation and bills that limited the scope of local government.

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Boarder Adjustment Tax issue
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

Member News 6/8/17 – 6/15/17

Member News

Member Events

Member Job Openings

Member New Hires & Promotions

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Member News 6/1/17 – 6/8/17

Member News

Member Events

Member Job Openings

Member New Hires & Promotions

If you would like to submit news, events, job postings, new hires/promotions, or accolades  for the Member News section of eView, please go to  http://www.tampachamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/MemberNews.aspx.

Policy & Transportation Digest

Governor Rick Scott announces budget deal

Governor Scott agrees to sign the $82.4 billion state budget after reaching deal with Corcoran, Negron

Changes in regulations on travel to Cuba could come soon

Insiders believe  President Trump may soon make changes to the existing regulations on travel to Cuba, which is something that has been anticipated since the President’s inauguration.

Hillsborough Regional Transit Authority looking at changes

In an effort to save money, HART is looking to changing their bus network to provide better service

Governor deciding what to do about budget

Earlier this week, the Legislature sent their 2017-2018 budget package to Governor Scott for action.  The Governor has 15 days from delivery to decide what to do.

Constitution Revision Commission still working on rules

After 2 months, the Constitution Revision Commission is still working on the rules to govern the panel.

 

As things are changing in Tallahassee, Washington D.C. and here in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Chamber is watching those issues that are important to the community and your business.

Here is some of what we are watching:

  • Border Adjustment Tax issue
  • Governor’s possible vetoes
  • Federal budget
  • Proposed Federal Tax Plan
  • Possible changes to the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Possible changes with the relations between the U.S. and Cuba
  • Medical Marijuana and what that means to Tampa Bay
  • Workers’ Comp. Rate
  • Premium Transit Study
  • Regional MPO

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Chamber announces semifinalists for 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards

Earlier this week, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the semifinalists for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 8 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay.
Small business awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category specifically for startup companies. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The semifinalists for the four company awards and finalists for the Outstanding Leader award include:

Startup

Clearly Agile, Inc.

Electus Global Education Co., Inc.

Hannah’s Shoebox

Mini Doughnut Factory

Sharpline Investigations, LLC

Stravino Penrod Search Partners

Tampa Music School

The Marketing Posse

Tomlin St Cyr Real Estate Services

VetCor LLC

5-20 Employees:

Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation

C&K Architects/Interiors, Inc.

Dalton Dental

Geyen Group South Inc.

Key Person of Influence

Loupin Construction

Preschool Readers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA

StillPoint Capital LLC

Vein911

21-50 Employees:

Coppertail Brewing Co.

Davis Industrial

Dobler Consulting Services

Haneke Design

NorthStar Bank

Sparxoo

51-250 Employees:

Boring Business Systems, Inc.

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Forcon International

Health Insurance Innovations

IT Authorities

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

NewSouth Window Solutions

Nicopure Labs

Quiet Professionals, LLC

Tampa Fitness Partners/Orangetheory Fitness

Outstanding Leader Finalists:

Vincent J. Cassidy, Majesty Title Services, LLC

Topher Morrison, Key Person of Influence

Kim O’Brien, AccountAbility Staffing

The winners will be announced at the event on September 8.  For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.