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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

The first Gasparilla Interactive Festival is designed to showcase local, state and national tech talent, highlight innovative technologies and attract entrepreneurs to the Tampa Bay region.

The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Q&A: Bill Jackson, 2015 entrepreneurship educator of the year

A professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is named the nation’s top Entrepreneurship Educator at a conference in Tampa. The winner, Bill Jackson, shares his insights on entrepreneurship with 83 Degrees Media.

Welder Carlos Betts and CEO Dick Peck share a laugh.

Oldsmar manufacturer finds success by filling jobs with vets, students, people with disabilities

What makes QTM and Dick Peck special? When the Oldsmar manufacturer couldn't find the skilled labor required for his company, he intentionally set out to hire and train people others may consider hard-to-employ.

Access to Capital winner Tony Selvaggio.

Tampa startup wins $10,000 to launch e-recycling in local schools

Tony Selvaggio’s startup company Scratch on Spot won $10,000 at Hillsborough County’s first “Access to Capital” summit, which included a business pitch competition presented by private investing group New World Angels. Selvaggio will use the funds to place e-recycling bins in area schools.

Mark Sharpe speaks at the Tampa Innovation Alliance launch.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating plans, partnerships and sense of place

Investing in neighborhoods and creating safer streets are as important as attracting talent and conducting research under the goals set forth for the new Tampa Innovation Alliance, which will focus on creating transformational change around the University of South Florida Tampa campus.  

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

TMYO is a youth orchestra training program based in Tampa for people between the ages of 6-21. The program has 4 orchestras based on an individual’s experience and skill level. They also have a chamber music program and mentor children on their audition skills. Watch and listen. 

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

Finding the perfect gifts to gladden the hearts of friends and family may require a little extra special hunting through local shops that feature one-of-a-kind or unusual fare. 83 Degrees Media writers and editors suggest a few favorite places.

Team BamBoost.

UT student entrepreneurs compete for global prize recognizing solutions to social issues

University of Tampa students win the regional competition to compete in 2015 for the $1M Hult Prize, a global recognition for innovative solutions to traditional problems facing urban slums around the world. Bamboo, the students say, is key.

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Hillsborough opens center in Ybor for entrepreneurs to make connections, find capital

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, you can sign up for one-on-one counseling, online classes, business planning or marketing advice, and much more at Hillsborough County's new Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City.  

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Locals get creative with holiday giving of goods and services

Handstands for cans? A day of beauty? A year of lawn care? Local small businesses get into the holiday spirit by creating innovative gifts of goods and services for Tampa Bay area people in need.

Doug Fyvolent of Solaridy presents during 1 Million Cups at the Greenhouse in St Pete. - James Brana

Greenhouse serves up 1 Million Cups of coffee, 1 meetup at a time

What nurtures a vibrant and growing startup community? 1 Million Cups of coffee. And a place to meetup. That's the winning formula at the Greenhouse, a space dedicated to conversation, connections and collaborations in downtown St. Petersburg. 

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Meet 3 Tampa Bay area women redefining communications within new media

Thanks to the advent of social media and 24/7 Internet access, the local media landscape looks very different than it did a decade ago. In the Tampa Bay region, these visionary thought leaders are staying ahead of national trends and propelling communications full speed ahead.

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

Gr8Code fills skills gap by teaching computer programming, coding to children, adults

A $5.4 million investment by venture capitalists supports the teaching of programming and coding skills by startup Gr8Code, another sign of strength in the Tampa Bay area’s growing tech community.

Julian Montenegro of Heavy Auto Parts chats with THAP

New coworking space in East Tampa honors Civil Rights activist's vision

A new state-of-the-art coworking and business incubator in East Tampa offers space for traditional entrepreneurial enterprises as well as startups and creatives who call the emerging neighborhood home.
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