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The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

Tampa Bay area businesses expand trade with Chile, create local jobs

Chile is shaping up to be one of Florida's leading trade partners as more and more Tampa Bay area businesses are building fruitful relationships with the South American country. The result? An economic boost likely to result in more jobs in the local region.

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.


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.  

Laura Waller's Series "Port of Tampa".

Port Tampa Bay comes alive with local painter's palette

Finding inspiration at the intersection of arts and industry, Tampa painter Laura Waller puts her brush to canvas to tell the stories of Port Tampa Bay in a way only an artist can do.

Nancy Vaughn and team Jenna Stock, Lisa Gilmore and Dr. Zakia Carter, PhD. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Fashion Week Weaves Together Business, Technology And The Arts

Learn what’s new and what’s next in fashion as Tampa Bay Fashion Week hits its stride in year seven and bolsters the local fashion industry. Expect a spectacular runway show featuring designs from well-known fashionistas as well as little known novices.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn gives a gift to U.S. Consul General Dennis Hankins

Trip To Brazil Fosters Relationships For Tampa Bay

A Sister City relationship with Porto Alegre begins with a Tampa group's visit to Brazil. Key to its success will be what follows over time in terms of business and community connections.

Aly Cote and team leader Margi Nanney discuss project details. - Julie Branaman

Florida Students Race To Finish Line At F1 World Championship

Five public high school students from Manatee County will represent the United States at the 9th annual F1 in Schools World Championship Competition in Austin, Texas, November 9-15. The Allegiance Racing Team qualified by winning the national championship in May.

Roberto Torres is one of the owners of Black & Denim. - Photo by Julie Branaman

Boutique Apparel Company Brings Focus On Fashion To Ybor City

Black & Denim Apparel Company, a Tampa-born small business with national reach, sees its flagship store on historic Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as just the beginning.


"Not Your Average Speakers'' Engage On Innovation, Tampa

The I-4 Corridor stretching from Tampa to Orlando is already seen from afar as a hotbed for designing and developing new technology. So what will it take to nurture startups and retain the talent already here while attracting others to help shape Florida's economy as well as the nation's? Join the conversation as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk innovation.


Florida Summer Camps Innovate To Meet Urgent STEM Needs

A unique mix of STEM summer camps in Tampa Bay sets out to connect students with greater knowledge and confidence while preparing them to join the workforce with the abilities necessary to land in real jobs.


Port Of Tampa Expands Trade Routes To The World

Expansion at the Port of Tampa is underway in anticipation of the ongoing widening of the Panama Canal. With the expansion will come new trade routes and more efficient services that will benefit the Tampa Bay region by making it easier to import needed products and export raw materials and goods manufactured here.    


Made-in-Sarasota: METI Creates iStan Robots To Simulate Life, Death

He can't soar through the sky or jump tall buildings - at least not yet. But iStan is one super man when it comes to training med school students and EMTs in the art of reacting to human maladies. He can blink. He can bleed. He can sweat. He can even make your heart go thump when you see how realistic he is in simulating a real Stan or Josh or Kiara or baby Rachel. Next up? A mommy giving birth.


Robots, LEGOs Grow Tomorrow's Engineers Today In Tampa Bay Middle Schools

Technology education starts early in Hillsborough County public schools and continues all the way up through the college level thanks to taxpayer-funded programs like STEM and FLATE. Students know they could be the ones developing the newest global technology in the future.


Ancient Process Goes High-Tech At New Chromalloy Plant In Tampa

Scientists, engineers and production experts working out of Chromalloy's new $27 million manufacturing plant in Tampa are at the center of the global company's growth strategy. Repairs to turbine engines used by airlines and power companies are made using gleaming stainless steel machinery and vintage Star Wars robotics.
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