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What's your story? Annual storytelling festival gets personal in October

The third annual Tampa Bay Area Festival of Storytelling takes place at venues in St. Petersburg and Tampa.

TEDxSarasota champions innovation, collaboration at full-day event in Venice

TEDxSarasota invites innovators and creatives to explore the "many facets that make a whole life, and the whole world a better place to live."

Students at low-income schools get unique experiences through MOSI's outreach program

MOSI is bringing the fun of science to low-income schools with their Robot Roundup program. The museum's outreach program teaches elementary students engineering and science as they create their own robots. 

St. Pete ups prize to $50K for mural to entwine art, history

The call to artists states that "the art must respect the event(s) that caused the still vacant space where the mural once hung while honoring and celebrating the advances in civil rights and inclusivity in the city today.''

Inc. magazine names Clearwater top spot for fast-growing companies

Four Clearwater companies named to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 500 list. Five make top 5,000 list.

Tampa marketing firm invites local artists to create murals

Tampa PR firm solicits murals for walls of its renovated offices in exchange for publicity work.

Theatre festival brings workshops, actors to Tampa

The Tampa Theatre Festival offers workshops on everything from improv to musical theatre with sessions headed by top-notch professionals, including Jayne Trinette, Elaine Pechacek, Patrick McInnis and Erica Sutherlin. 

Note dates for upcoming Tampa Bay Area tech events

Are you an innovator or entrepreneur looking for a place to network? 83 Degrees has you covered with the places to get plugged in around Tampa Bay in this latest tech roundup.

For Good: Sarasota Hackathon seeks computer science mentors for teens

The Sarasota hackathon's three-day immersion experience pairs students with tech mentors to build a web or mobile app that positively impacts the community.

MOSI collaboration aims to enrich experience for those on autism spectrum

MOSI in collaboration with Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay (BCOTB) plans to make changes to the museum, including signage that includes sensory information and rearranging exhibits allowing guests to bypass sections that could cause overstimulation in those on the autism spectrum. 

Save the dates for upcoming Tampa Bay Area tech events

Get plugged into the Tampa Bay technology community with this list of tech-centric events.  

Seeking new employment? Here's a roundup of summer job fairs in the Tampa Bay Area

Looking for a new job? Spruce up your resume and head out to these summer 2016 career fairs to apply for available jobs. 

University of Florida prepares to launch Innovation Station in Sarasota County

The University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering will open the first physical extension of the college’s Florida Engineering EXperiment Station (FLEXStation) in Sarasota County.

App created by Tampa developer plans to change the way you shop, share favorite brands

Ever wanted to be a brand ambassador? Or have a platform to promote your favorite brands and retailers? With MeSpoke, you can do just that, as a member or "Speaker" with the new social media platform, you can upload content on your page showcasing your preferred brands/retailers. In turn, consumers can see your content and purchase what you have showcased directly off your page. 

New roastery in NoHo Tampa helps you create your own coffee blend

The Lab in Hyde Park gives guests the opportunity to not only try rare blends of coffee, but create their own unique blend by roasting beans themselves. This innovative concept was co-founded by Roberto Torres, who also founded the co-working space Blind Tiger Cafe. 


Gasparilla Film Festival features big names, diverse films

Cuban films, international directors and famous actors are among the highlights at this year's Gasparilla Film Festival.

Sarasota Whiskey Obsession Festival at Michael’s on East features local distilleries

The Whiskey Obsession Festival features more than 250 whiskies from around the world plus several independent distillers representing the growing craft spirits scene in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Real-time art of every flavor: St. Pete Synesthesia event

Synesthesia plays on the medical term to describe a condition in which one sense, for instance: hearing, is perceived also as another sense, such as sight or taste.

The Music Box: Tampa Bay launches in Sulphur Springs neighborhood

“The Music Box: Tampa Bay” is an interactive public artwork and performance space that allows visitors to participate in creating sound and music through a temporary village of musical structures. 

Local event to help boomers create a roadmap to meaningful work

“Today, many boomers are trying to figure out how to leverage their skills and strengths in new ways that meet their needs,” says Bevan Rogel, Founder and President of Encore Tampa Bay. “Our event can help you go from thinking about how you want to redefine your next chapter to actually doing something about it.”

Spring job fairs in Tampa Bay

Job seekers, mark your calendars for these upcoming job fairs in Tampa Bay in spring 2016.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts promises fun, activities for all ages

A huge selection of art from emerging artists to established artisans awaits those who carve out time to visit the annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts the first weekend of March 2016.

Free Community Pass offers Tampa Bay residents museum, music fest discounts

Sign up for the free 'Community Pass' from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to receive discounts to local art and culture centers and special events.

February job news: Who's hiring in Tampa Bay?

Here are some of the companies hiring in the Tampa Bay region in February 2016.

Clearwater targets entrepreneurs with new business SPARK

Partners in SPARK include the city of Clearwater’s Economic Development and Housing Department, Clearwater Public Library, Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, Florida Small Business Development Center of Pinellas County and Technical Arts Facility for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or TAFFIE.

St. Pete event celebrates wealth of local muses

The third annual MUSE awards recognizing local creative accomplishments in arts and culture will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. 

HCC to offer free entrepreneurship program for veterans

Hillsborough Community College has been selected as a partner of nonprofit Veterans Florida to provide a free entrepreneurship and business training program to veterans or active duty military who live in Florida or plan to move to the state to open a business.

USF Tampa, Patel College host global ecotourism conference in January

“The world is facing increasing challenges from issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, nitrogen and phosphorous overload, changing land use patterns, threats to our water supply, chemical pollution, and more,” says David Randle of USF's Patel College. “These changes, while not always on the radar of the average Tampa resident, are changes that will impact us all.” 

Paramedic positions come with big bonus in Pinellas County

Sunstar Paramedics, the Pinellas County emergency medical service provider, hiring for EMT positions in early 2016 and offering five-year bonus of $35,000.

UT student team wins local round of Hult Prize competition

A UT student team is heading to a regional round of competition in spring 2016, where they will compete for a chance to win $1 million against teams around the globe.

Upcoming Tampa Bay career fairs include local schools, construction company

Upcoming Tampa Bay area job fairs in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota during winter 2015 and early winter 2016 include local schools and USFSP, along with a commercial roofing company and a security business in Tampa.

Who's hiring in Tampa Bay? Search engine, IT company, CPA, staffing agency, and more

Google is among those hiring for part- and full-time positions in the December 2015 83 Degrees job news roundup.

The Telling Project: Veterans tell their stories of war experiences

The Telling Project is designed to help communicate the stories of U.S. military veterans, who now make up less than 1 percent of the population.

Temple Terrace Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov. 7-8

A “Public Pollock” collaborative art project invites people “of all ages and skill levels” to apply paint. 

Hiring in Tampa Bay: November 2015 job news

Find a new career by the end of the year. Here's who's hiring in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg in November 2015.

USF students gain real-world experience by shadowing alumni in new program

USF alumni are wanted for a new program, Shadow-A-Bull. USF students will shadow USF alumni and gain industry experience through the free program.

International event for journalists to be held in St. Petersburg, November 2015

The internationally acclaimed Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists will be hosted by St. Petersburg-based World Partnerships, Inc. The seven-day event brings together 100 journalists from more than 80 countries. 

Consider Water highlights sustainability message through the arts

“Consider Water” debutes in Tampa at Hillsborough County Community College (HCC) Mainstage Theatre in Ybor City October 30-31 at 7:30 p.m.

Career fair for active, retired military Oct. 29 near Orlando

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is hosting a career fair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with seminars beginning at 8:30 a.m. on October 29 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 

Military Hackathon challenges developers to innovate solutions to DoD challenges

Civilian and military developers and programmers came together Oct 23-25 to compete in the Military Open Source Software Hackathon in Tampa, Florida.

Robotics competition brings STEM-focused K-12 students to Tampa

What to do this weekend: Visit the University of Tampa campus to watch K-12 students tackle LEGO challenges and robot building during the FIRST Roboticon Tampa Bay on October 10 and 11, 2015.

Marlow’s Tavern hires 62 new employees, opens in Carrollwood neighborhood of Tampa

Marlow's Tavern, a Georgia chain of restaurants that expanded into Central Florida last year, is now open in Carrollwood Village just off Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa.

Who is hiring in Tampa Bay? October job news roundup

Seeking a new job or fresh career path in the Tampa Bay area? Find out who is hiring in October 2015 in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota.

Tampa JCC engages community, writers in Books & Conversations Festival

A variety of authors -- some writing about Jewish themes, others not -- will appear at the Tampa Jewish Book Festival on October 18th.

James Rosenquist donates art for raffle at FIVE by FIVE in Tampa

The FIVE by FIVE theme entwines itself throughout the Tampa Museum of Art event as nearly 600 pieces of 5”x 5” art created from a wide range of media -- and submitted from around the world -- will be on display and for sale, at $25 per piece. 

TiEcon Florida 2015 brings innovators, investors to Tampa

TiEcon Florida 2015, a one-day conference in Tampa, included panel discussions with innovators and entrepreneurs from around the state and country.

Women entrepreneurs compete for $70,000 from the SBA

Women in business and entrepreneurial enterprises can compete in a challenge to win $5,000 in cash and prizes locally and $70,000 from a national business competition.

Top comedian returns home to Tampa to perform

Former Tampa resident Steven Lolli returns to Carrollwood for a comedy performance that some may consider controversial as he takes on societal stereotypes and pokes fun at the mundane using risque humor. 

 

Tampa Museum of Art hosts high fashion to raise awareness of domestic violence

A runway show featuring New York fashion designer Zang Toi is a fundraiser benefiting the Tampa Museum of Art’s exhibition and education programming.
 

USF Health gets $2M federal grant to improve geriatric care curriculum

USF Health has plans to boost geriatric care and educational curriculum locally in Tampa Bay thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and partnerships with Tampa Family Health Centers and Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.


Tampa exhibit features photos of sealife, oceans

Marvels of the Reef, an exhibit at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, showcases “mysteries of the sea” by seven international photographers whose work has appeared in National Geographic,

Johnson & Johnson brings 500 Jobs, $23.5M investment to Tampa

500 new jobs are coming to Tampa with Johnson & Johnson's decision to open its North American shared services headquarters in mid-2016. The company will also be making a $23.5 million investment into the Tampa Bay region. 

Lakeland Regional Health gets enhanced pediatric care

Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando has teamed up with Lakeland Regional Health in an effort to boost pediatric care in the greater Polk County area. 

Local actors put on 2nd festival in downtown Tampa

The Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Sept. 4-6 is packed with original plays and workshops.

NY Times columnist Charles Blow kicks off Presidential Event Series at Eckerd College

Charles Blow’s frank discussion of race, social injustice, culture and politics has earned him a considerable following both in the New York Times and as a TV commentator for CNN and MSNBC.

USF, Moffitt team up on study to help breast cancer survivors

Dr. Cecile Lengacher, a professor at USF College of Nursing, applied and received a grant on behalf of USF that will study how reducing stress in breast cancer survivors can improve concentration and memory that is often affected after chemotherapy treatments. 

Who's hiring in Tampa Bay? County offices, local chamber, downtown caterer and more

Sign up for a sales manager role with the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce; patrol the parks on behalf of Hillsborough County; stage school productions for Berkeley Prep; all of these and more are part of the 83 Degrees Media monthly Tampa Bay job hiring roundup.

Hillsborough County budgets $1M for manufacturing jobs training

Funding from Hillsborough County represents "a very strong commitment to ensuring that our community has the workforce talent to continue to make our manufacturing base successful," says Lindsey Kimball, Director of Economic Development.

Women's tech group to host August meetup at Cooper's Hawk Winery

Women interested in technology are invited to join the Tampa chapter of the Girls in Tech nonprofit organization at their 2015 kickoff "Girls in Tech Vino Night" at Cooper's Hawk winery and restaurant on August 13, 2015. 

Tampa International Airport issues worldwide call for artists

Tampa International Airport seeks international or local artists to submit artwork for permanent display at TIA in Tampa, Florida. Deadline for entry is September 14, 2015.

Tampa Bay 'best choice' for Accusoft expansion; IT company to create 125 high-wage jobs

Tampa Bay-based information technology company Accusoft is expanding with 125 new high-wage jobs in Hillsborough County. 



June women's networking events include baseball game, bathroom businesswoman

Ladies, mix and mingle with local business professionals during a special talk with "Queen of the Can" Suzy Batiz, a business Q&A followed by a Rays game, and a Professional Women’s Network luncheon.

Black Lives Matter symposium spotlights social activism through art

Black Lives Matter: The Relevance of Katherine Dunham's Legacy for Today's Social Artists-Activist is a free symposium and workshop that will be held at the University of South Florida on June 28, 2015. The event is free and open to the public.

Who’s hiring in Tampa Bay? Marketing firms, furniture store, tech companies and more

Looking for a new role or ready to shift into a satisfying new career? Consider the following positions in our 83 Degrees Media monthly news roundup!

Buy a pair (or a mat), plant a tree: Tampa company seeks crowdfunding

Sustain the yogi lifestyle by backing Tampa-based company Gurus natural rubber sandals on Kickstarter with their second product: a premium cork yoga mat.

Hillsborough teacher wins national award for student achievements

Webb Middle School Teacher Joel Leventhal wins a national award for teaching math to students in Tampa.

$1.1M grant boosts employment services at Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women in Tampa

A $1.137 million grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will help the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women expand its Employment Services Program to help thousands of Hillsborough County residents seek jobs.

NEA grant enables USF CAM to bring musical village to Sulphur Springs

A $20,000 grant from NEA will enable USF's CAM to build an interactive performance setting for Sulphur Springs neighborhood kids in Tampa.

Picture this: High fashion, high art intertwined at FMOPA

FMoPA in downtown Tampa opens a new exhibit featuring 3 international fashion photographers starting May 1, 2015. 


Undergrad research recognized during UT celebration

The University of Tampa's Undergraduate Research Celebration (URC) will take place April 23-27, allowing students to present research projects, promote cross-disciplinary networking and showcase UT talent to the local community.

Spring/Summer startup events guide: Tampa Bay

Your guide to Tampa’s spring and summer 2015 technology and innovation events.

Temple Terrace hosts new craft beer festival, food trucks

Sample 30 craft beers and food from local food trucks and vendors during the inaugural Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest in Woodmont Park.

SoHo businesses to host April block party in South Tampa

A local fresh-focused market, an independent board shop, a small Tampa-based surf and water "lifestyle" retailer, and a bicycle-inspired nonprofit are coming together on April 18, 2015, from 5-8pm, for a block party in South Tampa's SoHo district.

Who's hiring? Brew Bus, Tampa Musuem of Art, and more

Seek your inner Don Draper at two advertising agencies; fulfill your creative side at the Tampa Museum of Art; serve hops aboard the local Brew Bus. Here's who's currently hiring in Tampa Bay. 

Hannah's Shoebox provides stylish shoes to preteen girls

A local Tampa mother has launched online fashion retailer Hannah's Shoebox to provide preteen girls with stylish, age-appropriate shoes in women's sizes 5-13.

HCC awarded $100,000 to create Tampa jobs for low-income residents

The City of Tampa’s Housing and Development Division awardes Hillsborough Community College $100,000 to create Tampa jobs for low-income residents in the "Green Tech" corridor that is near the University of South Florida.


New Hyde Park paper boutique in South Tampa hosts Valentine's Day makers market

A Valentine's Day Makers Market featuring local vendors and crafts will be held from 10am-6pm at the Paper Seahorse in Hyde Park. It is open to the public.


Local library Venture Club introduces Tampa Bay area kids to entrepreneurship

Students in grades 3 to 5 can learn entrepreneurial skills and the latest technologies in a new Venture Club started by librarians at the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library.



Valpak ventures to St. Pete, adds jobs and an app

Valpak, a digital and direct marketing firm based in St. Petersburg, is growing and adding jobs. 






























Lakeland Art Installation Honors Veterans, Public Servants

Platform Art partnered with the Veterans Council in Lakeland to install a public art project.

USF's Patel College Hosts Internationally Acclaimed Climate Change Expert

USF students will benefit from the research of internationally acclaimed chair and scholar.





Too Funny! Eckerd College Improv Team Among Top In Nation

A student-led improv group from Eckerd College travels to perform at a large national festival.


Pecha Kucha Tampa Bay V14 Focuses On Community Spirit

Attendees will learn, network and be inspired at the 14th Pecha Kucha event in Tampa Bay.


Hillsborough Community College Hosts April Job Fairs

HCC hosts job fairs open to the public in April.

Gasparilla Fringe Festival Features Uncommon Arts To Make You Gasp!

Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival brings over 30 performing artists to the Tampa Museum of Art.

Social Mobile Conference Embraces Branding In New Economy

Companies can explore ways to raise awareness in the new economy at upcoming conference.


New Partnership Makes Digital Signage More Accessible, User-Friendly

A new partnership allows businesses to manage their digital advertising with any web browser using cloud-based software.

Webber Kerr Associates, Junior Achievement Partner To Guide Next Gen Business Leaders

A local business provides financial and volunteer assistance to help youth understand economics and business opportunities.

University Of Tampa Receives National Recognition For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

A national association named The University of Tampa Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program  at a conference in Texas.



Hillsborough Arts Council Launches Power2Give Donor Portal

Support your passion for the arts with a new online giving platform.

Straz Center Brings Arts To Underserved Populations

Underserved populations gain exposure to the arts through the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center.

Burger 21 Expands, Adds 50+ Jobs in Tampa






St. Pete Celebrates Women Of Vision, Inspiration

Nominations are sought women who provide community leadership, innovation and inspirtation.


Gulfport's 2Cool Art Show Features Florida Artists

Come see the what Tampa Bay artists have to offer at the 2Cool Art Show.









Salsarita's Plans 500 New Jobs In Tampa Bay




Amazon Deal Brings 1,000+ Jobs To Tampa Bay


USF Energy Conference Designed To Be Conduit For Collaboration

Sustainable energy conference scheduled at USF Marshall Center on October 14.

1 Million Cups Of Coffee Support Entrepreneurship In Cities

1 Million Cups seeks to see how many conversations can take place about entrepreneurship across the country over one million cups of coffee.

Tampa Startups Compete For National Attention At Tech Cocktail Event

Who is Tampa's "Hottest Showcasing Startup?'' tonight, Oct. 8, at Fox Jazz Cafe. Five local companies will compete for the title.






Where Love Grows: Meals Reconnect Tampa Families

Where Love Grows uses the dinner table to bring families together.


Project GenYes! Brings Arts To Life For Generation Y

A new idea to performance accelerator provides artists in generation Y with support, mentoring.

Awesome Tampa Bay Engages Community In New Pitch Sessions

Awesome Tampa Bay spreads the love in the community with $1,000 microgrants.



4th Startup Weekend Tampa Bay Moves To St. Pete

Business ideas and creativity flourish at Tampa Bay's fourth Startup Weekend.

TIE Investors Back Event Networking Mobile App

A new app that facilitates business card exchange at events is receiving funding from Tampa Bay investors.

USF Student Makes Cosmetics From Moroccan Oil Plant

An MBA student in Tampa Bay launched a company providing organic, all natural products using a rare oil found in Morocco.


Sunscreen Film Festival Features Spanish Language Filmmakers, St. Pete

30 Spanish Language films will be featured in a new showcase at St. Petersburg's Sunscreen Film Festival.


March Madness In Tampa Is All About The Arts

Go fly a kite! Kiting and pirates are among new attractions at the 2013 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, followed by the Gasparilla Music Festival and the Gasparilla International Film Festival.

Week-long Event Showcases Tampa Bay's Craft Beer Scene

A collaborative, week-long event brings together the craft beer scene in Tampa Bay.



Tampa Bay Youth In Florida Robotics Competition

Ten youth in the Tampa Bay area created a robot that will compete with 24 other teams at a statewide competition.

Polk College Presidents Sign Petition To Increase College Degree Attainment

Graduate Polk initiative brings together college and university presidents to pledge to increase degree attainment.

Young Inventors Win For Creativity, Innovation, Tampa

Tampa Bay youth show off their creativity and innovative skills at inventors competition.

Pasco's Microloan Fund Grows Small Businesses

Microloans in Pasco County are growing and offering a way for small businesses to grow and hire.

Innovators, Educators, Businesses Join In Creative Exploration, Sarasota

Creatives, innovators and businesses come together for a weekend of team building and soul searching at the 10th Annual Florida Creativity Weekend in Sarasota.

Three Pinellas County Nonprofits Grow, Hiring Staff

Three Pinellas County nonprofit organizations are expanding their staff and seeking directors, program facilitators and case managers to accommodate developing community growth initiatives. ALPHA House of Pinellas County, Inc., Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, and Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. are among a passionate hub of nonprofits dedicated to providing sustainable, secure futures for individuals and businesses.



Knowledge M Hosts Innovation Guru, Tampa







T-Mobile Adds 150 Jobs At Tampa Call Center




















TEDxTampaBay: The Future Of Stories At MOSI


Front Row Tampa Bay: Live Webcasts Offer Media Alternative

Front Row Tampa Bay offers live webcasts and taped stories about Tampa Bay thought leaders, innovators, investors and experiences.


Aviation Company In Manatee Expanding, Hiring 26

Aerospace manufacturer Radiant Power is adding higher-paying jobs in Manatee County.

Pinellas Author Offers Job Workshops For Veterans

A former human resources director at a major department store now conducts jobs workshops for veterans. The workshops take place at a Clearwater church.

St. Pete Indies Reward Shoppers, Give Prizes In July

Keep St. Petersburg Local's contest encourages residents to spend their money with local, independent shops.

USF Ranks 10th Worldwide In Patents, Tampa

The Intellectual Property Owners Association ranks USF 10th worldwide among all universities granted U.S. patents in 2011.

Florida Offers Economic Gardening Certification

The certification enables the launch and growth of local entrepreneurs and small companies.

Manatee, Sarasota Entrepreneurs Can Get Coaching

Entrepreneurs across industries in Manatee and Sarasota counties may be eligible for coaching services.


Popular Clothing Swap Goes Monthly, Gulfport

Proceeds and extra clothing gathered at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is donated to CASA, a nonprofit serving victims of violence.




Universal Health Care Hiring 70 Bi-Lingual Phone Reps

Universal Health Care plans to hire bilingual staff to better help bilingual clients.

Imagine Tampa Bay As A Startup At CEOs For Cities National Meeting May 17-18

Start up Tampa Bay! At its may national convention in May in Cincinnati, CEOs for Cities will release its latest City Vitals report on American Cities. The keynote address will be given by former AOL Chairman Steve Case.



Language Service Creates At Least 65 Jobs, Tampa Bay

Speak two languages or more? These jobs may be for you.

Tampa Bay Strategy: Grow International Trade, Jobs

A coalition of public and private entities in Tampa Bay pledge collaboration in growing international trade, increasing global competitiveness.

Bank On Florida Initiative Launches In Tampa Bay

The Florida Prosperity Partnership launches the Bank On Florida initiative to help more Tampa Bay residents access banking.


Metropolitan Ministries Opens Cafe, Downtown Tampa

Inside the Box Cafe by Metropolitan Ministries is designed to help teach restaurant operations skills to the homeless.

TruGreen Job Fair In Tampa, 175+ Sales Jobs

TruGreen plans to fill 175 sales positions and has immediate needs for inside sales, sales supervisors and management positions.

Medical Records: eDocs To Add 8 Jobs In Tampa Bay

eDocs of Spring Hill plans to create 8 jobs in 2012 to help doctors convert to electronic records.

Kauffman Foundation Invests In Bradenton, Sarasota

A partnership between Suncoast Community Capital and the Kauffman Foundation's Urban Entrepreneur Partnership program aims to further develop small and emerging businesses in Manatee and Sarasota counties reach their goals and create jobs.


Tampa Moving Company Grows, Adds 20 Jobs













Flower Power To Promote Downtown Bradenton

Downtown Bradenton is groovy. And it's going psychedelic to prove it.

From March 5 to April 16, downtown Bradenton will celebrate the '60s through art, fashion, literature and music during its SHOUT the 60s event.

"The 14 events offer something for everyone," says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization sponsoring the event. "Fashion, films, food, music, politics, performances, baseball, and demonstrations."

Isham says the idea for the '60s event was spurred by a performance taking place at the Manatee Players.

"About six months ago, we decided to expand upon the production that Manatee Players was doing called Shout!, about a girls' group in the '60s. The idea came out of the monthly meetings of our Cultural Partners Work Group."

Isham further explains that, like the spirit of the '60s, the event is all about collaboration.

"One of our key core values is collaboration, explains Isham. "The 60s promo grows out of and depends on our collaborative action. Whereas other groups say they are interested in collaboration, we 'walk the talk.' "

Partners for the event include ArtCenter Manatee, DeSoto Historical Society, Manatee County Cultural Alliance, the Manatee County Historical Commission, the Manatee Players, the Pittsburgh Pirates, South Florida Museum and the Village of the Arts.

Isham points out that while the event is fun, there is a serious component, too. On March 19 the Rowlett Magnet School's drama department will present a performance of Healing the Hurt that chronicles veterans' experiences of and healing from the Vietnam War. Flash Back, Flash Forward on April 4 will explore the role of government and conservative and liberal values at the Institute for Public Policy on the the USF campus.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton

atLarge of Sarasota Grows, Adds 4 Jobs





Innovative Anytown Program Brings Youth Together

There is a youth program in Tampa Bay that boasts 4,000 graduates. It's been around for 20 years and has enjoyed recognition from the U.S. Department of Education, National Council on Crime and Delinquency and "One America," the nationwide Initiative on Race Relations.

Anytown is the brainchild of Community Tampa Bay, a nonprofit agency dedicated to erasing discrimination by cultivating leaders and changing communities. The five-day annual summer program, which began in 1991, provides youth ages 14-19 with an opportunity to explore bias, prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on the community.

"Anytown is the one place where your race, your religion, your social class and your gender don't come between you and your peers," says Stacie Blake, Community Tampa Bay's executive director. "It represents an ideal community -- an inclusive world where everyone is equally respected regardless of socio-economic status, culture or ethnicity.''

Each year approximately 60 participants gather at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg for a five-day, four-night journey into the dynamics of prejudice, stereotypes, gender, racism, ableism, homophobia, genocide, and other issues by confronting them through interactive workshops, presentations and discussion groups. Youth of diverse backgrounds and experience share dorm rooms and meals.

"The students live, socialize and dine alongside people who, at first glance, appear to be different from them," says Blake. "Through interactive educational activities, the delegates explore their own identities and have discussions in a safe environment about issues that divide their homes, schools and communities. The lessons are challenging and, at times, uncomfortable.''

Blake says that the program, which is now practiced in other communities and hosted 4,000 youth, has inspired its graduates to return and help guide new participants.

"Many are eager to change the life of another youth," says Blake. "Learning from peers is a powerful demonstration of the possibilities inherent in each delegate."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Stacie Blake, Community Tampa Bay

Tampa Artists Compete To Do Suds Label

T. Hamptom Dohrman had an idea he was sure would benefit both his artist friends and his entrepreneurial business colleagues. So he took it to his colleagues, and an innovative contest was born.

The the 2011 Cigar City Brewing Local Artist Label Design Competition invites visual and graphic artists throughout the Tampa Bay region to submit their visions of what the bottle label should look like for Cigar Factory Brewing Company's Tocobaga Red Ale, which will make its debut in June 2011.

The artist with the winning design will be announced on June 3, 2011, and awarded $500 and a free case of the new beer. The top 10 entries will be exhibited in print at the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room at 3924 W Spruce St., from June 3 through July 10, 2011. Limited edition, artist-signed Tocobaga bottles also will be available. Todd Smith, executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art will be a guest judge for this project. Submissions will be accepted through February 25, 2011.

"Joey Redner (Cigar City owner)  is a great citizen and friend," says Dohrman, owner of Hampton Arts Management, who is handling the contest. "He and Wayne Wambles, the brewery's head brewer, supported a gallery I worked with through product donations before the brewery was even fully operational. I had the idea for a label project, presented it to Joey, and we worked together over the past few months to make it happen."

Dohrman, who opened Hampton Arts Management in the fall of 2010 is no stranger to creative ideas. having been involved in such innovative events as Deep Carnivale literature festival, Homemade Music Symposium, Ybor Festival of the Moving Image. His arts management company is currently planning an arts incubator.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: T. Hampton Dohrman, Hampton Arts Management

FRAMCO: Last Big Gig At Old Dali Pours Beaujolais

French wine, some art, meeting new friends and reuniting with old friends? Oui, s'il vous plaît!

The annual Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau will be held at the Dali Museum on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Organized by the French American Business Council of West Florida (FRAMCO), along with the Tampa Le-Havre Sister Cities International, Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau is in its 12th year in Tampa Bay.

In France, the third week of November is when the Beaujolais wine is released and is a popular "vin de primeur," a young wine.

"Most wines you just let them age and they get better as they age," says Jean-Charles Faust, president of FRAMCO. "As soon as the Beaujolais wine is released, it can be consumed. It is not a wine you should keep and let age. This is a wine you have to drink when its young."

FRAMCO was founded by Rose Marie Magriby in 1998, and is part of a network of 19 French American chambers in the United States. Tampa has an official relationship with sister city, Le Havre, France, which is the second largest European port.

Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau is used to gather together the local community and French American community members. This year's event will benefit the new Dali Museum, which is scheduled to open January 11, 2011, and Fete du Beaujolais Nouveau will be the last event prior to the Dali's move to their new home. Guided tours of the Dali artwork will be provided during the event and special guests include the Honorable Gael de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France; Hank Hine, museum director and Yann Weymouth, French American HOK architect.

Tickets are $45 in advance for museum and FRAMCO members, $55 for non-members and $60 after November 16. To RSVP, email: president.FRAMCO@gmail.com or call Beth Curts at 813-391-4407.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Jean-Charles Faust, FRAMCO

High-Tech Manufacturer Adds Jobs In Oldsmar

MicroLumen Inc., a medical tubing manufacturer, plans to relocate in early 2011 to a new facility in Oldsmar. The company, which produces catheters, stents and other medical devices, has experienced positive growth and as a result will move from its current location in Tampa's Bald Cypress Place, to its new headquarters in Oldsmar's Brooker Creek.

Robin Reynolds, MicroLumen's controller, explains the need for the relocation due to the company's expansion.

"Over the past five years, we've diversified our product line and started to offer more services to our customers, and that has helped to keep business steady,'' Reynolds says. "In 2010, we have seen increased business as the capital markets have freed up a little bit and our customers have been able to access funds to do more R&D projects."  

The jobs that MicroLumen aims to fill as the relocation approaches will be mostly high-tech positions, and Reynolds says the company welcomes diversity.

"As a small business, we've relied on traditional methods to fill positions such as newspaper ads, word of mouth, networking, things like that,'' Reynolds says. "We haven't so much promoted diversity as diversity has found us. We focus on talent, looking for people with a good work ethic and good team skills. Keeping that as the focus rather than focusing on a specific type of person to fill positions has increased our diversity."

With the expansion of the new office space, MicroLumen plans to increase its workforce to approximately 100 employees within the next three years.

Writer: Kimberly Pattterson
Source: Robin Reynolds, MicroLumen, Inc.

GOP Convention To Offer Innovations, Diversity For Tampa Bay Businesses

When the Grand Old Party comes to Tampa's St. Petersburg Times Forum for the Republican National Convention in August 2012, it will bring with it innovations and diverse opportunities never seen before at a political convention of its size.

"It will essentially serve as our own stimulus program," says Bob Grammig, partner at Holland & Knight, the legal firm chosen by the Tampa Host Committee to provide legal counsel for issues relating to the upcoming convention. "There will be a lot of jobs -- in the hospitality sector as well as build-outs and hook ups for media at the Forum. On the face of it, they may not seem big, but they're pretty important jobs."

Grammig says that the convention will offer innovative, state-of-the-art security that will offer long-term benefits to the city of Tampa for many years to come.

"There will be a significant grant of more than $50 million for security, and much of that will rebound to the city of Tampa," says Grammig. "In cities like Minneapolis (where they have had similar conventions), they ended up upgrading whole security systems. There will be a big security sector around the Forum to make it less vulnerable to terrorist attack. Some of it will be usable for years and years."

In addition, Grammig says there are plans for a convention village in which corporations and small businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region can showcase their goods and services before visiting delegates.

There will be a lot of opportunities for minority businesses to participate," says Grammig. "This is a unique concept that hasn't been done at any convention to my knowledge before."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Bob Grammig, Holland & Knight

Arts Fuel Significant Portion Of Tampa Bay Region's Economy

The growing arts community in St. Petersburg provides 519 jobs and attracts 1.3 million visitors per year for an annual economic impact of more than $23 million, according to a newly released study conducted by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business.

The study, commissioned by the city of St. Petersburg's Arts Advisory Committee and underwritten by Bank of America, surveyed 32 arts and culture organizations, including galleries, museums, theater and dance companies and private companies that belong to the Downtown Arts Association.

A news release says the USF College of Business study also found:

    --    Every $1 million spent at St. Petersburg arts-related venues creates more than 22 jobs;  
    
    --    Every $1 spent at an arts-related business generates $1.78 in economic activity throughout the region;
        
    --   Every $1 spent at an arts business generates six cents in household earnings throughout the greater St. Petersburg area;
        
    --    Every two new jobs in the arts and cultural industry supports 1 in the area;
        
    --    Arts and culture as an industry ranks fifth among all industries in the area;
        
    --   Of the 1.3 million visitors attracted to the arts in St. Petersburg, 25 percent are from outside the city -- potentially visiting restaurants and other tourism-related businesses in the city; and
        
    --   More than 7,000 volunteers donate more than a quarter million hours at local arts institutions.
        
"We are thrilled the survey emphasizes what we've known all along -- that visual and performing arts and continued development of arts education play a significant role in job creation and the overall economic growth of our community," said Elizabeth Brincklow, St. Petersburg's arts and international relations manager.  "Our residents and businesses appreciate the arts, understand how essential they are to a city's growth, and are willing to support them long-term."

The complete survey and participating organizations may be viewed online.

Writer: Diane Egner
Source: Robert Danielson, City of St. Petersburg

Tampa Artist Creates 3D Art, Draws Inspiration From Ancestors

Elio Lopez comes from a family of inspirational movers and shakers. That inspiration is reflected in his work as an artist, and his most recent painting captures the important roles his grandfathers played in Ybor City's cigar industry.

Wilfredo Rodriguez, Lopez's Cuban maternal grandfather, has been documented as the last surviving lector. A lector was hired by cigar workers to read aloud the news and literature to keep them current on what was happening in their industry and the world. Cigar factory management and elected officials frowned upon the reading in the workplace and attempted to abolish the practice in an effort to gain more control of the workers.

Servando Lopez was Lopez's Spanish paternal grandfather and a master cigar maker in Tampa. Servando was active in politics and is known for creating the first unionization in Ybor City's cigar factories. The successful formation of the union was also the end of lectors in cigar factories. Management agreed to the unionization as long as the lectors were dismissed.

Like a tragic story, the beginning of one good thing came at the demise of another good thing. Paying homage to his grandfathers, Lopez has painted "El Lector" to share their story and celebrate the wins that were achieved by both of their efforts in historic Ybor City's cigar industry.

"I always wanted to honor my grandfathers for what they did," says Lopez. "I don't believe they ever got the recognition they deserve for what they contributed to this city."

Aside from the history and story-telling that is encompassed in this painting, Lopez has also used a 3D painting technique and further explored a collage effect in the artwork. Lopez is known for his invention of the resist painting technique, where the artwork begins by drawing the negative space instead of the positive space (the outline around the subject is the negative space). In El Lector, Lopez uses a unique molding compound called moulage (French for mold), which adds to the uniqueness of the painting. Moulage is an eco-friendly mold made from seaweed that is non-toxic, can be used repeatedly and is safe to put on the skin.

"The environment is very important to me. A lot of art materials can be rather bad for the environment. This is a way to get the best of both worlds," says Lopez. "I can keep myself pushing techniques forward, but at the same time I'm doing my part to keep the environment safe."

El Lector will be unveiled at the Louise & Arnold Kotler Art Gallery in the John F. Germany Library on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. His painting launch also serves as a celebration of National Literacy Month, highlighting the importance of the literacy movement among Cuban, Italian and Spanish immigrant who worked Ybor City's cigar factories, as well as Hispanic Heritage Month.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Elio Lopez, artist

University of Tampa Freshman Will Study In England This Fall

What if your first year away from home and in the college scene involved actual trips to Buckingham Palace? Trafalger Square? Stonehenge and The Tower of London?
  
This fall, college freshman at the University of Tampa will have an opportunity to experience that and more in UT's new Freshman Abroad program.

"One of the academic reasons we've been pursuing this program is because we think it's a valuable experience for students to spend a semester abroad, but over the last 20-30 years or so, certain majors have gotten more and more prescriptive of what they require of students when they come in," says Kevin Beach, associate dean of the baccalaureate experience who is helping to coordinate the program. "Once a student starts on campus, if they're in one of those majors, perhaps the sciences, education, nursing, it's very difficult for those students to take a semester off, then come back and reintegrate into the program."

For this reason, the Freshman Abroad program allows select students to experience studying abroad before getting rooted into their major. Beach says by sending first year students, they're not as indoctrinated into their programs yet and they feel like they have a little more freedom to get out and experience this opportunity.

While a few other universities across the country have freshman study abroad programs, this will be UT's first. Approximately 30 students will be studying at Roehampton University in southwest London. Participation in the program allows students to also fulfill some of their general education requirements. Beach says Freshman Abroad is also a way to attract and catch the attention of really good students and introduce them to the exceptional program offerings at UT.

Olivia Doctor will be one of the first participants in UT's Freshman Abroad program this fall. She graduated from Rutherford High School in Panama City in June 2010 and says she is excited to be one of the students accepted to participate.

"I'm looking forward to just being in England, meeting new people and experiencing the culture. It's a great opportunity and it's going to be a lot of fun!" says Doctor. She also mentioned she was really pleased that all scholarships transferred and it didn't cost extra to participate.

UT's Freshman Abroad
program invites the most academically qualified students to participate. "We want to make sure these students are real ambassadors of the United States, and ambassadors of the University of Tampa," says Beach.

Gulf Coast Latin Chamber Of Commerce Searches For Development Director

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is looking for someone to fill the position of development director.
 
Members of the chamber's board of directors and other business leaders from the community are involved in the search.
 
Chamber committee members include Carlos Cardenas, Veteranarian Gilberto Corona, Accountant David Cumberland and Ervin Helmuth. Community business leaders include Luis Eduardo Baron, Manuel Chepote, Lawyer Jim Delgado, Norma Martin and Alina Mugford.
 
Fermin "JJ" Miranda, board chairman, says he is pleased with caliber of the search committee members and appreciates their willingness to serve.
 
The search committee already has begun a series of interviews and will make recommendations to the board of directors.
The directors will make the final decision.
 
The applicant must have excellent communications skills in English and in Spanish. He or she must also be able to work with business owners and community leaders
 
Applicants are required to know Microsoft Office applications and be able to multitask, possess sales and managerial skills, and be able to develop relationships with volunteers and groups.
 
The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce lets the Latino business community know about developments, information, trends and opportunities available to them in the Gulf coast of Florida.
 
The Chamber also works through its sister foundation to provide needs-based scholarships and events for Latino individuals in the Tampa Bay region.
 
To see a timeline for filling the position and to get more information, visit the Chamber website.

Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Fermin "JJ" Miranda, Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce

Time For A Change? Tampa Bay Radio Show Can Help!

"Change is life in motion. Anything that lives changes," says Afsaneh Noori.

Noori is the founder and president of Socio-Tech Systems, Inc., a consulting firm that supports organizations in develop balance strategies for transformational change and the founder of the soon to air, Change Thrivers Radio.

Noori is the author of the Change Thrivers Resource Guide which reviews the cycle of change, the predictable stages of change and understanding the emotional responses to each one of the stages. It also addresses the techniques that can help people through the stages, harnessing the power to make change work for them.

For years Noori has been conducting workshops, hosted speaking engagements and women's circles to discuss "change" and she wanted to have a way of reaching more people. "I wanted to bring in information, inspiration and tools to empower women to live authentic lives and work through the challenges that many have experienced in the many roles they play as mothers, wives and business owners," says Noori.

ChangeThriversRadio.com will launch on Monday, July 26, and the first radio show will air on Monday, Aug. 2. The radio show will address four different categories: change in business and business success; personal empowerment and growth; relationships, children and family; and women's health.

Noori says that we can't always choose change, but we can always choose our attitude and reaction to it. "My mission is to deliver that message to those who want to learn it and apply it to their lives," says Noori.

To learn more about Afsaneh Noori, click here and visit ChangeThriversRadio.com on July 26, 2010 or tune in to www.blogtalkradio.com/change-thrivers the first and third Monday of every month at 6:30 pm starting on August 2. For more information or to be a guest on the show, e-mail: info@changethrivers.com or visit their Facebook fan page.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Afsaneh Noori, Change Thrivers

IdeaField Coworking Expands In Ybor City For Solo Creatives, Techies

Freelance professionals, sole proprietors and entrepreneurs launching new businesses know what it's like to be a lone ranger. Even though their trusty, furry companion with four legs may be an "official member of the team," the value of human interaction is irreplaceable.

For this reason, IdeaField Coworking may be an the ideal spot for creative think-tanking and human interaction.

Launched by Ken Evans and Daniel Davie in 2008, IdeaField began with impromptu co-working sessions at a coffee house in Tampa Heights. They've since become a fully operational network, with new office space in Ybor City. Davie is the president of DAVIEMCLEAN, an advertising and marketing firm, and Evans is a technology entrepreneur.

IdeaField Coworking moved into larger offices in Ybor City to meet growing demand for the concept. The new location at 1911 N. 19th St. opened on July 1.

"We've gotten a lot of support from the Ybor community, which is great," says Davie. "We're excited because it's an opportunity for us to set an anchor for our community, for creative and innovative business to get done."

IdeaField offers a desk, wifi access, free coffee and a collaborative, supportive environment for anyone who opts to work there.

Recognizing that Tampa Bay has a strong freelance community, IdeaField provides a little more support to those solopreneurs, who may one day run very large corporations as their businesses grow.

Ideafield's philosophy is that great ideas can come from anyone, anytime, anywhere so all are welcome. If someone can take advantage of a space like IdeaField, Davie says they are encouraged to drop by anytime. The collaborative workspace provides an option to interact with peers on your own time, or to work in solitude and just have the presence of other human beings in the room.

Fridays are free at IdeaField, so it's a perfect time to visit the offices and experience if it's the right environment. Plus, first-time drop-ins are always free on any day.

For more information, visit IdeaField.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Daniel David and Ken Evans, IdeaField

United Voices Takes Capitol Leadership Academy to DC, Tallahassee

Tampa-based United Voices for America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement organization dedicated to increasing minority and immigrant participation in political leadership, is seeking applications for two summer youth programs.

"The U.S. would benefit greatly by having a more inclusive government. Not just one that serves minorities and people of color, but also one that includes them in the leadership," says Founder Ahmed Bedier in advocating for greater diversity among lawmakers and people in power.

The Capitol Leadership Academy, a project of United Voices for America, started in Tampa in 2009. The CLA is a summer intensive program for youth ages 15-24. The program equips young minorities from around the country with tools to "take civic action, run for office, engage directly with policy makers, and network with like-minded young people.''

From interactive workshops and mock sessions, to hands-on training from working professionals in the field of politics, students are taught  how to begin a career in politics, fundamentals to be implemented into grassroots organizing, public speaking, debating and leadership skills. The goal is to encourage students to leave feeling empowered and excited to engage in the political process.

Bedier points out that diversity in leadership creates a better representation of society and democracy. "It empowers those minorities rather than looking to appeal to the people in power; they themselves become empowered and they start providing solutions for their own problems," says Bedier.

There will be two summer class offerings in 2010, one in Washington, D.C. and one in Tallahassee so that CLA can incorporate real "Capitol" into its programs.

The Washington program, focusing on "Politics and National Security,'' is scheduled from July 19-23, and will be held at American University.

The Tallahassee program, "Advanced Campaigning and the Legislative Process,'' will be at Florida State University and runs from Aug. 2-6.

Scholarships are available for both programs.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Ahmed Bedier, Capitol Leadership Academy

Panama Trade Mission Aims To Create Jobs, Trade Via Manatee, Sarasota

Manatee Economic Development Council and Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County are teaming up to create jobs and increase the International trade in Florida.

The Manatee Economic Development Council and Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County are hosting a trade mission to Panama on Sept. 6-9.

To participate in this trade mission, companies need to apply by July 9. Only 15 will be selected. They will be picked out of Florida manufacturers, distributors, exporters and service companies who meet the best criteria to participate.

These companies will be able be to partake in appointments for groups and one-on-one meetings with Panama businesses.

There will also be meetings arranged with potential customers in Panama that will be set up by The U.S. Department of Commerce.

The EDC of Sarasota County, a private nonprofit organization, develops tactics to add high-wage jobs and diversity to the community in partnership with chambers of commerce and local governments.

The Manatee Economic Development Council, a division of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, helps build programs designed to attract  companies and attempts to sustain and grow existing companies in Manatee County.

For more information, contact Lauren Kratsch at 941-748-4842, ext. 134, or at laurnk@manateeedc.com

Writer: Mandy Erfourth
Source: Lauren Kratsch, Manatee EDC

Multicultural Visitor Guide Showcases Diversity In Tampa Bay Region

The updated "Tampa Bay Your Way!" Multicultural Visitor Guide has received a certificate of nomination from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and was a finalist in the 2010 Diversity and Inclusion Awards hosted by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

First published in 2007, the Visitor Guide is designed to show visitors and residents the diversity of people, places and cultures that thrive in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and the greater Tampa Bay region. Featuring an enhanced history section, the guide highlights the county's diverse American Indian, African-, Asian- and Hispanic-American heritage, as well as landmarks to visit in the area. Information regarding ethnic restaurants, arts and entertainment and various local services are also available in the guide.

The 29-page guide was funded by the Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council (TDC), the Tampa Bay History Center and the Hillsborough County Arts Council. The guide will be used as a tool to attract diversity conventions, conferences and meetings, and it will provide a range of local events, activities and venues that will encourage visitors to stay for extended periods of time.

Tampa Bay & Company coordinated the design and printing for the guide, which is available at the county's Visitor Information Centers and online.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Marilyn Hett, Hillsborough County

Attention Gen X, Gen Y: Want To Make Money? Capitalize On Boomers

Reinventing Life After 50, the second annual Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference, will be held on April 15 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

The conference is geared toward Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964, and anyone who wants to gain greater insight and capitalize on this huge demographic market that consists of 78 million people.

"In the wake of the recession, Boomers have really been hit on multiple fronts: personally, physically, professionally and spiritually. Our conference will address all of those aspects of reinvention," says Michelle Bauer, founder and chief strategist at Common Language.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about research trends in healthcare, marketing, employment and entrepreneurship, and hear more from 33 speakers from across the country. Bauer says that Boomer entrepreneurship and franchise ownership are two hot trends for the next decade that will help jumpstart the economy.

This year's conference also ]will unveil a study conducted by Schwartz Research in March 2010 asking Boomers about the economy and their impact on it. 

Among the findings:

• 72% of the respondents purchased vitamins or nutritional supplements in the last year
• 40% purchased organic food
• 25% purchased diet books and exercise DVDs.

"If you are a 25-year-old entrepreneur and you are looking for a business to get into that is recession proof and that is going to continually grow over the next two decades, looking at the Boomers and what they are facing is going to be your ticket to getting rich," says Bauer.

The conference will also address issues facing Boomers, such as caring for elderly parents, helping adult children and working with multiple generations of co-workers.

Registration information for the conference, which is being produced by ChappellRoberts and Common Language, is available online by visiting Florida Boomer Lifestyle Conference.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Michelle Bauer, Common Language

Ultramatics Seeks High-Tech Workforce, Adds Jobs At Oldsmar Headquarters

Ultramatics, a company that provides innovative and strategic methods to enable organizations to deliver effective solutions faster, has several high-tech vacancies at its company headquarters in Oldsmar.

Ultramatics is seeking "top quality experienced professionals who are highly motivated," according to its website.

Current vacancies include sales executive, senior architect, senior business analyst, application support engineer, senior WebSphere commerce ceveloper, and WebSphere portal developer. Ultramatics now employs 40 and company leaders are optimistic about growing that number to 100 by the end of 2010. Future jobs are expected to be filled by highly technical workers including architects and developers in the WebSphere space. 

Lisa Martinez, director of human capital, says the company is among "the most successful, results-oriented providers'' of service-oriented architecture solutions and related services.

"We are known for technological innovation based on proven SOA principles that help customers achieve ambitious business goals while preserving important infrastructure investments,'' says Martinez. "It's why IBM awarded its prestigious Beacon Award for SOA Innovation to Ultramatics in 2007, and it's why many leading companies in healthcare, finance, transportation and telecommunications continually turn to Ultramatics."

"Our ability to seamlessly integrate Web 2.0, Enterprise Search and Security advances further differentiates Ultramatics,'' she adds. "We apply a flexible delivery model that gives our customers the option of relying on their in-house IT development resources and our training and consulting services – or to leverage our own high-quality, industry-certified development teams."

Founded in 2001, Ultramatics is privately held and has offices in India. Clients include IBM, AT&T, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Bell South Corporation, CSX, Perot Systems, United Healthcare, Panasonic and others.

Writer: Lisa Clementi
Source: Lisa Martinez, Ultramatics


Celestar Corporation Expands Workforce In Tampa Office

Celestar Corporation, a privately owned intelligence consulting and training company headquartered in Tampa, is looking to fill the following jobs:  
 
· All-Source Intelligence Analyst (SOCCENT)
· Asset Validation Manager
· C-IED Analyst
· Command Post of the Future (CPOF) and Collaborative Applications Operator/Instructor
· Contracts Manager Level II
· Imagery Systems Specialist
· Logistics Analyst
· SharePoint Web Developer Program of Instruction Manager


Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. 
 
Celestar is an experienced provider of consulting solutions to the U.S. government, and its industry partners engaged in strategic and operational intelligence analysis, operations support, planning, strategic communications and intelligence training.
 
Begun in 2001, the company initially worked as a purely intelligence consulting and training enterprise at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. It has since then expanded to work with additional military commands situated around the world.
 
"Our substantial growth was recognized as Celestar earned a spot on 2009 Inc. 500 List,'' says Lori Larsen, VP of business operations.  "Celestar's success has been a result of talented staff we have and continue to bring on board as well as our satisfied clients." 
 
Most of Celestar's 90 current employees work at MacDill. Almost all are former military or government civilian personnel with recent intelligence, operations and planning experiences who can support and manage projects.

Roughly 90 percent of Celestar's personnel have government security clearances, and are working in Tampa, Northern Virginia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and other deployed locations.
 
Writer:    Lisa Clementi 
Source:   Lori Larsen, Celestar Corporation




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