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The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is forming the new Tampa Bay Beaches Community and Business Institute in an effort to develop future government, business and civic leaders, the Beach Beacon reported.

The TBBC&BI is a six-month program leading to a certificate of completion and a one-year membership in the chamber. Candidates for the institute can include Eckerd College and SPC students, according to the article.

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SCORE is holding an entrepreneurs’ resource expo for veterans, their immediate family members and active military on Nov.10. The expo, where St. Petersburg College staff will also present educational seminars, is aimed at those who want to be self-employed or want to start or grow a business.

The expo is free to all veterans and their families.

Veteran and entrepreneur Mark Swanson will be the keynote speaker for the event that will be held at the event at the Hilton at Carillon starting at 10 a.m. Swanson also is a partner of the college’s Entrepreneurship Program.

SCORE is a national organization with 365 chapters around the country and more than 13,000 volunteers. The nonprofit association educates entrepreneurs and helps small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide.

U.S. Small Business Administration survey data clearly indicates that about 40 to 60 percent of veterans think about being self-employed or starting a business. Most of them have no idea where to turn for guidance and assistance without cost to them nor do they know about the many ways to finance a business.

US Census data shows that, within Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota/Manatee, Pasco/Hernando and Polk counties, there are more than 420,000 veterans. Approximately 117,000 are ages 18 to 54 and are prime candidates who at least think of self-employment.

SCORE’s goal is to reach out to veterans and encourage them to learn about available programs and free mentoring that can help them start up and grow their businesses. The organization has about 150 to 200 mentors in the Greater Tampa Bay area.

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St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus was mentioned by the Tampa Tribune in a recent article about local artists and their efforts to make a living in the area.

An arts business program, called the Creative Pinellas Academy, was held at the campus during the summer, according to the article. It teaches things such as bookkeeping, branding, social media and other skills artists may need for their business.

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Rachel Smith, a Sustainability Management major in the College of Business at St. Petersburg College, is completing her internship at the city of St. Petersburg’s Water Resources.

“My internship is as an Environmental Specialist in the Industrial Pre-treatment program with the city of St. Petersburg. It is a very hands-on and technical position. I learned so much over the eight-week course about what goes into treating the city of St. Petersburg’s wastewater and the importance of what happens when you dump something down the drain.”

Read more about how Smith’s internship has shaped her future employment on the Internship Connection blog. Follow internship news at SPC on Twitter at #spcintern.

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Last month’s Start Your Own Business Workshop at St. Petersburg College’s Midtown Center provided valuable insights and encouragement to future business entrepreneurs.

The workshop, led by SPC’s Associate Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship Amy Sauers, included a keynote address by local entrepreneur Lou Brown, who owns a Midtown real estate business. The event was held June 18.

Brown told attendees, “In entrepreneurship, the rewards are worth the risk.” Attendees were encouraged to have faith and not doubt themselves or their abilities. “Nobody else can be you. It’s up to you to make the experience as positive as you can. You have to be organized to get from point A to point B. Entrepreneurship can be easier if you prepare yourself for getting from point A to point B and follow through,” he said.

Reuben Pressman, a local south St. Petersburg tech entrepreneur who operates several area tech startup companies, shared key insights to his motivation, drive and journey via an engaging Q&A session. Key resources pertaining to business planning and marketing were also examined and discussed.

Nicolle Panuthos, Academic Department Chair for the College of Business & Entrepreneurship Program, provided information pertaining to SPC’s Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, which launched in fall 2010.

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Earlier this month St. Petersburg College’s Collaborative Labs hosted the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Pinellas Annual Business Growth Conference, held in honor of National Small Business Week.

More than 35 people attended the June 19 gathering. The theme for this year’s conference was How to Grow Your Business. It featured presentations by Kurt Forster, a SBDC Certified Business Analyst, and Kelley Rexford, a business consultant.

President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week for the first time in 1963. Kennedy felt it was important to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs in the United States. Every year since, the U.S. presidents have delivered a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week.

Following the presentations at the Collaborative Labs, SBDC counselors met with participants one-on-one to advise them on different tools and strategies to help participants grow their businesses.

The Collaborative Labs unique and innovative meeting space is available for organizations to host their meetings and events and can be used however desired. Get more information on Collaborative Labs or contact Alan Martinez, Business Development Officer at 727-341-3139 or martinez.alan@spcollege.edu. Tours of the facility can be provided.

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Business entrepreneurs should take note of an upcoming workshop at St. Petersburg College’s Midtown later this month.

Set for June 18, the Start Your Own Business Workshop. The event is open to the public.

SPC’s Associate Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship Amy Sauers will lead the workshop. Local entrepreneurs Lou Brown, who owns a Midtown real estate business, and Reuben Pressman, who operates several area tech startups, will make guest appearances.

Participants will be able to learn about the college’s entrepreneurship and business courses.

The workshop runs from 5-7 p.m. in Room 108 at SPC Midtown.

For more information, please contact Marta Przyborowski at 727-341-7973.

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Monique Statham, a St. Petersburg College alumna, has been featured in an ABC Action News story for her participation in the college’s Accelerated Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.

The eight-week course is a collaboration by SPC and Pinellas County SCORE that helps veterans and their families start and run a business.

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The winners of the entrepreneurship competition at SPC’s Seminole Campus, from left, Chelsea Gibson, Marie Rogers, Yvette Collins and Stephanie Addis with her daughter, Emilie Hartley. (Photo from TBNweekly.com)

St. Petersburg College hosted its 3rd Annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition on April 18.

The event was a special moment that showcased SPC students with wonderful ideas and the passion to pursue them. Through partnership with and the generosity of local entrepreneurs, the college had the opportunity to award budding entrepreneurs with $10,000 in prizes in an effort to support them in building a business.

The competition and winners were featured on TBNweekly.com.

Business Plan Winners

  • Yvette Collins (Clearwater Campus) – 1st Place (Grand Prize) Winner – $5,000
  • Bachelor’s student pursuing her degree in Public Policy & Administration
  • Showcased her idea Boujee – Foot Candy – an innovative fashion idea with simple, yet elegant designs and a target market for larger sizes. Her flexible footwear concept is going through the patent process. She described the signature sandals as shoe art, not simply footwear.
  • Chlesea Gibson (Clearwater Campus) – 2nd Place Winner – $2,500
  • A transfer student from Ohio who is completing the Entrepreneurship Certificate and her associate degree in Business Administration
  • Concept was The Kind Choice – a company that will offer access to an emerging alternative in medicine

Elevator Pitch Winners

  • Marie Rogers (Seminole Campus) – 1st Place Winner – $1,000
  • She was among the first students to successfully complete the Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Seminole and is now continuing her education and pursuing a bachelor’s in Management & Organizational Leadership. She was also a competitor in the college’s first Business Plan & Elevator Pitch competition in 2011 and won second place in the Elevator Pitch level in 2011.
  • She returned to the competition with her idea Peace of Hair. It offers a new solution to an old, pesky problem – lice. The solution is based on prevention treatment.
  • Stephanie Addis (St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus) – 2nd Place Winner – $500
  • She is pursuing her bachelor’s in Management & Leadership while working in commercial real estate as a busy single mother.
  • Her idea FitSnap was borne from her desire to eat healthy and conscientiously while managing the busy lifestyle of a single mom. The innovative app is a concept to help stay on track with health goals.

Special Recognition Awards – Each won $250 awards

  • Matthew Allan – Awarded for Service Concept
  • Associate degree student in General Studies for his concept Go Delivery
  • Offers a cost-effective solution to handle the logistics of restaurant delivery and promotes increased revenue to establishments along with increased satisfaction to customers
  • Lisa Manners – Awarded for Social/Community Entrepreneurship
  • Associate degree student in General Studies for her concept The Manners Housing Foundation
  • Strives to support and assist homeless college students and transition them into viable housing and employment.
  • Kyle McCormick – Innovative Educational Concept and Approach
  • Bachelor’s degree student majoring in Management & Organizational Leadership
  • Violish – offers a teaching method that incorporates music to promote learning a language
  • Carl Thorne – Awarded for Innovative Consumer Product
  • Hospitality Certificate Program student with his idea for Thirsty Pet
  • An innovative app that helps busy families manage their pet’s needs from a distance

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Finalists have been named in the college’s 3rd Annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be held later this month.

The competition awards $10,000 in prizes to budding student entrepreneurs. It offers an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and sharpen their skills as they participate and present in a live competition. The competition started at the Seminole Campus but has since become a collegewide program.

3rd Annual Business Plan & Elevator Pitch Competition

  • DATE: April 18
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Seminole Campus Digitorium
  • ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

The event takes place on April 18 at the Seminole Campus Digitorium.

The finalists, students from throughout the college, are:

Business Plan:

  • Yvette Collins – Foot Candy (Clearwater)
  • Chelsea Gibson – The Kinder Choice (Clearwater)
  • Rick Lombano – The Place To Ask (Tarpon Springs)

Elevator Pitch:

  • Stephanie Addis – FitSnap (St. Petersburg/Gibbs)
  • Dustin Fecera & Max Jordon – AeroSpace Apps (Seminole)
  • Marie Rogers – Peace of Hair (Seminole)

Several students also have been recognized in specific areas of the competition.

Special recognition award winners are:

  • Lisa Manners – Social/Community Entrepreneurship Award
  • Matthew Allan – Service Concept Award
  • Kyle McCormick – Educational Concept Award
  • Carl Thorne – Innovative Consumer Product Award

The six finalists will vie for the top four prizes: $5,000 and $2,500 in the Business Plan Competition and $1,000 and $500 in the Elevator Pitch Competition. Each of the special recognition award winners also receive a $250 prize.

Join us to cheer on the students. Find out what “Foot Candy” and the other plans and pitches are all about. The event is free and open to the public.

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