Stacy’s Growth Toolkit – Tampa Bay

This is a list of resources that may help fuel your business growth.  Whether well established or a startup, finding the right people, products, and services can be difficult.  Let’s collaborate and share resources so we can all grow and succeed!  Our focus is local but we include national resources too.

Disclaimer:  Positive Return LLC (“we”) provides this list to the public for informational purposes only and is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site. Links to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement of the parties or their products and services. Some links may be from sponsors or entities we have relationships with and we may receive compensation (monetary or otherwise).

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Wednesdays @9am – 1 Million Cups St Pete (free), 1 Million Cups Tampa/Ybor (free)

Thursdays @6pm – no-pitch meeting to get advice for your business need/want, St Pete Entrepreneur Social Club (free)

Sept 27 @4pm – Future City Theme Leader Kickoff, The Open Partnership Education Network (free)

Sept 27 @10am – How to Finance your Business Growth without Debt or Investors, USF Connect (free)

Sept 28 @10am – Digital Marketing Trends & Best Practices to Grow Your Business, USF Connect (free)

Oct 2 @6.30pm – Artificial Intelligence & Reshaping Business, TiE Tampa Bay ($10)

Oct 4 @5.30pm – Free Professional Head Shot & Networking, Tampa Bay Technology and Marketing Mastermind (free)

Oct 5 @8.30am USF Supplier Diversity Day, USF (free)

Oct 9 @8.30am – Scaling Your Business – What Keeps You from Getting There, Tampa Bay Innovation Center (free)

Oct 9 evening – Business and the Economy Explained by Ali Velshi of NBC News, Poynter Institute ($25-100)

Oct 10 @12pm – Making the Big Pitch from a Shark Tank Winner, USF Connect (free)

Oct 25 @5.30pm –  Fast Pitch for Social Ventures, Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay ($25-35)

Nov 1 @5.30pm – Free Professional Head Shot & Networking, Tampa Bay Technology and Marketing Mastermind (free)

Nov 8 @11am – Small Business Success Virtual Conference, SBA/SCORE

Nov 14 @8am – Building Entrepreneurship Around TampaBay, USF Connect

Nov 14 @1.30pm – Florida Aerospace Capital Forum, Florida Venture Forum

Feb 16 2019 all day – TiECON Florida 2019, TiE Tampa Bay ($50-100)



St Pete Entrepreneur Social Club – no-pitch group meets every Thurs evening, ask a need/want and receive help

Mark Sharpe Entrepreneur Collaborative Center – workshops (free & paid), events

Tampa Bay Technology and Marketing Mastermind MeetUp

USF Connect – provides access to research, faculty, students, and funding

Tampa Bay Innovation Center – programs, events, resources

St Pete Innovation District – focus on healthcare, education, and research

Florida High Tech Corridor Council – grants, events, job fairs

Small Business Development Centers (consulting, market research, training) – Avon Park (Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto), Bradenton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Tampa

SCORE – many offices with free mentoring from retired executives

Chambers of Commerce (events, member discounts) – Greater TampaNorth TampaSouth Tampa, St PetersburgYbor CIty

Economic Development Centers –  Pinellas County EDCSt. Petersburg Area EDCTampa Hillsborough EDC


Vendor Diversity Programs (in other words, sales opportunities)


Florida (State) – woman-, veteran- and minority-owned small businesses

Florida Blue

Florida Department of Education

Florida Power & Light (FPL) – small, disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and minority-owned businesses

Florida State University (FSU) – small, minority, veteran and women owned business enterprises

Moffitt Cancer Center – minority, women, veteran, and service disabled veteran-owned

Morgan Stanley

University of South Florida – small, minority, service disabled veteran and women-owned businesses

USAA Supplier Diversity – veteran focused

WM Waste Management


Incubators & Accelerators

Tampa Bay Wave – focus on startup/launch/growth

Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

AARP Innovation Lab – focus on improving life for people 50+ and caregivers


Funding & Financial Solutions

Ballast Point Ventures – private equity firm focused on established private companies in Florida, the Southeast and Texas

Florida Funders – venture capital fund and crowd-funding platform focused on early-stage Florida tech companies

Florida Venture Forum – private equity, venture capital, and angel investing for Florida companies

Hyde Park Capital – investment banking firm focused on middle-market public and private companies

Lovett Miller & Co – private equity firm focused on private companies in tech and healthcare

Palm Beach Capital – private equity firm open to industry and geography, prefers asset light companies, past expertise in business services, transportation, logistics and healthcare


Marketing, Advertising, PR Solutions

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Legal Solutions

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