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RegDesk – Reinventing Regulatory™

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RegDeskTM is the developer of a cutting-edge, A.I.-powered intelligence software system that provides medical device companies with competitive regulatory insights.

The Challenge

Getting medical products to market is an extremely arduous process that every medical device and pharmaceutical company, big and small, is struggling with. In fact, obtaining regulatory approval in foreign markets is one of the biggest hurdles these companies must clear when attempting to expand globally. Companies may spend several months gathering regulatory intelligence and preparing registration applications before submitting their dossiers to local health authorities.

Globally, over 60% of applications submitted to local health agencies are rejected for reasons unrelated to the safety and effectiveness of the product.

Misinterpreting local regulations and guidelines and proceeding with erroneous intelligence are oftentimes the main causes of rejection. The failure to clench approval from health authorities results in significant delays in product launch, which can hurt patients’ access to life-saving treatments and cost product manufacturers millions of dollars in lost revenue and massive slices of market share.

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Our Solution

RegDesk ™ is the developer of an A.I.-powered regulatory intelligence solution that covers over 100 markets globally. Our software suite incorporates machine learning, powerful visualization tools, and crowd-sourcing to deliver comprehensive, actionable regulatory insights to our clients, making it a complete regulatory intelligence solution for companies that are ready to expand internationally and penetrate foreign markets.

Key Product Features

• Offers instant access to comprehensive regulatory intelligence for over 100 markets worldwide
• Identifies required registration dossier components for the product and market in question
• Predicts which markets clients should penetrate next as they prepare applications for their target markets
• Leverages a network of 4,000+ compliance experts to provide clients with multiple validated answers to their most critical questions
• Keeps track of the world’s ever-evolving regulatory landscape so that clients don’t have to
• Delivers product-specific alerts so that clients can see the changes that are most relevant to their case

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RegDesk ™ delivers instant access to the most current and most competitive regulatory intelligence, streamlines the registration application process, expedites time-to-market, and pushes companies to awaken their latent market potential.

Clients can save upwards of 4 months of time when they choose to work with RegDesk ™ over traditional regulatory consulting firms. Decreasing time-to-market increases internal cost savings, leads to faster revenue generation for our clients, and advances patient access in countries all over the world.

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3401 Market Street, Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Insperity – The HR Game Changer is Setting up Shop in Tampa

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Paul Sarvadi Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Insperity
Paul J. Sarvadi Chairman and CEO, Insperity
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THE HR GAME CHANGER IS SETTING UP SHOP IN TAMPA

ELEVATOR PITCH

Insperity will redefine everything you thought you knew about HR outsourcing. Conquer HR challenges and achieve the dreams you have for your business. Whether you choose our complete co-employment solution or our comprehensive human capital management software, Insperity is a true HR partner. We run the journey with you, providing support and follow-through that are unmatched in the industry.

OUR STORY

Insperity began with the vision of one entrepreneur who had an office, a telephone and a passion to make business owners’ lives easier by taking HR and administrative burdens off their plates. Since then, we’ve helped more than 100,000 clients achieve their goals.

There are other companies in the HR space, but Insperity is a category of one. No one else delivers on the breadth and depth of services, or the level of care, that we provide. It’s what helped us grow from our entrepreneurial beginnings to a $3 billion public company. And the solutions that drive our success are the same ones we give your company to go further, higher, faster.

We understand how difficult it is to start, grow and maintain a successful business. It takes grit and determination to keep moving forward. We also know that it’s not just about where you are today, but where you’re going and where you want to be.

Our HR services go beyond transactional solutions. Insperity helps you focus on strategic initiatives that make a difference in your organization. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you to align your business strategy with your people strategy and propel your business to the next level.

Be confident in the face of human resource challenges. Hurdle past HR-related compliance issues. Insperity meets you where you are right now and maximizes your growth potential with HR that makes a difference in your business today, tomorrow and 20 years down the road.

MILESTONES

• Gold Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in Business Services: 2016, 2017

• Stevie Award for HR Technology Solution Provider of the Year: gold in 2016, bronze in 2017

• ESAC bonded and accredited

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Think Big for Kids – Helping Underprivileged Teens Discover Their Potential

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THINK BIG FOR KIDS – ON A MISSION TO HELP UNDERPRIVILEGED TEENS DISCOVER UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

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Think Big for Kids was formally announced as the premier teen program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay during a press conference on June 6, 2018. Pictured left to right: representatives from the Dover Boys & Girls Club; Jeff Priede, owner of JDP Electric, Tony DiBenedetto, founder; Ann Shaler, senior vice president, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America; and Chris Letsos, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay.

In a nutshell, Think Big for Kids is a program that aims to help 2,000 Tampa Bay youths become workforce-ready by 2022. Tech entrepreneur, Tony DiBenedetto, brings his proven mantra of “thinking big” to a venture with a mission to help underprivileged youths unlock their full potential and become the next generation of local talent in high demand.

THE BIG IDEA

Think Big for Kids introduces teens from low-income households to a wide variety of career opportunities and assists them in achieving post-graduation goals for employment. The program engages Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay students from sixth to 12th grade through the completion of on-the-job training, trade school certification, or a two-year or four-year degree, depending on their chosen career track.

The idea behind Think Big for Kids came to DiBenedetto after visiting teens at several Boys & Girls Clubs and observing a general lack of career awareness and preparation for life after high school. At one club, he met with 80 high school students and only three raised a hand when he asked if they had plans for post-graduation education. DiBenedetto, whose own childhood was marked by poverty and upheaval, felt compelled to put his time and resources behind formalizing a program to help at-risk kids.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay have a 98% high school graduation rate, but they can’t do it all. I realized our community wasn’t doing enough to help disadvantaged teens prepare for the future,” said DiBenedetto. “At the same time, I consistently heard from CEOs that finding great talent continues to be one of their biggest challenges. Think Big for Kids is a convergence of two major needs in our community, with the potential to make a tremendous humanitarian and economic impact.”

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Jeff Preide, owner of JDP Electric, introduces Boys & Girls Clubs students to the concept of electrical contracting by helping them build their own lamps.

THE BIG GOAL: 2,000 BY 2022

Think Big for Kids partners with area businesses representing high-growth industries to offer field trips, career showcases, mentorship, internships, scholarships and ultimately job offers. From electrical contracting and nursing, to cyber security and technical design, partner companies provide a long-term commitment that will see the teens through the program, with an eye toward building their respective job pipelines with known talent they have already invested in.

Volunteers and partner companies begin working with Think Big kids in middle school, when statistics show they are at greatest risk for peer pressure and lagging behind academically. By keeping them engaged in their early teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs, Think Big for Kids has a platform to introduce different careers, industries and companies across the area, identify general interests and begin to shape individualized career tracks. The focus is on educational preparedness, whether that means going to trade school or navigating college admissions.

“We work with kids who are often overlooked, under-challenged and would otherwise wind up in low-wage jobs with very little chance of career advancement,” said DiBenedetto. “This program doesn’t just focus on the ‘A’ students. We help all kids find a path to success that fits their passion, regardless of their grades or background. Our goal is to prepare 2,000 teens served through Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay for the workforce by 2022.”

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center – Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success

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THE TAMPA BAY INNOVATION CENTER IS AN INCUBATOR WITH THE MISSION TO ACCELERATE ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS. DESIGNED FOR REAL OUTCOMES, THE INNOVATION CENTER SUPPLIES RESOURCES THAT TECH STARTUPS NEED TO SURVIVE AND SUCCEED.

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The Innovation Center provides tech innovators/entrepreneurs dedicated coaching, specialized mentoring, access to capital and much more all in a professional office environment.

15 years of Accelerating High-Tech Enterprises

In our 15th year of operation, we take pride in reaching an important milestone by serving as a valuable resource for innovators and entrepreneurs. Our ever-growing list of graduates is a testament to our ability to nurture successful high-tech entrepreneurial ventures in West Central Florida.

When we launched the Innovation Center in 2003, the concept of an incubator as a vital part of regional economic development was not yet top-of-the-mind for most people. It surely wasn’t as trendy as it is today to coach, mentor and support startups. We were pioneers in understanding how important it is to assist and nurture entrepreneurs.

Building on Our Success

After only four years at our newest location in downtown St. Petersburg, we had outgrown our facility. In mid-2018, we more than tripled our size and expanded our footprint to 20,000 SF in a new downtown location. We continue to assist emerging and entrepreneurial companies in the technology and manufacturing sectors by providing a unique mind-to-market model for working with entrepreneurs from concept through exit strategy, dedicated coaching, mentoring services, shared equipment, conference and office space, educational workshops and access to funders. Clients can access services either onsite or virtually

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Much of our success can be attributed to an outstanding staff with experience in launching and growing tech companies, as well as a group
of professionals who volunteer their time to serve as board members, as mentors to our clients or as presenters at one of our events. We are fortunate to count numerous well-respected individuals from funding and venture capital organizations, defense program offices, law offices, accounting firms and many more for community support. Together they make a significant contribution in helping us foster innovation and growth in the high-tech economy in the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay marketplace.

Today we continue to improve our program by incorporating the best features and practices of the most successful programs throughout the country. By continuing to focus on the individual entrepreneur, we can address specific needs with specific skill-sets, helping to move the young startup more quickly to revenue and success.

A Catalyst for Spurring the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Eco-system

We are very pleased to report that we’ve been laying the groundwork for a purpose-built Innovation Center – a technology hub in St. Petersburg’s Innovation District and Pinellas County. With emphasis on life and marine sciences, the new facility will provide tomorrow’s technology business leaders access to the resources, services, networking and mentors they need while also fulfilling our vision of creating high-tech high-wage jobs within the region. The Innovation Center will serve as a focal point where startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can work in a collaborative environment bringing forth new innovations with a shared vision.

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501 1st Avenue N., Suite 901
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.tbinnovates.com

B2 Communications – Customized Public Relations Program

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B2 COMMUNICATIONS TAKES A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO ITS WORK, EXECUTING A CUSTOMIZED PUBLIC RELATIONS PROGRAM FOR EACH CLIENT.

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Missy Hurley and Kyle Parks co-founded the firm in 2010 after recognizing a need in the market for strategic communications.

B2’s success is based on clients staying with the firm for the long term. And that success is reflected in the firm’s growth: Since B2’s founding in 2010, the firm has become one of Tampa Bay’s top PR agencies.

Some of the strategies that we use to amplify organizations’ stories include:

• Messaging strategy: Strong messaging sets the foundation for all communications from the organization.

• Media coaching: Training clients to shine at interviews, speaking engagements or networking events.

• Media relations: News media coverage positions an organization and its executives as thought leaders and provides third-party credibility.

• Content development: Concise and powerful content delivered through websites, blogs, newsletters, and other channels that reach targeted audiences.

• Social media: Strategies for using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and others to connect with target audiences.

Crisis communications: Reputation management counsel when it matters the most – when the organization is preparing for or managing a crisis situation.

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Kyle Parks is an expert in crisis communications. He presented on the topic at Urban Land Institute (ULI) Florida’s Summit in 2016.
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Missy Hurley and Alana Siceloff worked with Synapse on marketing for the 2018 Innovation Summit, which had more than 3,500 in attendance.

Our clients are working on a local, regional and national scale. Our communications strategies on behalf of Sunstar Paramedics, Colliers International, SPCA Tampa Bay and Ybor City Development Corp. have won awards from national industry groups and statewide PR associations.

B2’s often tapped for its PR expertise and local knowledge by its counterparts in PRConsultants Group, a network of leading public relations firms in the nation’s top 50 markets. Our work is bold enough to have a national impact, but our team is small and nimble enough to retain our local touch.

One way our team stays current on the local landscape is through The Tampa Bay 100. B2’s talented team produces the bi-weekly digital publication, which includes 100-word stories about local businesses and nonprofits, events, breweries, restaurants and history. The Tampa Bay 100 has more than 18,000 subscribers.

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B2 works with clients like the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to raise visibility and awareness through media relations. Wilma Norton (right), vice president of marketing and communications for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and Bailey Nicholas (center), executive director of High Risk Hope, were interviewed about their organizations’ impact on the community by “Positively Tampa Bay” host Lissette Campos (left).
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B2 supports organizations that are making an impact, like the Poynter Institute. The B2 team attended Poynter’s Bowtie Ball, which honored PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, in 2017.

Find out what strategic public relations can do for your business.

Phone: (727) 895-5030
Email: info@b2communications.com

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Nail the Sale – Sales Training for Entrepreneurs

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ELEVATOR PITCH

Serial Entrepreneurs Rick and Nancy Monsipapa have a passion for sales. With over 40 years of combined experience in retail, wholesale and insurance, the Monsipapa’s have built a name for themselves as entrepreneurial sales trainers and motivators.

Their company Nail the Sale is the product of their combined passions, offering tools and services to other entrepreneurs who are eager to move their enterprises forward.

Nail the Sale was founded to motivate and inspire both new and established business owners to give them the specific sales training needed to take their ventures to the next level.

Offerings include; one-on-one personal consulting, weekly bit-sized fifteen-minute sales training podcasts with expert guests and learning manuals that provide easy access to tried and true tips and techniques for sales teams or fledgling salesmen and women struggling with closing. They also provide a sales assessment tool that can help provide deliver insight when looking to hire the right candidate for the right sales role. Recently have also added a more in-depth sales training for larger corporate clients.

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OUR STORY

Rick Monsipapa has been in sales since he graduated from California State University – Chico. Having been a lifelong entrepreneur since the age of eleven, he has started and operated several successful businesses, with his chain of coffee houses being his claim to fame.

Rick met his wife, Nancy when they were both employed by a construction software company where he was the corporate sales trainer responsible for onboarding new sales staff helping them to succeed quickly, selling an online tool.

Rick wrote a sales guide for home sellers looking to sell their properties quickly, entitled 9.5 Ways to Sell yourHome in 30 Days: The Home Seller’s Guide to SOLD!

On the other side of America, Nancy was matriculating at Miami University of Ohio when she realized that sales was in her DNA. Upon graduation, she answered an advertisement in the local paper for Cutco Knives and started selling specialty cutlery to homeowners right in the comfort of their homes.

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Moving from employment roles in retail, not-for-profit, restaurants, and entrepreneurship, Nancy found her way back into sales and has made a name for herself mentoring and motivating other women. Helping them focus on developing their skill sets and growing their businesses.

The dynamic duo has co-authored the book, Nail The Sale: Sales Training For Entrepreneurs, in which they give easy to use tips and techniques for entrepreneurs to move their businesses forward. The book is an informal conversation between them and the reader, to make it easy to apply immediately. The sales manual also includes their mistakes as well as successes to allow the reader to laugh and have fun as they absorb the tips and tricks.

The two can be found in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg sharing their sales insights at special events including; local workshops, Innovation Summits and on their weekly “Nail the Sale” Podcast.

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NTC – Nashville Technology Council

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HISTORY

The history of the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) dates back to 1999 when a group of business leaders came together to address the need in Nashville for better-paying tech jobs and improved capital investment in technology start-ups. From its inception, the mission of the NTC was to be a catalyst for the growth and influence of Middle Tennessee’s tech industry.

Middle Tennessee is growing, and along with it so is the tech community. Today, the NTC supports the local technology sector through its 450 member companies, educational organizations, and nonprofits by coordinating local technology workforce development, connecting professionals to cultivate a collaborative community, uniting around policies that nurture expansion and attract both talent and businesses, and promoting Middle Tennessee as the Nation’s Creative Tech Destination. TechnologyCouncil.com

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BRIEF HIGHLIGHTS

Community Programming

The NTC’s Community Events are opportunities to bring different segments of the Nashville tech community together to network, build relationships, and share ideas. The NTC hosts 80+ community events a year, including six signature events ranging from 200 to 600+, on topics including professional development, tech education, BI & analytics, tech marketing, business development, cybersecurity, health tech, public policy and more. The NTC additionally serves as a strategic and promotional partner on numerous Greater Nashville area events. TechnologyCouncil.com/events

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Professional Development

The NTC has many ways to grow your professional network — in-person and online — through its signature events, programs, meetings, and webinars. Members build relationships through Peer Networks – including BI & Analytics, Veterans, Nashville DevOps, Sales & Business Development,
and Marketing & Tech – and Leadership Exchanges – including ELITE for emerging leaders and the CIO Leadership Exchange. TechnologyCouncil.com/peergroups

Workforce Development

The Nashville area is booming, and so is the need for tech talent. The NTC focuses on increasing the number of undergraduates enrolled in tech-related majors through directed outreach and technology programs with students as young as third grade. The work starts early to interest young students in tech and future tech careers to fill those college program seats. The NTC organizes tech-professional volunteers to support teachers in classrooms during the Hour of Code – regularly teaching programming to 2,200+ students each December. Entering our third year, the NTC Tech Camps have provided summer tech education to more than 800 students ages eight through 18. Traveling Tech Days are organized field trips for high school students throughout the year to experience tech jobs and
workplaces in the region, reaching more than 1,000 students to date.
TechnologyCouncil.com/talentdevelopment

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Tech Hill Commons

Tech Hill Commons is the new public gathering place for Nashville’s diverse community of tech leaders, business builders, user groups, students and tech educators. The 9,500 sq foot tech venue houses the NTC’s new HQ, two executive boardrooms, 150-person event space, and a tech learning center. Whether you’re looking to challenge your team in an offsite retreat in the Comcast Board Room; teleconference with a client in the ENA Conference Room, powered by Cisco; organize your next cohort meeting in the PwC Learning Lab; develop the next generation of tech leaders in the Dell Learning Center; or launch your new innovation in the Event Center – our Tech Hill Commons spaces are available to exceed your organization’s needs. TechHillCommons.com

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Apprenti TN

The NTC Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Nashville Technology Council, has launched Apprenti TN. Apprenti TN, the first technologyfocused apprenticeship program in Tennessee, is unlike internships or traditional job training options. Apprenti TN combines paid on-the-job training and education with placement in highly skilled, salary-competitive occupations. The program works with the tech industry to identify mid-tier jobs ready to be filled by highly competent people regardless of educational background. Apprenti TN actively recruits women, minorities, and
veterans to aid in diversifying the tech industry, but everyone is eligible and encouraged to apply. ApprentiTN.com

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Public Policy

The NTC works to unite the Middle Tennessee business community and advocates for policies that empowers technological innovation to thrive in our region. In 2018 NTC and its members organized more than 136 engagements with local and national policy makers and lobbied and testified on issues including net neutrality, data breach policy, and blockchain technology. TechnologyCouncil.com/advocacy

Nashville Analytics Summit

One of the most successful examples of the NTC’s work is the growing BI & Analytics peer group which connects professionals around the topic of big data and analytics. With the peer group’s guidance, the NTC produces The Nashville Analytics Summit. Starting with 90 attendees just five years ago, the 2018 Analytics Summit saw more than 600 attendees from hundreds of organizations across Middle Tennessee and surrounding technology communities.

The two-day conference empowers professionals to leverage data analytics to grow more effective and competitive organizations by including dozens of workshop & speaker sessions presented by experts on topics ranging from Big Data & Predictive Analytics to Delivery Insights & Professional
Development. TheAnalyticsSummit.com

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NTC Awards

Nashville’s tech awards are dedicated to connecting, uniting, developing and promoting Middle Tennessee’s rich community of developers and technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and institutions with awards in 14 categories. Winners are awarded a signature Gibson guitar before a jam-packed audience of 600+ Middle Tennessee tech community peers. NTCAwards.com

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The Greater Nashville Technology Council, 500 Interstate Blvd S., Suite 200, Nashville TN 37210
Phone number: 615-873-1284
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Suncoast Developers Guild – a Not-for-Profit Coding School

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ELEVATOR PITCH

Suncoast Developers Guild is the only not-for-profit coding school in the state of Florida, aiming to provide students with the digital tools they need for success.

The Suncoast Developers Guild runs multiple cohorts each year, and the three-month program at the Academy offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for the workplace. Encompassing both front- and back-end development, students, graduate with the knowledge needed to build and maintain websites and applications.

We collectively further our goals of creating a workforce prepared with the digital tools they need to thrive. New students enter our doors with each cohort, eager to learn and improve their lives through coding.

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OUR STORY

The Suncoast Developers Guild story originated from the Tampa Bay campus of the largest national code school providing hundreds of students with the tools needed to meet their personal and career goals.

When the opportunity arose to form its own entity in Tampa Bay, The Suncoast Developers Guild stepped up to the challenge and chose to move forward while refining its vision and shifting its focus. By expanding the curriculum and sharing our collective coding knowledge we created a model that focuses on what’s essential: educating the community.

While the process will continuously evolve with the community’s help by having an open source curriculum, there is still more work to be done in discovering how we can best expand to help more potential students in the local area.

We will:
• Expand our reach in the community
• Build Suncoast Developers Guild to meet the Tampa Bay area’s growing tech needs
• Continue to improve our program to prepare our students for an evolving tech scene

By giving our students the tools they need to achieve their goals, their current and future projects will foster an environment teaming with opportunities for the community.

Suncoast Developers Guild serves as a hub for the local tech scene, providing a network of alumni, employers, and organizations. We present students with the opportunity to meet others in the field and build connections.

With the community’s support, we can further propel our growing student base in the Tampa Bay tech scene.

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CLA – Focused on Turning Disruption Into Opportunity

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About CLA
CLA is a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services to help enhance our clients succeed professionally and personally. Our professionals are immersed in the industries they serve and have deep knowledge of their operating and regulatory environments. With more than 5,300+ people, more than 110 U.S. locations, and a global affiliation, we bring a wide array of services to help clients in all markets, foreign and domestic. For more information visit CLAconnect.com.

What’s special about doing business in Tampa Bay:
“We create opportunities for our clients and our people by giving back to the communities where we live and do business. Our goal is to help improve this wonderful community that we have the privilege to call home,” says Jeff Bonick, Managing Principal of the Tampa office

What makes CLA Special: CLA is Focused on Turning Disruption Into Opportunity
Fast-paced, collaborative teams building an inclusive and innovative culture is driving CLA’s entrepreneurs to explore new ideas. We have created a “think tank” called FIT (Future Innovation Team) which is responsible for gaining first-generation knowledge of potential disruptors and opportunities which may impact our clients or our firm. FIT promotes a culture of innovation throughout CLA and analyzes how best we can serve today and beyond.

Innovation in the marketplace and building our internal culture
CLA’s Future Innovations Team is dedicated to keeping the firm on the cutting edge of new technology and disruptors that impact clients, communities, and the CLA team. A great example is the surge of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, FIT is taking action to elevate CLA’s knowledge in order to help meet the needs of clients and the marketplace both now and in the future.

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How CLA is participating and driving change:
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance
CLA is proud to collaborate with the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA) as a corporate member. CLA will be an active participant on WSBA’s working groups and advising CLA clients as well as the accounting industry on blockchain developments and cryptocurrency transactions impacting our
markets.

CLA Intranet and Social Site Promoting Continual Employee Engagement
As a professional services firm, our next service or industry focus will start as an idea from our people. We are a firm made up of entrepreneurs at all different stages of development. Whether an idea is for a new CLA service, industry focus, or innovative idea, our professionals will find the support and guidance they desire through our unique intranet and internal social platform that empower our professionals to share ideas and we find a way to support them.

Celebrating the Best of the Best
CLA also hosts an annual event internally, intended to be a final destination for tested and scaled innovative ideas that can change the course of CLA. This program is not about just investing in incremental product features or enhancements; we are investing in new business models or altering the customer experience beyond the core products

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Phone: 813-384-2700
Email: Jeff.bonick@claconnect.com
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Tampa Bay Wave – 10 Years of Driving Innovation & Building Community

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TEN YEARS OF DRIVING INNOVATION AND BUILDING COMMUNITY

In 2018, Tampa Bay Wave celebrated ten years of leadership in Tampa Bay’s growing tech startup community. For the past decade, we have made it our mission to foster collaboration, drive innovation, and become a leading advocate for technology startups in Tampa Bay. As a “for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs” organization, we serve a multitude of companies as we work toward our mission of building breakout technology companies in Tampa Bay.

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Tampa Bay Wave began in 2008 as a meet-up of local CEOs and founders of technology startups. Founder and current President/ CEO, Linda Olson set out to provide a resource to an under-served population of business leaders looking to innovate and grow.

Linda recently said, “Community is key to success in our region.” She believes that building a community around technology and innovation was the foundational first step to what Startup Genome has recently recognized as an ambitious and growing ecosystem.

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Ecosystems require many contributing elements and a diverse set of ideas. We serve this need by focusing on collaborative partnerships and diversity. With our recent TechDiversity accelerator program in collaboration with the Nielsen Foundation, we have had the pleasure of working with ten companies from around the United States all owned or founded by women, minorities, veterans, or LGBT.

At the heart of Tampa Bay Wave is our accelerator program. This program marries a variety of programming, support, and connectivity to provide participating companies with the resources necessary to move confidently through those pivotal early stages that are so vital to success.

Tampa Bay Wave’s accelerator focuses on a hands-on approach that moves startups from the build stage to an investment-ready business in just ninety days. Combined with support resources like mentorship, a growing investor network, and meaningful peer relationships built during the program, Wave has evolved to meet the needs of local startups and has begun to attract many companies from outside of Tampa Bay and from cities like New York and Austin. Running two to three accelerator programs annually, Tampa Bay Wave serves more than 100 entrepreneurs per year. We also have a variety of post-accelerator opportunities including close mentorship from Executive Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) like Tony DiBenedetto and Steve MacDonald to help our companies continue their journey toward success.

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Tampa Bay Wave’s accelerator program has been recognized by a variety of organizations including being the only GAN (Global Accelerator Network) member in the state of Florida and a member of InBIA (International Business Innovation Association). Beyond recognition, we are incredibly proud to serve our community and the entrepreneurs who are helping to grow that community.

Because helping entrepreneurs is at the heart of Tampa Bay Wave’s mission, we will continue to expand our services to assure we are contributing value to the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial community. Whether it is more education, leadership, and/or capital investment opportunities, Tampa Bay Wave is committed to building companies and growing the Tampa Bay area’s ability to support a thriving technology and innovation community.

There are a variety of ways to engage with the Wave community. Whether you are an entrepreneur interested in our accelerator programming, a “solopreneur” or small company looking for co-working space, or a large company looking to support innovation and economic development, visit us at www.tampabaywave.org to get involved.

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500 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 300
Tampa, Florida 33602
Phone: 866-928-3066
twitter/facebook: tampabaywave
linkedin: tampa-bay-wave
www.tampabaywave.org