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Dale Carnegie – We Invigorate your Employees

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Dale Carnegie


For more than 100 years, Dale Carnegie has helped companies of all sizes create a vibrant, sustainable workforce by fostering environments where people thrive on positive, productive relationships. In the months and years to come, we’ll continue to be your partner in creating inspiring, effective development opportunities for everyone from new hires to high performers, all the way to the top.


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Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie has evolved into an international organization that crosses borders and generations, showing people how to tap into the best parts of themselves to create positive change. Our original body of knowledge has been regularly updated, expanded and refined through a century’s worth of real-life business experiences. Our courses and programs are available in 80 countries, all 50 states and in more than 30 languages.

At Dale Carnegie, we invigorate your employees by drawing out their natural strengths, building the courage and confidence they need to take command of their work and achieve the unexpected. As we help them excel, your employees will gain the trust and respect of the people around them, creating a culture that works harder for you at all levels of your organization. With more support, your team can take the lead in putting their ideas into action more efficiently, increasing their performance, along with your company’s, by working smarter at every step. We help companies of all sizes generate revenue, increase productivity and reduce costs by revealing their bright and resourceful workforce. Together, we’ll set your team in motion and help your entire organization reach new heights, powered by the unique talents of your employees.

Our training is built on extensive business experience and ongoing market research to keep our training solutions relevant and effective regardless of client size, need, or industry. Dale Carnegie offerings are delivered by certified instructors and available in flexible formats including: in-person, trainer-facilitated online, and large seminar. Through hands-on exercises, role-playing, situational coaching, real-time feedback, and practical real-world assignments; your people will apply what they have learned immediately on the job and in all areas of life.

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We are at a unique time in business where there are as many as four generations of employees working within any one organization – this presents business challenges. A banking client recognized that there was often a disconnect between generations within their workforce.

Our collaboration resulted in a highly personalized program demonstrating how diversity supports individual and team success. By using customized case studies as a mechanism to begin the conversation, employees learned how to overcome perceived barriers, move past misconceptions and strengthen their ability to be more open and collaborative. The environment now is more inclusive, engaging and one that encourages unique perspectives and experiences. Diversity is embraced, employees feel valued and have a voice that is welcomed.

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Winston Consulting Group – 2018 Mentor of the Year Scott Winston

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Since arriving in Tampa Scott Winston has been actively engaged with the Tampa Bay Wave helping to mentor and advise businesses. Scott is an entrepreneur, visionary leader, and co-founder of an International Business Ecosystem Incubator.

Making The Move To Tampa Becoming a Part of the Ecosystem
Scott, his wife Jackie and their three son’s Zach, Alex and Jack moved from Seattle Washington in late 2016 after living in the Seattle area for 13 years. Following a family vacation to Florida in July 2016 to visit Jackie’s Dad who lives in The Villages, Scott and his family decided to move to Tampa. In early August 2016, Jackie and the three boys were on a Red Eye to Tampa, so the boys could start school. It took Scott until January 2017 to join the family full time in Tampa.

A Chicago native, Scott spent the earlier part of his career working for Motorola in the early days of the mobile industry, moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers focused on M&A and post-merger integration followed by working for Accenture in their Venture Launch group. Scott relocated to Seattle Washington in 2004 to launch a Six Sigma program and run Customer Research for Washington Mutual’s Retail Distribution Network that grew from 1,650 retail store locations to over 2,150 stores, with 24,000 employees. During his time at Washington Mutual Scott deployed Six Sigma across the Retail Bank, training over 5,000 employees in Six Sigma and launched several innovative programs including introducing Life Cycle Mystery Shopping to the Banking Industry, spearheading programs to eliminate paper from bank branch processes and helped to stream line processes across the bank.

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After leaving Washington Mutual Scott launched Winston Consulting Group where he provides strategic business advisory to fortune 100 companies and runs transformation programs for companies.

Scott has advised some of the top companies in the world in turning around their operations, growing their business and addressing organization and growth challenges. Companies like Microsoft, Alcoa, Crown Castle, US West, Bell Atlantic, Bell South, McDonald’s, Motorola, and The Reynolds Metal Company have been his clients.

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“The Tampa Bay Wave’s mentor network is one of our greatest assets and benefits to our companies. We are fortunate to have many entrepreneurs who have successfully sold their companies as well as C-Level executives actively mentoring our companies. The Bob Francis Mentor of the Year award goes to someone who has unselfishly given an incredible amount of time and talents mentoring Tampa Bay Wave member companies and embodies servant leadership.

We couldn’t be more proud of the 2018 recipient, Scott Winston, and how much he has served the Wave and our companies this year. Scott is also a member of our Accelerator & Mentor Relations Committee, he Chaired our Accelerator Scalability Study, is a member of our Friends of Wave giving program and has hosted several strategic planning and sales training sessions for companies. He modeled the way for our Mentor Network this year and we look forward to his continued impact on the Wave for years to come”

Rich Heruska, Interim Accelerator Director, Tampa Bay WaVE

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Since 2011 Scott has served on the Advisory Board of Educational Business Strategies (EBS) an educational 501c3 based out of Seattle that provides practical business teaching to entrepreneurs, business owners and students in 15 countries in developing nations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.

In 2013 Scott Co-Founded Business Impact Networks (BIN), an International Business Ecosystem Incubator and Consultancy. BIN partners and grows locally focused networks of leaders and companies who collaborate to build healthy sustainable communities across the globe. BIN has worked with the government of Iraq to revive agriculture in the region.

Passion for Entrepreneurs
Scott has a passion for entrepreneurs and helping them drive growth in their businesses. Over the last 12 years, Scott had the opportunity to consult, teach and train Business Owners and Entrepreneurs of small and growing companies in The United States and Canada, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Scott is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor and business advisor dedicated to growing the business ecosystems in the Tampa Bay region and around the world. Learn more about Scott and the Winston Consulting Group at and connect with Scott on LinkedIn:

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FIBA – A Passport to Global Innovation

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FIBA team and 2018 cohort companies celebrating the conclusion of the program at FIBA's annual event Innovation Fusion 2018 [Left to right top to bottom: Shaike Schatzberger (UCCare), Tomer Schatzberger (UC-Care), Oren Rosen (eProc Solutions), Shalom Nakdimon (WiseShelf), Dr. Ido Sella (Econcrete), Roy Heller (Nucleon), Rakefet Bachur (FIBA), Oren Kedem (Intervyo), Shaked Lev (Say), Rachel Feinman (FIBA), Andrew Rella (Econcrete), Carmi Peleg (GlobeKeeper) and Pam Miniati (FIBA).]


Our mission is to establish Florida as a global innovation hub. Technology startups thriving in our local economy attract new talent, drive new investment opportunities, and enhance the region’s reputation as a competitive, fertile ground for business. By encouraging Israeli startups to enter the US market with Florida as their base of operations, we connect individuals and companies to job opportunities, high-skilled talent, technological solutions, and innovation and showcase the region as a key center of excellence in healthcare, urban development, and security/defense.

FIBA leverages its strong network of business executives, investors, government officials and leaders from the Florida business community, to provide market knowledge and validation, and access to investors and large corporations necessary to grow Israeli startup companies in the US.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognizing FIBA and cohort company, StemRad (Jack Ross and Dr. Oren Milstein), for bringing hi-tech to Florida in Israel in December 2017.


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Left to right: Dave Bevirt (SPP), Dr. Robert Bishop (USF), Kari Goetz (Tampa International Airport), Lakshmi Shenoy (Embarc Collective) and Ronald Ciganek (Valley National Bank) discussing innovation in Tampa at Dinner Fusion 2018

FIBA has introduced 16 Israeli companies to Tampa Bay since its inaugural cohort in 2017. Some notable successes include:

• StemRad established N. American headquarters in Tampa and hired Tampa-based employees following a $6 million investment from Tampa investors. StemRad also is developing and is soon to launch a medical product in partnership with Tampa General Hospital.

• WeissBeerger was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer.

• eProc Solutions signed its first contract with a global corporation headquartered in Tampa. eProc Solutions completed pilots with over 10 additional potential customers.

• Econcrete is working with the Port of Tampa on a pilot project. The company hired local a sales representative and a key strategic advisor, and leased storage space in the St. Pete Innovation District.

• Tevatronic secured a pilot project with the largest commercial grower of strawberries in Florida and is currently in discussions with a key strategic partner to expand sales throughout the U.S.

• GlobeKeeper had a successful joint pilot with the local police and sheriff departments and has hired a Florida-based sales representative to cultivate over a dozen opportunities facilitated through the FIBA program.

• UC-Care established a US subsidiary in Florida and leased office and storage space in Oldsmar. The company has gained the priceless advice and mentorship of a former US President of an Israeli medical device company.


In only two years, FIBA has received praise from its portfolio companies, local entrepreneurs and investors and the Florida Governor, Rick Scott.

“FIBA is like having a partner in the US who will always open doors for you and help you make progress at every stage.” Yaniv Shneiderman, Founder of BlazePod, FIBA portfolio company.

“The FIBA team presented us with business opportunities that completely changed our go-to-market strategy in the U.S.” Bob Reish, Operations Manager at WeissBeerger, FIBA portfolio company.

“FIBA has become one of the highest quality programs in Florida, and is clearly unique in its approach. I have personally invested in one of the companies and believe that Tampa Bay will become the U.S. headquarters to many Israeli companies over the next few years.” Marc Blumenthal, Florida Funders, Partner.

“My support for the Israeli companies stems from the fact that I believe that these companies can create many qualitative jobs and develop the state’s high tech. The FIBA project and the Jewish community will contribute both to the local and the Israeli economy.” Governor Rick Scott, The Times of Israel, December 2017.

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Left to right: Rachel Feinman (FIBA) moderating a conversation about innovation at Port Tampa Bay between Dr. Ido Sella (Econcrete) and Chris Cooley (Port Tampa Bay) at Innovation Fusion 2018

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MHV – Creating High Quality, Fast-Growing Biotech Companies

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Militia Hill Ventures (MHV) is a life science venture firm dedicated to developing therapies for patients with no viable alternatives. Through its broad network, relationships, and domain expertise, MHV catalyzes premier science and management to create high quality, fast-growing biotech companies.

Founded in 2014 by Jane Hollingsworth and Dr. Joan Lau, MHV is growing the number of biotech companies in the greater Philadelphia area, increasing the impact of the region, and solving some of the most significant problems in human health.

MHV has built and continues to grow, a portfolio of companies that are developing transformative therapies for patients. For example, Immunome harnesses the human immune system to change the paradigm of cancer treatment and develop novel immunotherapies. Tmunity, formed around Dr. Carl June’s ground-breaking research, taps the power of T-cells to transform the treatment of devastating human diseases. Talee Bio is leading the revolution in treating, and potentially curing, cystic fibrosis with gene therapies.

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MHV Labs is the company conception and formation process of MHV where the best company ideas are discussed, evaluated, and incubated. MHV Labs actively forms and develops new companies beginning with the conception of ideas through the development of groundbreaking new medicines and larger team operations.

The process begins with the identification and selection of an unaddressed medical need. A comprehensive global evaluation is conducted of all applicable technologies and solutions. From there, MHV’s network of industry and academic experts are used to aid this evaluation and test new company hypotheses.

Ultimately, the best technology and talent is acquired, a business plan is developed to bring life-changing therapies to patients, and new biotech is launched.

MHV is located in University City, a dynamic ecosystem of other high-growth life sciences companies, providing both formal and informal access to investors, management expertise, infrastructure support, and R&D resources. This location offers MHV companies the best opportunity to launch, grow, and ultimately deliver innovative new medicines to patients.

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Lowth Entrepreneurship Center – The University of Tampa

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In a recent ranking by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The University of Tampa’s Lowth Entrepreneurship Center was ranked as the No. 34 entrepreneurship program in the country. This award follows numerous accolades ranging from international awards such as the 2017 NASDAQ Global Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence to local recognition like the 2018 Coolest Office Space in Tampa Bay. These distinctions, according to center director, Rebecca White, can be attributed to the center’s focus on a unique combination of curriculum design, physical space, technology and ecosystem engagement to provide an experiential learning opportunity that prepares students to thrive in today’s economy.

As a part of the Sykes College of Business, the Lowth Center’s foundation is built upon growing students’ entrepreneurial mindsets so they have the right skills and experiences to further pursue their entrepreneurial career in an evolving economy. The program engages students and the regional business community in mutually beneficial learning experiences, including research opportunities focused on student engagement and entrepreneurship pedagogy.

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Students and members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem have multiple opportunities to get engaged in a wide variety of diverse learning experiences. These include networking events with local business leaders and entrepreneurs, pitch competitions, accelerator and incubator programs, speaker series led by entrepreneurial leaders from all over the nation, coaching from entrepreneurs-in-residence and education seminars.

Located within the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building, the Lowth Center is housed in an exceptional facility that was created with experiential leaning in mind. The space is creatively designed to bring together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators and experienced executives to generate, define and develop entrepreneurial concepts and to launch new ventures.

For the past two years the Lowth Center has also been the hub of research focused on Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The “State of the Tampa Bay MSA Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” report, initially funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has determined that Tampa area entrepreneurial ecosystem is overcoming challenges to grow a diverse field of new ventures, support organizations and investment.

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Rebecca J. White, Ph.D. is the Walter Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at The University of Tampa. White is a thought leader in entrepreneurship education, where her research is based at the intersection of entrepreneurial ecosystems, opportunity recognition, entrepreneurial mindset and competency-based education.

“At the most basic level, innovation centers are about economic development. However, high-performing entrepreneurial ecosystems lead to increased knowledge spillover and innovativeness, and the opportunities that emerge influence a region’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest talent. Innovation centers are nourished by a number of economic actors including investors, corporations, governments, startups and educational institutions. A catalyst in virtually all highly functioning entrepreneurial ecosystems, universities serve as a primary source of intellectual talent, research and innovation.

Strong universities are designed to solve complex dynamic problems, and as such, often take leadership roles in building entrepreneurial ecosystems. Moreover, university entrepreneurship centers, like The University of Tampa’s Sykes Business College Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, provide a place for innovation and creative intersections to occur. Fortunately, the Tampa Bay region is blessed with a wide variety of strong academic institutions that provide learners a range of opportunities, from community-based learning to post graduate level, with a wide range of academic missions, from teaching to basic research.”

The University of Tampa’s entrepreneurship major, housed in the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, is one of the largest majors on campus and provides students with skills that are critical for anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur or think like one.

Through its programs, the Lowth Center bring together prospective student entrepreneurs, educators and experienced entrepreneurs to generate, refine and develop business concepts and to launch new ventures. Through a combination of classroom study and applied learning with the local business community, students learn how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, recognize business opportunities, conduct marketing research, prepare executable business plans, identify financial needs, acquire funding, maintain liquidity, manage cash flow and much more.

Undergraduate degree programs include majors in entrepreneurship and international business and entrepreneurship and a minor in entrepreneurship. Graduate degree programs include an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and an M.S. in entrepreneurship. Launched in 2016, the M.S. program utilizes design thinking, systems thinking, collaboration and prototyping to help students move from concept to business in 12 months.

The Lowth Center’s incubator and accelerator programs typify the center’s learning modality. The Spartan Accelerator is designed to help current students grow their business ideas. The Spartan Incubator is a live lab for up to nine early-stage community businesses and alumni. Business owners in the Spartan Incubator receive expert guidance from faculty, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs-in-residence, attend seminars on campus and work with student consulting teams assigned to assist them.

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The Lowth Center also fosters collaboration with students majoring in other disciplines. For example, the Department of Film, Animation and New Media, along with Entrepreneurship, have recently begun an initiative to bring students together to create sizzle reels for products and animated shorts that support entrepreneurship students with current projects. The goal is to promote a true interdisciplinary collaboration between worlds that have many characteristics in common, such as a risk-taking attitude, a never-ending curiosity, and a sense that we can change the world for the better.

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John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center
Sykes College of Business
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Box 2F, Tampa, FL 33606-1490
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ADventure Marketing: Tampa’s Creative Firm. From web development and search engine optimization to innovative videography and social media management, we take our client’s needs in mind and create personalized digital packages that drive growth and revenue.

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who noticed a gap in the digital marketing field. Alicia Waldner and Zach Gresham, coming from technology and medical marketing firms in the Tampa Bay area, left their 9-5 jobs to pursue the idea of owning their own firm.

One year later, ADventure has grown into a team of 10+ employees, creating digital excellence for many well-known brands in the Tampa area including the likes of Armature Works, Boca, McDonald’s, Tampa Laundry Company and more.

ADventure’s creativity is what sets them apart. Whether it is high-quality images, dynamic and sharp videography or futuristic, highly-engaging websites, the content created is at the forefront. Keeping their client’s goals and industries in mind, ADventure creates digital strategies and executes on them across multiple verticals and touchpoints. Creating ROI has become one of the largest drivers behind what they do, no matter the industry.

“I believe the biggest part about being an entrepreneur is surrounding yourself with passionate, driven individuals,” Gresham said of building the business in Lowth Center Spartan Accelerator. “Coming into an office with dozens of other hard working individuals, being able to converse with other entrepreneurs about struggles and successes, and learning from them has made a huge impact in the growth of our own brand.”

Gresham said he is focused on becoming Tampa’s leading digital firm responsible for innovation in the way businesses outsource marketing. He sees repositioning sales to move towards social media instead of website. “I’m inspired to create a brand that not only creates opportunity and success
for our clients, but brings together individuals passionate about marketing and giving them the tools to succeed,” Gresham said.

Learn more about how Lowth Entrepreneurship Center Spartan Incubator company, ADventure Marketing, is reposition sales and creating opportunities for businesses.

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At Signature Lacrosse, we are always working towards a better tomorrow for the lacrosse community. Who knows the game, faults and all, better than the actual players on the field? That’s why everything we do starts on the lacrosse field. Every idea, every product, comes from the game itself and solves the needs of its players. We’re working to revolutionize the landscape of lacrosse by dynamically propelling the progression of the equipment, the athletes, and the experience of the sport, one step at a time. “For the players. By the players.” as we like to say.

Dan Soviero, founder of Signature Lacrosse, jokes that school was never his thing. But that’s only because of where he is now. Through a series of ah-ha moments, Soviero recognized and capitalized on an untapped niche when he was in high school, when he picked up his first lacrosse stick. He came to a crossroads nearing the end of his college playing days and was forced with a tough choice: complete his degree at The University of Tampa or drop out to grow his burgeoning business. He chose the latter, and it immediately proved to be the right decision.

Saying lacrosse is an emerging sport in the United States is an understatement. For 12 consecutive years, overall lacrosse participation increased by 20,000 players or more annually. From 2011-2016 the number of high schools and NCAA schools sponsoring the sport grew by 27 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

“We don’t want to just be an equipment brand that watches the game grow and grows with the game.,” Soviero said. “We want to be the reason why the game goes from growing at a five percent rate annually to 10 percent rate annually.”

Using the mission to drive the progression of lacrosse as his beacon, Soviero is focused on innovating the sport’s equipment one piece at a time. Staffed by former/current players and coaches who understand the points of everything “lax,” they’ve adopted the slogan, “For the players. By the players.” The reasoning: better gear allows the player to have more success early, and in turn, the sport has better retention.

“Lacrosse is hard enough as it is to pick up, so your equipment should not beholding you back,” Soviero said.

Soviero remembers picking up an old lacrosse ball that had been worn, torched by friction and UV rays. He realized no one was trying to make a better ball, but there was definitely a demand for one. Soviero researched and partnered with a rubber chemist and ball manufacturer. The newly-formed team worked together to change the ball manufacturing process altogether. By standardizing the manufacturing process and improving the chemical make-up, the team created a premium ball that is stronger, safer and lasts longer. To say it was a hit would be an understatement.

Signature Lacrosse sold 100,000 balls in its first month of business, and currently there are over 4 million of the company’s premium balls in the market. Signature Lacrosse balls are now the official ball of the National Lacrosse League, the FIL World Games, and top NCAA programs across the country.

Now, Signature Lacrosse is on a mission to rethink and improve every piece of lacrosse equipment from the ball, to the stick, to the goals themselves. Next in line being the complete stick.

The company’s affiliation with the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center has fostered success. “The Lowth Center has been pivotal in enabling Signature to grow by surrounding our team with resources that we would have otherwise never had access too,” Soviero said. “Including having access to some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the world.” 

Moving forward, rigorous testing with a focus on practicality is what makes the Signature Standard for quality different from anything else in the sport. “The Signature Standard is us pushing our own boundaries – we are trying to best our personal best,” Soviero said.

The same approach is taken for every piece of lacrosse equipment the company releases. No matter how innovative the material is, the most important thing to the Signature Lacrosse team is making sure their equipment can stand up to all of the different elements that might show up on any lacrosse field in the U.S.

Learn more about how Lowth Entrepreneurship Center Spartan Incubator company, Signature Lacrosse, is growing the game.

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center – Accelerating Entrepreneurial Success




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-tomarket 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.


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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Skoda Minotti – Leveraging Innovation at Every Turn

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Our region is experiencing transformative evolution like never before. Specifically, Tampa Bay’s business community is booming; outside companies continue to relocate to our business-friendly – and sunny – climate, while startups emerge daily. As new and established companies seek to grow and innovate, they turn to the innovation experts at Skoda Minotti to help them thrive in ways they never imagined.

Since our founding in 1980, we have steadily evolved from our roots as an accounting and tax firm to encompass an unrivaled family of services that
today includes:

• Accounting and tax,
• Risk advisory services,
• Financial planning and wealth management,
• Information technology,
• Human Resources services,
• Strategic marketing, and
• Valuation and litigation support

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Today, we offer innovative, results-driven approaches to client service in every facet of our business. Our risk advisory services, as just one example, are designed around newly implemented, leading-edge strategies and systems that help clients effectively manage risk and meet the continuously evolving compliance requirements of their respective industries.

The spirit of innovation that drives us to help clients achieve success also has earned us multiple awards for our firm’s culture, continued revenue growth, and client satisfaction. In 2018, Skoda Minotti was again named one of the Best Places to Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal—our fourth consecutive appearance on this prestigious list. As a key part of our commitment to innovation, the firm offers proprietary leadership and professional development programs, a comprehensive training platform and a variety of community-based activities year-round. As a result, employees enjoy teamwork, camaraderie, and collaboration among all levels of the employment base, while clients gain the benefit of advisors whose knowledge and insight are continually ahead of the curve.

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As a firm with local roots and national reach, Skoda Minotti is listed on Inside Public Accounting’s 2018 Top 100 firms nationwide. This is the fifth consecutive year the firm has been ranked on the industry’s prestigious list. Additionally, we are a member of The Leading Edge Alliance, the second largest international professional association encompassing 220 accounting, financial and business advisory firms that operate in 106 countries. This unique alliance delivers the ultimate in client service—no matter what your accounting, financial or business advisory needs may be, you’ll receive unparalleled access to the knowledge, skills, and experience of a global network of experts.

Our culture of innovation, combined with our deep and longstanding ties to the Tampa Bay community and organizations like Synapse, Florida Funders, and Leadership Tampa Bay, positions Skoda Minotti as the ideal firm of choice for Tampa Bay businesses that seek new levels of growth and profitability. To learn more about Skoda Minotti and our approach to helping businesses innovate and grow, visit or call (813) 288-8826.

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Spark Growth – Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving Services

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Spark Growth is an innovation consulting firm whose projects take shape across cultures, time zones, industry clusters and business sectors, leveraging expertise across the innovation value chain from idea stage to exit. Spark Growth works alongside our clients to identify potential and possibilities for growth and to develop authentic solutions specific to each client’s needs.

Our specialty is in identifying your specific strategic needs and helping you to see things that you cannot see and connecting you with the resources needed to successfully implement your project. Our experience provides unique insight and perspective without traditional constraints, and when necessary we draw on global connections to build a team of talented resources picked specifically for your project needs and goals.

Knowing that you need to make changes and bringing those changes to fruition are very different things. For the future of your organization, how you manage change is as important as knowing what changes to make. At Spark Growth, we design experiences and create environments ripe for innovation, the development of community, and that change the way people think while inspiring them to act upon their new learnings. With Spark Growth, results matter!

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“If you want better answers, ask better questions.” At Spark Growth our diverse expertise gives us a unique perspective delivering different results.

Thought Leadership – In an information-rich world, context is critical, and insight is invaluable. Convening like-minded leaders across sectors to connect, share best practices and work together to change the world.

Smart Cities/Innovation Districts Asking the important question, “How do we better serve our citizens?” By focusing on quality of life and work, smart communities harness technology with answers as unique as each city.

Community Engagement – Where community members are treated as more than sources of input by becoming part of solution generation and delivery.

Business/Economic/Entrepreneur Development – Identifying opportunities for growth, and fostering wealth creation by connecting people, ideas and capital to create value in the marketplace

Founded by Sara Hand and Stan Schultes in 2013, Spark Growth notably co-produces Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators with The Innovator’s Forum, an initiative of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH). These agile strategy workshops empower city decision makers to develop strong alliances with their peers – enabling them to make more informed decisions, create project scalability, and improve their ROI. Workshops are supported by expert industry partners, helping city decision makers by offering a broader perspective of successful strategies, and in turn learning firsthand the many issues cities face, and how they can better serve the needs of their city customers.

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Today’s Decisions. Tomoorow’s Future. Conference Panel. Ed Chiles, Jacki Dezelski, Nick Choate, Rae Dowling, Sara Hand
Stan Schultes - Chief Innovation Architect Spark Growth
Stan Schultes - Chief Innovation Architect Spark Growth

Spark Growth has developed and actively runs several community-building efforts including DaVinci’s Faire, an interactive and multi-generational event now in its 10th year, Station 2 Innovation a cowork and community space for entrepreneurs, and the Thought Leader Exchange which convenes like-minded leaders across sectors to connect, share best practices and tackle emerging issues in society, technology, and innovation.

Numerous opportunities for Spark Growth’s participation in global ecosystem development include: U.S. State Department Friends of Global Entrepreneurship Program, the United Nations’ launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Dell/Harvard Future-Ready Economies Summit, Telefonica/Harvard Digital Life in Latin American Cities, Startup India Rocks competition grand finale, and the 2018 Global Center for Executive and Entrepreneurship Development (CEED) Conference in Tunisia.

Sara’s goal in life is to work with cool people on cool projects that make a difference. Stan’s is to work on interesting problems at the convergence of technology, business and community that make an impact on the places we work and live.

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Navigate Corp – a Different kind of Management Consulting Firm

Navigate Corp Partners
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Navigate Corp Partners

When Rob Kathol founded Navigate in 2005, he set out to establish a different kind of management consulting firm – where clients and consultants would truly partner to create customized solutions to match unique client needs and where the company culture would be based on a spirit of collaboration, respect, and fun. Rob sought to focus on strengthening the relationship between executive management, business operations, and technology in order to drive better outcomes for organizations of various sizes and industries.

Today Navigate helps a wide range of companies navigate transformative change to create meaningful customer and employee experiences that drive stronger operational and financial performance. As companies seek new and innovative ways to anticipate and exceed client expectations, Navigate has become a thought leader in the area of Design Thinking – an approach to problem solving that encourages company leaders to position themselves from their client’s perspective to truly understand their needs. This empathy-led, customer-first approach is making a significant impact on how Navigate approaches solutions and ultimately the client’s bottom line.

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Navigate New office

Since founding the firm, Rob has remained committed to growing his roots in the Greater Philadelphia region, where he believes the vibrant business community will only continue to expand. With clients like Comcast and AmerisourceBergen in the firm’s backyard and evolving regional healthcare, life sciences, and utilities sectors, Navigate sees no shortage in firm and individual consultant development opportunities.

Community service has also been a core commitment that has expanded along with Navigate’s growth. Each year the entire firm spends a half day on-site helping out at a local non-profit. This past September, the team worked together to inspect, organize, and package donations of children’s clothing and toys at Cradles to Crayons. In previous years, Navigate has contributed its hands-on time at Philabundance, Ronald McDonald House,
and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School.

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Navigate - Spartan Sprint 2018

Navigate is proud of the recognition it has earned for both company success and community outreach including:

• Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work – #1 Small Business 2015 (2017, 2018)
• Consulting Magazine’s #1 Best Small Firm to Work For (2015, 2016, 2017)
• Consulting Magazine’s 2015 Seven Small Jewels
• Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Workplace Vitality Company of the Year (2016)

Learn more about Navigate at or contact us at

We look forward to continuing to support and evolve with the Greater Philadelphia community!

Phone: 484-383-0606

GPHCC – The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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GPHCC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - State of Hispanic Business 2017
State of Hispanic Business: annual symposium which presents the climate, condition, and trends that affect the region’s Latino-owned businesses


The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) is a non-profit, membership organization devoted to promoting the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic businesses and professionals in the greater Philadelphia region.


The GPHCC, established in 1990 by a committed group of Hispanic business professionals in response to the pressing need for an entity that would respond to the various needs of the growing Hispanic business community. Since then, GPHCC has grown to be an important voice among municipal, state and federal government entities, as it fulfills its advocacy mission on behalf of its diverse membership.

GPHCC focuses on two strategic areas: small business development and investing in the talent and development of young Latino professionals.

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Young Professional Network Youth Summit: career and college fair for Latino high school students in Philadelphia
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Closing the Gap Conference: provides corporations with insight into the Latino marketplace.
GPHCC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce YPN Youth Summit 2017
Young Professional Network Youth Summit: career and college fair for Latino high school students in Philadelphia

The Small Business Development and Education Program is the heart of the GPHCC. This program seeks to close the gaps in outcomes for Hispanic businesses by providing access to the networks, tools, and resources needed to scale. To this end, the Chamber provides individualized business coaching as well as conferences, symposiums and training opportunities that attract over 2,500 attendees per year.

GPHCC believes in the power of the new generations to lead and promote positive changes in the Latino business community. This is the spirit of the Young Professional Network (YPN), an initiative that creates a pipeline of executive, professional talent with a strong focus on increasing diversity and inclusion in the corporate sector. The YPN offers professionals a three-pronged approach to their careers providing them with: a valuable network of diverse professionals; professional development opportunities; and the ability to support Latino youth through mentoring.


Latinos are starting businesses at three times the national average, far surpassing other groups. There are over 18,000 Latino-owned businesses in the greater Philadelphia region, including 11,000 in the City of Philadelphia. With a thriving and growing business community, GPHCC has increased its programming and outreach.

Each year, the GPHCC convenes, connects and celebrates the Latino business community in various events. Among them is Alegría Ball, the Chamber’s signature fundraising event which benefits the organization’s core programs.

In the same manner, The State of Hispanic Business, an annual symposium, informs Chamber members, partners, policymakers and the business community about the climate, condition, and trends that affect the region’s Latino-owned businesses. GPHCC’s Closing the Gap Conference, held for the first time in 2017, aims to bring resources and know-how to Latino entrepreneurs that are looking to address the disparity in outcomes that persist in contracting and firm size.

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Small Business Development and Education Program
GPHCC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - USHCC Preview Reception 2018
Preview Reception USHCC National Convention 2018

The Young Professional Network hosts the only career and college fair for Latino high school students in Philadelphia. The Youth Summit, which started as a one-day conference at a single high school, has expanded to become a two-day, STEM-focused event attended by Hispanic high school students from across the city. The summit attracts diverse professionals who inspire and coach students in panel discussions and workshops throughout the day.

Recognized as the premier voice and resource organization servicing Hispanic business in the greater Philadelphia region, the GPHCC’s will
continue advocate for business and community partners, fostering innovative ideas and programs to help our region thrive.

Phone: 215-845-5456 | Email: | Learn more:
facebook: Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce | twitter/instagram:  @gphcc |