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See you in Southwest Florida!

You have to read this amazingly written blog about what is about to happen in Southwest Florida.  We can’t wait to hear the great ideas that will come out of our Impact Forum.  Click here to read more!

Leaders Luncheon

Leaders Friday Luncheon

Check out our friends at the Leaders Friday Luncheon Reception at the Aloft Hotel.


Looking for the best startups!

Regional Business Awards: Bright House Networks is teaming up with local chambers in Tampa Bay and Orlando to recognize some of the region’s best Start-up companies as part of the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards. The Regional Business Awards celebrate the region’s best and brightest companies and connect the entrepreneurial communities for Tampa Bay: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee and Sarasota counties; and these business communities for Orlando: Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties.

For the Startup category, the top five companies will participate in Pitch 6, a live Shark-Tank style television show that will be later broadcast on Bright House On-Demand. Four investors including Kevin Harrington, formerly of Shark Tank, will listen and evaluate the 6-minute pitches and determine which company they believe has the most thought out plan and most potential for long term success! The Regional Business Awards represent a commitment to community and a dedication to those who help build it. The winner will get free commercial TV production, commercial air time, mentions in the Brighthouse customer newsletter, and cash!

Pitch 6 Tampa Bay Region will be donating all proceeds from the event to Give Day Tampa Bay. The events takes place at MOSI on January 27th, 2015 at 5 p.m.; networking at 6 p.m.; Pitch 6 from 7 – 8 p.m.; followed by Post Pitch Networking. Each attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets and includes appetizers and on site parking.

Pitch 6 Central Florida Region will be donating all proceeds from the event to an Orlando Impact Forum put on by the Florida NEXT Foundation. Event takes place at Church St. Station on March 5, 2015 at 5 p.m.; networking at 6 p,m,; Pitch 6 from 7 – 8 p.m.; followed by Post Pitch Networking. Each attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets; appetizers and on site valet parking available.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. September 26, 2014.

July 2014 Newsletter

Impact Forums, Florida Funders, and a Startup Spotlight.
Read all about it in our July 2014 Newsletter here.



Sprouting Urban Gardens

We had a great lunch with Green Florida Executive Director Andrea Smith and University of South Florida St. Petersburg student Celie Dagesse to discuss their winning ideas that came out of our St. Pete Impact Forum. We look forward to working with these fabulous ladies to bring more urban gardens to St. Pete!



South Florida Sun Sentinel: Broward Impact Forum attracts innovative ideas

We had a great showing at the Broward Impact Forum in downtown Ft. Lauderdale! Check out the South Florida Sun Sentinel article for more on the innovative project ideas that got the most votes!



Celebrating National Small Business Week

It’s National Small Business Week! About 120 million people in the U.S. are employed by small businesses. That’s more than half the country’s working population! Read more interesting stats about small businesses here.




Give Day Tampa Bay raises $1 million in 24 hours!


Give Day Tampa Bay raises more than $1 million in 24 hours for nonprofits!

Read the Tampa Bay Times article here.

Read the Tampa Bay Times editorial here.