Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Thursday, June 3, 2021

Q1 Impact

Cohort '21 Metrics Summary

$1 million+ Gross Sales
2 Jobs Created
5 New Corporate Contracts
$175,000+ Secured New Capital
2 Strategic Introductions Made

Cohort '22 Metrics Summary

$1.5 million+ Gross Sales
29 Jobs Created
22 Vacancies Filled
16 New Corporate Contracts
9 New Assets Required
23 Strategic Introductions Made

Note: Metrics are self-reported.

Cohort Spotlight

Cohort '22 member, Tony Selvaggio, eSmart Recycling received assistance from long time colleague Daniel McDonald with Pilot Bank for a SBA 7a loan to consolidate debt and secure working capital.


Cohort '22 member, Ursella Slusher, Home Helpers recently received two awards; Best Provider in HomeCare from HomeCare Pulse and Service of Excellence from

Cohort '21 Session

Our partners, JP Morgan Chase, hosted the fourth MBA session for Cohort '21. The session topic was Financial Preparedness for the Future discussing cash flow management, access to capital, estate and succession planning and raising cash to grow or potentially sell.

Community Initiatives

The Chamber’s MBA Program and Hillsborough County Public Schools’ partnered to host the Office of Supplier Diversity’s Master Class on May 20th. The purpose of the HCPS’ Master Class is to connect growing businesses with dynamic business CEO's who have made and sustained a profitable business and want to share their story and processes with the community for free. Participants: Cohort ’22 Tony Selvaggio, eSmart Recycling and Lennise Germany, Livy O’s Cohort ’21 Ben Walker, Buyer’s Point/Tampa Bay Masks and Ashley Butler, Ice Cold Air.