Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Monday, April 8, 2019

Nearly 100 business leaders gathered to celebrate the commencement of the 2nd cohort of the Minority Business Accelerator at the Cohort Kick Off Reception. The event was held January 10, 2019 at Mise En Place.

Cohort's Quarter 1 Focus

Cohort '20

Cohort '20 kicked off their 1st year in the MBA program by focusing on the intricacies of their individual leadership styles and business operations. Their executive learning sessions included:

  • Leadership Development facilitated by Clint Babcock and Greg Celestan; and
  • Visioning and Strategic Planning facilitated by Mary Gamble.

They also spent a considerable amount of time attending chamber events that add additional value to their company, building relationships with their business coach and fellow program participants.

Cohort '19

Cohort '19, now in their 2nd year of the MBA program, continues to solve their business challenges by setting SMART goals and utilizing the resources available to them. Most importantly, they are exploring ways to remain involved in both the Chamber and the community after they complete the MBA program. A few points of interest include:

  • Small Business of the Year, Leadership Tampa, and Emerge for their young professionals;
  • Attending the upcoming Benchmarking Trip; and
  • Joining various Chamber committees and/or community boards.

Q1 Impact

17 New Hires
1 Land/Property Acquisition (Headquarter Expansion)
29 Mentor Hours
12 Strategic Introductions
17 Chamber Events Attended

Note: All impact numbers are reported on an aggregate basis for both cohort groups combined. The metrics are reflected of the 1st quarter of 2019 only.

Notable Mentions

2 MBA Companies Recognized as One of the Largest Minority-owned Businesses in Tampa Bay by The Tampa Bay Business Journal

Matcon Construction Services, Inc. is a construction management and general contracting group specializing in commercial construction, development and real estate services. Matcon also offers concrete and concrete restoration services to its clients.

Envision Construction Services is a construction management firm that specializes in commercial interior renovations and commercial flooring.

Matcon Construction Builds a New Headquarters!

Matcon Construction Services, Inc. quickly outgrew their previous office and with the help of Valley Bank, built a new headquarters. Owner Derek Mateos and his team are excited about their new office and location and even has plans to construct an additional warehouse facility on the site.

The Matcon team is in the process of planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting event slated for this summer, so stay tuned.

The new Matcon Construction office is located at 3023 N. Florida Ave in Seminole Heights.

Owner of Mid Florida Armored Inspires Minority Business Owners

Danny Persaud served as keynote speaker at Hillsborough County School's Office of Supplier Diversity's Master Class series. He shared his journey to entrepreneurship. His words of advice, " Life is About Moments; Don’t Wait for Them, Create Them," echoed loud and clear amongst the group of business owners and community leaders in attendance.