Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Monday, July 9, 2018

2nd Quarter Focus

Effectively Managing People, Profits & Processes

This quarter, each program participant evaluated the strength of their company's standard operating procedures and the effects they have on their team's behavior and drive the company's revenue.

Human resource best practices, avoiding legal pitfalls, and understanding how to continuously engage employees were topics of discussion. The cohort also compared their company's profitability to similar sized companies in the market and used that information to determine how certain business decisions impact their bottom line.

Each activity forces the participants to confront their way of thinking and behaviors. Through discussions and practical tools, they are exposed to new perspectives and ways of doing business!

2 New Jobs Created
24 Vacancies Filled
1 New Contract
1 Secured Capital
26 Mentor Hours
70 Professional Development Hours
17 Chamber & Community Events Attended
7 New Assets Acquired
10 Strategic Introductions

All impact numbers are reported on an aggregate basis for the 2nd quarter only.

Notable Mentions

New Program in Tampa to Help Business Owners Bring in More Revenue

Derek Mateos, owner of Matcon Construction Services, Inc. was featured on Bay News 9 discussing the Minority Business Accelerator, the success his company has had from the program, and advising those who might be interested in applying for the program in the future.

Mid Florida Armored Receives Community Service Award by Hillsborough County Public Schools

Mid Florida Armored & ATM Service received the Commissioner's Business Recognition Award by the Hillsborough County Public School's Office of Supplier Diversity. The award recognizes one local company who has shown outstanding support of education in Hillsborough County.

Danny Persaud, owner of Mid Florida Armored pictured with Eric Graham, HCPS Supplier Diversity Officer

Owner of Chameleon Custom Solutions Inspires Minority Business Owners

In commemoration of National Small Business Week, Carolyn Lawson inspired local minority business owners and shared her journey to entrepreneurship, including the peaks and valleys of building a business and the lessons she's learned along the way. The event was hosted by the Hillsborough County Public School's Office of Supplier Diversity as a part of their "Master Class" series.

Watch her video

McKenzie Contracting, LLC Participates in Exclusive Mentor-Protege Program

Dan Fernandez, owner of McKenzie Contracting, LLC was selected as a participant in The Beck Group and Envision Construction Services Mentor-Protege Program. The program teaches businesses how to successfully do business with them and gives McKenzie Contracting a competitive advantage in the market when being considered for future Beck and Envision projects.

Chamber Wins Communications Award for Minority Business Accelerator

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has been named an "Award of Excellence" winner by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for its marketing campaign for the launch of the Minority Business Accelerator. The campaign branded the MBA program and promoted it using print, social media, digital, web, media, chamber stakeholders, and community information sessions.

The ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce. A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

Inaugural Cohort Promo Videos

Click below to learn more about the service offerings of each of the inaugural cohort members and how you can help them expand their footprint in the market!