From Start-Up to Staff of Seven, Tucker Enterprise Services Strengthens Business with SBDC Resources
Small businesses are built through tenacity and hard work. As proven by Tucker Enterprise Services, Inc., a tree service and property management company operating out of Pinellas County, Florida, success can be traced through the steps a growing business takes to draw on its strengths, shore-up its weak spots, and find its niche. With help from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED), LJ and Adelle Tucker have traversed a good many of those steps, building their company from a home-based start-up to an established business with a staff of seven.
Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Director of the SBDC at PCED, explains, “Rarely does a business hit the ground running. Almost never does it achieve success without a fair amount of time and effort. Every business has its own stairway to climb – and we’re here to help them navigate the ups and downs of that journey.”
There’s more to disaster planning than keeping a first-aid kit and knowing your evacuation route. Learn about important disaster-related topics such as mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery training through Just in Time Disaster Training. This free online library offers more than 400 training videos, with new videos being added daily. Learn more at www.JustInTimeDisasterTraining.org.
2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference, Jan. 28 – 29
The Florida Venture Forum is calling for outstanding private Florida companies interested in applying to present at its 24th annual Venture Capital Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Peabody Orlando. In addition to keynote speakers, high level panel discussions, and networking opportunities, the Conference will coincide with the Florida Venture Forum’s 30th anniversary, and many “Forum Alumni” will be on hand to share their stories of growth and success. The early application deadline is Nov. 15, and the final deadline is Dec. 20. Click here to learn more.
Nov. 22: Tampa Bay Partnership’s
Annual Community Update
Join 700 business and community leaders to learn how the Tampa Bay Partnership has been using state-of-the-art technology, a storytelling portal and a hands-on approach to reach a broad range of business leaders interested in the Tampa Bay region. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Andrew Davis, best-selling author of “Brandscaping: Unleashing the Power of Partnerships.” Register at www.tampabay.org/node/331.
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Congratulations to the 2013 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists and Winners from Pinellas
Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Learn more about Florida Companies to Watch at http://flctw.growfl.com.
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10th Annual Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace, Dec. 4 – 6 in St. Petersburg
Learn about topics such as how to hire educated, trained and certified employees, where to get training for your current staff, international business opportunities, the national and international manufacturing landscape, economic development incentives, technical assistance, financing, site selection, transferable research, infrastructure, permitting, tax breaks, and best practices. Learn more and register at www.mafmfg.com/cde.cfm?event=409830.
Call for Nominations: Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards. Nov. 15 deadline.
Enterprise Florida is issuing a call for nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards, which recognizes Florida companies for their outstanding contributions to the state’s economic growth. The awards will be presented during a special ceremony in January. Winning companies receive:
Governor’s Innovators in Business Award, presented at a special reception. Winners are permitted to bring one guest.
Team Florida Trade Mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Feb. 23 – 26, 2014
With a strategic geographic location, the Dominican Republic provides easy trade access among the markets of the United States, Caribbean and Latin America. Eleven important seaports and eight airports transport increasing amounts of cargo and travelers each year. The country also enjoys a stable political climate and democratic consolidation, allowing for favorable foreign business investments.
Participants will have opportunities for one-on-one appointments, informational sessions, and networking events. Click here to learn more and register.