In this Issue
Featured Article: Business Financing
January TEC Talk
STAR TEC Welcomes New Staff Member
STAR TEC Graduate Continues Its Success

TEC Talk 


January 13, 2011

 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

 Tampa, Florida
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Partner Events

2011 Florida Venture Capital Conference 

February 3-4, 2011 

 Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

Hollywood, Florida
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Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED)

Websites & Web Marketing for Business

January 13, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Clearwater, Florida

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Marketing Works
February 3, 2011
  5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Tampa Port Authority Building

 Tampa, Florida
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Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF)

Emerging Companies Network
March 30, 2011

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Tampa, Florida

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STAR TEC Clients

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Field Forensics Logo 

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NuEnergy Tech

Ready Alert Logo
 Wildbright Logo


Tonya-HeadshotWelcome to STAR TEC's first e-newsletter. After asking entrepreneurs over the years if the world really needs another newsletter, we decided to follow their advice - that if the newsletter provides helpful information in a quick and easy-to-follow format, they would read it.

So, each month we'll present articles from local entrepreneurs, funders and service providers; news about TEC Talk and other events for technology entrepreneurs; and updates about STAR TEC clients.


Please let us know what you think and encourage your colleagues to register to receive the newsletter by signing up on our website, We hope you will agree that this will be a useful tool in furthering technology innovation and entrepreneurial success in the state of Florida.


We look forward to seeing you and invite you to visit our new website to learn more about our services.




Tonya Elmore, President

Business Financing: From Credit Cards to Venture Capital

PennyBy Penny Hulbert, President of Links Financial LLC
Ask successful entrepreneurs about business financing, and it's likely they will tell some interesting stories about how they got the business off the ground.  The stories aren't always pretty, but what's important is they got the job done.


It's always been tough to get financing, particularly for a new business, and it's even more challenging now.  But even though the news may seem full of gloom and doom, that doesn't mean business financing is impossible in today's economic climate.  As is often the case, what's important is to understand the options, prepare the company and make the right contacts.

To read the entire article Click Here.
January TEC Talk

TEC Talk logoTEC Talk is a monthly breakfast, networking and education event specifically tailored for Tampa Bay's technology entrepreneurship community. 


This month's program will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.


Featured speaker Charles Armstrong, founder and CEO of

SPARK LABS  will discuss how to capitalize from smartphone applications and SPARK LABS' recent launch of Tour Wrist®, a new mobile platform allowing users to view and share locations in new ways.

For more information and to register to attend, click here.


    STAR TEC Welcomes New Staff Member

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STAR TEC is pleased to welcome Danielle 

Weitlauf as the new TEC Launch Manager.

Weitlauf has previously served as the executive director of the Florida Federal Contractors Association and as event coordinator for the Pinellas Technology and Business Innovation Exchange. She was also a senior manager with Pinellas County Economic Development from 1998-2006.


Weitlauf holds a master's degree in business administration from Argosy University and a bachelor's degree in business administration with a specialization in finance from Bowling Green State University. She has also received the Certified Economic Developer designation (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.

STAR TEC Graduate Continues Its Success

alakaidefensesystemsAlakai Defense Systems  has come a long way since its outgrowth as a successor to Alaka'i Consulting & Engineering, Inc. in Hawaii by Ed Dottery and Guy Ontai, two West Point graduates, physicists, and former U.S. Army officers.
Wanting to take advantage of the favorable business climate, the company moved its headquarters to Florida, becoming one of STAR TEC's earliest clients in 2006.  Since that time, Alakai and its extensive network of affiliated partners have grown to provide next generation sensor and technology solutions to challenges facing the Defense and Security market place, with a particular specialty in laser and electro-optic remote sensing and systems integration to detect trace molecules of military significance, such as found in explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), and CBRNE threats.


After its graduation from STAR TEC in October 2008, Alakai moved to larger facilities in the National Science Forensic Technology Center in Largo where the company is now seeking additional lab and office space.explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), and CBRNE threats.  
To read the entire article Click Here.
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Based in Largo, Fla., STAR Technology Enterprise Center is an innovation and entrepreneurship center that assists emerging and entrepreneurial technology companies in accelerating their success.


If you'd like to learn more about STAR TEC's services, click here for our website, email us or call 727-547-7340. 


STAR Technology Enterprise Center

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Largo, FL  33777


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