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Featured Article: Serial Entrepreneur
STAR TEC Client Achieves Explosive Success

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March 8, 2011

 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

 Tampa, Florida  

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March 25, 2011
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 Clearwater, Florida
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February 9 & 23, 2011

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March 17, 2011

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March 30, 2011
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Building the Ultimate Business Plan

March 15, 2011
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Clearwater, Florida

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February 17, 2011
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Tampa Port Authority Building

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 Tonya 20112011 promises to be an exciting year at STAR TEC! We are developing some new programs and events that are sure to enhance our impact on our local entrepreneurial community.

We are pleased to announce the first of these new events: StartUp Exchange. Twice a month, entrepreneurs will gather at different locations around the Bay area to discuss various topics with a STAR TEC mentor. Consider it like a college professor's office hours, but in this case everyone attending will learn from each other as well. Our first StartUp Exchange will take place Monday, February 28th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Visit our website for additional details. 

Be sure to stay tuned for details about some other exciting developments underway. As always, we look forward to seeing you and invite you to visit our website,, to learn more about our services.



Tonya Elmore, President

What Does it Take to Make a Serial Entrepreneur?

By George Shand, President & CEOGeorge      

TruLiance, LLC


           As hard as it may be to define what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, the true serial entrepreneur is an even rarer breed. 

            There are differing views of what makes a serial entrepreneur unique.  In fact, it's even been studied at the university level.  As quoted in a 2009 article in Entrepreneur, Clemson University Professor Wayne Stewart says that serial entrepreneurs are bigger risk takers, more achievement-oriented and have a higher preference for innovation - and he believes they are born that way! 

            Stewart adds that serial entrepreneurism is more than just an interesting occurrence; it's an important economic and social trend.  He estimates that about one-third of all new ventures are initiated by serial entrepreneurs and their firms tend to be larger.  His belief is that these higher success rates are fueled by their earlier entrepreneurial experiences and the ability to leverage a wider network of customers, suppliers, partners and funders.


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March TEC Talk

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


Next month's program will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.


Watch for details in next week's TEC Talk email announcement.


Did you miss January's TEC Talk with Charles Armstrong, founder and CEO of SPARK LABS? View the PodCast on our website.   



STAR TEC is pleased to announce its Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Florida, which establishes a partnership with the University of South Florida to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem for technology startups in the Tampa Bay region.


STAR TEC will join with USF's Tampa Bay Technology Incubator Network and USF CONNECT program, designed to create new technology businesses, develop public/private research and business relationships and support workforce and economic development.  Elements of the collaboration include:


 Create/enhance an entrepreneurial support system for local technology startups

 Encourage research collaborations for USF faculty and clients

 Deliver and promote technology entrepreneurship seminars

 Promote and participate in each other's events

 Provide opportunities for faculty and student assistance to clients

 Extend STAR TEC's mentorship network to USF's Incubator Network clients


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STAR TEC Client Achieves Explosive Success

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Field Forensics, (,

a STAR TEC client since 2008, has recently added its line of FAST (Forensic Aroma Sensing Technology) products to its range of explosives detection devices to detect explosives in cargo shipments.

Referred to as a "canine in a can," Field Forensics' FAST products rely on knowledge developed through K-9 research at Florida International University's Forensic Science Lab that emulates how a dog's nose and brain identify odors. The FAST provides a Neat Odor Signature or NOSe, which is a more consistent and always available methodology that allows the analysis of the complete odor signature rather than relying on detection of just the explosives particles themselves. This is particularly important in dealing with packages that are well-wrapped and would not allow explosives particles to escape.

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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. 


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