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In This Issue
Offshoring: One Company's Experience
September TECH Talk
Offshoring...Five Questions to Consider
Innovators Digest
StartUp Xchange
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events




September 13, 2011

9:00 - 11:00 am

Tampa, Florida



September 19, 2011

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Clearwater, Florida


Innovation Conference 2011
October 19, 2011
University of Tampa

Tampa, FL  



Florida Defense & Technology Showcase

November 8, 2011

St. Pete Beach, FL



Partner Events   

Florida Venture Forum

2011 Early Stage Venture
Capital Conference

October 5, 2011

Orlando, FL 

Websites & Web Marketing Class for Business

October 13, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, FL


SCORE Tampa Chapter

Sales and Marketing Workshop

September 24, 2011

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tampa , FL 



Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC) 

Monthly meetings

September 14 & 28, 2011

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Largo, FL 



Entrepreneurs Network -

Web & Mobile Companies in Tampa Bay

September 20, 2011

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Centre Club

Tampa, FL





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WELCOMETonya 2011

As many of you can no doubt relate to, the launch of our new web site,, took longer than we had planned!  However, we're pleased to announce that it has gone live and invite you to take a look at it.


Following are some of the features we hope you will find helpful:

  • Overall ease of navigation and a clearer message to the innovation community
  • Easily viewable content on our events and those of our partners 
  • Separate event pages describing the intent of each and incorporating the TECH Talk videos
  • Easy online application feature
  • Blogging and social media interaction
  • Better opportunities to highlight our clients and their success and recognition

On another note, this month's feature article and sidebar are from Gary Haberland, CEO of Winter Park-based GENICON. 

Gary will be our TECH Talk speaker in October.  Based on your requests, we've adjusted our schedule of newsletter articles and TECH Talk speakers to allow for a full month in between.


We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event and welcome your comments on the new web site.


Tonya Elmore





 Offshoring: One Company's Experience        By Gary Haberland

Throughout the several years, along with growing, waning and sometimes renewed interest in offshoring, there has been a certain amount of confusion in the use of the terms "offshoring" and "outsourcing."

The difference is quite simple.  Unless the business is totally self-sufficient and completely vertically integrated, every business outsources.  It can be something as traditional as accounting services or something more technologically advanced, but it means contracting with a third party for certain tasks or functions.

October 2011 TECH Talk presents Gary Haberland, Genicon
October 2011 TECH Talk presents Gary Haberland, Genicon

September TECH Talk
new TECH Talk LOGOTECH Talk is a free monthly breakfast, networking and education event specifically geared to the interests of the Tampa Bay area's innovation and technology entrepreneurship communities.


Our September program will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.  Brian Johnson, Microsoft Startup Evangelist, will be the September speaker.  His topic is "Resources for Software Startups from

Microsoft BizSpark."


If you haven't yet attended TECH Talk, we hope you'll put this on your calendar. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is suggested at  Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the building.


 Offshoring: Five Questions to Consider   By Gary Haberland 

Gary HaberlandBased on GENICON's experience in offshoring, we suggest that companies consider the following questions as they evaluate whether offshoring is right for them:
  1. Are the company's revenues high enough to support the growing labor, shipping and materials costs?
  2. Does the company have the staffing capabilities to provide round the clock and onsite management?
  3. Do product fit, form and function standards need to meet extreme precision and replication requirements?
  4. Are products of a sophistication level that they require the best in production and supervision?
  5. How important are quality certifications?  (We found that some vendors actually bought, rather than earned, their certifications.)
 Innovators Digest

In case you missed them, here are some recent articles and blog posts. 


From BNET: A Blueprint for Branding a Business at Every Stage

Has your branding strategy changed since your business was in its initial start-up phase? More importantly, should it?



10 Blogs Every Young Entrepreneur Should Read

By Ben Lang, as appeared in Young Entrepreneur Council and Innovation Daily


There are some first-class blogs on the web for young entrepreneurs. The challenges these entrepreneurs face every day are immense and having blogs packed with resources, guidance and inspiration is crucial.



Five Worst Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching Angel Investors

By Jason Fell for

Here's a look at the biggest blunders and how to avoid them.



Shrinking in a Bad Economy: America's Entrepreneur Class

By John Bussey for


In a recent report on entrepreneurship, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number of new businesses less than a year old that existed in the year ending March 2010 "was lower than any other year" since its research began in 1994. The downdraft started with the recession.


StartUp Xchange
Have questions about your next steps in entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurs at all stages are invited to attend the next StartUp Xchange from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at Bascom's Chop House, 3665 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater 33762.

This is a great informal opportunity for entrepreneurs, talent in transition, scientists, funders, innovators, technology professionals and engineers to make connections in the Tampa Bay area innovation marketplace and learn from each other and from the Tampa Bay Innovation Center mentors whose experience can help further their idea or startup company.  

Our mentors will be Chris Paradies of Fowler White Boggs P. A. and Mike Eitler of Blue Lion Consulting.  


Follow the StartUp Xchange Meetup Group here.  


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Based in Largo, Florida,  Tampa Bay Innovation Center is an innovation and entrepreneurship center that assists emerging and entrepreneurial technology companies in accelerating their success


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