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Tampa Named One of America's 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business
Top 10 Things Tampa Bay Entrepreneurs Should do in 2012
U.S. Congress approves six-year extension, funding overhaul of SBIR/STTR
StartUp Xchange
Innovators Digest
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events





January 10, 2012

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

Tampa, FL



StartUp Xchange 


January 23, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tampa, FL




March 21, 2012

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Largo, FL



Partner Events   

Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC)
Monthly Meetings
January 11th & 25th, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Largo, FL

SCORE Tampa Chapter
Sales and Marketing Workshop
January 28, 2012
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tampa, FL

2012 Florida Venture Capital Conference January 31- February 1, 2012
Naples, FL

Business Licenses, Permits and Legal Requirements
February 7, 2012

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, FL  


Doing Business with Pinellas County

February 9, 2012

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, FL  



Tampa Bay Technology  Forum (TBTF) 

BizTech Innovation Summit 

March 13, 2012

Tampa, FL   


Community Events

City of Largo 
Demystifying the Federal Bid Process
January 11, 2012
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Largo, FL

Moffitt Cancer Center

Business of Biotech  February 6, 2012
8:30 am - 1:30 pm



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NuEnergy Tech

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WELCOMETonya 2011


Each year, more and more opportunities become available in the Tampa Bay area for technology innovators and entrepreneurs.  Following our mission, which is to serve as the focal point of innovation for the State of Florida and the Tampa Bay region, Tampa Bay Innovation Center will always strive to identify and work closely with these groups, events and organizations and then share their information throughout the community.  And by doing so, we can use community resources productively and avoid duplication of efforts. 

Cooperative efforts are already paying off.  Perceptions of the strength of the local entrepreneurial community have certainly improved, as is indicated in a recent Kiplinger article that we've summarized in the following section.  I think we can all agree this is a positive step.  
Throughout the past year, as we met with clients, innovators and other entrepreneurs, we were able to identify resources that cultivate and support the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial community. Based on that experience, our team developed tips on what local entrepreneurs should do to be more successful in 2012, and you can read these ideas in the enclosed article. We welcome your suggestions on how to further a spirit of successful technology entrepreneurism in our community.
On behalf of all of us at Tampa Bay Innovation Center - our clients, mentors, board and committee members and staff -- we wish you a happy (and successful) New Year!  

Tonya Elmore
Tampa Named One of America's 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business by Kiplinger
This past month, Kiplinger announced their 10 great cities to start a business. Tampa joined the ranks of cities like Washington D.C. and San Francisco, recognized by the publication for their local government initiatives and tax credits for small businesses as well as the area's extensive resources for entrepreneurs. Kiplinger's site noted that "local nonprofits, such as the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, connect entrepreneurs with mentors and organize frequent conferences and networking events." The Tampa entrepreneurial community makes the city the perfect place to start a business and we are proud to be a part of it.
Top 10 Things Tampa Bay Entrepreneurs Should do in 2012
       By Danielle Weitlauf
D Weitlauf1.    Participate in a camp - IDEA Camp, Health Camp, Bar Camp....The camps are in-depth and affordable sessions that can help you network as well as discuss and even vet your idea.  
2.    Drop in on a Meetup group and/or membership organization of fellow entrepreneurs and industry professionals.  This is a great way to network and learn from other entrepreneurs. Tampa Bay Innovation Center conducts a monthly mentoring meetup, StartUp Xchange.  In addition, there are a wide variety of industry meetups including those organized by Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Tampa Bay WaVE, Florida Federal Contractors Association, Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium and BioFlorida.  Whatever your interest may be, you can find a group!

3.    Network, network, network.  In addition to Meetup groups and membership organizations, there are many other opportunities to connect with other innovators and entrepreneurs.  Each year, TBTF's TECH Jam raises money to prepare Tampa's at-risk youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond being for a great cause, it allows participants to network with more than 600 local professionals. In addition, TECH Talk, hosted by the Innovation Center, 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 with a different speaker each month.    
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U.S. Congress approves six-year extension, funding overhaul of SBIR/STTR 
   (reprinted from NBIA Memberabilia, Dec. 22, 2011)

After five years of failed attempts, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to a six-year reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs have limped along on short-term reauthorizations - 14 of them since full authorization expired in 2008. The current authorization had been scheduled to expire Dec. 15, but a House-Senate conference committee approved the new measure Dec. 12 as part of the government's main defense appropriations bill.

The House had proposed a three-year reauthorization, while a Senate bill put forth by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and co-sponsored by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and eight other senators, called for an eight-year renewal. The six-year reauthorization approved in both houses of Congress was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The measure was sent to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law. (More ...)
 TECH Talk

TECH 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 January TECH Talk presentation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.  Matt Becker, COO of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. for the Republican National Convention will be the speaker.  He will discuss the committee's need for small businesses to supply goods and services for the 2012 convention and how Tampa businesses can be a part of history.

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
 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, Jan. 23 at Taps Wine & Beer Merchants, 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa.

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 Mike Eitler, Group125; Chris Paradies, Fowler White Boggs; and Ron Stein, FastPath Marketing, LLC.  

Follow the StartUp Xchange Meetup Group here.

Innovators Digest     

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

From CBS News: The Best Way to Start a Small Business
 By Jeff Haden
Starting a business that lasts can be a difficult task. Learn how to live your entrepreneurial dream by minimizing risks and maximizing your chances of success. (More ...) 


Five Overlooked Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
 By Lisa Girard for
Making your dream a reality is a confusing process that can be tainted with potential legal issues. Before you start your business, there are five common mistakes entrepreneurs make...and how to avoid them. (More ...) 

7 Things Highly Productive People Do
 By Ilya Pozin
Want to be more productive and get your focus back? There are no secret tricks but you can learn from the most productive people in your life to refocus. (More ...) 

How to Craft a Small Startup Exit Strategy
 By Jason Lemkin for
Many entrepreneurs want to raise their startups, prepare them for bigger and better things and let them go, either through acquisitions, public offerings or organic growth. Learn how to craft a useful exit strategy for your startup. (More ...)  

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Largo, FL 33777 


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