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The Future of Social Media for Business
StartUp Xchange
Innovators Digest
Tampa Bay Innovation
Center Events

StartUp Xchange
March 19, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tampa, Florida

March 21, 2012
Invitation Only
Clearwater, Florida

April 10, 2012
8:30 - 10:30 am
Tampa, Florida

Partner Events

 Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) 
BizTech Innovation Summit

March 13, 2012
11:15am - 5:00 pm
Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC)
Monthly meetings
March 14th & 28th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Largo, Florida

Lunch & Learn
March 20, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Facebook for Business
March 22, 2012
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, Florida

Basic Government Contracting 101
April 4, 2012
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tampa, Florida

2012 Early Stage
 Venture Capital Conference

May 10, 2012
Orlando, Florida



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Tonya 2011WELCOME

At a recent national meeting of business incubators, one of the major points of discussion was the distinction between the role of incubators as job creators and the role of other technology support organizations, many of whom are primarily wealth creators for the business owners.

Although each type of organization plays an important role in advancing the Tampa Bay area as a technology-friendly community, we are proud that Tampa Bay Innovation Center is best known for its ability to create high paying jobs and support innovation.  Following are a few recent statistics from 2011:
  • Job creation:  In the most recent fiscal year, Tampa Bay Innovation Center clients created/retained 80 jobs, with an average annual salary of $65,000.    
  • Innovation:  Our in-house clients have more than 80 patents and have created 50 new products.
  • Clients: More than 150 technology business owners received advisory services from the Innovation Center's committee members and specialized programs.
  • Other participants: There are more than 1,500 participants in our entrepreneurial network.
  • Events:  Nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs, technology business owners and professionals attended educational programs and events hosted by the Innovation Center.
  • Volunteers: More than 75 volunteers provided more than 400 hours of advice to Innovation Center clients and program support.
We invite you to join us in whatever capacity suits your interests. Whether you are interested in attending one of our programs, are a prospective client or volunteer, or are interested in becoming better connected with other technology innovators, we look forward to hearing from you.

Tonya Elmore
The Future of Social Media for Business
As the sale of smartphones and tablet computers rapidly increases, so does the importance of social media for business. These mobile devices - immediate, interactive and at least for now, controlled by the user -- are critical to how social media is evolving. Users can choose what they see and when, although as we learned from our conversation with March's TECH Talk speaker and social media expert Antony Francis, this will begin to change as technology progresses.
Being social for business

Social media is an online conversation. Think of it as online networking. It is a tool that every business can benefit from and should be utilizing. While not every social network will be right for a company, identifying priority audiences and the social networks they use frequently can help establish where a company should be present. (More...)
new TECH Talk LOGOPresented by Tampa Bay Innovation, Center, TECH Talk is a monthly breakfast, networking and education event developed specifically to meet the interests of the local technology community.  Attendees include new and start-up technology companies, as well as entrepreneurs and those interested in the growth and success of technology innovation and entrepreneurism in the Tampa Bay area.

Our next TECH Talk presentation will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607. Nat Roland, Shareholder, Trenam Kemker, will present "How to Raise Money for Your Business (Without Losing Your Assets or Going to Jail)". Learn how to prepare your business when looking to raise capital.  Nat joined Trenam Kemker in 2003.  His practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and structuring matters, capital raising, private placements, lending transactions and commercial contracts.            

Click here to register.  There is no fee to attend but space is limited. 
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 Tuesday, March 19 at Champps Americana Restaurant, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

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 Dino Eliadis, DE Inc.

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.  

How to Structure Your Start-Up to Avoid Double Taxation
By Nellie Akalp for
One of the biggest decisions a business owner can make is how to structure the company. Corporations are a great way to separate liability between you and your business, but can also lead to double taxation. (More ...)

Sit Down Now and Write that Business Plan
By Scott Shane for
You have an idea and want to start your own business. Most would want to jump right in and get started, but the best first step may be to stop, sit down and write a business plan.
(More ...)

6 Secrets to a Successful Start Up
By Nicole Carter for
Investors can make the difference for a start-up company. Venture capitalists say there are certain things they look for when deciding whether to invest in a new business. (More ...)

The 9 Most Common Start-Up Mistakes
By Jeff Haden for
Mistakes are a great way to learn. But why not skip the pain and suffering by avoiding these 9 mistakes? (More ...)  

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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