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TECH Talk Insights
Welcome to our Entrepreneurs' Hub Sponsors
eHub Member Spotlight
Speed Consulting
StartUp Xchange
Innovators Digest
Tampa Bay Innovation
Center Events

June 12, 2012
8:30 - 10:30 am
Tampa, Florida

Speed Consulting 

June 15, 2012
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Largo, Florida 

StartUp Xchange
June 25, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 pm
St. Petersburg, Florida

Partner Events  

Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC)

Monthly meetings
June 13 & 27th
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Largo, Florida

Twitter for Business
June 14, 2012
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Clearwater, Florida

Websites & Web Marketing
June 21, 2012
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Clearwater, FLorida

Financing Your Business in Today's Economy
June 14, 2012
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Tampa, Florida 

Market Segmentation Strategy Development Seminar
June 18, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Tampa, Florida

 Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) 
 9:00 am - 3:30 pm 
coolTECH 2012
June 22, 2012
Tampa, Florida


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Tonya 2011WELCOME

It's a great time to be a technology entrepreneur in the Tampa Bay area and the Innovation Center is right at the heart of things.

Six Innovation Center clients - Homeland Intelligence Technologies,, ReadyAlert Services, Talent Sprocket, Tattle-Trail and Wildbright Technologies, Inc. - have been invited to participate in coolTECH 2012, to be held at the Tampa Convention Center on Friday, June 22.  A showcase for new technologies, coolTECH attracts more than 600 technology innovators and business leaders to interact with some of the best technologies the Bay area has to offer.  Last year, our client Altorr participated and won Honorable Mention and one of our graduates, Alakai Defense Systems, also participated.  

The Innovation Center has submitted an application to be a partner for the statewide GrowFL Economic Gardening program that begins August 1.  The program provides participants with technical assistance, CEO Roundtables and a CEO Forum (twice per year) at no cost!  

To be eligible for the program, a company must be a for-profit, privately held, investment-grade business that:
*    Employs at least 10 persons but not more than 50 persons
*    Has maintained its principal place of business in Florida for
     at least the previous two years
*    Generates at least $1 million but not more than $25 million
     in annual revenue
Click here for additional requirements.

Time is short, so please contact us quickly if you're interested in the GrowFL program and we'll be happy to provide additional information.  

Tonya Elmore
TECH Talk Insights
Advancing the future of medicine through education and innovation
                    By Stuart Hart, M.D.

Stuart HartFlorida has one of the country's largest medical device manufacturing industries, ranking second in the nation in the number of FDA-registered medical device establishments. The Tampa Bay area leads the state in producing and acquiring medical patents.

USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), through its commitment to transform health care through innovation, collaboration and technology, will be a major force in furthering Florida's reputation as a medical technology leader. This 90,000 square-foot facility, located in downtown Tampa, integrates three floors of innovative simulation experience with education and research excellence to put the latest advances in health care into practice. (More...)
Welcome to our Entrepreneurs' Hub Sponsors
The Tampa Bay Innovation Center would like to recognize and thank the following Entrepreneurs' Hub (eHub) sponsors:  Florida High Tech Corridor, host sponsor, Head of Lettuce Media, social media sponsor; platinum sponsors Fowler White Boggs and Young-Rainey STAR Center and gold sponsors CliftonLarsonAllen, LLC and Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College.    

eHub is a unique community that helps entrepreneurs and innovators share ideas, inspiration and opportunities.  Offering the best elements of real and virtual communities, eHub creates an environment that combines Innovation Center programs with a network that is designed specifically for entrepreneurs and innovators.  It includes the Innovation Center's growing number of regular programs such as TECH Talk and StartUp Xchange, as well as this enewsletter, podcasts, IDEA Camp, Innovation Conference and other specialized events; and access to coworking in Launch Lab™ and Mentors Corner.  In addition to great programs, the eHub online network is growing in membership and conversations are taking place.

Click here for eHub membership and upcoming event information.

eHub Member Spotlight 
spotlight image We are excited to introduce a new monthly series called the eHub Member Spotlight.  The short interview will hopefully allow you to get to know and possibly be inspired by one of our eHub members. 

eHub Member:  Brian Graham,
VP, Manufacturing,  Sea Link 

Years in the business:  25

What is the most valuable lesson a professional mentor taught you?
Slow down and Listen! This was something I learned a few times, most recently from Jabil CEO Tim Main. Tim is a very smart businessman and his skill in working with customers at the very highest level is well documented. He once told me almost in passing that the best way to understand what the customer really wants is to close your mouth and listen!

Tell us about your current project/venture/business. I am currently working in a great growing company which is headquartered in Largo, Florida. (More ...) 

Speed Consulting
Have questions about starting or expanding your business? The Innovation Center is partnering with the Small Business Resource Network(SBRN) and the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development (SBDC) for a speed consulting event on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at Tampa Bay Innovation Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 220, Largo.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners will have the opportunity to meet briefly with local industry experts to ask their most pressing questions about business growth.  Attendees will be given five minutes with each consultant. The consultants, provided by SBRN, have backgrounds in such areas as accounting, business consulting, banking, insurance, marketing and legal issues.

There is no fee to attend speed consulting, but space is limited. Click here for required advance registration. Come early and cowork in the Launch Lab™ before speed consulting - it's free June 15th!


Speed Consulting 

new TECH Talk LOGO Our next TECH Talk presentation will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Microsoft Headquarters, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa. Jennifer Metz of CTC Tampa Bay will discuss the role market research plays in starting or expanding a business, including how to utilize data to develop growth strategies, identifying target customers and anticipating industry trends. CTC Tampa Bay is a non-profit, independent provider of technology market intelligence, market research, technology transition support and discovery for the government acquisition community and the technology development sector.

Presented by Tampa Bay Innovation Center as part of the Entrepreneurs' Hub, TECH Talk is the area's premier networking and education event developed specifically to meet the interests of the local entrepreneurial community.  There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. Click here to register. 
StartUp Xchange
You have the perfect business idea, but aren't quite sure what your next step should be. StartUp Xchange may provide the advice you need. Entrepreneurs at all stages are invited to attend the next StartUp Xchange from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at Midtown Sundries, 200 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

Presented by Tampa Bay innovation Center as part of the Entrepreneurs' Hub, StartUp Xchange is an informal opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs to meet and learn from the   Innovation Center mentors whose experience can help further their idea or startup company.  

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.  

11 Best Business Opportunities for 2012
By Darren Dahl for
Looking for the hottest business opportunities now? Check out Inc.'s list of growth sectors - from big data to residential construction. (More...)

Can You Sell Your Customers In Zero Seconds?
By Carol Tice for
Wish you could close more sales? Two sales experts say getting right to the point can help boost sales. (More...)

60 Seconds to a More Efficient Social Media Strategy
By Josh Peters for
Every company should do a quarterly social media audit. This 60-second social media makeover will create a more effective social media presence. (More...)

How to Engage a Venture Capitalist: Lessons from Our Dealflow
By Andrew Tweed for
A venture capitalist shares what he looks for when choosing to invest in a company. (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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