Category Archive for: ‘Success Stories’

  • Tampa Music School Pic

    Maestro learns the business side of music

    Tampa Music School of Hillsborough County

    Music finds people in many different ways.  For some people it was the guitar their parents bought for them as a child.  For others it was the tunes their parents played on the radio.  For Maestro Matthew Maines it was his parents’ old piano.

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    Engineering firm adapts to changing marketplace

    Madrid Engineering Group of Polk County

    Larry Madrid has been working his way up the engineering ladder since he graduated from Colorado State in 1984 with a master’s in geotechnical engineering. Upon graduating, Madrid moved to Florida and started working for an engineering firm where over the course of eight years he climbed his way from entry-level engineer to director of geotechnical engineering.

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    Local chiropractor seeks support during growth

    Active Family Chiropractic of Hillsborough County

    Dr. Jenny Mejia, Chiropractic Physician, comes from a long line of chiropractors. Her grandma started the trend graduating and beginning practice in the late 1950s. Since then Mejia’s mother, father, and uncle have all chosen the chiropractic route.

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    Sweet Sound of Success Results in SBA Loan

    Music Compound of Sarasota County

    Jenny Townsend has always had a love for music. Working her way through college as a student in the hospitality program at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, she landed at a restaurant that hosted local bands. Thus the seed for her dream was planted.

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    Pet boutique comes to downtown Tampa

    The Modern Paws of Hillsborough County

    Ben and Lisa Prakobkit have always had a love for animals – particularly dogs. “We are very much pet driven,” Lisa said. “We love caring for them, finding out ways to get them nutrition.”

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  • PaleoSimplified Pic

    From home kitchen to national brand

    PaleoSimplified of Pinellas County

    Nearly five years ago, Eileen Forte, frustrated with the lack of healthy options available for snacking, found herself making a homemade grainless energy bar in her kitchen.

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  • Javis Salsa Pic

    From fairs to superstores; a tale of salsa

    Javi’s Salsa of Hillsborough County

    After working for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years, Javier Nava decided it was time to trade in his badge for salsa. Upon retirement, Nava committed to his three-year-old company, transforming himself from part-time salsa maker to full-time businessman.

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  • J Oliver Pic

    Learning Center fine tuning business to help more children

    J Oliver Speech Pathology of Hardee County

    “The idea is to give them the ability to communicate and to do it as quickly as possible,” Joyce Oliver-Fulse, owner of J Oliver Speech Pathology and Log On Language Learning Center, said of the children her business helps.

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    Veteran Turns Childhood Flavors into Gourmet Salsa

    CC’s Gourmet Products of Pinellas County

    Tired of salsas failing to ignite his taste buds, Chris Crist took his passion for spice and created his own snack foods company. He started CC’s Gourmet Products in 2014 and quickly began perfecting salsa recipes to create his first product line, CC’s Salsa.

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    Environmental lab looks to FSBDC at USF for industry insight

    Phoslab Environmental Services, Inc. of Polk County

    Upon moving to Lakeland in the mid 1960s, George Fernandez Sr. took notice of the growing phosphate industry in Polk County. In 1965, Fernandez started Phoslab, an analytical laboratory providing phosphate-testing services to local companies.

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