Category Archive for: ‘Success Stories’

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    From Shoeboxes to Financial Literacy for Small Businesses

    Tampa Bay Accounting and Associates of Pinellas County

    Michelle Velez took her love for small business, and turned it into her own small business seven years ago. “I wanted to do something that would be beneficial for small businesses and help them grow,” she said. And so, Tampa Bay Accounting and Associates was born.

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    Growing Pains Mean Success for Pepper Jelly Business

    Brimstone Originals Specialty Foods LLC of Pinellas County

    Eileen O’Hara knows what it’s like to run a growing business. O’Hara and her daughter, Julie Stevens, co-own Brimstone Originals Specialty Foods LLC, a company that manufactures a line of all-natural pepper jellies.

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    Big Business to Small Business Owner: Filling the Gap

    Doctors Express Urgent Care of Pinellas County

    If you have visited an emergency room recently, you likely waited a long time to be seen for a non-life-threatening medical issue. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, between 13 and 27 percent of visits to the emergency room could be treated at alternative medical facilities, such as urgent care.

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    Established Bejeweler looks to SBDC for new direction

    Creative Crystal Company of Sarasota County

    Thirty years ago, Lucia Reid was working with Michael Jackson look-a-likes in the entertainment business, in need of the famous rhinestone glove. After finding that rhinestones weren’t that easy to adhere to fabric, she came across crystals in Europe with a heat-sensitive glue backing. “They’re incredible,” she said. “So I got rid of the dance group and kept the crystals.”

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    Service-disabled Veteran relies on military values to operate growing business

    3T-Innovations of Hillsborough County

    After serving in the Army for 10 years, Francisco Valencia knew he wanted to continue working with and for the government. “I didn’t want to leave the Department of Defense philosophy. So I tried to find a way to still work in the military without being active duty any longer,” he said.

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    Pinellas winery aims to enter foreign market

    Florida Orange Groves Winery of Pinellas County

    Vince Shook knows a lot about squeezing fruit. Shook is the president and co-owner of Florida Orange Groves Winery. He employs a staff of 15, with his son, Lance Shook, as the executive vice president.

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    Lakeland business secures funding for start up

    My Office & More of Polk County

    After spending many years working in corporate America, Kate Lake decided to branch out on her own. Years ago, when she had a sales position that involved lots of traveling, Lake was in constant need of an office where she could make calls and do paperwork.

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    Established business changes gears; takes on new market

    AppDataWorks LLC of Hernando County

    Jerry Boutot was working as a senior developer for a consulting company in Connecticut when a new opportunity presented itself. His client work had gotten so advanced that he outgrew the company and was offered the opportunity to go out on his own.

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    Local business secures government contract

    Bay Janitorial Service of Pinellas County

    After moving to America from Colombia in 1994, Andres Gomez had an entrepreneurial mindset. While in Colombia he worked for his father’s company, but when he got to America, he was determined to be a successful business owner.

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    Local recycling company turns other’s trash into their treasure

    Urban E Recycling of Hillsborough County

    With an origin story that parallels the beginnings of the very computers they destroy every day, Urban E Recycling has gone from a small, garage-based start-up to a growing business that shows no signs of slowing down.

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