Category Archive for: ‘Success Stories’

  • The Modern Paws Pic

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Manufacturing Firm Uses Growth Acceleration to Keep Doors Open

    Custom Applied Technology of Manatee County

    Some people are gifted at thinking of ideas. Some people are gifted at making those ideas come to life, which is exactly why Howard Taylor started Custom Applied Technology (CATEC) in 1985.

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    Family turns to FSBDC at USF to develop marketing and sales tactics

    Pro-Tools of Hillsborough County

    After working in the computer science industry for many years, Mike Mullen decided he wanted his own company. “He went after a company that he would describe as not necessarily sexy, but something that had teeth in the market and could grow,” Mullen’s wife, Cindy, said.

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    Fence company uses services to separate itself

    Florida Fence of Sarasota County

    Kevin and Theresa Dermody are no strangers to entrepreneurship. Before moving to Sarasota, the Dermody’s lived in Chicago where the duo owned and operated a successful real estate development and general contracting business.

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    Man channels entrepreneurial spirit into chicken and waffles

    Rush Hour Chicken & Waffles of Pinellas County

    Chef Towan Rush wants people to know that his past does not dictate his future. Shot in a drive by shooting in the early 2000s, Rush has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. Then, and now, he relies on his love of food to reach new heights.

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