The Business Week Ahead: March 14th, 2016


A schedule of major business events in the Tampa Bay area:




No school for Pinellas County students.

The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce – Retail Sales (report).

Bureau of Labor statistics, U.S. Department of Labor – Producer Price Index (PPI) (report).


Florida Primaries

The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce – Business Inventories (report).

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Franchise Night with Mats Bengston from FranNet
Location: Desoto Room at the SPC Allstate Campus-located at 13489, 6605 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
It is free and open to the public.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
SCORE – St. Petersburg
Crowdfunding – How to be Successful at Raising Money
Crowdfunding is not just generating buzz – it’s generating real money for real entrepreneurs! Crowdfunding is empowering entrepreneurs to raise the funds needed to…
Location: The Greenhouse
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Bureau of Labor statistics, U.S. Department of Labor – Consumer Price Index (CPI) (report).

The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce – Housing Starts and Building Permits (report).

Federal Reserve – Industrial Production, and Capacity Utilization (report).

11:00am – 1:00pm
University of Tampa
“Pitch Sykes”
This program is an opportunity for UT students who have an idea for a business to pitch their idea during an informal session that occurs once a month. Entrepreneurs and faculty members are available to hear and evaluate new business ideas.
Location: John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, 8th floor
Open to Public.
Info: Eric Liguori – [email protected] – 813/257-3600

12:00pm – 2:30pm
SCORE – Clearwater
10 HR Traps for Small Businesses
Just when you think you know what to expect from HR regulations, a missed detail or a new provision can catch you unaware – and potentially harm your business.
Location: Banquet Masters, 13355 49th Street N, Clearwater, FL 33762
Contact: Bob McBurney – [email protected] – 727-437-0990
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St. Patrick’s Day

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor – Initial Claims (report).

12:00polm – 2:00pm
Pinellas County – QuickBooks Overview
Get an overview of Quickbooks accounting software. Learn to set up the chart of account and the basic functions of the most popular software among accounting professionals today.
Guest presenter: Michael Carlisle, Enrolled Agent – 727-453-7200
Located at: Epi-Center
Price: $20.00
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2:00pm – 4:00pm
SCORE – St. Petersburg
Sales 101: How to Close Deals and Make Money
Do you feel that you can improve your sales processes and results? Becoming a master at selling your product or service and getting clients to buy can be a challenging task for many small businesses.
Location: Enoch Davis Center
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6:00pm – 8:00pm
SCORE – Clearwater
Marketing Mysteries Solved
In this interactive discussion we will reveal the roles and relationships between marketing, advertising, and sales.
To be held at: St. Petersburgh College – Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street, Room ES320, Clearwater, FL 33765
For info: Don Mahaney – [email protected] – 727-437-0990
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6:00pm – 8:00pm
SCORE – St. Petersburg
Business Start-up Basics
Find out if you have what it takes to start your own business, and learn the key elements that will help you be successful. Are you ready to start a new small business?
Location: The Greenhouse.
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If you have any significant business related events planned, please e-mail it to Tim Bryce [email protected]

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Tim Bryce is a freelance writer and management consultant located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. As an avid writer and speaker, Tim discusses everything from business and management, to politics and morality, to systems and technology, and our ever changing world.