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Business 'How-To'
March 11, 2019

Networking as a Scientist: 5 Tips for Success

Let me tell you a story.  Last Friday, I escaped my daily routine and hopped a plane to Vail, Colorado.  By 1:45 pm I was on the gondola heading up…
Networking over coffee Business 'How-To'
March 10, 2019

Grow a Powerful Business Network With This 5-Step Strategy

A comprehensive business plan considers numerous factors, including analyses of your products/services, markets, competitors, sales strategies, financials and much more. Its purpose can vary. For example, you might create a…
Member Spotlight
March 9, 2019

Member Spotlight: Omaira Dauta, Esq., Churchill Wells

They often come to her with a legal notice, threatening in its tone and foreboding in its language.  Foreclosure. Eviction. Repossession.   The stress of their situation emanates in every word they…
cowork to build your network Cowork Culture
March 5, 2019

How to Use Coworking to Build Your Business Network

There are numerous benefits to coworking, as we’ve covered in previous blogs. The one most people tend to think of first and foremost is the benefit of a distraction-free environment…
Get a write-up in the paper Business 'How-To'
February 23, 2019

Why Earned Media Still Matters and 5 Steps to Create a Winning Pitch

Some may lead you to believe that a prolific social media campaign can compensate for a lack of attention from traditional outlets.  And it’s true that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and…
Valerie Lavin Member Spotlight
February 20, 2019

Member Spotlight: Valerie Lavin, ActionZone

 As a child growing up in rural Missouri, Valerie Lavin’s father instilled in her a sense of community.  “Get a job, pay your taxes, be a good neighbor,” he would…
Cowork CultureSpecial Features
February 14, 2019

The Secret to Success for this Cowork Community: Diversity + Collaboration

A sense of community and purpose permeates the Rising Tide Innovation Center. Kari Ahlschwede stared intently at her computer as she prepared for a conference call. As a customer support lead for…
Member Spotlight
February 14, 2019

Member Spotlight: Marie VanNostrand, Luminosity

Marie VanNostrand choose early in life to pursue a mission so daunting some may have labeled her a modern-day Don Quixote.  VanNostrand’s sense of fairness, fostered during her upbringing on a dairy farm…
Business 'How-To'
January 26, 2019

How to Transform Your Business in Just One 12-Week Year

If, at the beginning of the year, you got one of those cool new calendars for your desk – maybe one with cute kittens or funny puns or beefy firemen…
Special FeaturesSTEM Scene
January 14, 2019

The Big Boost Theory: Helping Women Scientists Advance Their Careers Helps Everyone

Merrie Beth Neely can speak with expertise about fisheries, sea grasses, water quality, harmful aqua blooms and even the scientific appeal of the characters on The Big Bang Theory. It’s…
Business 'How-To'
December 24, 2018

Deploy This Strategy to Map Out Your “Best Year Ever” for 2019 

Every year, we turn to those fancy year-end lists and retrospective reviews of all that happened in the year.  It's an irresistible deep-dive into those memories you cherish and some…
Business 'How-To'
December 24, 2018

No. 1 Tax Tip for 2018: Hire a Professional to Help You With Your Biz

Go Your Own Way may have been a hit for Fleetwood Mac, but it's not good advice for small businesses and startups when it comes to dealing with taxes. Theresa Turner,…
Business 'How-To'
December 24, 2018

5 Tips to Get More Out of Holiday Events than Cookies and Cheer   

If you believe holiday events and parties represent a time to indulge, imbibe and ignore business opportunities, you're totally missing why entrepreneurs and start-up owners consider this the most wonderful…
Holiday celebrations Business 'How-To'
December 6, 2018

5 Marketing Ideas to Make December a Month to Remember

It's more than the season of giving. When it comes to new business, it's the season of receiving. It is not uncommon for service-based entrepreneurs to grow disenchanted with December,…
Thank you! Business 'How-To'
December 6, 2018

Can ‘Thank You’ Notes Change Your Business and Your Life?

Thank you, take-out restaurants who put two spoons and two forks in the bag, for being nice enough to assume that all this food I ordered is for two people.…
Networking Advantage of Coworking Cowork Culture
December 6, 2018

Cowork Culture: The Networking Advantage of Cowork Spaces

Most cowork spaces offer a snack area with coffee, tea and other amenities. But some may not realize the cowork comes with a cupboard full of networking ingredients that can prove vital to startups…
Special FeaturesSTEM Scene
December 6, 2018

World’s First Climate-Smart Zone? Disaster Leads to Innovation

Hurricane Maria and Jose Menace the Caribbean and North Atlantic. Elements of this image furnished by NASA Disaster May Lead to Innovation in the Caribbean Clean-up crews will ship more…
Clifton and Jake Member Spotlight
December 6, 2018

Member Spotlight: Clifton Fischer, Doggery Craft Ice

   Clifton Fischer and Jake Essman can speak the language of ice.   They attend conventions on the packaging of ice, they can detail how the best ice comes from…
Bill Bensing Member Spotlight
December 6, 2018

Member Spotlight: Bill Bensing, WB3 Tech and Clatsch

Bill Bensing has five fingers, not three. His ears are normal, not pointy. He's never handled a real light saber, he possesses a full head of hair and sports a healthy…
All ArticlesSpecial Features
November 25, 2018

Rising Tide Wins Community Impact Award

CREW Tampa Bay (Commercial Real Estate Women Tampa Bay), a premier community organization supporting women in the primarily male dominated commercial real estate industry awarded Rising Tide Innovation Center their…
Coworking Cowork Culture
November 12, 2018

More Than A Desk: How to Maximize Your Cowork Time

She came into the cowork space with uncertain expectations. An adjunct professor longing to gain full-time status -- she taught classes at the state university, the community college and a…
Small business strategy Business 'How-To'
November 12, 2018

4 Big Biz Behaviors That Can Benefit Small Businesses

Every episode of Shark Tank comes with a B2B tutorial, and it's often building that impossible bridge that connects big, successful CEOs to small, ambitious startups and entrepreneurs. As each shark assesses…
William "Bill" Lederer Member Spotlight
November 12, 2018

Member Spotlight: William “Bill” Lederer , iSOCRATES 

He’s a gifted wordsmith who just happens to have a mind for abstract math. He’s worked on Wall Street and boosted the fortunes of his father’s business. He’s started six different…
Collaboration for start-ups Cowork Culture
November 12, 2018

Collaboration: Why and How It Can Help Your Start-Up

Trent McAree had a vision for a business selling smoothie fruit bowls, but to make a go of selling organic acai blended with fresh tastes, whole fruits and flax and chia granola,…
Start-up business Business 'How-To'
November 12, 2018

How to Side-Hustle Your Way to a Successful Start-Up

When Forbes magazine anointed Clearwater native Sara Blakely as the youngest self-made female billionaire in 2012, the Spanx founder proudly boasted on her website: "Putting her butt on the line pays off."…
Linda F. Ramirez Member Spotlight
November 12, 2018

Member Spotlight: Linda Ramirez , Latin Film Festival

Linda Friedman Ramirez develop an affection for Latin American culture while growing up in Western Pennsylvania as a child of parents of Eastern European descent. It's as improbable as it…
Networking in St. Petersberg, Florida Business 'How-To'
November 12, 2018

St. Petersburg’s Best Business Networking Opportunities

Jessica Rivelli can stand in a ballroom filled with 400 women entrepreneurs and business leaders and, seemingly, know them all. It's a reflection of how the Working Women of Tampa Bay founder…
Small business marketing All ArticlesBusiness 'How-To'
September 18, 2018

5 Marketing Elements to Turn Moments into Movements 

Samyr Qureshi and his partners launched their business, Knack, in 2015 with a belief a peer-to-peer college student tutoring app akin to Uber would enjoy success. Just as Uber connects passengers with drivers,…
Coworking All ArticlesCowork Culture
September 16, 2018

7 Ways Coworking Can Help You Grow Your Business

Sometimes the home office grows a little too homey. The entrepreneur can thrive working out of the house, until the call of the couch and the temptation of the television…
Manhattan Casino All ArticlesMember Spotlight
September 16, 2018

Member Spotlight: Mario Farias, Farias Consulting Group

When Mario Farias rides around South St. Petersburg, he sees a district longing to recapture its once legendary status as an economic hub. He sees the Manhattan Casino, where two…
Business Plan for Start-Ups All ArticlesBusiness 'How-To'Special Features
September 11, 2018

One-Page Business Plan to Jump-Start Your Start-Up

Business plans come in all shapes and sizes, depending on their purpose. Lenders typically require much more formal and detailed business plans, complete with financial projections, tax returns, and other…
What is your why? All ArticlesBusiness 'How-To'Special Features
July 16, 2018

Why Knowing Your ‘Why’ is so Important for Your Business

The wafting aroma is the first to invade your senses. Your fingers warm to the touch, twitching in anticipation. You raise the cup, eager to ignite your taste buds and…
How to perfect your elevator pitch All ArticlesBusiness 'How-To'
July 16, 2018

7 Tips to Prepare the Perfect 60-Second Elevator Pitch

Since the dawn of time, society has valued storytellers. Cavemen crafted images on the walls to share a tale. Marathoners run 26.2 miles today because legend has it the messenger…
Ideas to finance your start-up All ArticlesBusiness 'How-To'
December 19, 2017

5 Financing Alternatives for Funding Your Start-Up

You have a terrific idea, but how do you raise the capital to turn it into a viable business? It’s one of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs. Most very quickly…