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Tampa hosts its first Startup Weekend

Tampa hosts its first Startup Weekend

Tampa, FL -- Tampa will be hosting its first ever Startup Weekend July 8 - 10 at the Microsoft Corporation building, located at 5426 Bay Center Dr # 700 in Tampa.

Organizers and volunteers of Tampa’s Startup Weekend have been working behind the scenes to ensure that this event provides not only inspiration, but the resources required for launching a company.

Startup Weekend Tampa is an intense 54-hour event where a community of entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, developers, designers, marketing gurus and anyone interested in building a business will come together over the course of a weekend to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup.

Bring a new business concept or simply a skill such as marketing, web design and development, or project management.

Concept pitching and team building take place on day one. Teams are formed around concepts and on various skills that are brought to the table.

Free class in Riverview on how to start your own business

Free class in Riverview on how to start your own business

Riverview, Florida -- If you've ever dreamed of starting your own business you're in luck.

There's a free event for adults in Riverview on Saturday, July 9.

The event is this Saturday from 10 a.m until 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Riverview Branch Library which is located at 10509 Riverview Drive in Riverview.

The presenter is the Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center.

Live music tonight at Froyo!

Live music tonight at Froyo!

Tampa, Florida -- If you need to liven things up a little bit tonight after all this gloomy weather, head on over to Tanya and Matt's Froyo Fresh at W Linebaugh Avenue and Countryway Boulevard.

Every Friday from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., the restaurant entertains customers ears with live acoustic music and their bellies with delicious frozen yogurt.

New business heads to Citrus Park

New business heads to Citrus Park

Citrus Park, FL -- A sports training and therapy business is taking over the old Circuit City building in Citrus Park.

The building sits on Gunn Highway near Citrus Park Mall between the Hillsborough Trail and The Veteran's Expressway.

Work is underway to turn the empty building into a D1 Sports Training Facility.

The company has other locations nation-wide.

D1 offers specialized workouts and services in sport medicine.

Business of the Year nominations

Business of the Year nominations

Plant City -- Do you know a business in your area that deserves special recognition?

Don't keep it a secret. You can nominate them for the 2011 Business of the Year Awards.

You have until July 29 to let the Chamber know about how much you appreciate a company that's made a difference in serving the community.

There are several categories. They include small, mid-size, large and even growing business. The business must meet a few minimum requirements.

Hillsborough Co. teaches at-home bakers how to sell their products

Hillsborough Co. teaches at-home bakers how to sell their products

Hillsborough County, FL -- The Florida Cottage Food Act became a state law Friday, July 1, giving budding chefs the freedom to get their businesses started at home. 

Previously, at-home chefs were required to prepare their foods out of a commercial kitchen and obtain special licensing, which could be expensive to new food entrepreneurs.

The new law allows small business enterprises to prepare their food products in their own kitchens without obtaining a food permit from the Department of Agriculture as long as annual gross sales don’t exceed $15,000.  

The bill allows cooks to bake cakes, cookies, breads; or prepare jams, jellies, vinegars and several other products in their own home and market them.

Tomato farmers protest at local Publix July 4

Tomato farmers protest at local Publix July 4

Tampa, FL -- On July 4, at 1:30 p.m., hundreds of members of the United Church of Christ and farmworkers families will march to Publix, at 243 Bayshore Blvd., calling on the supermarket company to do its part to end farmworker poverty and abuse. 

Marchers, who will start on the corner of Channelside & Franklin, are calling on Publix to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to improve the wages and conditions for the farmworkers who pick Publix’s tomatoes.

Florida farmworkers have long faced brutal conditions in the fields, including sub-poverty wages and widespread labor rights violations such as wage theft and sexual harassment. 

Most tomato pickers are paid just 50 cents per 32-lb bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has been virtually stagnant for over 30 years. At that rate, one must pick 2.25 tons of tomatoes to earn minimum wage for a typical 10-hour day in the fields.