Created to enhance success, profitability, and growth of Tampa Bay Businesses through the communication of enduring and innovative business practices and by creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and initiatives among business owners, executives and professionals.
In 2008 a small group of 8 business owners and professionals in Florida concluded that within their community there was the lacking of a forum where business owners and decision makers could come together for an open exchange of ideas, the sharing of successful business strategies and other day to day concerns of running and growing a company.
They formed a steering committee and set about developing an event model that would fill the void. The model had three criteria. (1) It must be a free event, (2) it had to have benefit beyond that of other networking groups and (3) attendance had to be restricted to business owners or executives capable of making decisions affecting their company’s operating practices and growth initiatives.
Their first event was held in September 2008. Attendance was by invitation only and 89 business owners and decision makers attended the inaugural event. The event was segmented into three parts. First was registration and networking opportunities followed by a featured speaker, a successful entrepreneur, Rebecca Smith, founder and President of A.D. Morgan Corporation, an 89 million dollar construction company. Following the conclusion of her presentation the remainder of the evening then reverted to roundtable discussions where challenges that were overcome by the speaker in growing her business or areas of individual concern could be openly and frankly discussed among the attending decision makers.
The attendees were also encouraged to bring promotional products or printed materials that defined their companies and services which were conveniently placed on tables adjacent to the registration desk and exit.
Several attendees developed new business relationships resulting from the evening and there is currently a waiting list of business owners wanting to attend future events.