First look: What Embarc Collective is learning about the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial community

Customers, workers and money are top of mind for startup founders in the Tampa Bay area.

Embarc Collective, which plans to open a downtown Tampa facility early next year to bring together entrepreneurs, funders and academic resources, asked for direct input from the community in order to build offerings and partnerships that best meet their needs. More than 250 founders, employees, investors and others responded.

Embarc has begun releasing the results, beginning with what founders said they need, and the St. Pete Catalyst got a first look.

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Serene St. Pete brings healthy options to St. Pete’s EDGE district

Big things are coming to the EDGE district, and they all have one thing in common – Jonathan Daou. The New York transplant and founder of Eastman Equity has developed a special love for St. Pete, and after the restoration and renovation of the North Ward School on 4th Street, he’s turned his attention to the EDGE district.

His latest project, Baum Ave Market, has been in conception for months. Next door to Daou’s once-pop-up-now-permanent Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails, you may know the space as Openhouse St. Pete.

“Baum Ave Market is about curating something that hopefully everyone else in the EDGE district would want to be a part of,” said Jennifer Miranda, the woman behind Baum Ave Market’s concept, Serene St. Pete.

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Business briefs: Frontier Airlines travel alert, L-3 cuts back and more

- Frontier Airlines’ fast growth in the Tampa market is prompting changes at Tampa International Airport. Frontier has outgrown its current home on Airside C, TIA’s busiest airside, and will start operating from a new location on Airside E on Nov. 14, TIA said.

- L-3 Technologies’ Security and Detection System facility in St. Petersburg is slated for closure, with layoffs beginning at the end of the year.

- UPC Insurance: Florence caused severe damage in the Carolinas in September. Net retained losses from the storm were $25 million in the third quarter of 2018, Brad Martz, chief financial officer for United Insurance (NASDAQ: UIHC), said during a conference call.

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Life, Death And The Lazarus Drug: Confronting America's Opioid Crisis [NPR]

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a stunning statistic. Seventy-two thousand people, it estimates, died of drug overdoses in 2017. The huge increase in deaths is largely due to heroin and powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

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The Hustle

Roger Montenegro (IM Possible Personal Training)

Roger Montenegro is a personal trainer at IM Possible Personal Training in downtown St. Pete. With a degree in applied physiology and kinesiology (and a minor in business administration) from the University of Florida, and a variety of work experiences under his belt, Montenegro is comfortable training everyone from beginners to advanced fitness junkies.

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Urban Restaurant Group

URBAN Restaurants Group began with Augusta blocks and pennies, building the foundation for the original URBAN Brew and BBQ. It didn't take long for the subsequent restaurants to make their way in the community. Now, St. Petersburg enjoys the company of four restaurants devoted wholeheartedly to bringing made-from-scratch meals to its visitors.

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The Shuffle

Tony DiBenedetto
CCG Analytics

Chris Efessiou
Alzyn LLC


Lakshmi Shenoy
Embarc Collective

Focus: Local Arts

St. Pete arts forecast: November

Bill DeYoung guides us through November's arts calendar. The Northeast Exchange Club’s Ribfest ft. Los Lonely Boys, Barenaked Ladies, and Josh Turner. The Florida Orchestra goes all Disney. Midsummer Night's Dream at the park and so much more.

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ACUMEN: Learning

Stress Hormone” Cortisol Linked to Early Toll on Thinking Ability [Scientific American]

The stresses of everyday life may start taking a toll on the brain in relatively early middle age, new research shows. Brain changes, visible on scans, are also associated with Alzheimer’s precursors.

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