Exit Interview: Straight talk from Mark Puente as he heads off to LA Times [Audio]

During his Teamster days, few probably would have expected that blue collar kid to win Pulitzers, or that decades later, he’d be on his way to the LA Times. Puente announced last week that he’d be leaving the Tampa Bay Times for the LA Times, where he’ll have the colossal job of covering the Los Angeles Police Department as an accountability reporter.

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Personal finance website born in Tampa, plans move to Atlanta

A self-taught stock investor in Tampa and his business partner want to help other people learn how to better manage their money.

Jerel Jordan and Anthony Mason have launched Whyze, an online learning website for personal finance.

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Jim Moran Institute brings Small Business Executive Program to Tampa Bay

A program to help executives at established small businesses is coming to the Tampa Bay area for the first time.

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University is bringing its Small Business Executive Program to the area this spring.

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How I Built This With Guy Raz - Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby

As partners, Roxanne and Burt soon began selling their "Pure Maine Honey" at local markets, which evolved into candles made out of beeswax, and eventually lip balm and skin care products.

Today Burt's Bees can be found in nearly every grocery store and drugstore around the U.S.

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Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele pioneer, at the Capitol tonight

But have you ever heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” played on a solo ukulele? You owe it to yourself to catch Jake Shimabukuro’s concert tonight (Feb. 20) at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

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The Shuffle

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The Hustle

Aaron Campbell

If you know a kid who plays a low brass instrument, Aaron Campbell probably teaches them.

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Startup Week Tampa Bay

Startup Week Tampa Bay celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurial communities in St. Petersburg and Tampa by bringing entrepreneurs and professionals together in a way that they can connect, share, and bond.

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Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County

Focus: Triad

Walmart takes online ad sales in house, dealing huge blow to WPP Unit. [Ad Age]

Bought less than three years ago by WPP, Triad [based in St. Pete] invokes non-competes to stop moves to Walmart.

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Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets [NYT]

Distressed America is Wall Street’s hottest new investment vehicle.

Hedge funds, investment banks and money managers are trying to raise tens of billions of dollars this year for so-called opportunity funds, a creation of President Trump’s 2017 tax package meant to steer money to poor areas by offering potentially large tax breaks.

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