As Florida gains venture strength, Covid-19 casts uncertainty on startup ecosystem

Could coronavirus bring a booming decade of venture capital investment to a halt?

The top executive at the National Venture Capital Association is taking an optimistic approach to the question, even while acknowledging that no one yet knows how Covid-19 will impact young companies and their investors.

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Crisis leadership and communication strategy with Darren Richards, Jen Hall [video]

In this episode, Chamber CEO Chris Steinocher addresseshelping business owners lead through the crisis and navigate internal and external crisis communications. Steinocher draws on the expertise of guests Darren Richards, COO of Tucker/Hall, and Jen Hall, founder of Mindset Coaching.

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DeSantis shuts down Florida bars, nightclubs for 30 days, limits beach crowds

Bars and nightclubs in Florida won’t be operating for the next month.

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Planning through the crisis: The importance of knowing your organization’s financials [video]

Restrictions around businesses are changing rapidly, and as local organizations feel the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, says planning and thinking about your business in this quiet (or not so quiet) moment in time is critical.

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Will the show go on? ‘I don’t personally believe in worry,’ says freeFall’s director

The revised CDC recommendation is to keep crowds to fewer than 50. As soon as the new guideline was announced, Davis pulled the plug on Lone Star Spirits, which had two weekends left in its run.

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More Culture

TFO, moving forward:
‘All options are on the table’


The Hustle

Kirsten Fisher (Imagine Home Organization)

Sometimes the clutter of our physical stuff weighs more than we think it does. Kirsten Fisher understood the power of professional home organizing when she left her sports marketing career of 20 years to begin her own business, Imagine Home Organization.

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Catalyze 2020

Catalyze 2020: Chad Nuss

We partnered with the St Pete EDC and asked some of St. Pete’s best and brightest citizens to share one catalyzing idea for making St. Pete a better place to live. We asked not for lists of problems, but for meaty, actionable and impactful solutions, no matter how big or how small.

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Joe Bourdow
Radio St. Pete

Focus: Economy

PNC, Wells Fargo expect Florida’s hot economy to cool amid efforts to control Covid-19

People all over the world are working, learning and meeting from home today and for the foreseeable future. #QuarantineLife is currently trending on Twitter, so we wanted to bring you some of the best social posts we’re seeing today. Take a break and enjoy. We’re going to get through this, together.

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Efforts to stop the spread of infection highlight need for Immertec’s VR tools

When Erik Maltais co-founded Immertec in 2017, one of his focuses in creating virtual reality training for physicians was to reduce infections in the operating room.

Fast forward to 2020, and his vision seems prescient, as health care professionals work to combat the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

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