Executive profile: Fred Forsley of Sea Dog Brewing Co.

Fred Forsley didn’t set out to become the Beer King of Maine. It just sort of happened that way.

Forsley is the co-founder and president of Shipyard Brewing, the largest craft brewery in the state – and one of the most successful in New England. If you’ve enjoyed Pumpkinhead Ale, Monkey Fist or Island Time IPA, SunFish or Sea Dog Blueberry – all available here in the Sunshine State – you have Fred Forsley to thank.

Shipyard is also the parent company of Sea Dog Brewing, which has a brewery and tasting room in Clearwater, and a nine-month-old brew pub on Blind Pass Road in Treasure Island (there’s a pub in Orlando, too).

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Pinellas County job growth exceeds expectations

Pinellas County employers created 5,730 new high-wage jobs in primary industries from 2015 to 2017, surpassing the goal of 3,958 jobs set in a 2014 study.

A primary industry is one that brings wealth into a locality by selling most of its goods or services outside of the locality. A primary company (in a primary industry) shares the wealth by making local purchases and paying its employees more. These local sales transactions result in widespread economic growth.

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Active versus passive park use designation to dominate city council meeting

After a lively, debate-filled City Council meeting last Thursday night, in which the council rejected the proposed public art sculpture by Janet Echelman, this week’s meeting is sure to look tame by comparison. However, according to Councilmember Gina Driscoll, controversy continues to boil on one particular agenda item that came to the forefront during the Echelman discussion.

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The Power Hour [Hidden Brain]

Who Gets Power — And Why It Can Corrupt Even The Best Of Us [50:32]

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The Hustle

Esteban Valdez (Echo Bridge)

Esteban Valdez is the creative mind of Echo-Bridge, an award-winning animation studio based in St. Petersburg. As the owner and director/producer, he oversees film, television and animation projects.

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St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

Combining the convenience of a smaller airport with the many travel destinations of a larger one, the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport truly is the best of both worlds.

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The Shuffle

Morgan Brochetti
Habitat for Humanity

Jason Mathis
St. Pete Downtown Partnership


Sridhar Sundaram
Kate Tiedemann College of Business

Focus: Networking

Don’t Waste Your Time on Networking Events

Large, traditional business networking events are a time-honored institution...In theory, they’re one of the best ways to grow your business.


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LLC tax filing: What you need to know as a solo entrepreneur [GrowthLab]

One way to bring some order to the chaos? Set your business up as an LLC.

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