Despite budget cuts, SHINE thrives – and excels

Despite an attempt by the Florida legislature to take the wind out of its sails, the SHINE Mural Festival enjoyed perhaps its best cruise yet in 2018. The public art event, which wound down Sunday, was nearly capsized when the State cut its arts appropriation funding to zero dollars.

Salt Palm Development became the Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg’s first-ever SHINE title sponsor by kicking in $25,000 – more than covering the absentee state money – and with the $25,000 contributed by the City of St. Petersburg and other sponsors, SHINE was able to paint the city with even more vibrant colors, and striking images, than in any of its three previous editions.

With 40 artists requiring lodging, meals, supplies and sundries, the 18 new walls given the SHINE makeover didn’t come cheap.

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Tampa meeting lays groundwork for potential changes at McDonald’s franchise operations

More than 400 McDonald’s franchisees nationwide said they wanted to create an independent operators association, during a meeting in Tampa co-hosted by Blake Casper, CEO and chairman of Caspers Company.

The franchisees want to improve profit and cash flow at their restaurants, according to the Wall Street Journal, one of several publications to report on the Oct. 10 meeting.

The group, dubbed the National Owners Association, wants “to work with McDonald’s to positively impact the System for the benefit of the Franchise Owners, our employees, customers, the Company and ultimately the shareholders,” a letter posted on its website said.

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Tampa Bay tech sector hits a tipping point

Seven companies with a combined $10.5 million in revenue over the past 12 months will make up the first Post-Accelerator cohort at Tampa Bay Wave.

The new program is for later-stage technology companies that have shown they can perform in the marketplace.

These more mature companies, founded an average of 3.5 years ago and with a collective 96 employees, are a sign that the Tampa Bay tech ecosystem is at a tipping point, said Rich Heruska, interim accelerator director at Tampa Bay Wave.

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Meet The Portico: SVP Tampa Bay

The Portico Cafe is a social enterprise that supports the Portico – a hub for conversation, connection, and community change. The Portico was created by Hyde Park United Methodist Church to train and employ people transitioning out of other non-profit services. That employment gets them ready to move toward independence.

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The Hustle

Katelyn Grady (The Body Electric Yoga Co.)

Katelyn Grady is the co-founder of The Body Electric Yoga Company, a studio that has redefined the practice of yoga in St. Petersburg. Under the mantra, "Keep Yoga Weird" Grady and her partner Jenny Miller have built a mecca of movement in the space affectionately known as The BE.

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St. Petersburg Police Department

With more than 260,000 citizens, the police department devotes its effort and resources into maintaining the community for everyone.

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The Shuffle

Chris Lagasse
Vector Media

Bob Dutkowsky
Raymond James


Lakshmi Shenoy
Embarc Collective

Focus: Innovation District

State of Science: What can we learn from listening to fish?

The water is not silent.

That’s the business case for David Mann’s Loggerhead Instruments, a company that designs and manufactures tools for scientists and others to study the natural world, including underwater acoustic recorders and cameras.

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ACUMEN: Entrepreneurship

An Open Letter to the Tampa Bay Startup Community [Embarc Collective

I moved to Tampa Bay 8 months ago, recruited by Jeff Vinik to lead the innovation hub, now known as Embarc Collective: A physical location that will make Tampa Bay a prime destination for diverse startup talent to make an impact — professionally and personally.

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