St. Pete businesses adapt, align their values during COVID-19 pandemic

St. Petersburg’s economy and unique ambiance could take a hit as small, locally owned businesses close their doors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, the companies that are adapting by developing new ways of doing business are a hopeful sign, said Olga Bof, founder of Keep Saint Petersburg Local, a nonprofit business advocacy organization.

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New Seedfunders Opportunity Fund focuses on Black entrepreneurs

Seedfunders, a St. Petersburg-based early stage investment firm, has launched the Seedfunders Opportunity Fund, to make pre-seed investments in Black-owned startups throughout Florida.

“Black entrepreneurs matter,” Seedfunders said in a news release announcing the new fund.

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USF audiologists hope to bridge communication gap with new face masks

Communication has always been a bit of a challenge for Patricia Carr, an audiologist at the University of South Florida’s Hearing Clinic who is also hearing impaired.

With masks now being required at indoor businesses in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Carr and others with hearing impairments are dealing with the loss of one of their most valuable tools for nonverbal communication – facial expressions.

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SPx 68: Bill Edwards, CEO, The Edwards Group

Serious business: Bill Edwards on success, soccer, St. Pete and the secrets to creating a brighter future

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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: David M. Jenkins

If The Catalyst Sessions was a 1980s network TV series, some marketing genius might have tagged Friday’s installment a “Very Special Episode.”

For anyone with an interest in how theater responds to a crisis – in this case the current collective rage over the systemic racism in the United States – David M. Jenkins’ impassioned dialogue was, to use another old prime-time descriptor, “Must-See TV.”

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‘We just want people to look up’: TheStudio@620 makes a statement with kites

It’s June 20, as in 6-20, and TheStudio@620 is celebrating a birthday today. At exactly 6:20 p.m. (it’s also summer solstice, the longest day of the year).

Because the building (at 620 1st Avenue South) is closed up COVID-tight, executive director Bob Devin Jones is taking the party outside. The “Sweet 16 Celebration” (so named because the community arts space was founded 16 years ago) takes place today in Lassing Park, 14 green acres on the bay at 1402 Beach Drive SE.

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The Work Around: Work Lodge

It’s all right there in the WorkLodge mission statement: “To create professional, campus environments that inspire, empower, and enable our members to do work that changes not just their lives, but the lives of our local communities and beyond.”

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Ruth Ross
St Petersburg Group


Tampa Bay Innovation Center launches program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19

A new program from Tampa Bay Innovation Center is aimed at helping the local economy recover from COVID-19.

The program — CO.STARTERS Rebuild — offers 10 weeks of live-facilitated virtual programming to help small businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis.

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How to write better emails [iridakos]

Email communication is not my favorite but since I can’t avoid it, I am trying to compose messages in a way that I think it makes it easier for both me and the recipient:

to quickly address what is being communicated
avoid misunderstandings
save time

Here are some tips. They don’t apply to all type of messages, I provide before and after examples to better describe each case

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