Downtown St. Petersburg plan promotes independent business, makes it tougher for chains

Chain businesses that want to set up shop in part of downtown St. Petersburg likely would have to downsize their store, under a new plan that aims to preserve the character of the city.

The Storefront Conservation Corridor plan was created to promote independently owned businesses, maintain pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and promote the conservation of historic assets along Beach Drive and Central Avenue, from the waterfront to 31st Street.

It sets standards for storefront sizes and includes financial and other incentives to retain independent businesses, which are some of the city’s best assets, Mayor Rick Kriseman said at a community meeting at Bandit Coffee, a Central Avenue coffee shop in the Grand Central District.

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5 takeaways from Jeff Vinik’s keynote kicking off Dreamit-Bisnow’s Innovation Summit

The Tampa Bay area has an opportunity to lead the nation in health, real estate and security technology, according to Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

“When I think about the Tampa Bay region, we have a real opportunity to be a leader in these verticals,” Vinik said in kicking off the Dreamit-Bisnow Innovation Summit Tuesday in Tampa.

The two-day summit at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is designed to highlight the latest thinking in healthtech, urbantech and securetech, said Steve Barsh, managing partner of Dreamit Ventures, a 10-year-old venture fund that has invested in more than 300 startups.

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Priatek lays off 14 as company shifts from R&D to operations

Fourteen employees at Priatek lost their jobs this month as the St. Petersburg advertising technology company shifted its focus from research and development to operations.

Founder and chairman Milind Bharvirkar confirmed the layoffs in a wide-ranging interview about his new role, a blockchain venture and moving forward after setbacks.

The changes at Priatek come as the firm is about to formally launch gaming kiosks that feature digital ads in malls throughout the New York metro area.

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SPx Classic: Jeff Brandes, Florida State Senator

Senator Jeff Brandes talks priorities in Tallahassee, establishing a bold legislative vision, and following his "true north" in policy-making.

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The Hustle

DJ Don Pablo

New York City native DJ Don Pablo spins his original mixes throughout the Tampa Bay area. He discovered a passion for music at a very young age, and has been deejaying since he was 13 years old.

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A member of the Clearwater tech hub, Malwarebytes offers a host of cybersecurity solutions for a variety of platforms.

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The Shuffle

Tony DiBenedetto
CCG Analytics

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Alzyn LLC


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Radio St. Pete

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The spy guy: Andrew Bustamante’s Everyday Espionage

“Everyday Espionage teaches you to realize that there are people out there who have a distinct advantage over the rest of us, because they have the ability to see the world in a more objective, more rational way of thinking. Everyday Espionage endeavors to teach people that objective, rational way of thinking. To allow those who want that advantage to gain it.”

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ACUMEN: Overload

Too Many Projects [HBR]

If “the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do,” as Michael Porter famously said in a seminal HBR article, then the essence of execution is truly not doing it. That sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly hard for organizations to kill existing initiatives, even when they don’t align with new strategies.

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