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Tampa pharma firm advances equity offering

Oragenics Inc. expects to receive $12.5 million in gross proceeds in a new equity offering. The company will sell stock and warrants to buy stock at 75 cents a share. Oragenics (NYSE American: OGEN), based in Tampa, is developing antibiotics and treatments for oral mucositis.

Kriseman named to Climate 100

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was named to the Climate 100, Apolitical’s list of the world’s most influential people in climate policy. “Under his leadership,  St Petersburg has embarked on an innovative plan to reduce air pollution, implement a community solar program and increase renewable energy financing,” the publication said.

St. Pete software firm grows earnings

Community Brands said it topped 100,000 customers in 2018. The company added between 800 and 1,000 customers each month, on average, and grew earnings by more than 20 percent year over year, a news release said. The company provides cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations.

Raymond James CFO sets retirement date

Jeff Julien plans to step down as chief financial officer of Raymond James Financial (NSYE: RJF) on Dec. 31. Julian has been CFO at Raymond James since 1987. Paul Shoukry will become CFO effective Jan. 1, 2020. Shoukry currently is the firm’s treasurer and senior vice president of finance and investor relations.

Grossman leaves Bloomin’ board

Mindy Grossman, former CEO of HSN and current CEO of Weight Watchers International, resigned from the board of directors of Bloomin’ Brands on Monday. Grossman had served since September 2012 on the board of Bloomin’ (Nasdaq: BLMN), the parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Fleming’s. There will be seven directors until David Deno, newly named CEO, joins the board on April 1.

WellCare launches mobile app

WellCare Health Plans’ pharmacy benefit management operation has launched Atlas Compass. The portal and mobile app provides members of MeridianRx  with direct access to their own healthcare information. Key features include a drug search, cost estimator and prescription history. WellCare (NYSE: WCG) is a Tampa-based managed healthcare provider.

Actsoft celebrates milestone

Actsoft, a Tampa software development company, says it has met qualifications to be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Becoming HIPAA compliant allows the company to offer customers more secured solutions, a news release said. Actsoft partnered with Abacode, a Tampa cybersecurity firm, on the initiative.

Florida Funders hosts Miami summit

Florida Funders plans its first summit in Miami on April 28. The Tampa-based organization, which provides early-stage capital to Florida companies, said the summit is for accredited investors only and will be an opening event for eMerge Americas 2019.

WalletHub ranks Florida on innovation

Florida is No. 18 on WalletHub’s new list of “most innovative states.” The  Sunshine State ranked in the top half of the states for share of technology companies and venture-capital funding per capita, but was in the bottom half of the states for R&D spending per capita, and workforce-related criteria, including share of STEM professionals.

Learn about Catalyst for Good @ 1 Million Cups

St Petersburg Group co-founder Joe Hamilton will present Catalyst for Good at 1 Million Cups this Wednesday, March 20th.  He'll provide overview of the program, answer questions and announce the first innovative nonprofit accepted into c4g.  The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Greenhouse, 440 2nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Pinellas auto merchandiser gets backing

The StartFast Venture Accelerator in Syracuse, N.Y. made a follow-on investment in LotMonkey. LotMonkey, headquartered in Redington Beach, offers an automotive merchandising system for car dealership to help them sell more cars faster. LotMonkey took part in StartFast’s 2018 summer accelerator program. Right Side Capital Management also took part in the funding.

Bloomin’s worker pay

The median salary at Bloomin’ Brands was $10,453 in 2018, the Tampa company said in a new proxy filing. Bloomin', parent of Outback, Bonefish, Carrabba’s and Fleming’s, said the median employee worked part-time. CEO Liz Smith, with total pay of $7.2 million, made 691 times more than the median worker. It was the first time Bloomin’ had to disclose the CEO pay ratio.

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