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Sykes profit jumps

Sykes Enterprises (Nasdaq: SYKE), a Tampa call center operator, posted $1.6 billion in 2018 revenue up 2.5 percent from 2017. Net income for 2018 was $48.9 million or $1.16 a share, compared to $32.2 million or 76 cents a share last year. The loss of a financial services customer was offset by new client wins in other sectors.

KnowBe4 expands to Brazil

KnowBe4 entered the Brazilian market by purchasing El Pescador. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal allows Clearwater-based KnowBe4 to deliver new cybersecurity training content, Stu Sjourwerman, CEO, said in a news release.

Lowe’s contract change leads to layoffs

Dozens of Schneider National Carriers employees in the Tampa Bay area will lose their jobs after Lowe’s terminated its contract with the logistics and transportation services company. Schneider will lay off about 156 employees statewide after losing the Lowe’s business, the company said in a notice to the state.

Bisk expands programs to UAE

Bisk Education worked with a partner, the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, to deliver executive education programs to businesses and professionals in the United Arab Emirates. Bisk is a Tampa-based digital learning company.

Estonia opens honorary consulate in Redington Beach

The honorary consulate will offer support to the local Estonia community and further develop regional business relationships between the U.S. and Estonia, a country in northern Europe.  Kaie Tiina Põhi Latterner, a small business owner, is the honorary consul, Estonian World reported.

St. Pete hospital cleared by feds

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a plan from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to correct deficiencies and removed a finding of “immediate jeopardy” that threatened the hospital’s funding. The hospital said it would continue to work closely with regulators to implement the plan.

USF St. Pete advances nursing program

The St. Petersburg City Council approved a lease with USF St. Petersburg that gives the school space for research and for a nursing program  that will start this fall. USF SP will lease the  10,713-square-foot Port Terminal Building at 250 8th Ave. SE. The school will pay $44,820 per year for three years.

Biotech sets up U.S. HQ in Tampa

Immunotherapy company Vycellix is establishing a U.S. headquarters adjacent to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Vycellix, founded by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, works with Moffitt on potential treatments for cancer.

Stonehenge sells YPrime

Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners in Tampa sold its interest in YPrime, a healthcare software company in Pennsylvania. YPrime received an investment from Chicago private equity firm Flexpoint Ford. It was Stonehenge’s third successful exit in the clinical trials software market.

Superior sales, profit up

Superior Group of Companies had $17 million in net income, or $1.10 a share, on revenue of $346.4 million in 2018. Sales were up 30 percent and net income was up 13 percent over 2017. Superior (Nasdaq: SGC) is a Seminole company with uniform, branding and call center operations.

Bucs pick concessions partner

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said Legends will become the team’s new exclusive hospitality rights partner at Raymond James Stadium, effective March 1. Legends will manage and operate the stadium's general and premium concessions. Enhanced food options are planned.

Odessa gets a Publix Green Wise

Publix Super Markets will open a Green Wise Market in Odessa. Green Wise Market is a specialty, natural and organic store that offers unique and local products. Publix has a handful of Green Wise Markets open or under construction. The Odessa store will be the first in the Tampa-St. Pete area.

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