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Hillsborough medical marijuana grower sells for $41M

SOL Global Investments Corp. completed its acquisition of CannCure Investments Inc., the owner of 3 Boys Farms LLC. The purchase price was $41.2 million in stock and cash, a news release said. 3 Boys, with a Florida license to cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana, has a growing facility in Ruskin.  

USF, Saint Leo score high in cybersecurity degree affordability

University of South Florida ranked No. 9 on Value Colleges’ list of the top 25 most affordable online master’s degrees in cybersecurity. Saint Leo University in Pasco County was No. 14 on the list of most affordable online master’s in cybersecurity and No. 19 for most affordable online bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.

Fifth Third Bank contest takes businesses to the races

A new contest by Fifth Third Bank gives business owners a chance to have their company’s logo featured on a NASCAR car. The winning logo will be on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Fifth Third Ford Mustang at the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart at the Kentucky Speedway on July 13. Nonprofit organizations also can have their name featured. You can nominate businesses and enter the contest here.

Miracle on the Hudson pilot joins St. Pete group

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has joined the honorary advisory board of the World’s First Airline Monument Project. The project is focused on raising private funds to build a monument commemorating the 1914 flight of Tony Janus across Tampa Bay from St. Pete to Tampa. It is sponsored by St. Pete-based Flight 2014 Inc.

TGH debuts surgical robot

Tampa General Hospital is the first hospital in Florida to successfully complete a urologic surgery using a sophisticated new robot, cutting just one small incision to allow for a faster and less painful recovery. The robot, Intuitive’s da Vinci SP surgical system, was used Thursday to remove a patient’s cancerous prostate, a news release said.

Big Sea wins industry awards

St. Petersburg-based marketing firm Big Sea was named “Marketer of the Year” by the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Marketing Association in two categories. Big Sea was honored for content marketing for a campaign for Florida Physical Medicine and for digital marketing for a campaign for Pin Chasers.

Where USF ranks on a new sustainable impact index

The University of South Florida ranked No. 73 among 462 schools on the inaugural 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. The rankings measure the social and economic impact of institutions worldwide.  USF was the top university in Florida and fifth best in the nation.

Proposed micro-brewery clears hurdle

The St. Petersburg Development Review Commission unanimously approved a site plan and variance for Grand Central Brewhouse & Restaurant, including a micro-brewery and tasting room. One commissioner called the project "exciting" and another said he was glad the site would be cleaned up. The property, at 2324 Central Ave., is the site of a former Taco Bus that closed in 2017.

Community Brands makes third deal in two weeks

Community Brands, a St. Petersburg software firm, acquired Attendee Interactive, a Maryland-based company specializing in conference planning and event management. The deal follows Community Brands' March 22 acquisition of Core-apps and TripBuilder Media, also event management software companies. Community Brands, which provides software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based groups, did not disclose financial details.

TAO Connect partners with University of Ottawa

TAO Connect, a St. Petersburg tech company with a digital platform aimed at making behavioral health therapy more accessible, partnered with the University of Ottawa. Students can access the TAO platform with wellness tools on the go, in addition to in-person sessions on campus. A grant from the National Science Foundation last year allowed TAO to develop a French language version of its therapeutic software to extend its reach into Canada.

St. Pete tech company raises $23M

deepwatch, a St. Petersburg-based provider of managed security services, raised $23 million in Series A funding led by ABS Capital Partners. deepwatch said it would use the money to accelerate research and development for its machine learning security analytics platform, as well as go-to-market expansion.

Investment brings former governor to St. Pete company’s board

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joined the board of directors of Protect My Car, a St. Petersburg-based company that provides extended warranty products for vehicles. Bush is managing partner and chairman of Dock Square Capital, which acquired a minority stake in Protect My Car. Financial terms were not disclosed. Protect My Car is a portfolio company of Crestview Capital.

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