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Great expectations: Small businesses upbeat about 2017

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Donald Trump‘s election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017. Dean Bingham says he’s cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election — people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it’s time to get them serviced. “Over the last month, customers have been coming in with optimism that they didn’t have the last few years,” says Bingham, owner of a Mr. Transmission/Milex franchise in Greenville, South…

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Spring Entrepreneurial Academy is open for enrollment

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The Spring term of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneurial Academy begins, appropriately, on the first day of Spring. Classes for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners start next Monday, March 21. The 10-week course includes curriculum taught by leaders in the business community. The upcoming session includes sections on legal issues in business, marketing and accounting. Barry Foster, author of “Everyone Needs a Coach” will lead some of the sessions. Lawyers Lee Rightmyer and Ron Gregory will…

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Rene Garcia proposes tax holiday to help small businesses

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State Sen. Rene Garcia has again filed legislation to create a “Small Business Saturday sales tax holiday.” The bill (SB 1236) was filed Wednesday for the 2016 Legislative Session. The Miami Republican filed a similar bill for last session but it and a House companion died in committees. The idea has been supported by the National Federation of Independent Business, saying it would “encourage consumers to patronize their local independent businesses during the year’s busiest shopping weekend.” The tax holiday would be next Nov.…

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Rick Kriseman continues to push pro-business agenda

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is touting a key business ranking. A financial education and empowerment website and resource ranked Florida the seventh most entrepreneurial state in the nation. In a Facebook post Kriseman linked to the NerdWallet ranking and hinted that St. Pete may be one of the reasons. The city recently announced it was chosen as the host city for the 2016 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s annual Mayors’ Conference on Entrepreneurship. Lately, Kriseman has been putting a lot…

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$75,000 grant aims to help Midtown residents open small businesses

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Low-income entrepreneurs in Midtown St. Pete now have a pool of $75,000 to work from to launch small businesses in the community. Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration presented to the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp., hopeful business owners may now have access to the capital necessary to launch a new business. “Part of the vision 2020 plan that this community has worked so hard to develop targets young, smart entrepreneurs, but the challenge here…

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Rick Kriseman to announce federal grant program for low-income entrepreneurs

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St. Pete officials will announce a federal grant program aimed at expanding training and capital services for low-income entrepreneurs. Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin will join U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. Tuesday to announce further details of the PRIME Project at 10 a.m. at 1123 22nd. Street South in St. Pete. PRIME stands for Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs. The program is expected to help as many as 220 low-income…

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Florida small business confidence slows in June, new report says

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For the third month in a row, Florida small business owners are taking a fairly cautious view of the U.S. economy, according to a new report from consumer service provider Thumbtack. However, reported sentiment over both current and future economic conditions remains higher than one year ago. On Tuesday, Thumbtack.com released the third installment of its Small Business Sentiment Survey, a monthly assessment of more than 10,000 U.S. independent businesses. The report includes more than 1,000 responses from Florida. Launched in 2009, Thumbtack is a consumer service…

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