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Don’t Miss the SPC Business Expo!

College of Business Expo

Join us at the the Business Expo and Career Fair on Tuesday, April 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Petersburg College EpiCenter.

Who Should Attend?

  • New students looking to get started in a business degree or certificate
  • Current students seeking networking experience
  • Graduates looking for career advice for a promotion, job or to further their education
  • High school students and parents exploring a major in business and get started at St. Petersburg College
  • Community members interested in business careers
Business Expo flyer

Something for everybody at the Business Expo

  • Free career preparation assistance
  • Interview tips
  • Resume reviews
  • Helpful hints for your LinkedIn profile
  • Free professional headshot
  • A chance to enter and win a gift certificate for Ocean Hai
  • Light refreshments served

Come dressed for success and network with human resource professionals from more than 30 top local companies. A Ready Room will be available prior to entering the career fair at the Expo. SPC career professionals will be on hand to help you make the most of the career fair!

Here are some of the companies you can meet with at the Business Expo:

  • Adult Learners Head Start
  • American Integrity Insurance Group
  • American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Bouchard Insurance
  • Career Source Pinellas
  • CPCU
  • Cx3 Ads
  • Davis Bews Design Group
  • Edge Hotel
  • Kessler Agency
  • First Home Bank
  • Florida Association of Insurance Agents
  • Honeywell
  • Hugh Cotton Insurance
  • Nielsen Media
  • OneMain Financial
  • Palm Harbor Chick-fil-A
  • Pro Kitchen Hub Tampa
  • Sandpearl Resort
  • Sans Market
  • Southern Hospitality Management & Development Corp.
  • SPC Workforce Institute
  • The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
  • Tim Tran State Farm Agency
  • Tradewinds Island Resorts
  • Treasure Bay Resort & Marina
  • UCF Undergraduate Admissions at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Wallace, Welch, and Willingham Insurance
  • Wyndham Destinations
  • Wyndham Ground Clearwater Time Share

RSVP Today!

At the Expo, speak with advisors and faculty to learn about business degrees and certificates that are the foundation of a successful career. Meet with financial aid advisors and learn about scholarships and payment plans. The Summer Term starts on May 20, and Fall 2019 begins on Aug. 19, so don’t delay!

Special thanks to the Florida Association of Insurance Agents for sponsoring light refreshments and to the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach for donating a gift certificate to Ocean Hai, their fine dining, four diamond restaurant! Enter to win the gift certificate at the Business Expo registration table!

Questions? Contact Tracy Garrett at 727-341-3172.

Future Entrepreneurs Compete for Awards, Cash

Future Entrepreneurs at the 7th Annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition standing on stage holding up checks

Future entrepreneurs descended on St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus on Thursday, April 27 for the seventh annual Business Plan and Elevator Pitch Competition. Students competed for more than $10,000 in prize money.

The competition is broken up into the Business Plan Competition, with a first prize of $5,000, and the Elevator Pitch Competition, which has a first prize of $1,000. Second place awards are $2,500, and $500, respectively. The other awards given during the competition include the Golden Fund Triple Bottom Line Award ($1,000), Food and Beverage Business Concept ($250), Green Business Concept ($250), and the people’s choice award ($250), which is picked live by the audience during the ceremony.

The Business Plan Competition winner is William McMillan. McMillan started his education at the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus, and is now an online student since he moved to North Carolina to start his business. He presented a business plan for Coastal Grown Farms, of which he is a co-founder. Coastal Grown Farms provides hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables in Jacksonville, North Carolina. McMillan was confident in his pitch. While he was on stage, he remained focused on his message, and the problem his business hoped to solve.

“SPC has given me the foundation of what to look for in a business,” McMillan said.

Posted by St. Petersburg College on Thursday, April 27, 2017


The winner of the Elevator Pitch Competition and the People’s Choice Award was Erica Sager. She was pitching her plan for a charity, Color of the Case. Her plan is to sell artistic phone cases to support a worthy cause. Sager was well prepared for the evening’s competition. She said that she practiced every night with her family playing the role of the judges.

Emelle Turceren won second place in the business plan competition pitching Lunar Leather. Turceren already serves customers with custom leather goods at Sunset on Pier 60, and plans to use the prize money towards engraving equipment and other tools to expand her business. Other winners included:

  • Ashley Wehse won the Golden Fund Triple Bottom Line Award.
  • Merrie Pina won the Food and Beverage Business Concept Award.
  • Marquis Matt won the Green Business Concept Award.

This year’s awards were made possible through the hard work of members of the Seminole Campus CEO Entrepreneurship club, faculty and the staff in the Entrepreneurship Program, as well as supporters in the local business community.

See more photos on the college’s Facebook page.