Free Small Business Week events at SPC

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In alignment with both national and local small business weeks, The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College is celebrating the growth of small businesses in the Tampa Bay area. The Workforce Institute will host a series of FREE events throughout Small Business Week, May 2-5, that strive to further educate and enrich the small business community as well as SPC students.

“Employing millions of Americans and creating nearly two out of three new jobs, America’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy. More than that, our small businesses represent what is best about America- that with hard work and ingenuity, anyone-no matter their background- can build a better future for themselves and their families.”

 –President Barack Obama

The Workforce Institute works to provide a wide variety of non-credit classes to help organizations and individuals learn new skills for today’s workplace and prepare to pass licensure exams with classes such as “Ordinary to Extraordinary Customer Service” to training on small-business friendly software such as QuickBooks.

Online program for entrepreneurs

Small Business Month will also mark the launch of SPC’s online, non-credit program “How to Start a Small Business,” which lends itself to entrepreneurs.

It covers topics such as building a business plan, creating a marketing and advertising strategy, tracking return on investment and planning an exit strategy. You can find out more information on this program by visiting our website.

Speaker Series

Kicking off the week’s events, SPC’s Workforce Institute will host a “Speaker Series.” It boasts three highly-knowledgeable speakers within the Tampa Bay area business community. All events are free to the public. Registration is suggested as seating is limited.

Just Do It! Differently!

On Monday, May 2, Sheryl Nicholson, of, will present “Just Do It! Differently!” This event will help business owners learn how to build a successful business from day one, from hiring right the first time to building an internal and external community for success. Some of Sheryl’s current clients include the Central Intelligence Agency, the Center for Disease Control, AT&T  and 3M.

This event will be held from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., May 2, at the SPC EpiCenter. A continental breakfast will be provided.

To register for this event, please click here.

Technology and the Future, Today

On Thursday, May 5, Chris Krimitsos, founder of Tampa Bay Business Owners, will deliver a powerful talk on technology and the future that is already here. He will cover how to spot trends and earn revenue, based on acquiring an awareness of trends and demands. Tampa Bay Business Owners, founded in 2008, strives to provide resources to grow their members’ companies and to be a community-driven incubator for business ideas, resources and action that have a profound effect on the Tampa Bay area.

This event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., May 5, at the SPC EpiCenter. Lunch will be provided.

To register for this event, please visit click here.

LinkedIn for Business Owners

Also on Thursday, May 5, The Workforce Institute will host Bonnie Dye, ranked on LinkedIn in the top 5 nationwide for various internet trainings. Bonnie will be speaking about LinkedIn for business owners.

This event will be held from 5:30 – 6:30p.m., May 5, at the SPC EpiCenter. Dinner will be provided.

To register for this event, please click here.

For more information on The Workforce Institute or for questions regarding “Speaker Series” Events, please contact or (727) 341-4445. All “Speaker Series” events are free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

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