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Stacy Prouty (left) and Bevan Gray-Rogel are the featured speakers at the Jan. 17 Walgreens Bayside Business Forum.

January Bayside Business Forum to Explore Trends in Senior Entrepreneurship and the Global Aging Economy

The first Walgreens Bayside Business Forum of 2014 will focus on one of the hottest topics among entrepreneurs, economists, and policy makers today: how to address the various needs of the world’s growing aging population.

“Increasingly, people over 50 are moving to Florida and starting companies instead of retiring from working life,” said Dr. Maling Ebrahimpour, dean of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. “In the past few years, Tampa Bay has become a major destination for senior entrepreneurs and a desirable test bed for products and services that help people age in place, successfully manage chronic diseases, and maintain optimal physical performance well into their advanced years. All of this is great news for Florida’s future economic growth, which is being fueled by entrepreneurs from multiple generations.”

Speakers Bevan Gray-Rogel, president and founder of Encore Tampa Bay, and Stacy Prouty, chief operating officer of the Institute for the Ages in Sarasota, will share some exciting trends in senior entrepreneurship and innovation in the aging market that will have a major impact on Tampa Bay’s economy in the coming decade.

The Forum will be held Friday, Jan. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Franklin Templeton,100 Fountain Parkway North, Building 100, St. Petersburg.

The Forum is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast and coffee will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. To RSVP, please call (727) 873-4700 or e-mail cob-events@usfsp.edu by Thursday, January 16.

The Walgreens Bayside Business Forum is presented by the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. The series focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that are shaping Florida’s business future. It is sponsored by Walgreens and Franklin Templeton.

Online MBA program ranked fourth in Florida, in Top 100 nationally by U.S. News & World Report

The USF St. Petersburg College of Business online MBA program is ranked in the top 100 nationally and fourth among Florida universities for Best Online Graduate Business Programs by U.S. News and World Report.

It is the first time the program, which began three years ago, has been ranked by the magazine, best known for its annual Best Colleges report, which ranked USF St. Petersburg 38th among the top regional public universities in the South last year. The online rankings were released Wednesday.

The USFSP online MBA program was one of four in Florida to make the list, joining the  University of Florida, Florida State University and Florida International. Nationally, the USFSP program placed 91st among 225 online graduate business programs in the country.

The program, the first of its kind by an accredited university in the Tampa Bay area, offers students a full array of options, including obtaining an MBA completely online or through a mixture of online and in-person classroom courses.

“The ranking by U.S. News and World Report underscores the innovative thinking that drives the College of Business,’’ said Vivian Fueyo, Ph.D., interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It reflects the excellence of our faculty and the high caliber of the students we attract.”

College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour thanked the faculty and staff for its hard work and dedication. “I am proud of what they have accomplished in just three years,’’ he said. “We believe this program meets the needs of students as well as businesses seeking well-educated and prepared employees.”

Larry Langebrake, director of SRI St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg Marine District focus of next USFSP Walgreens Bayside Business Forum

Larry Langebrake, director of SRI St. Petersburg, will discuss the future of downtown St. Petersburg’s Marine District during the next Walgreens Bayside Business Forum sponsored by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business.

Langebrake will share some exciting news about the future of this important industry cluster near USF St. Petersburg and how it will gain even more prominence on the local, national, and global stage in coming years.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 a.m. at Franklin Templeton, 100 Fountain Parkway North, Building 100, St. Petersburg. Seating is limited so please reserve your spot by December 11 by calling 727-873-4700 or e-mailing cob-events@usfsp.edu.

“A world-class collection of businesses, government agencies and other institutions surround USF St. Petersburg that are devoted to marine science, oceanographic, and environmental research,’’ said USFSP College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour. “SRI St. Petersburg is a major player in this important business sector and we are pleased that Larry Langebrake has agreed to share his insights about its role in the Tampa Bay economy.”

The Walgreens Bayside Business Forum is presented by the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Business at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The series focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that are shaping Florida’s business future.

 

Walgreens Bayside Business Forum to focus on disabilities in the workplace

Learn the best practices for integrating persons with disabilities in the workplace during the next Walgreens Bayside Business Forum on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 a.m. sponsored by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business. It is free and open to the public.

Titled “The Long Road: Employment for Persons with Disabilities,” the event will feature

JR Harding, Ed.D., of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. He is a two-time presidential appointee, seven-time Florida gubernatorial appointee, author of the book Now What, and a recognized international disability expert.

JR Harding, Ed.D., of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

JR Harding, Ed.D., of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Dr. Harding has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature, resulting in an increase in independence and self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities. During the Business Forum, he will explain his personal journey to emphasize the challenges of self-sufficiency and the tools he used that could be helpful to others.

“Sustainability of our communities requires that we have better success in the field of disability integration,” said Maling Ebrahimpour, Ph.D., Dean of the USFSP College of Business. “This is an important topic and we are fortunate to have Dr. Harding explain the challenges and rewards of hiring persons with disabilities.”

The forum will be at Franklin Templeton, 100 Fountain Parkway N, St. Petersburg. Continental breakfast and coffee will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. To RSVP, please call (727) 873-4700 or email cob-events@usfsp.edu.

The Walgreens Bayside Business Forum is presented by the Dean’s Advisory Council of the USFSP College of Business and focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations shaping Florida’s business future. It is sponsored by Walgreens and Franklin Templeton Investments.

Members of the Mu Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi gather outside the University Student Center.

Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earns superior status

The USF St. Petersburg Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honor society for accounting and finance students, has earned superior status by the international organization for the sixth year in a row.

The chapter will receive a $275 award by the KPMG Foundation in recognition of its superior status. Accounting Instructor Patricia A. Gaukel is faculty advisor for the chapter, which was founded six years ago.

“Recognition as Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment,’’ Beta Alpha Psi President Jan Taylor Morris wrote in announcing the award. “Under the leadership of Patricia Gaukel the Mu Gamma Chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership.”

“Attaining superior status six years in a row is a particularly impressive accomplishment for a relatively new chapter with only 35 members,” said College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour. “We are very proud of our students and thank Patricia Gaukel for her leadership.”

Vivian Fueyo, interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the accomplishment reflects the hard work and commitment that is characteristic of the College of Business. “The national recognition of our students by Beta Alpha Psi is the highest praise our dedicated students and their adviser can receive,” she said.

Superior status is awarded by BAP International each year to chapters whose members attain specific goals, including attending a minimum number of professional events and engaging in volunteer work in the community.