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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.

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.

Vicki Fox David (clockwise from left), Jeff Alagood and Colin Mailloux.

Walgreens Bayside Business Forum to focus on social media policies

The March Walgreens Bayside Business Forum will feature a distinguished group of panelists discussing the risks social media can have on companies.

The forum, “Social Media in the Workplace: Setting Policies and Training Employees to Protect Your Company’s Reputation Online,” will be held Friday, March 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at Franklin Templeton, 100 Fountain Parkway N, St. Petersburg. It is free and open to the public.

There’s no shortage of news stories about employees whose comments or photos on social media have caused major public relations woes for their employers. This timely panel will explore ways to maximize the positive aspects of social media in the workplace, how to create good policies that educate employees and protect companies from legal action and learn what recourse employers have – and don’t have – when an employee embarrasses the company.

The panelists include Jeff Alagood, COO, AgileThought; Vicki David Fox, director of product development, SmartTeam; and Colin Mailloux, associate general counsel, USF. Michelle Bauer, president of Common Language, will serve as moderator.

“This topic of social media is one that can affect any company, no matter the industry or the size,” said Maling Ebrahimpour, Dean of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. “Social media use in the workplace has many advantages, but also presents companies with many risks. This forum will explore both sides of the issue and our panel of experts will offer some keen insight into the types of policies companies should have, best practices for such policies and what companies need to know about which social media activities are grounds for termination and which ones are permitted by law.”

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.

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 Tuesday, March 5.

Walgreens Bayside Business Forum to focus on bridging the IT skills gap

The first Walgreens Bayside Business Forum of 2013 will feature a distinguished group of tech executives discussing strategies to bridge the IT skills gap.

The forum, “Fueling the Region’s Tech Sector Growth: A Progress Report on Tampa Bay’s IT Workforce Development Project,” will be held Friday, Feb. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at Franklin Templeton, 100 Fountain Parkway N, St. Petersburg. It is free and open to the public.

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.

Tampa Bay Technology Forum CEO Heather Kenyon and Director of Workforce Initiatives Pat Gehant will give an update on the implementation plan for the IT Workforce Study commissioned last year. They will then moderate a panel of local tech executives in a spirited conversation about the opportunities that lie ahead for the technology and business community.

The panelists include David Allen, SVP and CTO, Raymond James; Chris Cate, CIO, Valpak/Cox Target Media; Mark Lantzy, CIO, WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and Maria Zabetakis, retired CIO of the Americas, Transitions Optical, and global program manager, Western Computer, Inc.

“We are looking forward to starting off the 2013 season of the Bayside Business Forum with this topic covering our local technology industry, a sector that is experiencing tremendous growth while the rest of the economy remains sluggish,” said Maling Ebrahimpour, dean of the College of Business at USF St. Petersburg. “Like many other regions around the country, Tampa Bay hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand for skilled tech talent, and last year TBTF, along with its economic development partners, commissioned a study to help understand how best to bridge the IT skills gap that is keeping our tech companies from growing. I was impressed by the initial study and I look forward to hearing an update on the progress TBTF is making.”

Continental breakfast and coffee will be served. Seating is limited, so reservations are requested. To RSVP, please call (727) 873-4992 or e-mail bbf@stpete.usf.edu by Tuesday, February 5.