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Keystone Mastermind Buys HEC Network

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, January 28, 2018

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Liz M. Lopez and Tracie Thompson, founders of the business mastermind and coaching group Keystone Mastermind Alliance, announced their purchase of the HEC Network on January 15.

 

Both organizations are success stories: Keystone Mastermind Alliance, founded in 2014, and HEC Network, founded in 2015, have both enjoyed vigorous growth in Pinellas County.

 

“Tracie and I were the first two members of the HEC Network,” said Lopez in announcing the acquisition. “Mark Drucker often told the story that I wrote the HEC business plan, while Tracie was the angel whispering in his ear. Mark has accepted an opportunity to represent five food lines
across the United States, requiring extensive travel. To ensure that the members of the HEC Network continue to thrive and that the organization gets the attention it needs and deserves, Mark chose to sell. It seemed like a natural evolution to bring his two-hundred- plus members and seven chapters into our organization.”

 

Thompson emphasized that this acquisition offers members of the former HEC Network a powerful opportunity to continue to enjoy what they love about HEC, while benefitting from the strengths and added value of the established mastermind and coaching features that the Keystone
Mastermind Alliance offers.

 

As part of this transition, members have immediate access to all monthly Business Brainstorming events at no additional cost, as well as preferred rates to workshops, mastermind groups, and conferences already scheduled by Keystone.
 
“The HEC Network was always more than a business network,” remarked Lopez. “It was an adventure, a place to be yourself and be supported as a business owner and as a community member.  Our vision is for the KMA Network to keep that spirit and to be a diverse community of
business owners and entrepreneurs achieving more together.”
 
Guests are welcome to visit a meeting and experience the KMA Network’s unique approach to business networking. To learn more about the new KMA Network and to find a schedule of events, visit the organization’s website at http://kmanetwork.com/ .

 

 

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Non-Profit Launching Donor Member Program

Posted By Humane Education Connection, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

Humane Education Connection/Canines Helping Kids in Crisis is developing a donor member program that will include a business reciprocal card as one of the benefits for the higher level donors. This has the potential to bring new customers to your business.

 

The program is simple – local businesses will offer a discount of their choice to anyone who donates at a specified higher level to Humane Education Connection. The donor will be given a reciprocal card that has a year expiration date from the time they join. They will be REQUIRED to present this card to partner businesses of this program and that business will extend the discount that they chose to the member each time they purchase. Examples of discounts could be as simple as 10% any purchase each time they shop, or 20% $50 or more. Or $5 off $50 or more.

 

Whatever you would like to offer. You can also change your offer at any time.  

 

We will list you on our website with a link back to your site or social media page as a partner business. In addition, we will announce you as a business partner on our social media pages.

 

For further information, questions, or to join us, please call Kim at 727-798-5499 or email me at Kim@HumaneEducationConnection.org

Learn more about our mission and work at www.HumaneEducationConnection.org

 

 

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Longtime St Pete Book Store Moving

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

Wilsons Book World, a destination for St. Petersburg book lovers and browsers since 1971, is moving from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard into a new home.

 

On Jan. 6, 2018, the store will reopen at 535 16th St. N.  The shop, opened by Helen Wilson and now run by her son, Jeff Morris, boasts more than a quarter of a million “antiquarian and used” volumes, according to its Facebook page.

 

"If you seek a friendly atmosphere, wide variety of titles and subjects combined with a knowledgeable staff you'll feel right at home here at Wilson's," they write on their website, wilsonsbookworld.com.

 

 

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New Coffee Shop Opens in St Petersburg's Skyway Marina District

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

Brea’s Coffee is contributing to the rejuvenation of the Skyway Marina District, with its recent opening in the rebounding Marina Mall at 4301 34th St. S in St. Petersburg.

 

Owners Bruce and Andrea McWilliams made a name for themselves with their once-mobile coffee business, and will offer their Organo brand coffee, hot chocolate, tea, mochas and espressos, as well as iced coffee, in the Marina Mall location. The McWilliams regularly contribute to charity, with 30 percent of all proceeds going to help charities during fundraising cycles.

 

Follow them on Facebook and their website: breascoffee.com

 

 

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Penny Hoarder Media Company Moves into Times Building

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

The Penny Hoarder, a personal finance website with millions of followers worldwide, has moved into its new office in downtown St. Petersburg, in the Tampa Bay Times building at 490 First Ave. S.

 

The company was founded in 2010 by Kyle Taylor, growing from his personal blog about making and saving money while trying to pay off massive student loans. 

 

"The Penny Hoarder has pioneered a new kind of personal finance media with stories about real people and actionable money tips that make a true difference in our readers’ budgets," he writes on the website. "Our goal is to improve the lives of everyday folks by helping them spend less time worrying about their finances and more time enjoying their lives,"

 

The site, ranked for the second straight year as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017 by Inc. 5000, is No. 25 among the fastest-growing private companies in the nation.  Learn more on their website: thepennyhoarder.com.

 

 

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St Pete Night Spot to Open Seafood Restaurant

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, December 17, 2017

 

Trophy Fish, a new seafood restaurant concept from the partners behind the popular night spot The Mandarin Hide in downtown St. Petersburg, will bring fresh-from-the-Gulf fish in a laid-back atmosphere.

 

I Love the Burg reports that the restaurant, at 2060 Central Ave., is scheduled to open in early 2018.

 

Follow Trophy Fish’s progress on their Facebook page, or on their website: thetrophyfish.com

 

 

 

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New vegan flavors in St. Pete

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

Ray’s Vegan Soul in St. Pete’s growing Mirror Lake District adds a vegan option to the city’s robust restaurant scene. The restaurant in the 100 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N offers selections like quinoa meatloaf, raw tacos and African almond soup, as well as sweet potato pie and classic plum cobbler.

 

Restaurateur Ray Milton, a boxing instructor and former pastry chef and owner of Sugar Ray’s Bakery in St. Petersburg, started the vegan soul food business as a food truck about two years ago. Now he is "ditching the wheels and going brick and mortar," he writes on his Facebook page.

 

Initial hours include late-night Fridays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., with vegan burgers and such; and for Soul Food Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a rotating menu that will always include his three most popular items: mac and cheese, raw tacos and African almond soup, According to I Love the Burg, St. Pete Eco Village and Bartlett Park Community Garden help source the restaurant.

 

To learn more, follow Ray’s Facebook page.

 

 

 

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Skate shop goes mobile

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

 

Local Longboards, a favorite of St. Petersburg skateboarders with its artistic board designs, has left its Central Avenue location and gone on the road with a mobile shop. Owner Travis Hise will take his van full of skate gear and T-shirts at local markets on a week-by-week basis, according to I Love the Burg.

 

The company has been designing and manufacturing longboards and skateboards since 2013. Its manufacturing center is at 790 Freemont Tere S St. Petersburg.

 

To find out where Local Longboards will be next, follow its Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

 

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4 Places to Find the Coolest T-shirt

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

It's hard to live comfortably in Florida without a good collection of T-shirts. Here are some great places for building up your wardrobe.

 

No automatic alt text available. FinFish Co.: Find a great shirt or hat, and feel good about where your money is going: FinFish donates 5 percent of every purchase to efforts to preserve and protect local waterways. 

 

Living Limitless Clothing Co.: You'll find a wide assortment of workout shirts, casual shirts, tanks and sweaters with a dose of attitude here.

 

TriggerMouth: If you're looking for a shirt or tank that triggers "unexpected conversations," look here. They offer a large inventory of designs, with featured artists.

 

Wide Sky: Funny Florida shirts are the order of the day here, with T-shirts, tanks and accessories like drink koozies and coasters. Wide Sky is a regular at Tampa Bay area markets and events.

 

 

You can meet all the makers and small business owners at this year's Shopapalooza Festival. Nov 18 and 25, 2017, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is free and pets are welcomed! For more information go to ShopapaloozaFestival.com.

 

 

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3 Local Businesses That Help Empower People Abroad

Posted By Robert Sitten, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

With fair trade shopping, your dollars help people in another part of the world and they help a local business thrive. Fair trade businesses help makers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions. Give these three Tampa Bay businesses a try.

 

Image may contain: one or more people, outdoor and natureAmazon To Andes: With products from across the Latin America region, such as alpaca blankets and jewelry made from the tagua nut, the business strives to purchase using Fair Trade practices and whenever possible buys directly from artists. They can also get you set up for a trip to Ecuador.

 

Kush Textile: Kush works with weavers in Guatemala, who create quality baby wraps, ring slings and accessories, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit a school for the weavers’ children as well as children in their community. Sales also benefit a group called Para Adelante, which funds scholarships for women in Latin America.

 

Worldly Goodz: Unique clothing, jewelry, home goods and accessories from around the world can be found on this online store, with Sure Design clothing from Thailand. Worldly Goodz is a frequent vendor at markets and events in the Tampa Bay area.

 

 

You can meet all the makers and small business owners at this year's Shopapalooza Festival. Nov 18 and 25, 2017, at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is free and pets are welcomed! For more information go to ShopapaloozaFestival.com.

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