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Election: Small Biz Cred

Monday, August 19, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mo Venouziou
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Can they at least talk the talk? The two St. Petersburg mayoral candidates who make it past the primary will debate small business on Sept 10, 2013, at USF St. Petersburg from 5 to 7 pm.


The candidates will face questions from our guest panel, as well as field questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, associate director of the USFSP Bishop Center. The debate is presented by LocalShops1 and USF St. Petersburg, and sponsored by the St. Pete Patch, League of Women voters, USFSP Student Government Association and the USFSP Bishop Center for Ethical Excellence.

Admission is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged, since seating is limited.  Doors open at 5pm for a meet & greet and networking catered by The Taste Junction.


More information on the event and how to submit questions can be found at


For media inquiries please contact Ester Venouziou at



About Us:


USF St. Petersburg is a public university in the University of South Florida System, providing quality undergraduate and graduate education in a close-knit environment. 


       - Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership and Civic Engagement promotes leadership through research, teaching and experiential learning. 


       - USFSP Student Government Association represents students' interests and concerns in the larger university community, while working to build a vibrant campus life.


LocalShops1 is a grassroots coalition of hundreds of businesses, artists and community organizations, and thousands of energized shoppers dedicated to supporting locally-owned businesses. As the region’s most active voice for small business, it has made a name for itself through exciting events; advocacy of the buy-local movement; and uniting businesses, merchant associations, and community organizations from all across Tampa Bay.


St. Pete Patch is a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by new media professionals.  Its goal is to help neighbors connect with each other, their communities and the national conversation.


The League of Women Voters is a non partisan organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.  It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.