Human Resources and IT Rolled Into One – Featuring Joe DeRing, Kelly Hamm, Nick Paras, David Kahn and Jackie Brown

Are you buying or selling a home in the Tampa Bay area – Jamie Meloni is a leading Real Estate agent in the Country and was just announced as #37 on the Real Trends Wall Street Journal List of Top Agents in the Country by Transaction Sides. This is the 3rd or 4th year in a row Jamie has made that list. Take advantage of his expertise and market knowledge as well as his key relationships and marketing solutions and list your home with him today. Mention the radio show and get a special offer on the listing of your home. Email jamie@tampabayradio.com for more information and visit www.tampabayradio.com for all shows available On Demand and to use the free home valuation tool on the homepage to get the home selling process started.

Leading off today was Joe DeRing, Owner of Empower Adventures. Joe is a Veteran of our US Army and served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned home and made the transition into entrepreneurship focusing on the skills he learned while in the military on leading others. Jamie and Joe discuss this transition at the onset of the segment and Joe admits it was not an easy transition and one in which many Veterans struggle with, but his key was finding his passion he said and from there it became doable in his mind. “Find your passion” and it all flows from there. The company was founded in 2009 and has 3 locations. The primary location is at 423 Lafayette Blvd in Oldsmar and includes a zip line canopy tour. The zip line is located inside a nature park and in addition to the thrill of riding the zip line, you can tour the area known as Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve. The minimum age to ride the zip tour is 7 years old and 70 pounds and for the bigger guys, max weight is around 280 pounds. Tours and the zip line are open daily from 10am to 6pm and reservations are recommended. With the upcoming 4th of July weekend, this is an excellent family outing and expect about 2 hours to enjoy it all. They are open on the 4th so reach out to them today, 813-448-5635 or online at www.zipontampabay.com!

At 7:30, we welcomed Expert Contributors Kelly Hamm and Nick Paras to the program for a co-branded segment. Kelly is the Founder of Billmeyer Hamm Consulting, focusing on workforce culture, HR, succession planning and more related to overall design and organization of the business. Nick is the CEO of Alpha Computing Solutions, bringing over 20 years of experience in IT solutions to the marketplace. Together, their synergy results in a greater value to the business professional and they have come together to benefit Bay area business owners. Combined, you have an IT and HR department duo that can add to your bottom line without the expense of employing the actual department. They are hosting a free workshop on July 13th at the Centre Club from 8:30 to 10:30 entitled, “5 Steps To Ignite Your Workforce Culture Proven To Increase Your Bottom Line” Again, registration is free and you register at www.billmeyerhamm.com and we have a link on the home page of TampaBayRadio.Com as well to the event. Kelly and Jamie discussed today about having the right organizational design. Do you have a leadership team in place and in sync? Do you have your business goals defined? Is leadership casting the right shadow? These are just some of the questions that leaders need to ask themselves to enhance their workforce culture and improve bottom line profits. A recent study shows that in a typical business, 71% of all employees are not fully engaged in their work and the mission of the organization. This is where Kelly comes in. By working with management and staff, she advised on how to improve the overall culture to get people engaged. Through the show and TBBO, she found Nick Paras. They discovered a lot of synergy exists in their businesses. Nick looks at the IT side of the business starting with an initial consultation with management and then through a software that identifies key areas of weakness in the organization’s IT. A discussion then follows on how to improve the traditional infrastructure i.e. cables, modem etc. and then a deeper discussion on the alternative infrastructure (people). This is where the synergy exists with Nick and Kelly and how you the business owner can benefit from a working relationship with Billmeyer Hamm Consulting and Alpha Computing Solutions. Learn more at their event noted prior or find them online at www.billmeyerhamm.com or www.alphacomputing.com!

Closing out the show today was the duo of David Kahn and Jackie Brown. David is the Owner of Bespoke & Co. and Jackie is his Custom Clothier. Working in the apparel business since 1978, David fell in love with luxury clothing as a result of the 70’s preppy era as he admired fashion icons Ralph Lauren and Luciano Barbera. Currently, David dresses some of Tampa’s most successful executives, prominent local attorneys and professional athletes, coaches and administrators from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Tampa Bay Rays. His client list is comprised of the who’s who of the entire Tampa Bay area and extends throughout Florida and beyond to cities such as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Being from a family of entrepreneurs, Jackie was compelled to start her own business when she moved to an area without a fashion design industry.  Utilizing her color coordination skills, fabric knowledge, sewing abilities, and proportion standards, Jackie began Interiors by Jackie Brown to help homeowners update their spaces so they feel at home.  Her full-service approach brought quick success to the business and a two-time inclusion in a Designer Showcase. Expanding her fashion roots, Jackie joined the Bespoke & Co. team to assist in developing their custom design offerings for men, and especially women.  Filling the ward robing needs of today’s professionals is Jackie’s foremost expertise. David and Jamie discuss the basics of custom designed clothing and David works to dispel some of the myths associated with costs as compared to traditional retail outlets. Whether you need them to come to you or in their store, they can design clothing to fit your needs and comfort while keeping you looking sharp at the same time. Visit them online at www.bespokeandcofl.com or phone at 813-857-7876.

Thanks again to the listeners, viewers and readers of the program. Find all shows available On Demand at www.tampabayradio.com and please subscribe to us at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni!

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#WorkingWomen With Blue Hair and Tattoos – Featuring Asif Hakeem, Kristi Campbell, Jessica Rivelli, Barbara Forgione, and Mariely Reynoso Castillo

Are you a Tampa area business owner? If so, we encourage you to visit www.tbbo.org to learn about Tampa Bay Business Owners. It is an elite business owner society with 300 members and is a network for business owners built by business owners. Membership benefits include free access to our monthly Main Event at the Centre Club, our Success Safaris and an appearance on #ThatBusinessShow annually with the opportunity to easily pick up some additional on air time through TBBO membership. The annual investment will pay dividends just from the relationships you make through both TBBO and #ThatBusinessShow. Visit www.tbbo.org and click on “Join-Us” to apply for membership or request a one on one meeting with Jamie to learn more. Email him today at jamie@tampabayradio.com!

Opening up the program today was Asif Hakeem, CEO of Hakeem Investments Florida. Hakeem Investments Florida is a Tampa Bay Investment company facilitating commercial and residential needs in Hillsborough County. The company was originally founded in 1967 by Asif’s father and cardio thoracic surgeon, Dr. M. K. Hakeem. Hakeem was brought into the family business at an early age and now with nearly 50 years in the Real Estate business, their company is well versed in Tampa Bay commercial, multi-family, and land based investments. Hakeem and Jamie speak of areas of opportunities in Tampa Bay of which Hakeem sees many. With the possibility of the Tampa Bay Rays coming to Tampa, Hakeem thinks the Fairgrounds area is prime for the location and for development. This area also benefits from the Hard Rock Casino which is continually expanding and adding jobs in the area. Other areas of opportunity discussed include Seminole / Tampa Heights, Downtown Tampa, and southern Pasco County. Hakeem also sees opportunity in Plant City and notes that per his insurance friend, “Plant City is coming to Tampa,” a marketing pitch they are using to drive new business into the area. Tampa is a hidden gem and is a small big City with lots of growth potential. Real estate investments are a key to your wealth and retirement and those that learn the game are always well rewarded. Today Hakeem Investments Florida is a major land owner in the area thanks to the vision their Founder had in the 60s. Don’t sit around thinking about how to get rich, get out and act on it before time runs out! Check out their portfolio at www.hakeeminvestments.com, they have some great opportunities available in the commercial leasing space now!

My next guest on the program was our newest Expert Contributor, Kristi Campbell, Owner of Home Instead Senior Care. Kristi has over 13 years of experience in all phases of Senior Care and her services range from in home care and independent living facilities to assisted living facilities and nursing living facilities. She has built an incredible brand and reputation and has a staff of over 100 working under her guidance. She and Home Instead Senior Care pride themselves on creating above board industry standards inside an industry plagued by sub-par and sometimes dangerous care by service providers. Today Kristi and Jamie spoke of how to approach your loved ones when it is time to either restrict or end their driving due to age and health. Driving represents one’s independence on so many levels and when the time comes to restrict or end that privilege, it leads to a range of emotions from confusion to anger. Loved ones need to understand how to approach this conversation properly and Kristi shares some tips with us on this segment of what to look for to trigger you to have this conversation and what and how to have the conversation. Jamie shares some stories of his driving path including his start behind the wheel of a riding lawn mower at age 5. Also, Kristi and Home Instead Senior Care offers this discussion as just another benefit of their in home care services, so if you are not comfortable discussing driving restrictions with your loved ones, then let the staff at Home Instead Senior Care handle it. If you are in need of guidance for a loved one, contact Kristi today at 813-684-1972 or visit them online at www.homeinstead.com/482

#WorkingWomenWednesday kicked off at 8am on #ThatBusinessShow with Jessica Rivelli, Founder of the Organization, on the phone line. Working Women of Tampa Bay and Dress For Success was the topic of the #MorningDiscussion in this segment and Jessica talks about their upcoming event together and encourages others to get involved with this Global organization dedicated to helping women find professional clothing for entry into the job market when they have financial limitations. Check them out online at www.workingwomenoftampabay.com!

My next guest on the program was Barbara Forgione, Owner of the Barbara Forgione Salon where she and her staff specialize in hair coming for both men and women. Sporting blue highlights which is her new pink she says, their services include full salon services and was voted as a “best kept secret” by the Tampa Bay community in past years and she was featured on MTV’s “Made” and also was hired by Paris Hilton to do her hair a few years ago when she was in town. Barbara’s hair color device: Colour Bunz® is US patented and is a washable, reusable highlighting tool used by salons that are environmentally concerned, and by ‘at home’ colorists who want to create professional looking highlights and color trends. Barbara and Jamie discuss industry trends and she shares with us the history of hair and fun facts as well on this segment. Find her online at www.barbaraforgione.com and she is located at 4317 W El Prado Blvd in Tampa. Phone is 813-832-1115.

Closing out the hour was Mariely Reynoso Castillo, Creator of the Black Eye Tattoo Balm, which results in better looking tattoos, reduced swelling and redness and will help tattoos heal faster with overall better results. Black Eye avoids artificial preservatives believing that nature provides some of the best healing solutions. Additionally, Black Eye avoids the typical (and cheap) petroleum additives that over the year’s tattooists have found to dull the look of today’s modern tattoos. Preservatives and petroleum products are not helpful or healing components; they are simple and cheap materials added for the benefit of the seller of the product, not YOU the consumer. The product has additional uses too including skin moisturizing, treatment of hemorrhoids, and more of which we discuss in the final segment. The balm is in its early development phase so they are looking for partners, retailers and investors to get involved to discuss. Learn more about this at www.blackeyenatural.com!

Thank you to the reader and listener of the program/blog and please help the show continue to grow. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and follow Jamie on Twitter @jamie_meloni All past shows available On Demand at www.TampaBayRadio.Com!

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Improve Through Improv – Featuring Law Smith, Charena Colvin, Daisy Vega and Michael Holmes

Christmas in July is right around the corner. This Signature Event is hosted by The Tampa Bay Business Owners (TBBO) and is on July 21st at TPepin Center from 5 to 8:30pm. Tickets on sale now, just $29 and $19 for TBBO members, pick up your tickets at www.tbbo.org/cij – we expect over 500 in attendance. We have sponsorship opportunities available too from booth to larger event sponsors, email jamie@tampabayradio.com for more information but not much left so act quickly!

Opening up the program today was Law Smith, Professional Comedian and COO/Co-Founder of Tocobaga Consulting. Law’s clients refer to him as the “Swiss Army Knife” based on the range of expertise he brings to SMB digital consulting, including problem solving abilities, creativity and witty banter gleaned from his ten years on stage as a stand-up comedian.  Law opened his consulting practice just over a year ago and talks about lessons learned in comedy/improv and how they help him every day in his business. He has practiced comedy for over 10 years starting out on the open mic around age 19 and has today turned into a headliner. He has performed in clubs all across the Country but still makes time to run his business. Jamie and law talk about the benefits of improv classes to improve one’s social skills and business skills and Law injects a lot of his own on stage experience and lessons learned throughout the discussion. Over the years, Law has learned to recognize personality types in the audiences and that skill helps him to this today in consulting. His services in business include brand creation, website design/development, online and traditional marketing, operations consulting and strategic planning to name a few. He is also the host of The Sweat Equity Podcast and a member of The Cigar City Comedy Club in Tampa. Check him out online at his YouTube channel found here https://www.youtube.com/user/CigarCityComedy and more on his business at www.tocoworks.com.

At 8am, we kicked off #TBBOTuesday with one of our newest members, Charena Colvin, CEO of Passion Pamper Parties. Since the beginning of high school, Charena embodied the passion to create an opportunity with her conceptual vision, which lead her to hit the ground running with the popular party scene. Starting off hosting efficacious house parties that received buzz on school campuses from near and far, she made a name for herself in her youthful days. After graduating high school at 17, the young entrepreneur ventured to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University. While attending an alumni meeting, Charena met a woman who assisted her in creating her vision – Soon after it wasn’t long until the self-driven entrepreneur decided to stick to her intuition believing “Formal education can gain you a living, and self-education can gain you a fortune” and dropped out freshmen year to focus on building a vision no one else could foresee.   Her product line caters to the female consumer typically for bridal showers bachelorette parties and she offers two types of parties, the exploration and the relaxation experience. She discusses this and her new app that she is in development with through PopKorn Apps on this segment along with some good laughs too. Find her online at www.passionpamperparties.com or give her a call today at 917-960-7574!

Closing out the hour was Daisy Vega, Founder and President of Freedom to Walk Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising awareness for the WalkAide. This device helps people suffering from foot drop, a condition that she describes as feeling like you have a 50 pound foot. She developed this because of Multiple Sclerosis but other diseases and conditions also lead to drop foot. The device helps retrain the muscles to work properly and alleviates many of the problems associated with this condition. She discusses how many insurance companies do not cover the cost of this device which is around $5000 and her and the organization’s mission is also to get insurance companies to recognize this as a legitimate medical need and cost and thus cover it. She was joined in studio by Michael Holmes, board member of the organization, and he shares with us his “why” of joining the organization and also about their Gala coming up in October. They have sponsorships available for the event and it will be held at the Centre Club. For more information, visit www.freedomtowalkfoundation.com!

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Vein Care, Business Lending and The Ciccio Restaurant Group Featuring Dr. Chris Pittman, Joseph Camberato and David Pullman

Welcome back to the start of another week on #ThatBusinessShow. Please help the show’s audience grow by encouraging friends and family to tune in and also to like our show page found at www.facebook.com/thatbusinessshow and please subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni Find us on Twitter @jamie_meloni

Today at 7am, we were joined by Expert Contributor Dr. Chris Pittman, Medical Director and CEO of Vein911. Dr. Pittman is triple board certified and one of only a few hundred physicians Board-Certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.  Known for their minimally invasive non-surgical technique for the treatment of varicose veins, Dr. Pittman and Vein 911 is revolutionizing vein care.  Their mission is to help you look and feel your best and they have offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg and can easily be reached by calling 855-VEIN-911. Dr. Pittman is a trained radiologist and spoke in the opening segment about varicose veins and their pain free outpatient procedure for their treatment.  Many doctors practicing vein treatment still utilize a surgical procedure for this treatment and Dr. Pittman is adamant that is no longer necessary.  His techniques using Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy can have your legs looking as good as new in just a few procedures and without the pain of other procedures.  He routinely sees patients treated by other procedures and has near 100% patient satisfaction in this group.  Dr. Pittman also elaborates on some of the other conditions of the legs that may be related to undiagnosed vein disorders such as restless leg syndrome and night cramps as well as ankle swelling.  Using the same technique to treat varicose veins, many patients report significant improvement in these conditions when treated by Dr. Pittman.  If you are experiencing these issues and have not had success with traditional techniques, get in touch with Vein911 today by calling 855-VEIN-911 (855-834-6911).   We spent the entire first hour with the Doctor and we touched on many other topics such as some of the secrets of the Vein Care industry that Doctors would not want you to know. Dr. Pittman has over 25 years local, state, and national medical political leadership experience: President, Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FMA PAC); Member, FMA Board of Governors; Past Chair, FMA Advisory Committee on Health Care Information Technology (HIT) and current FMA subject matter expert on HIT; Past Vice-Chair and current member, FMA Council on Medical Economics and Health Care Delivery Innovation.  He is a sought after speaker in his field in addition to the patients that seek out his care.  Learn more at www.vein911.com or give them a call 855-VEIN-911.

At 8am, Stella Giudicelli joined the program as co-host as we welcomed Joseph Camberato, President of National Business Capital. With a strong background in commercial and residential lending, Joseph took this knowledge and began working with business owners in need of financing but had no idea where to turn. Through National Business Capital, Joseph works with business owners on alternative sources of capital but can help with traditional sources such as SBA loans as well. Joseph points out the market is difficult now for small business owners but is loosening. He can get qualified applicants funding in 24 to 48 hours and you do not necessarily need a tax return, given you are new in business. There are many of options available out there, you just have to get in touch with Joseph to begin to explore. Give him a call today at 844-622-5626 or visit them online at www.nationalbusinesscapital.com!

At 8:30, David Pullman, Partner with the Ciccio Restaurant Group joined the #MorningDiscussion. David began his career in hospitality more than 20 years ago, starting as a club promoter in NYC at age 15. He worked as a bartender and manager in Arizona throughout college and after graduating, moved back to NYC to work for the Lanza family (owners and founders of Ciccio Restaurant Group) at an upscale eatery in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. David spent the next 5 years working as a bar manager at Nikki Beach in Midtown Manhattan. When the opportunity came about to move to Tampa to manage The Lodge Restaurant & Bar, CRG’s first and most successful nightclub, David permanently relocated to Florida and has been an active owner & partner with CRG’s 6 unique brands ever since. Today, David’s role includes real estate development and scoping new locations for further expansion, and he’s heavily involved in growing the Fresh Kitchen concept across South Florida and beyond.  Their line of restaurants in South Tampa include Fresh Kitchen, The Green Lemon (formerly The Lime), The Lodge, Ciccio’s (which includes a few brands) and Daily Eats. They are developing a gym now too for their first entry into fitness and will be called CAMP and will be located behind Datz Restaurant. Learn more about them at www.cicciorestaurantgroup.com!

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Turning Tragedy to Triumph – Featuring Sharon Fekete, Chris Cousineau, Dennise and Ian Ondina and Dr. Glynn Wilson

#ThatBusinessShow wraps up week # 73 on Tampa Bay’s 1250 WHNZ.  The show has grown leaps and bounds since its inception on February 2nd, 2015 and today we have hosted over 350 shows (not including the Jamie Meloni Real Estate Show).  Airing daily from 7am to 9am, we are always looking for positive content centered on Tampa Bay.  Contact Jamie via email at jamie@tampabayradio.com and a reminder to please help us grow our social media outlets.  Subscribe to us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and on twitter at Jamie_meloni and find us at www.facebook.com/thatbusinessshow

Jamie Meloni is one of Tampa Bay’s leading Real Estate Sales Professionals and has sold over 100 Million Dollars in Real Estate and sold over 1600 properties since 2007. Jamie is a foreclosure sales specialist and has relationships with over 45 different bank and asset management company clients.  He can help you with your home sale too and offers a free home valuation at www.tampabayradio.com – the market in Tampa Bay is a strong seller’s market so now is the best time to sale, more inventory is expected to come on market in the coming years which will depress home values.  Jamie was named once again to the Wall Street Journal Real Trends List of Top Brokers in the Country.  Ranking at #37, this is the 4th straight year that Jamie has reached this tremendous accomplishment.  His ad, along with the others within Coldwell Banker that also achieved this, can be seen in today’s Wall Street Journal (6-24-2016)

Opening up the program today was Sharon Fekete, The Doctor Whisperer.  Recently featured in “Physicians Money Digest”, Sharon works with doctors’ offices on back end components such as marketing, hiring, public relations and more, allowing the doctor to be a doctor.  She talks much about the importance of having the right person or people in customer service (front desk) and how a “Miserable Mary” can negatively impact your operation.  Jamie notes the value in having a strong front desk person and how some times the positive front person can offset a less than likeable Doctor but in reverse, a delightful Doctor could lose tremendous business if patients do not like the person or people at the front of the house.  Sharon has recently launched her online course called “Front Office Ambassador” that works with medical professionals on this topic.  The course can be found here http://thedoctorwhisperer.com/#courses and is only $99.  Sharon can be reached at 727-420-2481 and learn more http://www.thedoctorwhisperer.com!

Sharon and Jamie were then joined in studio by Chris Cousineau, Manager of the Foggiare Institute.  Located at 1920 W Bay Drive in Largo, Foggiare focuses on non-invasive procedures to improve the overall health and wellness of the body.  Utilizing unique treatment methods, Foggiare is able to get people results they are failing to achieve in other wellness centers.  We discussed the Cryotherapy which is a pod that a person sits inside for up to 3 minutes with temperatures reaching over 200 degrees below zero.  The body has a physical response to this extreme environment that results in quicker recoveries from intensive workouts and also works to reduce and eliminate pain.  Many people are discovering this technique and attracts many athletes, both amateur and professional as well as many who just look to reduce pain or feel better overall.  They utilize many other treatments including vibration, steam, heat and electricity and all clients go through an intake process that measures ones impedance which is then linked to the different treatment methods resulting in customized workouts.  Check them out online, they offer many other procedures too to help you feel better, lose weight, and look better.  www.foggiareinstitute.com or give them a call today at 727-239-0580!

At 8am, we welcomed Dennise Ondina, Executive Director of the Compass Brain Injury Center.  She was joined in studio by her son Ian as well who was the inspiration of this non-profit after suffering a traumatic brain injury while riding an ATV at age 19.  After months of treatments and surgeries, in which he was not expected to survive at one point), Ian pulled through but had to re-learn many things including who his family was and how to do many basic things.  Disappointed by the lack of support after leaving the care units, Dennise saw the need for a support group for those impacted by traumatic brain injuries and launched Compass Brain Injury Center.  Dennise is in the start-up phase of the organization and is looking for help and guidance from others.  They are currently holding support group meetings for victims and caregivers and their first board of directors meeting is in September.  If you have any way to help, please reach out to Dennise, phone is 727-204-2723 and website is www.compassbraininjurycenter.org.  Today Ian has recovered much of what he lost but still struggles and needs assistance. He speaks briefly on the program to share personally his challenges and lets us know that he recently returned to College and has achieved a straight A report card.  Your support will help him and many others in the same situation.

Closing out the week and program was Dr. Glynn Wilson, CEO of TapImmune, an Immuno-oncology Company developing T-cell vaccines for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer.  The vaccine works by stimulating the body’s own immune system is now the most promising approach for treating cancer.  TapImmune now has the worldwide exclusive license on two vaccine technologies from the Mayo Clinic: A folate receptor alpha vaccine (TPIV 200) and a HER2neu vaccine (TPIV 110) and both technologies were discovered by Dr Keith Knutson of the Mayo Clinic.  Both vaccines have completed Phase I clinical trials and were shown to be safe and well tolerated and to produce robust immune responses in over 90% of patients treated.  The Company has received Orphan Drug designation and Fast Track status from the FDA for ovarian cancer and their HER2neu vaccine will enter Phase II clinical trials early in 2017.  Dr. Wilson has been personally affected by these cancers having lost his wife to the disease.  We share a great discussion on this segment about TapImmune and cancer in general and more can learned at www.tapimmune.com and you can follow the results of the clinical trials at www.clinicaltrials.gov!

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Get Your App Design to Market With PopKorn Apps – Featuring Brian Kornfeld, Patrick and Zezura Ruddell, Mike Stewart and Gary Franks!

Christmas in July is right around the corner. This is the 6th Annual event being held by the Tampa Bay Business Owners and is July 21st from 5 to 8:30pm at the TPepin Center located at 4121 N 50th St Tampa. This business social event will have 500+ in attendance and will feature Tequila drinks from Mr. Margarita and lots of food vendors along with vendor booths. Tickets are $29 and $19 for TBBO members and you can purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities at www.tbbo.org/cij

Popping up at 7am was Brian Kornfeld, Founder of PopKorn Apps. With a background in aerospace engineering, Brian saw an opportunity in app design to shave tens of thousands of dollars off of the cost of app development and took the entrepreneurial dive with PopKorn Apps.  We begin the discussion with a discussion on the stepping stone process of having that idea and getting it to production.  Brian has produced many apps and can get that idea to the marketplace for you. We share an excellent discussion on some of the forgotten talking points when it comes to app design like patents. We learn that in many situations, apps are not patentable unless they contain hardware or software that is a trade secret. He advises to still file and having a “patent pending” tag to your app if oftentimes good enough to ward off potential duplicators of your idea. We also touch on iOS vs Android operating systems for apps and we learn some of the nuances of each of the operating systems in this segment. The field is wide open for app development ideas – from entertainment to business, apps are a great way to drive new business to yourself so reach out to Brian Kornfeld today at 727-415-6705 or visit them online at www.popkornapps.com!

At 7:30, we welcomed Patrick and Zezura Ruddell, Owners of the Mini Doughnut Factory located at 2109 S Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa. Patrick is a seasoned real estate investor turned bakery owner and shares his story of flipping over 600 homes in the Bay area and having to re-invent himself after the housing downturn due to a shortage of inventory and general market conditions that are not friendly to the real estate investor. He and his wife launched the brand in November of 2015 and it took off. Through the use of social media, they grew the brand rapidly. Some days and times of the week, you will have customers wrapped around the building waiting on the doughnuts they said. All doughnuts are made fresh to order, not pre-prepared in cases like typical doughnut shops and they have a variety of recipes and you can even customize your own doughnuts. With plans to expand shortly into St. Petersburg, Patrick and Zezura have tapped into a bakery idea that is unique and simple, the mini doughnut. Tasty and a great gift idea on top of that, visit them online today at www.minidoughnutfactory.com or call at 813-254-5374!

At 8am, Mike Stewart, Managing Member / Founder of American Metal Worx, joined the #MorningDiscussion. Known for their outdoor patio and kitchen designs, Mike and his team launched the brand 2 years ago, and he shares how as a contractor, he survived the downturn in the housing market through re-invention. They offer full service precision metal fabrication with automation and utilize a CNC Turret Punch that is certified and works to improve design work like none other. Specializing in fabrication in sound attenuation panel systems with expertise in the outdoor living segment and fully functional and inspected outdoor kitchen applications along with precision specialty metal parts, American Metal Worx can add value to your home through a new outdoor kitchen or patio. Visit them online at www.americanmetalworx.com or give them a call at 727-793-4357!

Closing out the program was Gary Franks, the new Vice President of Operations at Craig Tile and Flooring LLC. His role as VP of Operations includes overseeing day-to-day operations to support the growth of the business. Some of these tasks include, but are not limited to hiring and training staff, reviewing financials, overseeing the estimates, as well as project management. Specializing in flooring design and installation for large commercial clients, they bring to the table over 50 years of experience and a company culture that prides themselves on customer service. They have worked with many large clients including the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Airport and the Dali Museum. Give them a call today at 813-498-2338 or visit them online at www.craigtile.com

Thanks again to all of our listeners, partners and producers – be sure to subscribe to us at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and on iTunes where the podcast is available. www.TampaBayRadio.Com!

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