Welcome to #TBBOTuesday on #ThatBusinessShow. Head over to www.tbbo.org to learn more about Tampa Bay Business Owners and announcing our next Signature Event, The Business Symposium. This event will be on October 28th from 10am to 3pm at the Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg on Lake Carillon. Our Presenting Sponsor is Rochelle Walk of the Walk Law Firm and we have other sponsor levels still available. Lunch / workshop sponsorships are available for $5000 and Break Sponsors are available for $2500. Booths are for sale for $850 for a premium booth and $595 for non-member booths outside of premium locations. TBBO members can purchase booths for $450. The sponsorships include other benefits too, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and it will be up on tbbo.org/events soon!
Opening up the program today was Mike Murphy, Owner of U-Click, We-Fix, LLC, a computer repair and IT services specialist. Mike has over 20 years’ personal & professional experience and took his knowledge and 2 degrees (an Associates in Computer Networking and a BS in Info Systems security) into corporate America for 8 years. During this time he realized that corporate takeovers and cube farms were not his style. So, in 2014 he and his wife decided that they wanted to join the community of small business owners. Thus, started U-Click-We-Fix LLC. Mike works with business owners of all shapes and sizes but his niche is mid-level and entry level business owners. He offers disaster recovery planning and stresses the importance of having a business continuity plan. Managed IT services are just another area that he works with business owners on too and elaborates on that in this segment. We also learn of the proper way to dry out a phone in the event of water damage with your cell phone, avoid the rice he says, there is a chemical for sale in stores designed specifically for this. Find out more at www.uclickwefix.com or give him a call today at 813-793-7999 X 1.
We next welcomed Miller Townsend, Head Chef and Founder of HoneyBlaze, a buffalo style sauce with a kick. He is a self-taught Chef, starting out in his younger years where he catered and sold roadside BBQ on nights and weekends. During these years he developed a passion for cooking and business. Soon after, he teamed up with a group of restaurant entrepreneurs in Tampa, Florida to create a sports bar concept, which now includes several restaurants. Miller developed menus, created recipes, and led the back of the house. In 2010 Miller left the food industry and joined the United States Army, where he further developed logistical and supply chain management skills serving in a leadership role. After several years in the Army and corporate world, he is back in the kitchen creating flavors for the food service industry. Miller now advises all sizes of restaurants on new and current trends, while keeping the back of the house efficient and profitable. Today the sauce can be found in restaurants across Tampa Bay and even inside Gillette stadium, the Patriots stadium. He shares the story of how this opportunity came together during this segment too. The sauce is soon to be available in store fronts around Tampa but for now, find it online at www.honeyblaze.com!
At 8am, Chris Krimitsos checked in to the program with a recap of the filming in Puerto Rico for the documentary, The Messengers. The film is self-funded by Chris and is a local film based here in Tampa and his crowd funding campaign is now at 57% of its goal – help out here with whatever you can and if you contribute certain amounts, you can get benefits and recognition alongside the film. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-messengers-a-podcast-documentary/x/14701684#/ is the link to contribute, don’t delay and help out today!!!
Our next guest was Matthew J. Lapointe, attorney with the Tampa business law firm of Wetherington Hamilton, P.A. Matt serves as legal counsel to a variety of entrepreneurs and closely-held businesses, advising them on entity selection and formation, internal governance matters, debt and equity financing, acquisitions and divestitures, succession planning and other matters. Matt also provides advice on franchising and distributorships and handles commercial real estate transactions for his business clients. Many of Matt’s clients are in the healthcare industry, including professional practices (such as physician group practices and dental practices) and healthcare institutions (such as hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes). In addition to advising these healthcare clients on typical business matters, Matt handles their regulatory compliance issues as well, dealing with physician anti-referral laws, Medicare/Medicaid fraud & abuse laws, HIPAA privacy and security regulations and various state licensing laws. Matt and Jamie share a great discussion on why an LLC is preferable to a corporation as well as the differences between an S-corporation and a C-corporation. Matt also touches on an often overlooked component of the LLC setup when multiple members are involved and that is the need for buy/sell agreements inside the LLC. Matt fills us in on the new overtime regulations and how they will impact small business owners too and we discuss the differences between salary and hourly workers in this segments. Business can be a complicated field so do not navigate it alone, find out more at www.whhlaw.com or reach out to Matt at email@example.com or phone at 813-676-9075!