Awesome #ThatBusinessShow T-Shirts From Big Frog! Featuring Gerald and Karen Ayers, Beth Ross, and Matt Ashwood

Awesome #ThatBusinessShow T-Shirts From Big Frog! Featuring Gerald and Karen Ayers, Beth Ross, and Matt Ashwood

Announcing the 2016 Tampa Bay Business Owners Business Symposium Presented by the Walk Law Firm.  Being held October 28th at the Hilton Hotel on Lake Carillon in St. Petersburg, this event will be a fun filled day of education and a chance to network with other fellow business owners.  Tickets are on sale now at and we have vendor booths now available.  For information on how to purchase a vendor booth, email Jamie or but act quickly because they never last long.  There is a promotion currently in place for past guests on #ThatBusinessShow too for tickets.  For a limited time only (until Friday September 2nd), past guests can purchase Business Symposium tickets for a reduced price.  Past guests were sent an email this morning.  If you did not receive and would like to take advantage of the promotion, email for the promo code.

Opening up the program today was the duo of Gerald and Karen Ayers, Owners of the Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of Valrico franchise.  They have been married for 33 years and began their careers and relationship working at Mtn. Bell Telephone Company, a segment of the Bell System.  That led to more than 30 years in the telecommunications field.  Gerald left Verizon in December of 2009 and Karen followed two years later.  Not wanting to retire we began looking for options in the franchise world and wanting to simply have some FUN.  That is when we got introduced to Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More. At the time they purchased the franchise in 2011 they were just the 28th store in the nation, and now there are more than 76 other locations and growing rapidly from coast to coast and border to border.  They surprised Jamie with his first That Business Show t-shirt as well which he wore throughout the program today.  Located at 3478 Lithia Pinecrest Rd in Valrico, this store front is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 7 and Saturday fro 10 to 5 and can handle many designs and decorating techniques including DTG, CAD cut Vinyl, Dye Sublimation, Screen Print, Embroidery & Spangle.  Find them online at and be sure to visit them for your next event!

Our 7:30 guest was Beth Ross, Founder of Blanket Tampa Bay, a 501c3 non-profit that she launched 3 years ago to serve the homeless in Tampa Bay.  She started by passing out blankets at Trinity Café and we delve into this story to start the discussion.  Along with blankets, Blanket Tampa Bay provides hygiene products and basic necessities to help make life a little easier for those left homeless in our community as well.  On Monday nights Beth and her husband Ray Ross and Carla Lawson meet with members of the SALT Outreach at St. Peter Claver Church from 7-8pm to help feed those in need of a good meal and pass out blankets and supplies.   The biggest challenge Beth sees is the lack of housing in the community for the homeless and shares with us some stats outlining the situation of the homeless in Tampa Bay.  Blanket Tampa Bay is trying to raise funds on their Go Fund Me Page to create an Urban Rest Stop in Tampa where the homeless can go wash their clothes and take a shower. The link for the Go Fund Me Page is: and Beth also invites you to like her Facebook page found at Please help her cause.  She funds the majority of the organization from her own pocket and to date has only had $1800 in contributions to her organization!

At 8am, we launched TBBO Tuesday but Chris was out sick with a cold today so Jamie held it down with Josh and Matt Ashwood.  Matt is also a TBBO member and has been providing in studio social media services to the program for the past several weeks.  He works with Songbird Agency, a company we have highlighted on the program before and he shares with us some tips on SnapChat as well as the benefits of Instagram stories and how those work.  Jamie announces his return to the open mic (comedy) stage which will be Wednesday night at Cigar City Brewing at 6pm, part of the open mic portion of F’ Up Nights.  This event is a National movement of entrepreneurs sharing stories of failures with groups of people, hence, they f’ed up.  Many cities have these events and you can easily find them in Facebook groups too.  Jamie shares with the audience the bit he wrote and will be performing too on stage for the open mic.  Jamie also shares with us the story of his first time on a stage doing comedy as well as some of the basics of how you write a comedic piece.

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