Working to Make Tampa Bay a Bicycle Friendly City – #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Jim Yeager, Sheila Laneve, and Christine Acosta

It is a wet and rainy day in Tampa day but the show goes on.  Many events going on in the area tonight including Beer and Bow Ties benefiting the Tampa Crisis Center in an effort to raise awareness for suicide prevention.  This event is going on the Ritz Hotel in Ybor and tickets can be picked up at www.beerandbowtiestampabay.com.  The Indo-US Chamber meeting is tonight, this is always a great networking event and is free of charge to attend.  6:30 pm at the Westin Hotel on the Courtney Campbell Causeway to attend that event.  Also Jamie was planning to try out some new stand up comedy at the F’Up Nights at Cigar City Brewing at 6pm tonight but the event was cancelled due to the rain.  The event features entrepreneurs sharing their stories of failure in business along with some open mic’ers and is now re-scheduled for Wednesday September 7th at 6pm.  Jamie will not be able to attend that event due to a conflict with the TBBO Main Event going on at the same time.

Opening up the program today was Jim Yeager of Yeager and Company.  Jim and his company are General Contractors specializing in flooring as well as kitchen/bath remodels but can assist with all building needs.  Jim is our latest Tampa Bay Business Owner’s sponsor and a third generation Owner of Yeager & Company.  Started out of Philadelphia, their business is now an industry leader in the area.  They come highly recommended with over 600 reviews on Angie’s List and have won the Super Service Award multiple times in multiple categories through Angie’s List.  Jim opened the discussion with an announcement of the winners for a new floor contest they ran and talked about the winner and why he won.  Jim explains how the big box retailers oftentimes offer an inferior product that while backed up by warranty, are often improperly installed.  Jim had to fix one of these installs and he explains how the customer had lived with warped floors for a year due to a deficient install that was denied warranty coverage too.  Jim and his company have a beautiful warehouse in Odessa located at 2310 Success Drive and they invite you up to explore all of the flooring options they have available.  You can find them online at www.yeagerflooring.com too.

Alongside Jim today was Charlie the Plumber.  Charlie is a past frequent guest that had been on a show hiatus but was back in studio today to light up the mic.  Charlie, who is never at a loss for words, joined the #MorningDiscussion with some commentary on the Colin Kaepernick situation before plugging Jim Yeager and his business model.  Charlie, who is a former pro wrestler and a Marine, is a frequent contributor to a number of radio shows in town too, albeit as an avid caller.  He checks in with Jack Harris and Ted Webb on AM Tampa Bay many mornings too with political commentary and rants and loves to talk politics.  He met up with our social media contact today and is about to launch his social media channels of which he currently has none, not to promote business, but to get involved in the political online discussions.  Be sure to use #AmericanPlumber to agree or disagree with him online.  Charlie never shys from the conversation either, we’ll update soon when he is online!

At 8am, we started #WorkingWomenWednesday.  Jessica Rivelli updated us on the Working Women Conference which is now just around the corner on September 8th and 9th at the Straz Center.  VIP tickets are sold out but general admission are still available at www.workingwomenconference.com, be sure to use promo code Meloni10 for 10% off of the tickets!

Our next guest to the program was Sheila LaNeve where she is the founder and owner of determineU. She is a certified life and career coach who believes in a co-active approach to identifying and achieving goals and she has a passion for working with students and professionals that need assistance with finding their best educational and/or career path.   Sheila empowers clients by aligning their personality, core values, abilities and interests with proper guidance.  Sheila is certified to administer both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment and the Strong Interest Inventory Assessment.  Sheila understands the complexities and dynamics of decision-making and aims to alleviate the stress associated with choosing an appropriate career path. Sheila is committed to professional development and keeps current on trends and expectations in college and career development.   While her services are best suited for High-School and College students, she does say that people of all ages and walks of life can benefit from here assessments.  Find her online at www.determineu.com!

Wrapping up the program today was Christine Acosta, Founder of Pedal Power Promoters.  Her vision is to make Tampa a world-class city for bicycle commuters. She founded Pedal Power Promoters in 2014 to spearhead bicycle-friendly initiatives through collaborative public and private partnerships.

Acosta works with key local, regional, and national cycling stakeholders in transportation, health, and urban planning.  Her projects and committees include experts from the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Healthy St. Pete, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Health, AARP, the MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the League of American Bicyclists.

The company creates and implements Bicycle Friendly Business(sm) Certification programs and provides professional bike valet services through its auxiliary company, Tampa Bike Valet, to serve and grow the area’s #PedalPopulation. In the two years since its launch, the woman-owned social enterprise has garnered regional and national prominence within the domain of Bicycle Friendly Business certification.

As enthusiastic as she is about cycling, Acosta was frustrated by her community’s poor safety record for bicyclists and pedestrians.  The Pedestrian Danger Index rates Tampa Bay as the 2nd Worst In the nation. In 2015 she was on the founding board of non-profit Walk Bike Tampa. In 2016 she became its Executive Director. The group acted with urgency to ask for change when Lexi Miranda, 17, was hit and killed while crossing a major high-speed roadway to get to school. WBT pursued a Vision Zero Plan – “No loss of life on our roadways is acceptable” for Tampa. The Plan will serve as the platform for improving safety. Tampa’s City Council, Hillsborough County School Board, Hillsborough County Commission, and Metropolitan Planning Organization have passed resolutions in favor of Vision Zero.  Learn more about her mission and vision at http://www.pedalpowerpromoters.com!

Missed a show – find us online at www.tampabayradio.com where all shows are available On Demand and please subscribe to us on YouTube at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and follow on Twitter @jamie_meloni!

Jim YeagerSheila LaNeveChristine Acosta

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