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Saturday, April 26, 2008HCC_Ybor Campus_Administration Building

2008 Small & Minority Business Symposium
THEME: "Building Better Relationships & Partnerships
Hillsborough Community College - Ybor Campus
2001 14th Street
Tampa, Florida 33605


The City of Tampa's Mayor's African American Advisory Council (MAAAC), in collaboration with the City of Tampa Minority Business Development Division and the City of Tampa Neighborhood & Community Relations Office hosted the 2008 Small & Minority Business Symposium on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus from 8:00am - 4:00pm, located at 2001 14th Street within Historic Ybor City.

The event was proudly sponsored in partnership by Title Sponsors Bright House Networks, Hillsborough Community College, Panera Breads, Time Customer Service, Inc.  Platinum Sponsors The Florida Sentinel Bulletin, Smoothie King and Tampa International Airport, along with various community and corporate partners are also on board.

The Symposium was a city-wide community outreach, bringing together small and minority businesses seeking to increase opportunities to do business with the City of Tampa, public/private sectors and other businesses.

The event was FREE and open to the public and featured:

  • Panel Discussions with special guest keynote speakers from the business and professional industry
  • Solution-Based Workshops on Training/Education/Business Skills Development, a Construction Tract on Business Plan Development, Education on Bidding Basics, Financial Freedom Resources and Business Makeovers for new and existing businesses 
  • Business matching Trade Show with introduction opportunities to market your businesses with local businesses from the City, public/private sectors and other local entities
  • Post Symposium Forum with light appetizers and special guest keynote speakers from the business and professional industry
The Symposium provided a FREE networking luncheon courtesy of Panera Breads and chances to cool off the hot days event with a cold treat courtesy of Smoothie King. 

The Symposium was proudly brought to you in partnership by:


Additional Sponsors and Corporate Supporters:

City of Tampa Cable Television

City of Tampa Construction Services Division

City of Tampa Housing & Community Development Division

City of Tampa Purchasing Department

City of Tampa Water Department

Credit Solutions Pro

Florida Sentinel Bulletin

Hillsborough County School Board (Career, Technical & Education Centers)

Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center [SBIC]

Nielson, Wojtowicz, Neu, and Associates

Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation [BBIC]

Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee

Tampa General Hospital


Wachovia Bank 

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2nd ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM - Online Registration Open Now!


Early Bird Registration Special Only $20; Onsite Registration (day of the event) $30

(includes continental breakfast, Session I and/or Session II workshops,

powerful Business Matching Trade Show, interactive panel discussions

and networking luncheon with a dynamic keynote speaker)