B-Roll of Saturday’s 'Bridges to Business' Vendor Certification Tour

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On Saturday, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor took the first steps to make doing business with the city more convenient for local business owners.  For the first time, City staff from the Purchasing Department and the Minority and Small Business Development Office went to Tampa’s neighborhoods to certify and/or register companies with the City of Tampa.

The goal of the “Bridges to Business” Vendor Certification Tour is to meet entrepreneurs in the communities where they serve in an effort to connect them with basic information that has the potential to lead to government contract work.  The first stop on the tour took place on July 13 at the Cyrus Greene Community Center in East.

During that timeframe, business owners or their representatives learned the ins and outs of doing business with the city.  Staff was on-site to walk firms through the application process for minority, woman-owned, or small business certification.  Prime contractors and non-profit organizations were also on hand to provide information current projects.  

“Bringing city services into the neighborhoods ensures local businesses have access to the tools they need to build a long term relationship with the City,” said Mayor Jane Castor.

“Improving the number of minority, woman-owned and small businesses that have an opportunity to bid on city projects and guarantees an inclusive, equitable and open process for all businesses to have a chance to thrive locally.”

The Bridges to Business Vendor Certification Tour is free and open to business owners or their representatives. Those unable to attend Saturday’s event are strongly encouraged to register at: tampagov.net/BTBTour for future stops.


The next stop will be in August in West Tampa, location TBD.  


I have added a b-roll file from Bridges to Business event to the Cable FTP site. Here is the link: https://apps.tampagov.net/cable/Bridges%20to%20Business%20B-roll/20190713%20-%20Bridges%20to%20Business%20B%20Roll.mp4