Thursday September 26: Mayor Castor Hosts ‘Bridges to Business’ Vendor Certification Tour in Drew Park

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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is taking steps to make doing business with the city more convenient for local business owners.  For the third time, City staff from the Purchasing Department and the Minority and Small Business Development Office will take to Tampa’s neighborhoods to 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 or jobs opportunities with prime contractors and non-profits.  The third stop on the tour will take place September 26th, at the All Art Studio Venue from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

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

“Our first two Bridges to Business were huge successes and we look forward to meeting more businesses out in the communities they serve,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “We know that each neighborhood is unique and it’s that diversity that defines, not only the City of Tampa, but our business community as a whole. We are all better because of it. We look forward to continuing to work to streamline the process of doing business with the city and welcoming, with open arms, any suggestion or questions you may have while going through this process.”

The Bridges to Business Vendor Certification Tour is free and open to business owners or their representatives.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to register at: for future stops.

The City plans to announce dates and locations the next Vendor Certification Tours in the near future.

WHO: Mayor Castor, Community Partners, Small Business Owners

WHAT: Bridges to Business Tour

WHERE: All Art Studio; 4725 North Hesperides Street, Tampa, FL  33614

WHEN: Thursday, September 26th from 1:30PM to 4:30PM

Mayor Castor will arrive at 1:45 a.m.