Florida Matters: Nurturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay
The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay.
The Merriam-Webster definition of an entrepreneur is "a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money." They also must be willing to work hard and crazy hours and give up the security of working for someone else. But the rewards can be substantial.
We talk about the entrepreneurial "ecosystem" necessary for businesses to survive with guests Jenn Smurr, owner of Born & Bread Bakehouse in Lakeland; Nick Reader, CEO of MVP Holdings and cofounder of PDQ Restaurants, and a 2016 EY Entreprenuer of the Year; and Dr. Mike Morris, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration.
Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.
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