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Julie Curry, Owner of Bake’n Babes

I'm the owner of Bake'n Babes, a local bakery that provides catering services as well as wholesale and retail specialty desserts, ice creams, and paleo granola. We're excited to be opening our first storefront in The Hall on Franklin, a collective eatery in Tampa Heights that will showcase some of the city's best culinary offerings.

Julie Curry, Tampa Bay, Florida

Chon Nguyen, Entrepreneur

I have a few businesses. Digital Aspire is a managed IT firm that grew out of a business I started shortly out of high school. AVIT handles A/V and IT services for some of the fastest-growing restaurant brands in the country, including PDQ, World of Beer, Tijuana Flats and others. 212 Digital is a software company that produces digital kitchen solutions for multi-unit restaurants.  I also developed an app called FusionPrep that now powers approximately 300 professional kitchens nationwide.

What’s one of Tampa’s best assets?
I’m incredibly bullish on Tampa Bay. There are so many great people here doing interesting things. Whether it’s Jeff Vinik in Channelside, transformative projects championed by Bob Buckhorn, or the innovation that is happening around restaurants, there is so much to get excited about.

Describe Tampa in three words.
Get here now.

Chon Nguyen, Tampa Bay, Florida

Erin Meagher, Founder of Beneficial Blends

I’ve called Tampa Bay home since my teens. I'm now the Chief Coconut at Kelapo Coconut Oil and Founder of Beneficial Blends, a company that produces organic oils. Beneficial Blends has made the Inc. 5000 list for the past three consecutive years, and we're one of the top 10 fastest growing companies in the region.

 

Erin Meagher, Tampa Bay, Florida

Ruan Cox, Business Development Associate, Moffitt Cancer Center

I’m from Miami. I came to Tampa Bay in 2009 for graduate school at USF’s College of Medicine, pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences. I’m excited to be here because I have the pleasure of working at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Making a difference in the lives of others by helping to discover innovative cancer treatments motivates me to go to work each day.

Ruan Cox, Tampa Bay, Florida

Roman Cowan, COO of Trash Butler

I am from Jamaica and moved to Tampa because of the big city appeal and small city feel. As the COO of Trash Butler, a revolutionary Doorstep Valet Trash & Recycling service for apartments and multi-family communities, I get to work in paradise with amazing people.

Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk

I am the Co-Founder and CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk, a junk hauling and moving business headquartered in Tampa, with 100 franchised locations in the United States and Canada and 2,000 employees nationwide.

Tim Moore, CEO, Diamond View

I created a video production business that specializes in short-form emotionally charged videos. We help brands create visual media to promote their products and services, and have worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies and major brands including Gatorade, Purina and YMCA.

Why did you choose Tampa Bay?
Tampa Bay is an area that we found has the most opportunity for growth and top talent.

Top Picks for Bike Trails
- Bayshore Linear Park Trail—Bayshore Greenway
- Tampa Riverwalk
- Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail
- Flatwoods Park
- Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Tim Moore, Tampa Bay, Florida

Stevie Morgan, Founder of Cater Me Fit

I am a born and raised, third-generation Tampa native. I founded CaterMeFit, a healthy meal delivery service. We deliver healthy, ready-to-eat meals to the doors of busy professionals throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas & Polk counties.

Ryan Clarke, CEO of SiteREADY

I’m a Tampa Bay native and co-founder of SiteREADY, a workplace technology integration and consulting firm. Tampa Bay presents so much more opportunity to me than a market like Boston or New York that has already peaked.

Ryan Clarke, Tampa Bay, Florida

Roberto Torres, President of Blind Tiger Café

Accountant-turned-entrepreneurial force of nature Roberto Torres spends his days toggling between running his three businesses (Black and Denim Apparel, Blind Tiger Cafe, and The Lab Roastery) and promoting Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Roberto Torres, Tampa Bay, Florida
Roberto Torres, Tampa Bay, Florida

Saxon Baum, Business Development Manager at Florida Funders

As a Pittsburgh transplant, I can’t get enough of the Tampa Bay salt life and music scene. On weekdays, I’m busy connecting local startups and growing companies with investors.

Saxon Baum, Tampa Bay, Florida

Taylor Wallace, Digital Nomad & Entrepreneur

Taylor co-founded WeVue, an HR technology firm, became a Florida Startup Bus conductor, and co-chaired Ignite Tampa Bay. Fresh from the sale of WeVue, he’s living and working abroad—these days, in Berlin.

Taylor Wallace, Tampa Bay, Florida
Saxon Baum, Tampa Bay, Florida

TAMMY CHARLES, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR, FRAMEWORKS

Tammy Charles is the Community Engagement director at Frameworks of Tampa Bay, a not‐for‐profit organization whose mission is to teach youth to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions for academic, career and personal success. Her calling to serve underprivileged communities in Tampa Bay came from a trip that she took 6 years ago to Haiti (one year after the earthquake). Seeing abject poverty with her own eyes sparked the desire to help make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Brad Barrios, Shareholder of Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel P.A.

I am an attorney and shareholder at Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel P.A. After graduating from Law School, a job opportunity brought me to Tampa, where I fell in love with the city’s vibrant energy and big city feel.


Meet the locals

Tampa Bay attracts a lot of interesting talent and businesses, and they love to share their experiences with newcomers. Get the scoop from these local professionals and business owners who know what it’s like to make it here.

Chon Nguyen, Entrepreneur

Tampa Bay is a rising star and if you’re here, you have a chance to be a part of that and help define what this city will look like 50 years from now. It’s a great time to be living here.



Erin Meagher, Founder of Beneficial Blends

Tampa is a little big city. Restaurants, shopping, professional sports teams—I’m a huge Tampa Bay Lightning hockey fan—we've got it all. I can't think of a better place to grow a company and raise a family.



Brad Barrios, Shareholder of Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel P.A.

I moved here for a job opportunity and never looked back. In Tampa, you can live within a close proximity to the water and downtown for a very low cost of living.



Taylor Wallace, Digital Nomad & Entrepreneur

Taylor arrived in Tampa Bay five years ago and immersed himself in the local startup and design scenes.



Stevie Morgan, Founder of Cater Me Fit

Tampa Bay is only beginning to realize its full potential, and I feel the same way as the founder of a young and fast growing company. I expect the future to hold big things for my city, my company and myself.



Ruan Cox, Business Development Associate, Moffitt Cancer Center

I enjoy an excellent work-life balance that will get even better with all of the plans for downtown. My engagement with different local social initiatives ensures that I feel connected not just to my job and my family, but also to the city.



Roman Cowan, COO of Trash Butler

Tampa has everything, a big city appeal, and small city feel. There is a sense of pride and comradery with the young professional community. I am proud to live, work and play here.



Omar Soliman, CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk

Tampa has big city amenities, stress-free living, skilled talent, and perfect weather. In 2008, I decided to move my company headquarters to Tampa and today we are experiencing exponential growth. The business climate here is amazing!



Tim Moore, CEO, Diamond View

Tampa Bay has so much to offer. We are centrally located, easy to get to and close to whatever interests you—beaches, theme parks, museums, cruises and three major sports teams.



Julie Curry, Owner of Bake’n Babes

Tampa is a wonderful, rapidly evolving city. Entrepreneurs who move here now have a unique opportunity to help shape its economic future.



Roberto Torres, President of Blind Tiger Café

Tampa is the perfect place to start your business because it has the correct ecosystem for any business to thrive.



Ryan Clarke, CEO of SiteREADY

One of the things I love most about growing my company here is that Tampa Bay is a region that’s on its way up. Young entrepreneurs and companies that are here have a role to play in shaping our city’s future.



Saxon Baum, Business Development Manager at Florida Funders

Weekends here feel more like vacations. A typical Saturday starts with a crabbing trip on a friend’s boat and ends surrounded by great friends and amazing live music.



TAMMY CHARLES, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR, FRAMEWORKS

What I love about Tampa Bay most is the community and interconnectedness that it provides. It is exciting to see the Tampa Bay community work collaboratively to make an impact on the lives of people around us.