Quarterly Impact Report - 2019
Reporting Period: January 2019 - March 2019
Nearly 100 business leaders gathered to celebrate the commencement of the 2nd cohort of the Minority Business Accelerator at the Cohort Kick Off Reception. The event was held January 10, 2019 at Mise En Place.
Cohort's Quarter 1 Focus
Cohort '20 kicked off their 1st year in the MBA program by focusing on the intricacies of their individual leadership styles and business operations. Their executive learning sessions included:

  • Leadership Development facilitated by Clint Babcock and Greg Celestan; and
  • Visioning and Strategic Planning facilitated by Mary Gamble.

They also spent a considerable amount of time attending chamber events that add additional value to their company, building relationships with their business coach and fellow program participants.
Cohort '19, now in their 2nd year of the MBA program, continues to solve their business challenges by setting SMART goals and utilizing the resources available to them. Most importantly, they are exploring ways to remain involved in both the Chamber and the community after they complete the MBA program. A few points of interest include:

  • Small Business of the Year, Leadership Tampa, and Emerge for their young professionals;
  • Attending the upcoming Benchmarking Trip; and
  • Joining various Chamber committees and/or community boards.
1st Quarter Impact
New Hires
Land/Property Acquisition
(Headquarter Expansion)
Mentor Hours
Strategic Introductions
Chamber Events Attended
Note: All impact numbers are reported on an aggregate basis for both cohort groups combined. The metrics are reflected of the 1st quarter of 2019 only.
Notable Mentions
2 MBA Companies Recognized as One of the
Largest Minority-owned Businesses in Tampa Bay
by The Tampa Bay Business Journal
The new Matcon Construction office is located at 3023 N. Florida Ave in Seminole Heights.
Matcon Construction Builds a New Headquarters!
Matcon Construction Services, Inc. quickly outgrew their previous office and with the help of Valley Bank, built a new headquarters. Owner Derek Mateos and his team are excited about their new office and location and even has plans to construct an additional warehouse facility on the site.

The Matcon team is in the process of planning a grand opening and ribbon cutting event slated for this summer, so stay tuned.
Owner of Mid Florida Armored Inspires Minority Business Owners
Danny Persaud served as keynote speaker at Hillsborough County School's Office of Supplier Diversity's Master Class series. He shared his journey to entrepreneurship. His words of advice, " Life is About Moments; Don’t Wait for Them, Create Them," echoed loud and clear amongst the group of business owners and community leaders in attendance.
Help Us Recruit Participants!
Community Info Session -- June 27, 2019 -- 11:30 am - 1 pm
Entrepreneur Collaborative Center -- 2101 E. Palm Ave. Tampa, FL

Recommend a local Black or Hispanic owned business to Join us for lunch to learn more about the Minority Business Accelerator program. Attendees can expect:

  • Specific details about the MBA program, such as time commitment, program curriculum, cost, expectations, etc.;
  • First hand testimonies from current MBA program participants and the business mentors that help them succeed; and
  • Open dialogue to ask questions to determine if the program is right for you.

MBA Program Overview
Thank You to Our Founding Sponsors
Thank you to our Community Partners