Quarterly Impact Report
Reporting Period: April 2018 - June 2018
2nd Quarter Focus:
Effectively Managing People, Profits & Processes

Program participants spent

70 hrs

participating in professional development activities.
This quarter, each program participant evaluated the strength of their company's standard operating procedures and the effects they have on their team's behavior and drive the company's revenue.

Human resource best practices, avoiding legal pitfalls, and understanding how to continuously engage employees were topics of discussion. The cohort also compared their company's profitability to similar sized companies in the market and used that information to determine how certain business decisions impact their bottom line.

Each activity forces the participants to confront their way of thinking and behaviors. Through discussions and practical tools, they are exposed to new perspectives and ways of doing business!
2nd Quarter Impact
New Jobs Created
Vacancies Filled
New Contract
Secured Capital
New Assets Acquired
Strategic Introductions
Mentor Hours
Chamber & Community Events Attended
Note: All impact numbers are reported on an aggregate basis for the 2nd quarter only.
Notable Mentions
New Program in Tampa to Help Business Owners Bring in More Revenue

Derek Mateos, owner of Matcon Construction Services, Inc. was featured on Bay News 9 discussing the Minority Business Accelerator, the success his company has had from the program, and advising those who might be interested in applying for the program in the future.
Mid Florida Armored Receives Community Service Award by Hillsborough County Public Schools
Mid Florida Armored & ATM Service received the Commissioner's Business Recognition Award by the Hillsborough County Public School's Office of Supplier Diversity. The award recognizes one local company who has shown outstanding support of education in Hillsborough County.
Danny Persaud, owner of Mid Florida Armored pictured with Eric Graham, HCPS Supplier Diversity Officer
Owner of Chameleon Custom Solutions Inspires Minority Business Owners
In commemoration of National Small Business Week, Carolyn Lawson inspired local minority business owners and shared her journey to entrepreneurship, including the peaks and valleys of building a business and the lessons she's learned along the way. The event was hosted by the Hillsborough County Public School's Office of Supplier Diversity as a part of their "Master Class" series.

McKenzie Contracting, LLC Participates in Exclusive
Mentor-Protege Program
Dan Fernandez, owner of McKenzie Contracting, LLC was selected as a participant in The Beck Group and Envision Construction Services Mentor-Protege Program. The program teaches businesses how to successfully do business with them and gives McKenzie Contracting a competitive advantage in the market when being considered for future Beck and Envision projects.
Chamber Wins Communications Award for Minority Business Accelerator
T he Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has been named an "Award of Excellence" winner by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for its marketing campaign for the launch of the Minority Business Accelerator. The campaign branded the MBA program and promoted it using print, social media, digital, web, media, chamber stakeholders, and community information sessions.

The ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce. A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.
Inaugural Cohort Promo Videos
Click below to learn more about the service offerings of each of the inaugural cohort members and how you can help them expand their footprint in the market!
Chameleon Custom Solutions
Owner: Carolyn Lawson
Matcon Construction Services, Inc.
Owner: Derek Mateos
McKenzie Contracting, LLC
Owner: Dan Fernandez
Mid Florida Armored & ATM Service
Owner: Danny Persaud
Volunteer Opportunities Available
Business Advisor
Works one-on-one with program participant by providing support, guidance and business recommendations. Hosts regular advising session with program participant, assesses business development needs, and facilitates program accountability and business growth.
Time Commitment – 8 to 10 hours per month; 2-year commitment.

Subject Matter Expert
Facilitates program participant’s professional and business development session(s), by sharing best practices relative to the curriculum topic, providing practical tools for successful implementation, and connecting program participants to additional resources as deemed necessary. Time Commitment – 10 hours per year; 1-year commitment.
MBA Program Objectives
The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is assists Black and Hispanic business owners identify and overcome common growth barriers, such as limited working capital, access to corporate decision makers, and information needed to grow their business. The MBA provides practical tools for change to help participants increase their capacity, create jobs and build wealth.
Industry experts collaborate with program participants to discuss best practices, while helping them develop strategic, results-driven solutions.
The MBA connects businesses and minority business suppliers and encourages the utilization of local minority owned businesses.
The MBA provides ongoing support to ensure long term growth. Thus, leading to job creation, business prosperity, and economic inclusion.
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Community Partner