Upcoming Business Events to Attend This Fall: 2018 Edition

Tampa Bay has a lot going on year-round, both in business and entertainment. There are beautiful beaches, festivals, sporting events, and more. Ours is also one of the top cities for the great outdoors, diverse culinary treats, and a booming nightlife.

Tampa Business Events Fall 2018

With so much going on, it can be hard to choose which events to attend.

We’ve put together a list of some business events that you won’t want to miss in the coming weeks.


Cigar City Toastmasters in Tampa

Second Tuesday of each month, 6:15 PM

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9:15 AM

Entrepreneur Collaboration Center 

2101 E. Palm Ave.

Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605

Toastmasters will bring out your inner leader by improving your speaking and presentation skills. The group will help you gain self-confidence while increasing your ability to inspire and collaborate. This will improve your skills to work with others in a more supportive and positive manner. The powerful tools you gather here will help you build strong leadership skills. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information, contact Rosie Lee, CCO of Divergent Dimension at rosie@divergentdimension.com.

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State of the Tampa Bay Ecosystem 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

6 PM – 8:30 PM

University of Tampa

Maureen A. Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building

820 W. North A Street

Tampa, FL 33606

This is the third annual presentation of the “State of the Tampa Bay Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” report. The report was developed and presented by the University of Tampa’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. It examines and tracks both the growth and progress of Tampa’s entrepreneurial energy. At this meeting, presenters will compare today’s findings to the original Kauffman Study. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to gain an understanding of the progress of entrepreneurship in the region.


Marketing Sucks, But It Doesn’t Have To

Tuesday, November 27, 2018,

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

401 East Jackson Street, 33rd Floor

Tampa, FL 33602

This workshop, presented by Paper Jacket Marketing and Get Success Unlimited, focuses on Get Success Unlimited’s secret of using Content plus Digital Marketing. Using this method, the workshop addresses promoting sales for multiple brands, businesses, organizations, and campaigns.

Attendees will develop a fool-proof plan and develop the best way to implement it, according to their business’s unique marketing needs. Business owners and professionals from nearly any industry will benefit from this workshop. You will learn the best way to market your company online while taking out the guesswork.

John Kachurick from Get Success Unlimited will discuss meshing marketing and business growth. Business professionals who make use of the knowledge they gain at this event will be able to move toward a marketing breakthrough.

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EXFO Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) Tune-Up and Roadshow

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM 


3801 Corporex Park Drive

Tampa, FL 33619

This is an excellent opportunity to meet EXFO and Anixter team members. You will also gain valuable information and assistance with your optical test gear. Attendees are invited to bring along your current or older gear.

If you don’t own EXFO test gear, the team members will be glad to clean, inspect, and evaluate other equipment brands. The experts will thoroughly check your equipment. Available services will include visual OTDR inspection, test port inspection and clearing, software checks, and calibration checks. The on-site teams may also be able to diagnose and rectify any difficulties resulting from faulty equipment. Upon request, team members may offer a trade-in analysis and value. Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



Ascend 2k18 Prophetic Conference

Thursday, December 6: 7 PM

Friday, December 7: 10:30 AM – 4 PM + 7 PM evening service

Saturday, December 8: 10:30 AM – 4 PM + 7 PM evening service

The Center For Manifestation

3102 East Lake Avenue

Tampa, FL 33610

This conference strives to “take you higher in the prophetic and seer realms.” After a period of worship, the conference will focus on prophetic power and glory. Featured activities include night services, workshops, and VIP panel discussions. Admission is free, but to reserve a seat you must register in advance. Futhermore, workshops and panels require a Premium Access ticket.

Presenters for this conference include:

  • Jennifer LeClaire, founder of the Ignite prophetic network,
  • with James Goll,
  • Jonathan Ferguson,
  • Jonathan Stidham,
  • and others.

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Human Resources for Small Businesses in Tampa 

December 7, 2018

10 AM

Operation Startup

Entrepreneur Collaboration Center 

2101 E. Palm Ave.

Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605

Jenny W. Clark of Solvability specializes in federal contracting for small businesses. She will help companies learn how they can become more competitive and profitable. At this event, Clark (also known as “The Oprah of Federal Contracting”) will provide valuable information about various personnel topics.

Some of the topics include:

  • recruiting,
  • hiring procedures,
  • employee benefits,
  • federal and state wage rules,
  • and payroll taxes.



Smart Reader Seminar

December 12, 2018

11:30 AM – 1 PM

Tampa Bay Business Journal

4890 West Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 850

Tampa, FL 33609.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal asks you to join them for lunch. At this event, you will learn how to grow your business using the Business Journal’s products. The seminar will provide networking opportunities. There will even be assitance available in finding leads. In turn, these leads will help to ensure an increase in your regional profits. While you’re there, pick up the 2018 Book of Lists!

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Drive Sales Thru Social Media in Tampa

December 14, 2018

10:00 AM

Operation Startup

Entrepreneur Collaboration Center 

2101 E. Palm Ave.

Ybor City, Tampa, FL 33605

Gary Knight, owner of New Homes of Tampa Bay, will educate attendees on increasing business prospects through social media. The main focus will be on how to drive sales using various social media platforms and how to establish a following. These small changes can greatly increase your exposure and grow your customer base.



Need A Break From Business Events?

It would be a shame to make your Tampa trip all work and no play.


Select Nights – Tampa Improv

Enjoy dinner and some laughs at Tampa Improv Stand-up Comedy Show. Check the full schedule for acts and ticket prices. Not every show is family-friendly. Be sure to bring your ID for 21+ shows!


Nov. 24 – Soul Beach

This waterside event brings together R&B music, jazz tunes, and a comedy show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Bar and Grill. Experience great music and laughter with friends and family. General admission and VIP tickets are available.


Nov. 24 & 25 – Tampa State Fairgrounds Craft Fair

The 25th annual craft fair is a fun day for everyone. Admission is $6.00 per person, but children 12 and under are free. One paid admission is good for both days. The craft fair is being held on November 24th and 25th.


Nov. 28 – Florida Orchestra Happy Hour Concert, “Two to Tango”

This special Happy Hour Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Armature Works in Tampa. This show promises to be a real treat for the whole family. Plus, admission is free!


Dec. 1 – Havana Nights

For a taste of Cuba, Havana Nights is the place to be. Enjoy Cuban cocktails, foods, music and more at this event celebrating Cuban culture. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. at Tampa’s Ampersand Event Center. VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now.


Dec. 7 – A Very Barry Christmas

Barry Manilow is putting on a Platinum Christmas Concert at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. The show will start at 7:00 p.m. Come to hear your favorite Manilow hits like “Copacabana” and “Mandy” live from the legend himself!


Dec 8 – A Christmas Celebration

The Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony will be celebrating the Christmas holidays with a special concert set. There will be two showtimes, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the University of Florida (USF) School of Music Concert Hall in Tampa. Each showtime will have its own VIP preshow event.

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Enhance your experience with affordable limousine service.

Network Transportation offers a beautiful fleet of luxury cars. Options include sedans, Town Cars, stretch limousines, party vans, and buses. So, no matter how many guests are in your party, we’ve got you covered. Your professional chauffeur will meet and greet you at the airport and assist with your luggage. This leaves you free to relax in comfort after a long flight.

Our professionally-trained chauffeurs are very knowledgeable of the Tampa Bay area and its high-traffic areas to avoid. Going from event to event can involve a lot of traffic and parking issues. Forget the traffic hassles. Let Network Transportation take the wheel from here. You just decide where you want to go and your chauffeur will do the rest.


Written By: Ryan Lubin