The Pasco Economic Development Council will host its fourth annual BizGrow2.0 conference on May 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch.
The annual event brings together successful business owners with entrepreneurs looking for inspiration and practical advice.
“The idea is to give them some inspiring stories from CEOs (chief executive officers) who have gone from startups to professional businesses, especially local business owners,” said Jennifer Lachtara, marketing communications coordinator for the economic development council.
Previous conferences have drawn crowds exceeding 90 people.
Keynote speakers will be Jorge Brea, president and chief executive officer of Symphonic Distribution; and Mike Bishop, founder of Big Storm Brewing.
Industry experts will offer advice and knowledge on a range of topics including new laws affecting the marketplace and the value of cyber security.
Information technology security is becoming increasingly important to businesses, said Lachtara.
Saint Leo University and other colleges now offer students cyber security as a major, she said.
Michael Moorman and Joshua Adams, professors of computer science and technology at Saint Leo, will discuss “Information Security Issues: A Conversation on Protecting Your Business.”
On another topic, attorney Michele Hintson of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick will discuss the fine print of contractual terms in business deals.
Attorney Tom Toner will discuss changes in patent laws.
And, Krista Covey and John Walsh, of the PEDC, will offer tips on finding a path to success.
The conference also offers plenty of time networking.
For information or to register call (813) 926-0827, or visit PascoEDC.com/events.
WHEN: May 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Pasco-Hernando State College, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel
COST: $35 per person, registration is required. A light breakfast and lunch are included.
INFORMATION: (813) 926-0827 or PascoEDC.com/events
Published May 11, 2016