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Operation Startup offers a wide range of high impact educational workshops about various stages of entrepreneurship.  All of our workshops are themed around the nine building blocks that make uo the business model canvas. We are so fortunate to have a collection of dedicated subject matter experts that are able to deliver these workshops to you.

Andy is a long term entrepreneur with 14 years of experience on Wall street, and nearly 25years of experience practicing entrepreneurship. His areas of specialization include financial modeling social entrepreneurship, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and effectuation.

 

Andy Gold, PhD
@profandygold (Twitter)
agold3@hccfl.edu (email)
813-259-6062 (office)

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Workshops Offered

Business Modeling 101

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Who Owns The Ice House

Effectuation: The entrepreneurial method

Financials 101

Creativity, Innovation, and Human Centered Design

Beth Kerly  is a full-time tenured business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College. Kerly serves as the co-founder of the HCC Entrepreneurship  program, and Operation Startup. Ms. Kerly founded BK Consulting, a marketing advisory service company, and co-founded e2Venture.  Her areas of specialization include sales & marketing,  value proposition development, and customer development.

Beth Kerly, MBA
@mkerly (Twitter)
mkerly@hccfl.edu (email)
813-253-7216 (office)

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Workshops Offered

Business Modeling 101

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Who Owns The Ice House

Effectuation: The entrepreneurial method

Ramón  is  social entrepreneur with vast experience in science and research. a Taking his innate curiosity, love of science, creativity and entrepreneurial instincts, Ramón helped found Eutopia Research Group with the mission of bringing social entrepreneurs and STEM professionals together to develop solutions for upcoming challenges humanity will face in the 21st century.

 

Ramon Alonso
Ralonso@eutopiaresearchgroup.com (email)

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Workshops Offered

Business Modeling 101

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Who Owns The Ice House

Effectuation: The entrepreneurial method

Financials 101

Jenny is a long time entrepreneur and active participant in the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Her business, Solvability focuses on providing government contracting strategy focused on business acceleration. She has expertise in human resources and QuickBooks as well. Jenny is a passionate supporter of Veterans  in an alliance to promote financial freedom for our families and our communities.

Jenny Clark
@solvabilityjwc (Twitter)
jwclark@solvability.com (email

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Workshops Offered

QuickBooks Online

Accounting Basics

Human Resources for Small Businesses

Government Contracting 101

Roger is a financial professional with years of experience helping individuals and businesses gain a deeper understanding of financial matters and how to maximize financial performance.

Roger Silvera
@solvabilityjwc (Twitter)
jwclark@solvability.com (email

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Workshops Offered

How Money Works For Entrepreneurial Leaders

Jen is a self-proclaimed insurance geek.  She is a local Property and Casualty Insurance Agent and Community Leader. She is on the Board of Directors for The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, The President of Hillsborough Community Collage Business Advisory Board, an Ambassador for Working Women of Tampa Bay, and is an Active Member of the Junior League of Tampa. Jen enjoys working with entrepreneurs directly, helping her clients understand the why behind the coverage.

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Jen McDonald
 
@jenmcdonaldhcc(Twitter) 
Jenmcdonald@merchantinsurancesolutions.com (email)

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Workshops Offered

Insurance 101

Joe is the Founder/Owner of Transition Masters, a not for profit organization that teaches people to confidently and credibly present themselves to organizations during job search. He was a mentor during Operation Startup at the WAVE and regularly attends One Million Cups.  The best ideas are often overlooked, but the best presentation gets the attention of investors and clients. Are you ready to take your business venture to the next level? 

Joe Jones
@solvabilityjwc (Twitter)
jwclark@solvability.com (email

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Workshops Offered

Pitch Masters

Salma Benkabbou is The Millennial Business Lawyer™ and the lead legal strategist at The Benkabbou Law Firm where she Helps Entrepreneurs Protect their Creative Greatness™. Her office is physically located in the heart of Salma’s hometown, downtown Tampa.  Being a business owner herself, Salma prides herself on being able to help her clients strategize from a business perspective as well as protect their ventures from a legal perspective. Her firm’s clients range from start-up companies to multi-million dollar companies.

 

Salma Bankabbou, Esq
@millennialbizlawyer (Instagram)
salma@benkabboulawfir

 

 

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Workshops Offered

Business Modeling 101

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Who Owns The Ice House

Effectuation: The entrepreneurial method

Financials 101

Workshops Offered

Lets Understand Intellectual Property

12 years of real estate experience in Florida. The last 10 years have been focused in Tampa Bay and the I-4 Corridor, with over 10 million SF of transactions closed, and many thousands of acres of land sold in Central and SW Florida.

Prior to starting Fortress Commercial Real Estate, Kostas was Senior Associate at CBRE, Associate Director of Industrial Sales and Leasing for Cushman & Wakefield and Sales Associate at Grubb & Ellis in Tampa.

Kostas Stoilas
@solvabilityjwc (Twitter)
jwclark@solvability.com (email

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Workshops Offered

Commercial Real Estate for Startups

Ashley specializes in business law and estate planning. She has a passion for entrepreneurship, small businesses, and financial planning. Ms. Zohar works to solve her client's needs by providing solutions in an efficient and affordable manner. These are common issues every new business owner struggles to understand.

Ashley Zohar, Attorney

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Workshops Offered

Legal Issues for Startups

Sam Altman, US Army Reservist and Co Founder of weCONGO, a proud ‘Built in Tampa’ startup, that helps facilitate efficiency in business networking. Sam is a newly returned Tampanian having been born in Dade City, FL, but left at an early age to spend the last 35 years in DC, the Army, and most recently, JP Morgan Investment Bank in New York City.  Sam leverages skills learned in the military intelligence and investment community to increase his efficiency in purpose driven networking.

Sam Altman

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Workshops Offered

How To Build A Success Network

Angel Anderson, a 20 year Air Force veteran, experienced Toastmaster, and a marketing planner deploying video for local companies seeking more clients. 

Angel Anderson

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Workshops Offered

Rewriting the Marketing Rule book

 How to Create a Landing Page and Explainer Video

Bio Coming soon!

Katie Wolf

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Workshops Offered

QuickBooks Online

Accounting Basics

Human Resources for Small Businesses

Leon is a long-time entrepreneur with exceptional experience in selling, and sales strategies.  Leon has experience n business development and consulting for nearly two decades. Leon has experience in real estate, sales, and marketing. Leon is the founder of Cutting Edge Concierge, a food & technology service. Aside from his entrepreneurial ventures, Leon is an active participant in many community organizations, including 1 Million Cups, Tampa

Leon Donovan

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Workshops Offered

S.A.L.E.S. Sales Always Looming Everywhere Strategically

Greta is an accomplished business professor, small business mentor, entrepreneur, and Veteran advocate.  She has been teaching business courses for over 13 years. She is also a fundraiser with experience in Annual Giving, Board Development and Strategic Planning. Greta is an entrepreneur - in - residence at Operation Startup, and is a go-getter! She started her career in Television Broadcasting and after a some reflection, changed her mind and life and went back to school to complete her MBA. She is working on her Ph.D. in Business Strategy while she teaches full-time and helps local businesses. Biz Dynamics Group is her current business, where she connects business entrepreneurs with each other, to build upon their strengths.

Greta Kishbaugh, MBA
 
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship
St. Pete College 
@gretakishbaugh(Twitter)
agold3@hccfl.edu (email)
813-609-8803 (office)

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Workshops Offered

How To Create An Explainer Video

How To Create Graphics Through Canva