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Florida Matters Re-Broadcast: Nurturing Entrepreneurship In Tampa Bay

Michael McArthur

The statistics are familiar; most startups don't make it. But job growth and innovation are the life blood of a thriving community. On Florida Matters, we discuss how to grow -- and keep -- successful entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay.


The Merriam-Webster definition of an entrepreneur is "a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money." They also must be willing to work hard and crazy hours, and give up the security of working for someone else. But the rewards can be substantial.

Tonight’s show includes the following guests:



Nick Reader, CEO of MVP Holdings and cofounder of PDQ Restaurants. He is also an EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Florida. Find out more about the program here.









Jenn Smurr, owner of Born & Bread Bakehouse in Lakeland.












Dr. Mike Morris, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration.








We also toured a kombucha brewery in St. Petersburg with Tonya Donati, owner of Mother Kombucha. She spoke with WUSF’s Lisa Peakes.


Click here to listen to WUSF's tour of the Mother Kombucha warehouse.

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.