Graduates of the Entrepreneurial Academy Celebrate Success at Pinellas Ale Works

Posted On 05/24/2019 by St. Pete Greenhouse

On May 20th, twenty-seven of St. Pete’s finest entrepreneurs celebrated their successful completion of the Florida Print Solutions Inc. Entrepreneurial Academy presented by Everyone Needs a Coach. Taught by business leaders in the community, The Entrepreneurial Academy® is a ten-week course that guides existing and future entrepreneurs through the essentials of owning a successful business.

Celebration was in the air as Chamber Ambassadors, Board Members, friends and family of the graduates arrived for a casual, St. Pete-centric commencement ceremony at Pinellas Ale Works brewery. Delicious pre-function hors d’oeuvres were provided by Bayou Catering before the program kicked off with a graduation address from Mayor Rick Kriseman. Kriseman spoke highly of the graduates and the City’s commitment to serving and supporting them as entrepreneurs and small business owners investing in our community.

The night continued on a high note with a keynote address from local entrepreneur, Kyle Taylor, of the Penny Hoarder, who delivered a retelling of his own entrepreneurial journey with an overarching message that encouraged the graduates to embrace fear and identify the mission they are passionate about serving, in order to be fulfilled and successful.

Graduates of the Entrepreneurial Academy received complimentary Start Up level memberships to the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce. During the presentation of certificates, graduates took time to speak about their experience in the program and what’s next for them and their businesses.

“It is our privilege and honor to work with the incredible entrepreneurs of this community. These twenty-seven graduates are great examples of what makes St. Pete such a dynamic community,” said Sean Kennedy, VP of Entrepreneurship and Community Development and co-manager of the St. Petersburg Greenhouse. 

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Entrepreneurial Academy Graduates:

Elisha Adams
Charlotte Anderson
Tyler Baumgardner
Sekinah Bethune
Robin Clemmons
Elaine Dogan
Clay Frapwell
Diane Gaines
Lynette Gryniak
Alisha Hooker
LaQuan Jones
Jaquay Kates
Sheila King

Nicole Leverock
Theresa Matthews
Deanne Miller
Connor Morrill
Tony Murray
Franki Pethtel
Susana Perez
Chris Pinault
Peter Roos
Alan Rulifson
Shab Sachedina
Angela Smoot
Christina Williams

The Entrepreneurial Academy is made possible by presenting sponsors Florida Print Solutions, Inc. and Everyone Needs a Coach and media sponsor, the Tampa Bay Times. Special Thanks to Pinellas Ale Works, Bayou Catering, Bavaro’s, Ciccio Cali, Hunger + Thirst Group, Pipo’s Cuban Café, and Pacific Counter.

The Fall session of the Florida Print Solutions Inc. Entrepreneurial Academy presented by Everyone Needs a Coach begins on September 9, 2019.  Click here for more information and to register to attend.