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Tampa's premier Shark Tank Competition

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Location: MOSI in Tampa

Price: $25

Join Brighthouse Networks and the Florida NEXT Foundation as we recognize some of the region's best Start-up companies in a live “Shark-Tank” style television show produced for Bright House On-Demand.

Tampa Bay’s premier pitch competition, Pitch 6, features the top five start-ups from the Regional Business Awards competition as they pitch in front of a live studio audience for cash and promotional prizes worth more than $30,000! Cost includes drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.  Click here to learn more.

Category: Business Events


Construction Management Academy

From: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:30PM
To: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:30PM

Location: The EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. No. in Clearwater,

Price: $25

Contact: Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County | phone: (727) 453-7200

Florida SBDC and Duke Energy will offer comprehensive insight into managing and growing a construction business beginning January 27th. The six-session seminar will examine the skill sets required of existing and emerging construction professionals to handle large budget projects and other major construction management requirements as well as discuss the potential challenges and solutions associated with such endeavors. Register at

Category: Business Events


Ballroom with a Twist

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM

Location: The Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete

Price: $25 Admission

Contact: The Mahaffey Theater | phone: (727) 892-5767 | website:

Some of the world’s most dazzling professional dancers, championship partners on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, will take to the Mahaffey stage for Ballroom With a Twist.

Category: Entertainment Events


Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota

Price: $35.00 and Up

Contact: website:

As lead vocalists of one of the top singing groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s, The 5th Dimension, McCoo & Davis recorded such classics as “Up, Up & Away,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” and many other chart-toppers. They went on to record “You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)” which was a #1 hit and earned them a seventh Grammy® Award. The husband and wife team celebrate their 44th anniversary with a recent release CD, The Many Faces of Love. Come celebrate this great musical team as they sing your favorites and new hits, back to back!

Category: Entertainment Events


Save the Date - 10th Annual Taste of the Garden

Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 10:00AM to 8:00PM

Location: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Contact: website:

Stay tuned for more details...

Category: General


MUSE Benefit

Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM

Location: 255 Beach Dr NE. in St. Pete

Price: $100 per person

Contact: St.Ptersburg Art Alliance | website:

Muse will be an unforgettable signature event. No stiff tuxes, No boring speeches, it's the art communities party to uniquely celebrate the Muses of St. Ptersburg. Events include interactive digital art, pop-up performances, dinner courses, curated auction items and the Muse Art Awards.

Category: Entertainment Events


Celebrate Midtown's Youth

Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Location: 22nd St. & 9th Ave. So. in St. Pete

Join the neighborhood for healthy family fun, activities for kids through high school age, including a City Bike Rodeo (get a free helmet, loaner bikes available!)

Category: General


Chili CookOff

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Location: Central Ave. & 28th St. in St.Pete

Price: $20 Admission

Contact: Grand Central District | phone: (727) 828-7006 | website:

The 10th Annual Grand Central District Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm at the corner of Central Ave and 18th St in St.Petersburg. Come taste the best chili in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to the chili contest, we will have live entertainment, a car  show, vendors, and BEER! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event.

Category: Health Events

5th Annual Youth Art Exhibit

Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Location: University Area Community Center

Price: $0

Contact: Delta Sigma Theta - Tampa Alumnae | Estella Gray | phone: 8502843386 | email: | website:

The Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DSTTA) hosts its 5th Annual Youth Art Exhibit Saturday, January 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University Area Community Center. DSTTA encourages young artists in their study of art through the exhibition of their work. The students’ work will be on display for a silent auction. Bids generated from each art piece goes directly to the student. Pieces that students may not want to sell will have a donation box next to it. The donations will go to the student. This year’s participants are from Blake High School, King High School, Roland Park K-8 Magnet School for International Studies, Steinbrenner High School, Wharton High School and Williams Middle Magnet School. Song, poetry and dance will be performed during the art viewing. This mission of this art exhibit falls under the sorority's National Arts and Letters Commission established in 1973 by Past National President Lillian Benbow. The mission of the Arts and Letters Commission began as a process for understanding and projecting the works of black women in the arts to cherish their labor and their lives. Since its inception in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has maintained a commitment to literature and the creative and performing arts.

Category: Entertainment Events


Super Bowl Watch Party

Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM

Location: Dale 1891, 11742 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa

Contact: phone: 813-857-7573

Come out and watch the game while enjoying the drink and food specials. The DJ will be on hand to keep the party hyped before and during game breaks. Also will be giving away raffle prizes throughout the night, stay tuned for prize updates. This event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, so will be accepting donations. So bring all your friends and come watch the big game.

Category: General


Wale at The Ritz

Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:00PM to 10:00PM

Location: 1503 E. 7th Ave in Tampa

Contact: website:

Category: Entertainment Events

WBTT’s Young Artist Program Presents Showtime with Leon Pitts

Monday, February 2, 2015 from 8:00PM to 10:00PM

Location: WBTT Theatre, 1646 Nate Jacobs Way in Sarasota

Price: General $26.50 / VIP: $101.50 (Reserved seating)

Contact: phone: 941.366.1505 | website:

Join this company member as he explores his own theatrical career and humble beginnings.  Additionally, audiences will enjoy a tribute to the music of James Brown!

Category: General


WBTT Voices – A Community Conversation: A Vision of Equality

Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Location: WBTT Theatre, 1646 Nate Jacobs Way in Sarasota

Contact: website:

This year’s topic is “A Vision of Equality,” a stimulating panel discussion about W.E.B. DuBois’s 1903 vision of creating an aristocracy of leaders among the most able 10 percent of black Americans through higher education and involvement in social change. What has been the impact of his vision through the decades, and how has life changed for African Americans in the past 112 years? Panelists and guests alike will be asked to consider and weigh in: Is DuBois’s concept of "The Talented Tenth" still relevant? 

Panelists are: Vivian R. Johnson, Ed.D., best-selling author, retired educator and expert in family/school/community partnerships; Neil P. Phillips, Principal, Visible Men Academy, a charter school for African American boys in Manatee County; Charles Smith, playwright and Distinguished Professor of theater and playwriting, Ohio University; and Dr. Bernard Watson, Academic Vice President, Temple University, and President, William Penn Foundation. Moderator is Vickie Oldham, former reporter and television host at WWSB ABC News 7, assistant V.P. Institutional Advancement, Albany State Univ. and founder/director of "Looking for Angola" project.   Free and open to the public but space is limited; RSVP by calling (941) 366-1505.

Category: Holiday Events

Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards

Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St. in Tampa

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Petersburg Greenhouse is proud to team up with Bright House Networks to recognize outstanding companies and their successes at the 2015 Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards. First, Second and Third Place Awards will be given in each of the following categories: Small (5-25 employees), Medium (26-100 employees) and Large (101-500 employees). In addition, one Innovator prize will be awarded.  Applications are due by 5pm on 9/26.  Click here to apply.

Category: Business Events


Tampa Bay Comedy Festival: Sommore, Earthquake, Arnez J., Tony Rock & Huggy Lowdown

Friday, February 6, 2015 from 8:00PM to 10:00PM

Location: USF Sundome in Tampa

Comedians Sommore, Earthquake, Huggy Lowdown, Tony Rock, and Arnez J are coming to the USF Sun Dome for the first annual Tampa Bay Comedy Festival for a night of fun and laughter.  Click here to learn more.

Category: Entertainment Events


The Duke Ellington Orchestra

Monday, February 9, 2015 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota

Price: $40.00 and Up

Contact: website:

One of the most influential figures in jazz, if not all American music, Duke Ellington produced an astoundingly rich body of music. In addition to leading his orchestra for more than 50 years, Ellington also composed movie scores, stage musicals, and toured the world over. Now led by his grandson, Paul Mercer Ellington, The Duke Ellington Orchestra continues to thrill audiences with its signature style of ground breaking jazz.

Category: Entertainment Events


Too Smooth Presents: My Gospel Valentine

Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Location: The Palladium in St. Pete

Price: $20 and Up

Contact: The Palladium | phone: 727-822-3590 | email: | website:

Christian comedy and concert for the whole family starring the world renowned entertainer and singer Shirley Murdock, performing live, her hit songs, “Love Me Better Than That,”, “In God’s Hands,” and more.

Category: General


Diana Ross

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 7:30PM to 10:00PM

Location: The Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete

Contact: website:

Tickets are on sale now.  Diana Ross’ remarkable career spanning almost five decades has resulted with major awards, accolades and music history milestones. In the U.S. alone, she has tallied 31 Top Ten singles and 14 Top Ten albums, selling more than 100 million units around the globe.

Category: Entertainment Events


Bright Spots Business Expo - Save the Date

Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Location: St. Petersburg Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. No. in St. Pete

Contact: website:

Category: Business Events


Whitney M. Young, Jr. Leadership Awards Luncheon

Friday, February 20, 2015 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM

Location: USF St. Petersburg Student Center, 200 6th Ave. So. in St. Pete

Price: $50 for individuals and $400 for a table of 8

Contact: Pattye Sawyer-Hampton | phone: 727-327-2081 ext 128

This event is one of our premier fundraising events. Funds raised will support programs necessary for the stablization of our community especially for those who need us most.  2015 Honorees will be announced soon!

Category: General