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2/13/2018 Member News

Mayor Rick Kriseman Receives Small Business Advocate Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors

CONTACT: Jessica Eilerman, City's Small Business Liaison and Greenhouse Manager, 727-893-7886 or

Mayor Rick Kriseman Receives Small Business Advocate Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors

St. Petersburg, Fla. (February 13, 2018) – St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will receive the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Partner America 2018 “Small Business Advocate Award” for his efforts and support of small business in the city. This special event will take place on Wednesday, February 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at a Small Business Day event at the Greenhouse, 440 Second Avenue North. All small business owners are encouraged to attend.

The award is given by Partner America, a public-private partnership that was created by The U.S. Conference of Mayors to assist mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and the global economy.

Along with Mayor Kriseman, Jessica Eilerman, the City's Small Business Liaison and Greenhouse Manager and Sean Kennedy, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Community Development for the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, will discuss local programs and resources available to small business owners.

“We are honored to receive this award but more importantly to have so many successful entrepreneurs launching and growing small business in St. Petersburg. They are an essential part of our local economy and represent so much of the flavor and flair of what it means to experience St. Pete," said Mayor Kriseman.

"This event is not just to celebrate receiving an award, it is also a chance to share the tools the city and our partners have to help our small businesses grow and prosper," said Jessica Eilerman.

The event kicks off at 8 a.m. promptly, with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. In addition to the award presentation, Curtis Cello, a driving force in the Partner America initiative, which seeks to help small business owners understand how to overcome common challenges and improve sales, operations, and profitability – will serve as keynote speaker.

After the event concludes at 9 a.m., in celebration of Tampa Bay Startup Week, a special 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Greenhouse.

This marks the second year the City of St. Petersburg is a sponsor of Tampa Bay Startup Week, which features a series of entrepreneurial-inspired events held throughout Tampa Bay.