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5/22/2018 Chamber News

BB&T Entrepreneurial Academy® Graduates 24 New Business Owners in St. Petersburg


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BB&T Entrepreneurial Academy® Graduates 24 New Business Owners in St. Petersburg
Spring 2018 Entrepreneurial Academy celebrates 12th cohort

May 22, 2018 | St. Petersburg, FL – The BB&T Entrepreneurial Academy® (EA) celebrated its 12th commencement last night at the Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg. The Entrepreneurial Academy® is a ten-week course that teaches existing and future entrepreneurs the essentials of owning a successful business.

The Entrepreneurial Academy is a program of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce® and the St. Petersburg Greenhouse, the one-stop facility for starting and growing local businesses.

Taught by business leaders in the community, the curriculum includes sessions on topics such as legal entities, accounting, writing a business plan, marketing and more. Upon graduation, entrepreneurs receive a complimentary 1-year membership to the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®.

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

Congratulations to the Spring 2018 BB&T Entrepreneurial Academy® graduates:

Jenna Arnal
Tracy Asalita
Brent Bardell
Heather Cini
Roger Curlin
Gail Eggeman
Jake Essman
Jim Ferris
Clifton Fischer
Jodi Jantomaso
James Lutich
Sean McFadden
Deb Montye
Rick Rhodes
Kristina Rickerson
Jordan Rogers
Anthony Serrano
Chase Sutton
Aiyana Taylor
Richard Teliga
Yesenia Vazquez
Alex Wannemacher
LaQuanda Whitaker
Michelle Yepez

The program is made possible by presenting sponsor, BB&T and media sponsor, the Tampa Bay Times.

About the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce®, originally founded in 1899, now serves over 1,300 member businesses and organizations. Continually identifying ways to create and enhance opportunities to do business in St. Petersburg, the Chamber works to improve the local economic climate and to build a thriving business environment. The Chamber represents perspectives of local business in St. Petersburg, providing and fostering leadership on important business and community issues. Information is available at

About the St. Petersburg Greenhouse
The Greenhouse is a collaboration between the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Petersburg. It is your one-stop facility for starting or growing your local business. We provide business counseling, training, networking, growth or specialized assistance and access to capital and credit for startups. Learn more at