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Posted January 14, 2021 | 4:38 PM

Local Stories Live Business Series Launches for Hillsborough Small Businesses

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Jan. 14, 2021) - After a successful trial run at the end of 2020, Hillsborough County's Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) is turning its free virtual small business panel discussions into a monthly staple.

The Local Stories Live series lets participants connect with local successful small business owners for lively discussions on what it takes to survive and thrive as a small business.

Following the inaugural session on Jan. 15, Hillsborough County will host the monthly live, virtual panel discussions, each focusing on a different small business sector, on the second Friday of each month at 9 a.m.

The 30-minute discussions will each feature three different local business leaders and will be followed by a brief question-and-answer period. Established business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the local business community are invited to participate in the sessions and learn why supporting local businesses makes all the difference in Hillsborough County.

The Jan. 15 session will showcase business owners representing the self-care industry, including fitness, healthy food choices, and beauty. Registration is available at eventbrite.com/e/local-stories-live-new-year-new-you-tickets-134688184987. Upon registration, participants can choose to interact with the panelists via Zoom.

The County is hosting the panel discussions to showcase Hillsborough County's small business community as well as share best practices with existing and start-up small businesses. Small businesses are the lifeblood of Hillsborough County's economy. More than 90 percent of employers in Hillsborough County are small businesses, which employ more than 200,000 workers.

The ECC was established by Hillsborough County Economic Development in 2014 to provide entrepreneurs easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship, and specialty training. Services are provided for each businesses' unique stage of development and business category: pre-venture, start-up, micro-enterprise, small-to-mid-size enterprise, community-based, targeted industry, technology and innovation, and more. Learn more about available small business services and resources at HCFLGov.net/ECC.

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