According to Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 99% of businesses in our community are small businesses. Thats great evidence of the atmosphere of innovation here in the Tampa Bay region! And with a national spotlight shining on the area thanks to the recent RNC, Tampa Bay is revealing itself to be a wonderful place to grow a business.
Tampa Bay Times recently reported that more than 70 companies in the area are on the Inc. 5000 list. Additionally, The Chamber states that the four counties that make up Tampa, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando, have a combined population of 2.7 million, making it the 19th largest metropolitan statistical area in the U.S.!
The Tampa Bay region welcomes more than 14 million visitors per year, bringing in over $3.4 billion in direct spending, according to the Tampa Media Center. That number coupled with a resident potential customer pool of over 2 million is causing many companies to take notice. Companies like Air Culinaire, a provider of in-flight catering for business flights, and Time Warner, are moving to Tampa to be part of the town Southern Business & Development called Mega Market of the Year.
Kiplinger’s listed Tampa on their December 2011 list of 10 Great Cities for Starting a Business, call it a “nascent start-up scene” and explaining, “Local government is particularly business-friendly, promising tax credits to businesses that locate in certain areas or work in one of a number of high-demand industries, including life sciences and sustainable energy.” And, of course, we would be remiss not to mention the plethora of companies that were founded in the Tampa Bay area and have gone nationwide, such as Outback Steakhouse, Publix, and HSN, to name a few.
Tampa is a great place to live, work, and play. And we here at Nivlac Solutions are excited to be joining and contributing to such an enthusiastic and innovative business environment. We love the Tampa Bay area and are dedicated to giving small businesses throughout the area the ability to grab their piece of the success and profitability enjoyed by so many enterprises here.