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CFO Sink Visits Tampa to Talk Small Business Job Creation

2/18/2010

CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842

TAMPA— Florida CFO Alex Sink held a small business roundtable focused on job creation in Tampa today with 15 small business owners and community partners.

“Responding to the concerns of Florida's small business owners is a key part of what it is going to take to grow jobs and help jumpstart our economy,” said CFO Sink. “I am committed to ensuring that the state is doing everything it can to support our state's entrepreneurs and small business owners."

During the discussion, participants focused on challenges to job creation, especially access to credit in an unpredictable economic climate.

One small business owner called Florida the “small business capital of the world,” underscoring the significance of CFO Sink’s efforts to support small businesses.

Last year, CFO Sink personally contacted the five largest banks in Florida to find out why entrepreneurs were having such a difficult time securing credit and sent a letter to 167 community banks in Florida to encourage participation in the expanded Small Business Lending Initiative. She has also requested that the Office of Financial Regulation monitor small business lending activity in Florida and make regular reports to members of the Florida Cabinet.

The event was hosted by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and also included participants from the Small Business Development Center at USF, the Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center, and the Small Business Administration.These community partners have been credited with helping many local companies launch and prosper during tough economic times by partnering small businesses owners with more experienced mentors.
 
The following small business owners were also in attendance: Holly Tomlin, Tomlin Tested Staffing; Jennifer Bakunas, Magnetic;  Paige Simpson, Simpson Air; Juan Davis, Fast Lane Clothing Company; Lisa Huetteman, Black Diamond Associates, LLC;  Peter Anderson, Bayshore Technologies, Inc.;  Evan Brownstein, Bright Monkey Marketing, Inc.; Kim DeBosier, Bayside Engineering, Inc.; Jeffrey Mount, Wright's Gourmet House; and Sol Davis, Sol Davis Printing. 
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.