On the afternoon of May 12, in downtown Tampa, local Bank of America representatives made a visit to the neighboring non-profit and tech startup offices of Tampa Bay WaVE. Bank of America awarded a sizeable grant to bolster a pillar of the WaVE’s services, the Startup Workshop Series.
These workshops are part of a program designed to educate local entrepreneurs on topics to start or improve their business. Workshop subjects include accounting, development, marketing, legalities, fund raising, IT security and other facets of business that are pertinent to existing and future Bay area startups. Hosted by the Wave’s panel of mentors, the sessions are headed by the experts of their respective fields and provide invaluable first-hand experience to their audience. “We are thrilled to have the enthusiastic support of Bank of America,” said Linda Olson, President and founder of Tampa Bay WaVE. “This investment will allow us to expand the critical educational programming for early stage tech companies and entrepreneurs throughout Tampa Bay.”
Bank of America’s grant falls under the workforce development strategy of their Charitable Foundation. The grant to Tampa Bay Wave’s Startup Workshop Series, will provide more quality workshops that better educate local entrepreneurs. “Tampa Bay runs on the sweat and innovations of small business owners and entrepreneurs, and we’re all lucky to have Tampa Bay WaVE growing this important part of our economy,” said Bill Goede, Tampa Bay president, Bank of America. “Supporting our future technology leaders and the economic health of our community is a no-brainer.”
By funding services like the Startup Workshop Series, Bank of America helps organizations such as Tampa Bay WaVE continue to provide resources that stimulate local economic development, cultivate jobs and entice companies to remain in the Tampa market. Since Tampa Bay WaVE is home to many tech startups, Bank of America invests in such organizations to build stronger communities, further the momentum of tech startup growth, and establish Tampa as a high tech sector.