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A New African 'Smile Empire' Hopes To Educate Kids And Save Lives

By Denise Restauri
March 31, 2014

“What motivates Millennials to change the world?” That’s a question Forbes contributor Denise Restauri is asked all the time. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer. But one thing that’s consistent is that each girl has a personal story that moved her to take action. For Katelyn Edwards, a junior at the University of Tampa, her story starts with, “My little brother was born with a cleft lip and palate.” That was the beginning of the journey that took Katelyn to Ghana where children who are born with cleft are often slaughtered in front of the village as a sacrifice. This is Katelyn’s personal story that led her to “Smile Schools.” Full story

A similar story appeared in the Tampa Tribune

Sin City a Virtuous Venue for GOP Convention: Column

By James Richardson
USA Today
March 21, 2014

Las Vegas’ reputation is both an asset and a hindrance to it as it pursues a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. At stake for Las Vegas is an infusion of potentially hundreds of millions of out-of-state dollars. An economic impact study by The University of Tampa, whose namesake town hosted the 2012 Republican convention, found that the previous party huddle brought its host city a full $404.39 million. Of that spending, nearly $365 million was taxable. In Nevada, that would go a long way. Full story  

America's Coolest College Startups 2014

By Diana Ransom
March 17, 2014

Beatmerch, a startup company created by UT student Duncan Abdelnour ’14, has been named one of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2014. The group includes 16 startups, which were chosen out of a list of 100. Two years ago, BetterBoo, a startup created by former UT Student Government President Nick Chmura ’12, was named one of 19 of the Coolest College Startups by Inc. Magazine for 2012. Full story

Similar stories appeared in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, WFLA and Gulf Coast Business Review

University Of Tampa Receives National Recognition For Excellence In Entrepreneurship

By Megan Hendricks
83 Degrees
Feb. 18, 2014

The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center adds to its list of accolades the Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award from the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "We focus on building intellectual capital," says Rebecca White, director of the Entrepreneurship Center and professor of entrepreneurship at UT. "We certainly want to have businesses come out of the program, but the real focus is on building entrepreneurs." Full story

Tampa Bay Startup Businesses Are Making Strides 

By Robert Trigaux
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 30, 2014

A year ago, USF St. Petersburg's business school was named the nation's "outstanding emerging entrepreneurship program." Now the award goes to The University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center. That makes startup programs at two universities in one metro area pushing hard to make Tampa Bay a smarter place to start and grow new businesses. Somebody's doing something right. UT program director Rebecca White says entrepreneurship is a popular program for students in all different majors. "It's really an amazing and productive trend." Full story

St. Pete Restaurant Owners Concerned over Minimum Wage Hike Proposal in Florida

By Danica Lawrence
Jan. 29, 2014

UT assistant professor of economics, Josh Hall believes President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase is a short-term fix to solving the inequality gap. "I am really looking forward to, long-term, addressing more structured issues," said Hall. "I really believe we need to focus on education on all levels- from a young age to high school graduation and technical school.” Hall is aware the Florida lawmakers are reviewing the state minimum wage increase proposal, and while he likes the idea for now, he said it will not solve the ultimate problem. Full story

A similar story appeared on Bay News 9