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The City of Tampa and the Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan, Inc. (THAPgroup) have partnered to provide micro businesses with hours of training through the 5508 Business Accelerator. The goal of the project is to accelerate revenue growth for micro businesses and entrepreneurs living in and operating businesses in East Tampa. Business owners can submit their applications to the 5508 Business Accelerator through March 31, 2021.

The development-centered program, which begins in January 2021, is complimentary and allows entrepreneurs to attend virtual and in-person sessions covering growth topics with training by expert facilitators. “We’re making the investment into small businesses to help them develop a competitive advantage that will allow them to be successful in today’s environment and beyond,” says THAP group’s CEO Derrick Blue.

Training sessions continue through September 30, 2021 and will cover such topics as corporate and government procurement, capital access requirements, growth and operations planning, and virtual work solutions. “The business environment is shifting and transforming,” says Blue. “We want to help our small businesses be able to effectively respond to these changes.”

Small business programs at 5508 are dedicated to revitalizing and sustaining business growth in East Tampa. Entrepreneurs and micro businesses can apply online to the 5508 Business Accelerator by visiting They may also call the business office at 813.626.4926 or visit 5508 North 50th Street, Suite #7, 33610 weekdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

About THAPgroup

The mission of the Tampa-Hillsborough Action Plan, Inc. (THAPgroup) is to offer solutions that build social equity by awakening a sense of dignity within Southwest Florida residents who face educational, health, housing, and economic challenges.

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