Competitive Edge Series

The Competitive Edge Series is the premier educational program of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Business and professional development classes under this umbrella offer attendees new skill sets and a practical application for implementation in their own business. A unique class takes place each month during the lunchtime hour.

The Competitive Edge Series classes are FREE to members of the FIT 2 Level, and FREE with benefits to members of the FIT 1 and 3 Levels.

What It Takes To Be An Award-Winning Company

Wed., Mar. 21, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Join the Chamber for our monthly Competitive Edge Series featuring a panel discussion with executives from the Chamber’s 2017 Small Business of the Year award-winning companies. They will highlight what makes their company successful and share their personal thoughts on the following:

  • Management philosophy
  • Major risks of starting your own business
  • Key business values
  • Challenges and adversities
  • How they recruit staff
  • Other tips and recommendations for success

Featured Panel

  • Moderator – 2017 SBOY Chair Brian Adcock, Adcock Financial Group
  • Startup Winner – Paul Huszar, P.E., President and CEO, VetCor LLC
  • 5 – 20 Employees Winner – Caroline Sikorske, Managing Partner, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA
  • 21 – 50 Employees Winner – Stephenie Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Davis Industrial
  • 51 – 250 Employees Winner – Earl Rahn, President, NewSouth Window Solutions

Moving People, Profits and Productivity in the Right Direction

Tue., Apr. 17, 2018

11:45am - 1:30pm

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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A picture-perfect culture doesn’t just happen. It’s more than setting the right objectives, stocking the breakroom with great snacks (and copious amounts of coffee), or plastering the office with inspirational quotes. It takes planning, preparation and consistent execution.  And understanding how important culture is to the success of your company is the first step.  As the leader, you breathe life into the culture daily through your words, actions, policies and unwritten norms. If your company culture is going downhill, CPR won’t help if leadership doesn’t buy in to the role culture plays in success. A productive culture is built through dedication and effort, and while perks are nice, they are only a part of the bigger plan.  A productive, profitable, people-oriented culture produces collaboration and employees give their best effort for an organization they are proud to be a part of.

Attendees will learn:

  • The leader’s role
  • The employee’s role
  • 4 ways to build an engaging culture

Featured Speaker

Tonya DeVane, Omnia Client Advisor

Tonya DeVane joined The Omnia Group as a Client Advisor in September 2008. In her current capacity, Ms. DeVane helps professionals select top talent, manage more effectively and build high-performance teams using behavioral assessment tools/concepts. Tonya has provided guidance to hundreds of businesses in a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, automotive, staffing and healthcare.

Before joining Omnia, Tonya worked for many years in retail management. She has trained and developed sales staff, conducted onsite workshops as well as led numerous webinars. She has over 15 years’ experience identifying customer needs and implementing innovative solutions. She has a degree in Human Service Counseling and is certified in Human Resource Management.


See some of our past Competitive Edge events.