That Business Show Recap 05-29-2015 Featuring Ann Spire and John Duffy and Steve Howerton

#ThatBusinessShow wraps up week 17 today and was featured in The Business Observer in an article written by Michael Hinman.  Thanks to Michael Hinman for taking an interest in the show and helping to spread its message across the Bay Area.  Started in 1997 as the Gulf Coast Business Review, the newspaper is the leading provider of business information in our area and highlights trends, business leaders and regional/local government actions affecting businesses and the economy and gives a voice to entrepreneurs just as #ThatBusinessShow does each morning at 8am on 1250WHNZ.  A link to the article can be found here –

Opening up the show today was Ann Spire, President/Founder of CMIT Solutions of Brandon.  CMIT is an On Demand IT Solutions company that assists business owners with a wide array of IT services from cloud computing and disaster recovery to network administration and MAC support as well as much more.  Prior to opening her CMIT Solutions office in Brandon, Spire held key roles at several large corporations, where she accumulated more than 26 years of experience in the fields of accounting, business development and information technology.   Ann shared with us tips business owners need to be aware of starting with the Microsoft Tech Support Scam which targets small businesses and their unsuspecting employees by advising them of a problem within their network and gaining access to it through the employee’s misplaced trust.  Once inside, the hacker can hijack information or hold hostage the information and the cost to the company can be catastrophic.  On top of that, the average business does not learn of the breach for months after the occurrence which adds to the damage.  Ann and I also discussed many other common computer threats including the crypto-locker viruses and common email scams.  CMIT Solutions is the leading provider of IT services for SMBs, particularly those that employ between five and 99 employees. CMIT Solutions operates on a managed services model that offers proactive outsourced IT services and management services at affordable, consistent monthly rates.  Ann invites all people interested in learning more to contact her for a free assessment – she can be reached at   813-574-2900 or email at and learn more at!

On the 2nd half of the show, I was joined in studio by Steve Howerton and John Duffy, Co-Owners of City Wide Maintenance, a building management solutions company that does everything inside your commercial building except roofs and elevators they joke about.  Steve and John spent years working inside corporate America and decided to join the entrepreneurial movement a few years back after stumbling across the City Wide business model online.  More than a year later Steve Howerton and partner John Duffy pulled together most of their life savings and did it  by opening the 25th City Wide location.  Since then, the company has grown to near 2.5 million in annual revenue with a loyal customer base servicing more than 150 customers in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota area. Steve and John love City Wide’s 20+ Services Approach and the fact that 3 parties win with the City Wide model.  The customer no longer has to manage their outsourced vendors, the crew gets training and a clear scope of work, and City Wide gets a customer for life.  Contact them today if your building is in need of management solutions – phone is 727-940-5873 or email them at / and learn more at!

Ann Spire Steve Howerton and John Duffy

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