What It’s Like to Run a Kid’s Spa Featuring Wendy Long!

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In this segment, we spoke with Wendy Long, Owner of the LaDee-Da Kids Spa located at 2250 State Rd 580 in Clearwater, Florida.  Spend time here and you will realize why Wendy sought out the concept of bringing a child’s imagination to reality while capturing those memories through photographic images. With a passion for photography and art, a fun-loving spirit and having two toddlers of her own, she combined her experiences and came up with LaDee-Da Kids Spa after a career in Human Resources that prepped her for the world of entrepreneurism!  Wendy has spent time working in the Spa and Hospitality industry as well as studying fine art photography and working in management and these avenues bring valuable elements to LaDee-Da Kids Spa.

“In the fall of 2014, I decided to break away from the corporate world in hopes that I could use my experience in a way that would bring in more than a paycheck. I had dreams of finding gratification and happiness in a career while doing something I truly enjoy; working with children. I was fortunate to be able to open the spa on April 1, 2015!”

Wendy differentiates from competition in a variety of ways, one of which is her array of costume characters.  She ensures that each are trained and skilled in speaking and acting to perfection to pull off the character.  From Batman and Superman to Princesses and Queens, she can bring a character to life for your children and their event!  They offer an array of services centered on children from basic haircuts to package deals like mommy/daughter day and manicures and pedicures.  They offer adult services if accompanied by a child and cater to both boys and girls.  They can accommodate parties and offer a daycare service so that you and your loved one can enjoy a date night out too!  Mention the radio show and get 10% off gift certificates too to their spa!  Learn more at www.ladeedakidsspa.com or give them a call today at 727-301-1808.  Find this interview and many more entrepreneurial discussions at www.thatbusinessshow.com and please subscribe to us on iTunes and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni!


From Soap Opera to Restauranteur – A Discussion with Ciccio Group Partner Jeff Gigante!

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In this segment of the program, we spoke with well-known Tampa restauranteur Jeff Gigante.  From the St. Petersburg, FL soccer fields to the kitchens of New York City and back again to Tampa Bay, he has learned a lot about how to build a successful business with skyrocketing growth and shares with the listeners his path to success.  Originally from New Jersey, Jeff relocated to Florida in 1971. Soccer was his life for over 15 years before he attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. From there, Jeff went on to earn his Master of Arts from the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training.   Jeff took his talents to the Big Apple in 1991, with the dream of becoming a successful actor. Like most aspiring actors, Jeff entered the restaurant industry, where he was groomed and cultured by some of the best restauranteurs in New York City, including the Lanza family.  He had a role in the Soap Opera “Loving” but after that focused on the business of food.  Jeff knew that his hometown was prime for new restaurant ideas, so he partnered with James Lanza to bring one of their successful concepts to Tampa. In 1996 he opened Ciccio and Tony’s in the SoHo District. The restaurant thrived, and Jeff and his associates at Ciccio Restaurant Group are now the Caesars of a small empire of restaurants in the Tampa Bay area.  Today their brands include the Lodge, Fresh Kitchen, and Green Lemon just to name a few and he shares with us the reason for the name change from Lime to Green Lemon which effectively is still a Lime!

Knowing that part of their restaurant’s success was due to the growing community, Jeff formed SoHo Business Alliance with over 30 restaurants, bars, hotels and shops. This new alliance coordinates improvements and expansion in the area, which supports every business. Jeff also helped establish the SoHo Business Watch Program to combat thefts and crime in the growing area. This is a great segment for aspiring restauranteurs and any entrepreneur needing inspiration!  Find out more about their brand at www.cicciorg.com and catch this and many more interviews at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and please subscribe to our Channel to help support #entrepreneurs in the community!  To get on the #MorningDiscussion too, visit www.tbsinterview.com for more information!


Resident Magazine Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking Featuring Stephanie Costolo

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In this segment of our program, we spoke with Stephanie Costolo, Owner of Resident Magazine.  Driven and passionate, Stephanie’s strengths lie in marrying day-to-day strategies with the bigger picture. As a lover of both business and psychology, she weaves those worlds together naturally. She is an Air Force veteran, has a BS in Behavioral Science and has a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from USF.

RESIDENT Magazine offers neighborhood information, clubhouses, country clubs, social clubs, events, happenings, announcements, schools, organizations, charities, resident stories and lots of pictures. Referred to as hyper-local, the magazine has information targeted to and about just this area and the brand works to bring everyone together. This, along with a high quality look, causes higher readership and sustainability.  They keep 6 months of each community online so you may flip through them, just like a magazine, and locate past articles ads and pictures.   Stephanie shares with us how she came into the world of entrepreneurism via Resident Magazine which has 22 years in business.  Coming from the Air Force and also a Mother of 3, the story if inspiring and uplifting and reminds all of us that the path to entrepreneurship is attainable.

Stephanie talks about some of the content of the magazine which includes a feature piece in the December issue about her son’s Football Coach and his passion for helping the youth without an overbalance of aggression and discipline and goes on to foreshadow her January release that talks about the world of Human Trafficking with an in depth interview by a woman who was enslaved in this industry for 20 years.  The piece inspired her to become involved in the prevention of this and we share a spirited discussion on how this issue develops and remains hidden from so many of us in public.  In closing, we hear about the upcoming event at Wiregrass called Light up the Night featuring a 5K run and working to raise awareness and foster prevention of human trafficking.  More information on that event can be found here.  Learn more about Resident Magazine at wwww.residentmagazine.net and give her a call today at 813-422-5551 X 1 about advertising and being featured in the brand!  Find this full interview and many more at www.thatbusinessshow.com and the video at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and if you would like to schedule an appearance, visit http://www.tbsinterview.com!


The Mission of The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Featuring Kelley Parris

Welcome to the start of Week 99 on #ThatBusinessShow and thanks so much to you the listener, viewer or reader that wakes up each morning to the program.  We have expanded the program to multiple pod-casting sites now including iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay and ask for your support by subscribing to the show if you are a podcast listener.  This program aims to inspire and promote entrepreneurship and wants to know how we can help you become a better business owner or more connected in the community.  Reach out to us, we love to hear from listeners.  You can email Jamie anytime at jamie@tampabayradio.com.

Our opening guest today was Kelley Parris who currently serves as Executive Director of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.  The Children’s Board is a special taxing district and receives approximately $30M annually in tax dollars that it then works to distribute back to non-profits that are in business to help keep children health and safe, on track developmentally, learning and succeeding and supporting them and their families.  The department was formed 30 years ago when people in Hillsborough County became concerned with the resources available to support our youth.  Fast forward 30 years later and this department has worked to help children all over the County through such programs as drowning prevention by aiding at home swim classes and childhood deaths that result from improper sleeping arrangements (i.e. parents rolling over on babies at night in bed).

Another resource for Hillsborough County is their annual business plan competition.  Since 2006, the Children’s Board has funded an annual winner of this competition and listeners interested in competing in 2017 need to keep an eye on their site at http://www.childrensboard.org/ This is also where prospective non-profits can go to find RFPs that you can apply for to support your organization.  It is the mission of Kelley and the Children’s Board to make Hillsborough County the safest and best place for our children by 2020 through the use continued effort in providing programming for children and families of the community.  Catch this and many more interviews from our business and community leaders at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and please find us on Twitter @thatbizshow