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What 'drives' Tampa Bay business market? A quest to shed a bland brand

What would happen if "Tampa Bay" was trying to pitch itself as a compelling partner on Match.com? What would stand out? How could this place sell itself competitively when compared to the better-k …

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Six common financial pitfalls

We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn. But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach. Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save y …

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  1. Think Tampa Bay's condo market is booming? You should see Miami's

    Real Estate

    MIAMI — Peter Zalewski talks so fast that listeners wonder when he has time to breathe. But his rat-a-tat speech is appropriate for a man who makes his living tracking a condo market growing at breakneck pace.

    Bayfront Park in downtown Miami offers a stunning view of the city’s high-rises at night. [SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN  |   Times] 
  2. Top business books to help you get ahead

    Business

    The books of summer don't have to be limited to trashy novels. Download one of these to your e-reader at the suggestion of the experts at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and sharpen your business thinking. Who knows, it might help you build your own venture or get ahead in your job. …

    Summer reading doesn't have to be limited to trashy novels; sharpen your business thinking with these books recommend by the experts at the University of Maryland's business school. (Publicity photos)
  3. Tech CEO: Go big or go home? No, go bigger

    Business

    Peter Diamandis may be best known as chief executive of the XPrize Foundation, which hosts global innovation competitions that hand out multimillion-dollar rewards. But he has also helped found more than 15 tech companies, including one focused on human genomics and another that designs spacecraft that will mine …

  4. Grouper Week spoof on Shark Week to promote Pinellas restaurants

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — Since debuting in 1988, the Discovery Channel's Shark Week has become a cultural phenomenon, with celebrity hosts, startling shark footage and impressive ratings.

    Logos from Visit St. Pete-Clearwater for Grouper Week, a promotion that spoofs Shark Week by promoting grouper and tourism to this area.
  5. Six common financial pitfalls

    Personal Finance

    We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn. But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach. Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save you a great deal of money and heartache.

  6. Problems continue for Allegiant as airline reports third emergency landing in a month at St. Pete-Clearwater

    Airlines

    For the third time in a month, an Allegiant Air flight has been forced to make an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

    Passenger aircraft with Allegiant Air's fleet are parked on the tarmac at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
  7. Check insurance coverage when renting a car

    Banking

    Before heading out on summer vacation in a rental car, it's a good idea to check what insurance coverage you already have before opting to buy expensive protection at the car rental counter.

  8. Groundbreaking design shakes up motorcycle helmet industry

    Autos

    BREA, Calif. — Bob Weber had a small but simple plan. He wanted to design a safer helmet for dirt bikers.

    Former pro dirt biker Bob Weber, with one of the motorcycle helmets produced by his Brea, Calif., company, 6D, set out to redesign helmets to protect riders from the concussions and brain injuries that can occur in lower-speed accidents.