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Feel the Love: At their home opener Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Rays are kicking off a new corporate partnership with eHarmony. The matchmaking Web site will be exclusive sponsor of the Rays' "Kiss Cam" and at each home game this season, successful eHarmony couples will be featured on the giant screen during the end of the seventh inning. Look for "Jeff and Judi" of Dunedin smooching for the crowds at the opener. eHarmony says Tampa Bay is one of its largest markets.


THE GAS: First Congress drilled American oil executives last week about high prices at the pump. Now it's time to hear from the little guys. On Wednesday, the U.S. House Small Business Subcomittee on Investigations and Oversight will hold a hearing, "The Impact of Increasing Gas Prices on Small Businesses.'' Slated to testify starting at 10 a.m. are small businesses, bus operators, trucking firms and other stakeholders.



Americans' confidence in the future is slipping. The Employee Benefit Research Institute will release its annual Retirement Confidence Survey on Wednesday and the numbers aren't expected to be encouraging. The annual report is a comprehensive study of the attitudes and behavior of American workers and retirees toward saving, retirement planning and financial security.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: Renew Tampa, a three-day expo exploring the intersection of green building and historic preservation, will run will begin on Friday at the recently restored Berriman-Morgan Cigar factory in West Tampa. Organized by the Tampa chapter of the American Institute of Architects, among other groups, the event features presentations, discussions, exhibitor booths and tours to celebrate historic preservation and share green ideas for future renovation projects. Workshops will be at the Berriman-Morgan factory at 1403 N. Howard Ave. during the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $10 per family. For more information, visit or call (813) 229-3411.

OUR FRIENDS THE KOREANS: A high-level delegation of 50 Korean business, economic, government, education and tourism leaders will arrive in Tampa on Saturday for the 2008 Korea Joint Conference. Business people from Florida are invited to the Marriott Waterside Hotel to make contacts that could lead to trade and investment with the Asian nation. Conference chairman is Outback Steakhouse founder Chris Sullivan. The meat of the program takes place on April 14. For more information call (786) 235-8289 or visit

THE IRA CLOCK IS TICKING: Time is running out to make a 2007 IRA contribution. If you plan to mail a check, better get it in the mail this week so it will arrive by the April 15 deadline. Fidelity Investments said about 19 percent of 2006 contributions came in during the last two weeks of last year's tax season. The 2007 contribution limit is $4,000 plus an extra $1,000 if you're 50 or older.

The week ahead in Tampa Bay business 04/06/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:24am]
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