Graham Brink, Business Columnist

Graham Brink

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

Spanish translations? Decipher ancient Ottoman? Tampa’s Sean Hopwood will translate anything

Sean Hopwood, founder and president of Day Translations headquartered in Tampa. (Courtesy of Day Translations)
Sean Hopwood’s interest in languages turned into the type of small business that underpins our economy.

Millennials want to be homeowners. It’s more a matter of finances than desire.

Millennials want to buy homes. In fact, they say it's a top priority.
Homeownership is a top priority for a big slice of the younger generation.

Brink: Tampa Bay isn’t all that affordable anymore. Here’s why.

The Tampa Bay area isn't as affordable as you might think or have been led to believe.
No state income tax helps, but here in the bay area our region is still losing ground to our peer cities.

Venerable Sweetwater Kayaks is moving to St. Petersburg’s Old Southeast neighborhood

Sweetwater Kayaks, currently located at Gandy Boulevard and Fourth Street, is moving to the Salt Creek Marina District south of downtown St. Petersburg. (GRAHAM BRINK | Times)
The Gandy Boulevard project that opened in 2017 made it hard for customers to access the current location, the owner says.

Tampa Bay’s much-needed road projects aren’t all win-win for businesses

After the overpass at Gandy Boulevard and Fourth Street opened in 2017, sales fell off at Sweetwater Kayaks, the yellow building in the bottom left of the photo. The owner said the new road made it hard for customers to get to the store. (LUIS SANTANA | Times)
Businesses owners feel the pinch during construction. Some don’t make it after the new roads open.