INCUBATOR GIVEN GRANT: A new technology incubator at the Young-Rainey Science and Technology Center in Largo has received $200,000 in a two-year U.S. Department of Energy grant. The funds will be used for administrative costs, rent and equipment for the Suncoast Technology Enterprise Accelerator, which is now accepting applications from potential tenants. Candidates for the 20,000-square-foot space must have been in business a minimum of six months, be funded in part by owners and have a manufacturing or technology focus.
TRIBRIDGE BUYS ISI: Tribridge Inc., technology consultants in Tampa, has acquired Integration Specialists Inc., a St. Petersburg company specializing in information security and network infrastructure services. No value was disclosed for the deal, which was effective July 1. Tony DiBenedetto, chairman and chief executive of Tribridge, will retain those positions. Andy Swenson, former president of ISI, becomes director of Tribridge's information security and infrastructure practice. With the acquisition, Tribridge will have about 55 employees.
TRIBBLE'S MEMORY HONORED: The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has established a scholarship honoring Dr. Israel "Ike" Tribble, the organization's first black chairman, who died last month. The scholarship will be awarded to minority applicants for Leadership Tampa, a nine-month class to recruit and develop leaders for the chamber and other community organizations. Donations can be sent to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Foundation, P.O. Box 420, Tampa, FL 33601-0420.
GLOBAL IMAGING PAYS: Top executives at Global Imaging Systems received a big raise in its 2003 fiscal year ended March 31. Chief executive Tom Johnson's salary rose nearly 23 percent to $445,000, his bonus grew 12 percent to $404,000, he received restricted stock worth $845,550 versus zero in 2002, and options to buy 140,000 shares of stock, up from 100,000. Chief financial officer Ray Schilling's salary rose almost 13 percent to $250,000, his bonus jumped 54 percent to $169,000, he got restricted stock worth $328,825, and options to buy 28,000 shares of common stock. The Tampa company sells and services photocopiers and other office equipment.