SATURDAY AUGUST 24th: Mayor Castor Hosts ‘Bridges to Business’ Vendor Certification Tour

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is taking steps to make doing business with the city more convenient for local business owners.  For the second time, City staff from the Purchasing Department and the Minority and Small Business Development Office will take to Tampa’s neighborhoods to certify and/or register companies with the City of Tampa..

The goal of the “Bridges to Business” Vendor Certification Tour is to meet entrepreneurs in the communities where they serve in an effort to connect them with basic information that has the potential to lead to government contract work.  The first stop on the tour will take place August 24, at the David Barksdale Senior Citizen Center from 9 AM to 12:00 PM 

During that time frame, business owners or their representatives can learn the ins and outs of doing business with the city.  Staff will be on-site to walk firms through the application process for minority, woman-owned, or small business certification.  Prime contractors and non-profit organizations will also be on hand to provide information current projects.  

“Our first Bridges to Business in East Tampa was a huge success and I look forward to building upon it,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “More than 100 community members came together and 30 of those business owners started the process to become certified through our diversity supplier program. It was uplifting to see so many small business owners working hand and hand with our city staff.”

The Bridges to Business Vendor Certification Tour is free and open to business owners or their representatives.  Space for one-on-one certification consultations is has been maxed for this event.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to register at: for future stops.

The City plans to announce dates and locations for additional Vendor Certification Tours in the near future.


WHO: Mayor Castor, Community Partners, Small Business Owners


WHAT: Bridges to Business Tour


WHERE: David Barksdale Senior Citizen Center, 1801 N Lincoln Ave, Tampa, FL 33606


WHEN: Saturday, August 24th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM


Mayor Castor will arrive at 9:30 a.m.




I have added a b-roll file from East Tampa Bridges to Business event to the Cable FTP site. Here is the link:

Published at Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:00:00 +0000
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