TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, March 8.
(1) Small Business Administrator Karen Mills in Tampa
U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills will visit a Tampa-based business on Friday.
Administrator Karen Mills will tour Trucks E Quip beginning at 10:00 a.m. Since 1965, the company has sold new and used trucking and heavy construction equipment.
During her visit today Administrator Mills will discuss how the SBA is working toward the goal to double the nation's exports by 2014.
Trucks E Quip owner Carl Larson used an SBA-guaranteed loan for more than $1 million to purchase inventory and provide his business with working capital. The company was able to export trucks and equipment to an international market to stay afloat during the economic downturn.
Truck E Quip currently has international customers throughout the Caribbean and Europe.
(2) Tampa International Airport parking promotion
Tampa International Airport is partnering with the Tampa Bay Lightning to make airport parking more exciting beginning on Friday.
Today through April 20, one person who parked in the airport's parking lot will be selected at random each day to win a four pack of Lightning tickets to an upcoming game.
A kick off ceremony for the promotion will be held at 10:00 a.m. today at Tampa International Airport's main terminal toll plaza. Thunderbug and the Lightning Girls will be on hand to give away the first four pack of tickets.
(3) Byron Young on ABC's Shark Tank
Byron Young, owner of Gainesville-based CordaRoys, will appear on ABC's Shark Tank on Friday night.
CordaRoys makes beanbag chairs with a mattress on the inside. You unzip the bag, flip the mattress a couple of times until a comfortable bed is left on the floor.
While CordaRoys has revenues of more than one million dollars a year, Young told the Gainesville Sun that to be successful he needs revenues to top five million dollars a year.
Young hopes to find a "Shark" during his Shark Tank appearance who is willing to invest in his company so he can grow it to its full potential.
Two watch parties are being held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. to celebrate CordaRoys' appearance on the show.
Byron is hosting a party in Gainesville, while Marketing In Color, the South Tampa marketing firm that helped Byron get on Shark Tank, will welcome fans and friends to the Beef 'O' Brady's at 2819 South MacDill Avenue in Tampa.
Shark Tank airs on ABC tonight from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
(4) Tampa Bay Boat Show
The Tampa Bay Boat Show opens at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday.
Dealers will be displaying millions of dollars of boating inventory over the next three days. Attendee will be able to view all types of boats and watercrafts, accessories and more.
The Bay Area's top fishing guides will give tips and secrets during the Florida Fishing School Seminar Series.
Area lenders will be at the show offering low financing rates.
Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free. There is a $6 fee to park at Tropicana Field.
For more information, visit tampabayboatshows.com .
(5) Scotty McCreery in concert
Platinum-selling country music artist Scotty McCreery brings his smooth baritone voice to the Strawberry Festival on Friday night.
The 19-year-old American Idol Season 10 winner launched his Weekend Roadtrip Tour 2013 on February 14.
"Right now, I'm balancing my music career with my second semester at North Carolina State University," said McCreery. "I go to school early in the week and get to play my music every weekend. So, calling this tour the Weekend Roadtrip Tour just made sense."
McCreery says he will sing songs from his Billboard number one hit debut album Clear As Day, as well as a few classic covers.
For more information on tonight's concert which begins at 7:30 p.m., visit www.flstrawberryfestival.com .
To learn more about Scotty McCreery, visit his official website at www.scottymccreery.com .
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