Tampa Bay Business Journal: April 4, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses his exclusive interview with CEO Shelia Johnson, why 2014 is looking like it will be a better year for businesswomen across the Tampa Bay region, and the upcoming debut of the Tampa Bay Cartoon-Con.

During the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, the Business Journal sat with the Shelia Johnson.

Johnson is CEO of Salamander Hotels and Hotels, the owner of Innisbrook, the Vice chairman of Monumental Sports and Entertainment, president and managing partner of the WNBA Washington Mystics. She also spends a lot of time helping philanthropic organizations.

Johnson is one of the most successful businesswomen in America. She co-founded the BET Network in 1979. Yet, Johnson never received any formal business training.

The Business Journal asked what some of her best business practices are for businesswomen. Johnson noted she is working on having a thicker skin in reacting to guests. She is also working to mentor future leaders at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

A new report by American Express OPEN found 81,700 women-owned businesses in Tampa Bay contribute roughly $12.3 million to the economy. These companies employ over 83,000 workers, in addition to their owners.

Women help to bring different perspectives to situations that enrich the cultural diversity of the business world.

Action3 Events and Promotions, the organizer of the Tampa Bay Comic Con, is now planning their first ever Cartoon Convention.

The new convention will occur at the Tampa Convention Center November 8 and 9. It will feature voice actors, animators and cast members from live-action children's shows in a series of panels, Q&A sessions and workshops.

Stephen Solomon, manager of Action3 Events and Promotions, is not aware of a convention that solely centers on cartoons. The event could help fill Tampa hotels and bring additional tourists to the Bay Area.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-qa8tTWe_k or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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