Tampa Bay Business Journal: August 22, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why the Businesswoman of the Year awards is still relevant, where Tijuana Flats is expanding to, and the changes coming to Saint Leo University.

The Business Journal hosts it tenth annual Businesswoman of the Year awards on Friday. The paper wondered if we still need recognition awards based on gender.

Proponents argue a number of industries are still male-dominated and women who should receive their rightly-deserved recognition. Others think such awards can be condescending towards women.

What the Business Journal determined was a pay gap still exists and women can still use business help. That is why the paper is not only hosting the awards today, but offering a day-long seminar for tips and networking.

Tijuana Flats will soon be opening two new locations in South Tampa.

The first is for its former location at 1617 West Platt Street. The second is for a space currently occupied by Pizza Hut on S. Dale Mabry Highway across from Britton Plaza. Both restaurants will be corporate-owned and not franchises.

The Business Journal believes the new Tijuana Flats locations can prosper because the South Tampa area has a large demand for fast-casual restaurants.

Saint Leo University in Pasco County is about to undergo an major change. Arthur Kirk, Jr., is retiring after the 2014-15 academic year.

Kirk took over in January 1997 and transformed the school from Saint Leo College to Saint Leo University. In the past 17 years the student body has more than doubled from over 7,000 to around 16,000.

Saint Leo also doubled the number degrees it offered, quadrupled it teaching staff, and added an accredited business school.

What Kirk's retirement means for Saint Leo in the long-term is still unknown, but it is certain his legacy will live on.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to youtu.be/pVch805FX0g or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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