Tampa Bay Business Journal: September 20, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the area's top 100 privately held companies, the focus the FCEE's new executive director is bringing to his agency, and the business opportunity bringing Kato Kaelin to St. Petersburg.

This week the Business Journal held an event at the Grand Hyatt to honor the top 100 privately held companies in the Tampa Bay area.

These businesses employ 65,000 locally and combined for $49.6 billion in revenue in 2012, about the same as the gross national product of Guatemala.

They key is because the companies often buy local and partner with other local businesses, they can have a larger local impact than some national chains.

The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) recently hired Michael Bell to be its new executive director.

The FCEE has a mission to promote financial literacy in Florida. Bell says he wants to expand the agency's reach to develop new markets beyond the traditional grade school children.

Kato Kaelin recently stopped by the Business Journal offices to discuss his new clothing venture.

Kaelin, who is best known as being a hostile witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, has teamed with with Rhonda Shear at Shear Enterprises in St. Petersburg on a line of lounge and "slacker" wear.

Called Kato Potato Pajamo's, the brand has the tagline "Embrace your inner slacker."

You can watch Kaelin's interview with the Business Journal at www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2013/09/18/one-question-a-few-minutes-with.html .

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to youtu.be/q40qyZfQ3Nw or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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