Tampa Bay Business Journal: September 28, 2012

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal report, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the association trying to help veterans succeed in the business world, new methods banks are using to attraction customers, and the Business Journal's Readers' Choice Awards.

The International Franchisors Association is pushing franchisors to lower entry barriers for veterans in an attempt to get more former military starting franchises across the country.

One example is Largo's Valpak. The company is waiving the $32,500 startup fee for veterans.

The benefit goes both ways as veterans get good jobs and use skills learned in the military to be successful in their new careers.

Banking institutions are looking for new and innovative ways to attract customers. Grow Financial debuted their virtual money machine in their downtown Tampa branch.

The machine is an interactive technology that awards between $25 and $300 to people who open a new account or take out a loan. Grow believes the use of such technology appeals to people who are used to smart phones and tablet computers.

Voting in the second annual Best in the Biz: Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers' Choice Awards is underway.

After receiving hundreds of nominations in more than 60 categories, for the next three weeks, readers will vote online for the best in the local business scene.

You can cast your ballot at www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/2012/09/its-on-2012-best-in-the-biz-readers.html?s=image_gallery .

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left to watch this week's report.

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