Tampa Bay Business Journal: August 2, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner talks about the new interactive teller machine, what hosting the GEOINT Symposium means for Tampa, and how Obamacare is already affecting businesses.

Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and GTE Financial are installing new interactive teller machines at two of their locations.

The machines, manufactured by NCR Corp., are similar to a traditional ATM but include a camera and full-color screen so customers can talk live with a credit union employee who is off-site.

Both credit unions believe new machines will allow customer to continue to have a personal interaction during non-business hours.

The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is holding its annual GEOINT Symposium in Tampa in mid-October. The symposium is dubbed "the nation's largest intelligent event of the year."

The event attracts thousands of people in the defense, intelligence and homeland security industries.

Tampa's successful track record of hosting Super Bowls and the Republican National Convention gave USGIF the confidence Tampa could hold a successful symposium.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently hosted a panel of local business owners to discuss how they are operating their firms during the economic recovery. A few cited they are concern about the impact health care reform will have on the bottom line.

Richard Gonzmart, president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, believes the hospitality industry will suffer the worst due to rising food price - a direct result of the requirement by businesses to require health plans or pay a penalty.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to youtu.be/78xhaJoat8o or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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