TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay is getting ready for the Super Bowl LV takeover, and local businesses are trying to get in on the action.
More than 100 business owners spent Tuesday morning and afternoon in pitch meetings with local leaders and members of the NFL.
Back in November, Major Jane Castor, NFL legend Derrick Brooks and others unveiled the Business Connect program at Raymond James stadium. The program is going to give 300 small local business owners a chance to be a part of the big game.
Each business must include women, minorities, disabled veterans and members of the LGBTQ community.
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Those who make it into the program will receive a contract related to the game and will receive some networking and mentoring.
"It's incredibly important,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “One to lift up our small businesses, they are the backbone of our community. So, to be able to lift them up and allow them to prosper, to make those connections, to do whatever it takes to be successful in our community during the Super Bowl and beyond."
The committee will make its final decision in March.