FSU entrepreneur center coming to Tampa, partners with HCC, Hillsborough County

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    A string of three tattoo shops, five bakeries or two car dealerships should by all means be viewed as “successful” in the business world: The owner has gotten over the initial first year, figured out the how-to’s and created a customer base.

    But what about the companies who want to go from $1 million a year to $5 million? Enter the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

    “We don’t see that much focus on existing businesses,” Randy Blass, executive director of the Jim Moran Institute said. “We see a lot activity in startup and around tech, but that’s where jobs are created — getting [already established] small businesses to grow.”