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Women Lawyers of Pasco receives new designation; Three entrepreneurs honored by HCC; ARMA Global awarded spot on Washington Technology's Fast 50; and more corporate news.

Women Lawyers of Pasco receives new designation
The Women Lawyers of Pasco has become a new chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Started in 2007 by Jenny Sieg, an area attorney with a private practice in New Port Richey, Women Lawyers of Pasco began as an informal networking group for female attorneys throughout Pasco County that met to discuss new business opportunities, legal techniques and industry trends.
“Women Lawyers of Pasco sprang from a strong demand,” Sieg, president of Women Lawyers of Pasco, says in a press release. “We have a growing and diverse lawyer population across our county, and this group of new professionals propelled me and my fellow WLP board members to apply as a new chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.”
The group plans to have monthly networking events in east, west and central Pasco County locations.

Three entrepreneurs honored by HCC
The Hillsborough Community College's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program recognized three area business owners at its Entrepreneur of the Year luncheon. The event highlighted Erin Meagher, founder and chief coconut of Kelapo Coconut Oil; Chris Krimitsos, the founder and CEO of the Tampa Bay Business Owners; and posthumously Susie Steiner, formerly the CEO of ExecuTran Services Inc. and a founder of Valet Boss.

ARMA Global awarded spot on Washington Technology's Fast 50
Tampa-based ARMA Global Corp. was ranked 23rd on Washington Technology Magazine's Fast 50 list for 2014. The ranking was based on each company's annual growth rate of revenue over five years. The defense contractor had an annual revenue growth rate of 87%.

Eligibility for the rankings also is based on being considered a small business by the federal government, either by size, or by participating in one of the government's small business programs, such as being an 8(a), veteran-owned, HUBZone or women-owned business.

ARMA is a veteran-owned business that provides professional services, defense and peacekeeping operations and systems integration services for the federal government. It has 750 full-time employees in offices in Florida, North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

GrayRobinson attorney named shareholder
Tampa attorney Debra Deardourff Faulk has been promoted from associate to shareholder at GrayRobinson PA. Faulk is a Florida Bar Board certified intellectual property attorney.
Founded in 1970, GrayRobinson has nearly 300 attorneys and 12 offices throughout Florida.

My Salon Suite targets Tampa Bay for expansion
Beauty services franchise My Salon Suite has opened a new South Tampa location in the historic Britton Plaza at 3810 S. Dale Mabry Road, Tampa.

The location features 21 “salon suites” with granite countertops and separate shampoo and color bar stations. The suites are leased to independent health and beauty professionals ranging from hair stylists to nail technicians, massage therapists, spa professionals and skin treatment experts. Two additional salon suites are being marketed to massage therapists/estheticians and come equipped with massage tables.

My Salon Suite of South Tampa is one of four new locations opening this year in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. Additional My Salon Suite locations are scheduled for Palm Harbor, Largo and St. Petersburg.

Goodwill Manasota's 'market dominance' earns it Goodwill Industries award
Nonprofit and used-goods retailer Goodwill Manasota was recently recognized with the “Market Dominance by Share of Used Goods” award for having one of the highest market penetration scores at the Goodwill Industries International Summer Conference in Orlando.

Market penetration is determined by the number of people who shop at and donate to a particular Goodwill region, divided by the size of the market population. Goodwill Manasota received the award last year and continued to hold the top spot again this year in the medium-sized agency category, which includes Goodwill agencies with revenues between $19 and $41 million, one of the largest categories.

Stratus Video Interpreting buys Atlanta software firm Capiche
Clearwater-based Stratus Video Interpreting has purchased the small Atlanta-based video interpreting software company Capiche. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

“The reason we bought them was not for the front end of the product,” says David Fetterolf, president of the 600-person company. “There was a lot of back-end technology there that we plan to use to develop our next generation remote interpreting product. They were only about 60% there. But this should help us cut a year or two of development work.”

The acquisition included the technology and video development tools and three employees, including the two developers.

With the additional technology, Fetterolf expects Stratus Video Interpreting will release its new technology for computers and mobile devices in about a year.

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