Business Talk for Entrepreneurs

In 2013, Jamie started a radio show called The Jamie Meloni Real Estate show which aired Mondays at Noon on Tampa Bay's 1250 WHNZ. Then on February 2nd, 2015, he launched the 5 day a week live program, That Business Show which aired for two years from 7am to 9am each morning on 1250 WHNZ. In March of 2017, the program moved to an online web based television show and new episodes aired each morning (pre-recorded) at www.ThatBusinessNetwork.Com with Thursdays being The Real Estate Edition of the program. The program was ended in October 2017 but past episodes remain online to listen to. Jamie has interviewed over 1100 different business professionals and has a vast network of contacts across Tampa Bay and the Country as a result of the radio show / podcast and his extensive success in Real Estate sales. Learn more about the show at www.ThatBusinessNetwork.Com!

Helping Veterans in The Workforce


My next guest on the program was Valerie Ellis, CEO of Veterans2Corporate. Valerie Ellis is a retired Army First Sergeant who continues to serve by advocating for Veteran employment and entrepreneurship by promoting and placing Veterans to small and medium size companies to increase their bottom line by helping them hire qualified Veterans who are leaders, loyal, disciplined, and dependable. Valerie sought to find a way to help Veterans with the challenges of transition from military service to civilian careers and while enrolled in the HCC Entrepreneurship Certification program, conducting market research and customer discovery she determined employers struggled understanding military skillsets as much as service members struggled finding employment hence the birth of Veterans2Corporate. Valerie is currently serving as the Program Manager for the Florida Veterans Entrepreneurship Program for Hillsborough Community College where The Florida Grant was awarded to train Veterans on entrepreneurship. Hillsborough Community College was selected to partner with five institutions of higher education to offer Veterans a three phase program designed to accelerate the entrepreneurial success of aspiring “Vetrepreneurs”. Valerie’s efforts have been recognized by Tampa Bay Business Journal as a Hero in the Workplace, as well as 1 Million Cups – Tampa as a nomination in the Veteran’s Start Up category. She advises the best way to contact her is through LinkedIN messaging and her services to Veterans are free! Find them online too at!

Rounding out the hour was Colleen Kochannek, the creator and publisher of . After transitioning out of a corporate job that had her traveling the world, sometimes for two and three weeks at a time, Colleen made two startling discoveries 1.) She did not know her own home town at all; and, 2.) When she started exploring it she realized it had incredible things to offer. Colleen created in May 2016 to shine a spotlight on the South Shore area of Tampa: Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. Townie Life Magazine’s entire focus is featuring all of the amazing people, places, events, and businesses in South Shore. She and Jamie spoke of many of the hidden gems inside this region including the Carnival Museum in Gibsonton which touches off a brief discussion on the history of Gibsonton which was centered around the carnival industry. Jamie learns as probably many of the readers and listeners of the show learned today that Apollo Beach is finally getting a beach too, slated for completion by the end of this year and will be a 5 acre region on the shore. We touched on some areas inside Wimauma, a town some people may not even know exists in Hillsborough County and we closed up with a discussion of the challenges she faced as a white collar employee who transitioned to the world of entrepreneurship. She cited Working Women of Tampa Bay as a key component of her success. She is always looking for content for the publication and you can email her stories and ideas at and she asks that you like their Facebook page at and keep up with them at!

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