Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development and Takeout Button feature the premier Food Industry Symposium. This conference focuses on how technology is transforming the food industry and is designed for restaurant owners, caterers, and aspiring food entrepreneurs.



“Our mission is to help you on the path to become the next Taco Bus, Brimestone, or Herman T’s”, says FSBDC Center Director Dr. Cynthia Johnson.


Date: July 28, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm     

Location: The Epi Center

                  13805 58th Street North

                  Clearwater, FL 33760

Eric L. Smith

A Social Media Marketing Innovation, Experienced Financial Literacy Expert and Founder of MyHangOut Academy.

Key Note

Learn the importance of technology in the food industry and today’s restaurant business.


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These technology tools and trends can build your market power and ability to compete with big food chains.

Danielle Vona Bio

This step by step marketing process can help expand your brand and your customer base.

Jim Merrick Bio

Managing your Reputation and Brand

We help businesses increase Revenue with Video using our proprietary Cloud-based Software Technology.

Steve Santorsola Bio

Your Point of Sale (POS) System can be used to collect customer data, build business intelligence, create effective marketing strategies, and so much more.

John Schmitt Bio

You can take advantage of this e-commerce technology to increase your online presence and give your business a boost in sales through online ordering.

Cindy Siriwong Bio


Food Tech For The Food Industry  

Tuesday July 28, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: The Epi Center

                 13805 58th St. N,     

                 Clearwater, FL 33769

Join us for the premier Food Industry Symposium and grow your business at the speed of technology.


Breakfast & Networking


Q&A Panel Discussion

Lunch & Exhibition

9:00 am - 9:30 am:

9:30 am - 11:30 am:

11:30 am - 12:00 pm:

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm:

Steve Santorsola

Optimizing Your Systems

John Schmitt

Growing your Food Sales

Cindy Siriwong, Ph.D.

Local Online Marketing

Jim Merrick

Power and Presence to Compete

Danielle Vona

Eric L Smith

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