The Hot Seat

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Hear from Central Florida’s top entrepreneurs as they take on the hot seat and tell their story about building a successful business. We’ll provide the lunch, you provide (some of) the questions.

What’s In It For You?

Typically, advice from the leaders of multi-million dollar companies would not come cheap, but now you have the opportunity to glean valuable knowledge and lessons for the price of a sandwich. Featured entrepreneurs will be “grilled” about their story on growing a company, developing their brand and sales, growing a culture, staffing well, money matters and how they adapted along their journey to success.

For more information, contact Megan Almasi at

2018 Series Dates:

February 28
May 23
August 22
October 24

All programs will be held at the Winter Park Welcome Center from 12:00 – 1:15pm.

Hot Seat Alumni:

Anna & Nathan Bond, Owners, Rifle Paper Co.
Jon & Betsy Hughes, Co-Owners, Track Shack
Gregg Pollack, Founder, Code School, Envy Labs & Starter Studio
John Rivers, Founder, Owner & Head Chef, 4 Rivers Smokehouse
Ben Hewitt, Co-Founder/CEO, Corkcicle
Ted Murphy, Founder, CEO & Chairman, IZEA, Inc.
John Arie, Sr. & John Arie, Jr., Owner & CEO, Fun Spot America Theme Parks

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