The Greenhouse, located at 440 Second Avenue N., provides St. Petersburg business owners and entrepreneurs with education, resources and assistance needed to thrive in the local economy. The Greenhouse team is comprised of committed experts from the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a large network of partners.
History of The Greenhouse
The Greenhouse was built in 1901 as the Domestic Science and Manual Training School. It is the oldest surviving school building in St. Petersburg, as well as the first vocational training school for children in Florida. In its day, the Domestic Science and Manual Training School was a state-of-the-art facility, offering classes in military science, physical education, industrial arts and domestic science. In 1998, it was designated a local landmark; later it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to its role as a vocational school, the Domestic Science and Manual Training School building served as a community and educational center for St. Petersburg residents through 1925. At that time, the school was relocated to Mirror Lake and the building was converted into office space. From 1925 through 1930, the offices at the former Domestic Science and Manual Training School were utilized by the local Chamber of Commerce. After 1930, the Veterans of Foreign Wars occupied the space until 1947; then, from 1947 until 1956, the building became the location of the State Welfare Board, followed by the Child Guidance Clinic from 1956-1960, Welfare Offices (1960-1975), the Office on Aging and Public Works (1975-1979), and the Neighborly Center (1979-1981). In 1981, the City of St. Petersburg gained ownership of the building and it became known as “City Hall Annex.” In 2013, the City joined in a partnership with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce to expand outreach and resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners and the Business Assistance Center was rebranded as “The Greenhouse.”
The Greenhouse Programs – How They Help
The Greenhouse offers a comprehensive list of services for St. Petersburg’s small business community. This includes business consulting and mentorship, a professional network, impactful signature programs, and workshops. Its professional staff, known as Navigators, are trained to deliver business assistance in a personalized manner. This concierge approach centers on relationship building, process navigation and results-based solutions.
The Greenhouse partners with the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF to connect entrepreneurs with expert consultants who help in a variety of business areas, such as marketing, business certification, capital access, market diversification, developing strategic business plans, export services and web optimization.
The Greenhouse partners with Pinellas County SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. They match specialized mentors to work alongside entrepreneurs to help them realize their small business ownership goals and pathways.
Greenhouse Navigators act as local small business liaisons and connect business owners with the resources and solutions available to accommodate for continued growth and success.
To find out more about The Greenhouse, its programs, workshops and trainings, visit their website at: https://stpetegreenhouse.com/ or call (727) 893-7146.
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- Venetian Isle, developed in the late 1960s and 70s, is an upscale, deed-restricted neighborhood of 518 homes reachable by bridge. It has deep-water canals to accommodate powerboats or sailboats of any size.
- Snell Isle was developed during the 1920s. It’s known for its waterfront mansions along Brightwaters Boulevard and unique statues of panthers and lions that stand guard on many street corners. Snell Isle is home to the Renaissance Vinoy Golf Club and the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club.
- Bayway Isles is a private neighborhood comprising of two islands in the southwestern part of St. Petersburg. It extends southward from the Pinellas Bayway Causeway into the waters of southern Boca Ciega Bay and is gated and deed restricted. Architectural design is varied; styles range from Mediterranean Revival to Florida Modern. Open water, great views and a boater’s dream come true make this neighborhood highly desirable.
Bottom Line: The way to choose the right neighborhood for your needs and your budget requires research, some soul-searching about your priorities and working with a trusted realtor like Estelia Mesimer.
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If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team – 727.686.2859