The Tampa area has a number of consulting firms that have a presence but the vast majority either do not have a local employees or are not based here. In fact, out of the top 40 that are listed, the majority serve MacDill Air Force Base and cater to a few other industries.
As a backdrop, the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metro Area has a population of over 4 Million according to the Department of Commerce, ranking in the top 20 largest in the United States. St. Petersburg and Tampa are both independently listed on Livability.com’s “Top 100 Most Livable Cities in America.” What’s more impressive is that the Metro area has one of the lesser unemployment rates in the U.S. and one of the lowest cost of living, 8.8% lower than the U.S. average. Additionally, Forbes ranks Tampa, St. Petersburg as #34 Best Places for Business and Careers and #2 best cities for young entrepreneurs. Tampa Bay is the location of major military installations, MacDill Air Force Base and Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and Sector Station St. Petersburg. It is also the home of the University of South Florida in Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses, among other higher learning institutions including St. Pete College which has over 57,000 active students. These prominent institutions exert a significant amount of influence on the area while also leading the area in medical and high technology research and development.
Tampa Bay is home to a diverse set of industries and employers. In 2014, there were 50+ large companies employing over 100,000 people. There are close to 200,000 establishments in the region employing 2 million people according to the Tampa Bay Partnership. The region is home to large company headquarters such as Publix, Raymond James Financial, Jabil, Home Shopping Network and Tech Data. It also has a number of regional large company employers including AMEX, Metlife, PWC, Verizon, JPMorganChase, Citi, Wellcare, Beall’s, USAA, SalesForce and GEICO, Baycare Health System, John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and COX Communications.
It is very surprising given these facts that there is not a major Tampa consulting firm that services this broad base of businesses, organizations and government institutions. This is where Ovesto has emerged as the prominent Tampa based consulting firm serving top businesses, governments, start-ups, and not-for-profits. At Ovesto we approach every client’s business as if it were our own. We believe a consulting firm should be more than an advisor. We put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, align our incentives with their objectives, and collaborate to unlock the full potential of their business.
In summary, Tampa Bay is becoming a powerhouse for the heath care, digital media, business intelligence, retail, technology, and professional services. It is also a top career destination for millennial job seekers according to an analysis by NerdWallet. Both St. Petersburg and Tampa ranked in the 10 best cities for those ages 20-34 to find a job. In fact, St. Pete ranked No. 1 in Florida with Tampa coming close behind at No. 3. It is for these reasons, Ovesto is dedicated to becoming Tampa’s prominent consulting firm supporting this growth.