- June 11, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
A handful of Tampa Bay small business owners got some face time and feedback this week from one of the most powerful executives in technology: Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Sandberg held a roundtable discussion with local entrepreneurs in a virtual meeting set up through the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The Miami native highlighted several local Facebook-fueled success stories as she touted the company’s small business assistance programs during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I know Florida. I’m from Miami,” Sandberg said. “And I know that Miami and Tampa are very different. But I spent many a high school weekend with my girlfriends in Tampa, because it was far enough for us to drive and get away from our parents, but not too far; we could get there on a tank of gas.”
When Facebook first reached out to the Tampa Bay Chamber to set up the event, president and CEO Bob Rohrlack couldn’t believe it was real. It’s…