In a world of high-cost college tuition, recession, financial bail-outs and fierce global competition, you need an affordable professional association you can count on for insights, jobs and business opportunities.  Our 32 year vision is unwavering:  “Advancing careers from classroom to boardroom.

Our Youth Biz & Tech Training kicks off at 9am on Saturday, 9 Jan 2010, at Computer Mentors Goup at corner of MLK Jr Blvd and 28th St: 2802 E MLK Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL..

Before BDPA

During BDPA

At-risk child

College-bound student

Limited employee candidates

Expanded talent pool

Limited professional contacts

Large Rolodex of high profile contacts

Tech challenged

Tech savvy

Limited management, exec skills

P&L responsibility, strategic planning, executive leadership, management and marketing, business development

No college internships

Numerous college internships

Unpublished in my profession

Published articles and started work on book

Knowledge limited to help desk, testing, tech support

Expanded knowledge of biz and tech to Project Management,  Business Analysis, etc.









Our aim is to advance excellence and diversity in the business and IT community.   We achieve this aim by accumulating a pool of executive thought leadership, technical knowledge and business experience to strengthen the expertise of minority members of the information technology and business professions.

Please take a moment to learn more about the BDPA Tampa Chapter and some of the programs and activities in which we are involved.   Join us for our next monthly meeting, held the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 3109 W. MLK Jr. Blvd, Building Lake Pointe II, 6th Floor, Room 609 (near the Tampa Bay Bucaneers stadium).  E-mail us at fpshines@gmail.com. (Register online)

Affordable Membership

At just an annual cost of $75 for our professionals and $15 for full time students, you'll gain access to job and business contacts, top companies, thought leaders, training, membership discounts, technologies, internships and career opportunities available in business and information technology.  BDPA Tampa is always in search of the latest ideas and ways to bring you value.   Join today.

Technology & Biz Training

Youth and adult biz and tech training takes place during Saturday morning training sessions or via webinars (more). Includes:

  • SEO and Web Marketing
  • Youth Life Skills
  • Problem Solving, Project Management
  • Website Design
  • Business Model, Strategic Planning
  • Netbeans and Zoho Apps
  • Business Presentation Skills
  • Landing Page Optimization
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Java and HTML Basics

Speakers & Topics

Our 2008-2009 agenda of speaker events covers the entire spectrum of growth, opportunity and personal development, with guest speakers and members earning crystal plaque awards for their contribution:

  • How to Find Stimulus Jobs in a Digital Age - Carmin Wharton, Author, Entrepreneur
  • Cloud Computing & Zoho Apps
  • How to Improve Your Executive Presence: Lessons from Obama - Thomas Mungavan, Author
  • Next Big Thing: Google, Adobe Others Eye Digital Signage Market
  • How to Invest in a Post-Bailout Economy - Ron May, Wachovia
  • How SOA / Web Services is Changing Business: Zak Merzouki, Camstar
  • Practical, Real-Life Lessons on Complex Project Management
  • What Rapid Growth of On Demand, Web 2.0 and Software / Platform as a Service (SaaS / PaaS) Means to You:  Frank Shines, Author, Skill of Success
  • How to Leapfrog Others and Advance Your Career
  • How to Apply Lean Six Sigma in all Areas of business: Six Sigma Master Black Belt
  • Overcoming Resistance to Change:  Change Leadership Member
  • Access to BDPA member developed web-based Lean Six Sigma and process improvement project management system

Meetings and Development Opportunities

  • Monthly meetings every 4th Thursday on relevant business and technology issues )
  • Annual National Technology Conference with Fortune 500, Government, Military, Small and Medium Businesses
  • Public speakers and speaking opportunities (more)
  • Network Jungle events with University of South Florida
  • Links to online resources and professional communities.

2010 Charity Fundraisers

On Saturday, July 17th from 7  to 9pm, Tampa Bay BDPA will host a wine and cheese tasting fundraiser at the Tampa Museum of Photographic Arts in partnership with Wines for Humanities. Please register at www.TampaBDPAYouth.Eventbrite.com or contact Frank Shines at fpshines@gmail.com.

Winners of the 2010 High School Computer Competition charity fundraiser include the following ticket holders:

  • Netbook Computer goes to Anna with ticket #888799
  • Foursome at Cheval Golf & Country Club goes to Chris with ticket #888675
  • Dining at Carrabass goes to Patrick with ticket #517382

During this charity raffle, a total of nearly $600 net profit was raised to defray the cost of travel and lodging costs of 3-4 high school students to travel for four days to the HS computer competition, set for July 28-31st in Philadelphia, PA.   Rhys Campbell, Lee Gibson and one to two other students will be representing Tampa at the national event.

2010 2nd Annual Computer Mentors - Charity Mentoring Golf Fundraiser

The  Computer Mentors Group Inc, (CMG) is pleased to announce that it will  host its 2nd Annual Charity Golf Mentoring Event on Saturday July 17, 2010.  This year’s event will be  hosted at Tampa’s historic Rogers Park located at 7911 N. 30th Street, Tampa, 33610.

The event  kicks off at 8am and will be followed by a silent auction and awards  luncheon.

Proceeds for the event will go to  support the Computer Mentors Youth programs which include the Youth  Computer Certification & Ownership Program and the Middle-School  Pre-Certification Program. Youth from the program will be on hand to greet and welcome the participants as well as host technology presentations for the event.

Come out and show support for this outstanding organization now in its 13th year of serving our youth, local families and the community. We’ll have a great selection of silent auction and raffle prizes including a computer! For more information or to register go to www.tournevents.com/cmg10 or contact Tarren Money at (813)928-9494.

Winners of 2009 Youth Charity Event

Photos from the 2009 awards breakfast can be found here:

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Lives Under Construction - Health, Fitness & Nutrition

  • Jayven Fitzpatrick - Most Improved Award
  • Kelsey Hills - Excellence in Community Service
  • Marcus Edwards - Mentoring & Leadership Award
  • Barbara Rodgers - Team Player Award

BDPA-Computer Mentors Group - Business & Technology Training

  • Daniel Grant - National High School Computer Competition (HSCC)
  • Rhys Campbell - HSCC
  • Lee Gibson - HSCC
  • Jesse Stringer
  • Courtney Wright
  • Kaleb Brooks
  • Jose Duque
  • Denzel Strowder
  • Keron Smith
  • Aikyannia Traven
  • Juan Oller
  • Tyree Anderson
  • Alexx Troy
  • Racine Woods
  • David Garcia

Business & Technology Trainers / Speakers

  • Anthony McClay - Trainer
  • Manish Kharod - Trainer
  • Paddy O’Brien - Trainer
  • Milcah Jones - Trainer
  • Andre Hudson - Speaker
  • Aris Akavan - Speaker
  • Ian Elius - Speaker

Participating Organizations & Sponsors Our many thanks go out to those who have supported us: 

  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 2009 Outstanding Achievement for Facilities and Infrastructure Support
  • The Nielsen Company, 2009 Outstanding Achievement for High School Computer Competition Support
  • Sarasota Interventional Radiology, 2009 Excellence in Community Service
  • Pilgrim Software, 2009 Membership Support & Diversity in Technology
  • Trinity Eye Care, 2009 Brighter Vision Award
  • Mustard Seed Communities
  • APEX Digital Imaging
  • Body Fitness by Aris, Speaker Award
  • O’Brien Management Services
  • Girls Raised in the South (GRITS)
  • Educational Training Consultants
  • Pro Builder Fitness, Speaker Award
  • Skill of Success

What We Do

We address the most pressing business and technology needs of students, professionals and entrepreneurs through a number of programs, venues and events:

Education and Career Building

  • Professional development (more)
  • Student training and education programs (more)
  • Job training and internships
  • Charity, entrepreneur and at-risk youth training with Computer Mentors Group
  • National High School Computer Competition & Tampa Tech Bowl
  • NEW Public Speaking
  • NEW Business Planning, Entrepreneurship
  • NEW SAT/ACT College Prep
  • NEW Business Etiquette
  • Health, Fitness & Nutrition


Job Postings

Liberty Mutual

The Nielsen Co.


Upcoming Events

Monthly Meetings.  Next: Thurs, Jun 24, 2010, 6pm

Youth Biz
& Tech Training
Saturdays, 9am to Noon at Computer Mentors Grp.

CMG Golf Charity Event
Sat. July 17, 2010

National High School Computer Competition, July 28-31, 2010

National Convention,
Aug 2010

Our Partners

Welcome from the
Chapter President


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