‘Bulls in Biz’ event to make return to USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

This year's Bulls in Biz Fair will the largest, with at least 27 companies represented.

This year’s Bulls in Biz networking event will the largest, with at least 27 companies represented.

SARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee’s “Bulls in Biz” networking event is already known for linking students with local employers and alumni, but this year’s event comes with a twist: It will be nearly twice as large as past fairs.

As of Tuesday, 27 companies had signed up for the annual event and more were expected to sign by the time the two-hour fair kicks off at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the USFSM courtyard, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Bulls in Biz debuted in 2011 with about 15 businesses signed up.

“We found there was a need for networking workshops for professional development that wasn’t being offered, and we were looking for an activity that would bring alumni back for Homecoming Week. Hence this concept was created,” Director of Alumni Affairs Jay Riley said.

New to this year’s event – one of several campus events scheduled as part of Homecoming Week – sports-themed inflatables will be set up in the courtyard and food trucks will provide refreshment. Rocky the USF mascot is set to make an appearance as well.

“The whole event will have a homecoming feel,” Riley said.

“This isn’t just for business majors,” he added. “When you look at the list of employers signed up to attend you can see we’re appealing to all of our majors here on campus.”

Employers registered for the event will set up tents, tables and chairs to meet one-on-one with USFSM students eyeing job and internship opportunities. The local alumni chapter will send representatives as well.

“This is a great way for employers to keep their name out there and build a talent pipeline,” Toni Ripo, coordinator of Career Services, said of the fair. “For the students, they can learn about career opportunities and begin cultivating relationships with employers.”

The 27 businesses and professional organizations signed up are:

Bealls, Inc.

CareerSource Suncoast


Dealers United

Enterprise Holdings

FCCI Insurance Group

Fidelity Investments

Global Financial Private Capital

Hyatt Regency Sarasota

IMG Academy

Kerkering Barberio & Co.

Manatee County Government

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Nathan Benderson Park

S-One Holdings Inc.

Sarasota County Government

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Sarasota Modern Pentathlon Organizing Committee

School District of Manatee County

Shinn & Co.

State Farm Insurance

Tech House

The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Tropics Software

U.S. Probation & Parole Office

UTC Venture Group

Wells Fargo