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March 9, 2016

The Real Estate Quarterback Show welcomed President of Elevate Inc., Aakash Patel in the radio studio! The segment aired 8am Saturday on 1250 WHNZ and 7am Sunday on 102.5 The Bone.

Patel began the show speaking enthusiastically about the growth, development, and transformation Tampa Bay will be experiencing in the coming years. “The Port Master Plan is huge,” Patel explained. “The mayor has been cutting ribbons every day.” Patel, who began his career as a reporter in Tallahassee, came to Tampa and fell in love with the community. Patel said, “a lot of my friends were starting businesses and they needed help getting connected and involved in the community.” Thus, Elevate Inc. was born. Patel and #TeamElevate are constantly spreading the word about how #TampaHasSwagger.

Patel went on to speak about downtown Tampa and the proposed 75-foot skyscraper. “We want Tampa to be a global leader and this is our time,” explained Patel. Along with the skyscraper, Tampa International Airport is making huge changes. Patel said, “Governor Rick Scott has been extremely helpful and beneficial to the growth in Tampa.”

In response to the New Home Surge taking place in Tampa, Patel pointed out that families are moving to Florida everyday. Florida’s housing prices and low income tax are only two contributors of why Tampa has been named the place to live in the Southeast by Money Magazine. As chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Patel recognizes that education is a top priority for the community. **

Towards the end of the radio conversation, Patel gave his top three tips of advice to business owners. First step, create a creative tag line. Elevate’s tag line is, Learn Connect Grow. Next, explore organizations in the community. Find something you’re passionate about and dive into it. Focus on building your relations in the community. Lastly, build your social media platforms. Often times, the number of views, reviews and followers your company has, will determine the types of companies who want a business engagement with you.

Patel ended his time in studio with the advice “following up is the most important step. Without a follow up, you and your conversation are most likely to be lost and forgotten.” If you’re looking for more advice on how to keep your company growing, check us out at #TeamElevate.

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“Aakash Patel, Chris Melvin and the rest of the Elevate team simply delivered. The connections Aakash made led to valuable relationships for me and new clients for RevStar. You can’t fully appreciate what Elevate can do for your business until you experience it first hand. I personally recommend their services to anybody looking to grow their network and business within the Tampa Bay community.”

Ken Pomella, PMP – CEO, RevStar Consulting

“If you’re looking to dive into the who’s who of Tampa Bay, Elevate, Inc. is the only way to go. Elevate worked closely with Tampa Bay Plumbers to help us get our foot in the door with the right business and community circles to help us grow. We appreciated Aakash Patel & Chris Melvin’s professionalism, attention to detail, and willingness to go over and above to provide us a quality service. The contacts through Elevate are numerous and professionally beneficial and the staff is always available to us. We enjoyed working with the Elevate team and will definitely keep them in mind for our future business needs.”

April Diemer – Tampa Bay Plumbers

“Working with Aakash and his team at Elevate was a great fit for our growing organization. His team helped us connect with key influencers across the region and identify opportunities. Together you work to define your goals and who you’re targeting and through their connections and network they can make warm introductions to the decisions makers you need to connect with.”

Chon Nguyen – Founder & CEO, Newgentek

“Elevate, Inc’s. business relationship building process and their specialized one-on-one client service has opened doors and created potential opportunities that we wouldn’t have been able to create on our own. If your business would benefit from business relationship building introductions, I highly recommend Elevate, Inc.”

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