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Tampa Electric to sponsor networking meeting for minority business owners and suppliers

TAMPA, January 10, 2002

Tampa Electric will sponsor a networking opportunity for minority business owners and suppliers on Wednesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m.to12:30 p.m. at the Tampa Electric Skills Training Center, 8030 Palm River Road, Tampa.

Potential vendors and suppliers will have an opportunity to meet procurement personnel from Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas and other Tampa Bay companies.

The networking opportunity is hosted by TECO and is the first meeting of the 2002 National Minority Supplier Development Council of Florida (NMSDC) West Coast Chapter. Attendees will also be able to attend a new member orientation session lead by Malik Ali, executive director of the NMSDC of Florida and meet the officers of the NMSDC of Florida West Coast Chapter.

For more information about this business opportunity contact Calvin Marshall, Tampa Electric, 813-228-4253.

Tampa Electric is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), a diversified energy-related holding company headquartered in Tampa. Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899. Its West Central service area covers approximately 2,000 square miles, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers with reliable power and value-added services. In addition to Tampa Electric Company, TECO Energy's principal businesses include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, and TECO Solutions.

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Tampa, Florida 33602
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