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After stepping away during the pandemic, a Tampa health tech company is returning to the office — and expanding its workforce in the process.

BeniComp, which aims to reduce employers’ health insurance costs through worker wellness and incentive programs, will add 100 jobs to its Tampa team by 2025, according to the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. To make room, the company leased a new 3,000 square foot space in downtown Tampa City Center.

“I would say we’ll fill that office space probably by the end of the year, that’s for sure,” BeniComp president Steve Presser said.

The company will primarily seek software developers and preventative healthcare consultants, but will also have new roles in accounting, customer service and project management, Presser said.

“We’ve been hiring a bit outside of Tampa during the pandemic,” he said. “We’re really trying to focus our energy right now in the Tampa Bay area, just because of this desire to have highly collaborative and innovative people and place. We have found lots of great staff in the Tampa Bay area.

Founded in 1962 in BeniComp moved its headquarters to Tampa in 2016 from Fort Wayne, Ind., where it still maintains an operations office. It employs about 70 people worldwide, including 25 to 30 in Tampa, which Presser calls its “innovation office.” Until early 2020, it was housed in a 2,000 square foot space in another downtown building.

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“It was a lot of energy — beanbags, standing desks, writing all over the walls,” he said. “Then the pandemic hit, and immediately everyone dispersed, and we decided to work from home because it was just too complicated. Someone would sneeze and we would close the office.

The new space should help BeniComp be more aggressive in the Tampa Bay market. The company mainly worked with companies with 100 or more employees; it lowered that threshold to 25 or more in order to attract a wider range of customers who fund their own health insurance.

“We would love to own our backyard,” Presser said. “To create population health management not just for employer groups, but for an array of employer groups in the Tampa Bay area, would be amazing. It’s to our advantage that our preventative health specialists easily cross the city, get to the site and work with the employees. We would like to be more practical and personal.