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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Dec. 8, 2017)

Dec. 12
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Accounting & Tax Procedures
An overview of tax requirements needed satisfy IRS regulations and the generally accepted accounting procedures your business needs to manage your growth. Guest presenter John Gordos, Enrolled Agent. $20 Register at

Dec. 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: QuickBooks
Get an overview of Quickbooks accounting software. Learn to set up the chart of account and the basic functions of the most popular software among accounting professionals today. Guest presenter Michael Carlisle, Enrolled Agent. $20 Register at

Dec. 20 Deadline: Apply to Present at the 2018 Florida Venture Capital Conference in January
The Florida Venture Forum is calling for growth stage companies to apply to present at the 2018 Florida Venture Capital Conference, being held in Fort Lauderdale January 30-31, 2018. In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers a cash prize totaling $100,000 to eligible Florida companies, and companies seeking to relocate or establish presence in Florida.
Click here to learn more and to apply. The application deadline is Dec. 20.

Feb. 20 – 21 in Orlando: 2018 Florida Defense Expo
This Florida Defense Contractors Association event provides an opportunity for representatives from the U.S. military, the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations serving our country to coordinate with businesses dedicated to providing high quality, safe, innovative defense-related products. The Expo includes business-to-business matchmaking and sponsorship opportunities. Learn more and register at

March 2: Business of Biotech
The Business of Biotech Conference brings together biomedical companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors for networking, partnership discussions and service providers. 2018's conference will feature Keynote Speaker Francis Cuss, former Chief Scientific Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Interviewer Cokie Roberts, ABC News Political Commentator, Contributing Senior News Analyst - NPR, and Member of the Moffitt Cancer Center's National Board of Advisors. Learn more and register for Business of Biotech at

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The Penny Hoarder Expands in Pinellas County, Expects to Create 165 New Jobs
Kyle Taylor, CEO of The Penny Hoarder, owned by Taylor Media, Inc. Magazine's top ranked private media company of 2017, announced that the company has selected Pinellas County for a major expansion. The St. Petersburg-headquartered company recently built out 23,000 square feet on the top floor of 490 1st Ave. S., and expects to hire 165 new employees by 2020. Read more at

2017 Pinellas Industry Cluster Analysis
A new report reveals emerging, transforming and industry stars in Pinellas County. The 2017 Cluster Analysis report shows Pinellas County's economic specializations and compares them to the nation, state and region. You'll see that Pinellas County's economy is based on much more than just tourism. For example, corporate headquarters operations in Pinellas have twice the employment share of the nation as a whole and nearly three times that of the state thanks to our three Fortune 500 companies (Jabil, Raymond James and Tech Data) and numerous smaller corporate, divisional and regional headquarters.  Find out the other areas of opportunity and concern here.

Regional Competitiveness Report for Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Partnership, in collaboration with its partners, led the development of this comprehensive research tool that benchmarks the community against peer and aspirational markets nationwide. It provides an unbiased and contextual account of the economic performance, competitiveness and prosperity of the region. The report enables the leaders of Tampa Bay to prioritize issues and resources, and measure community progress toward shared goals. View the report:

Pinellas County's population and employment are on the rise...
In the next five years, Pinellas County's population is projected to grow by only 7.9%, but, over a third of the 2021 residents will be new arrivals since 2016 - that's 350,000 people new to the county!  Find out how this is possible in the new Pinellas County Population Projection report.

2017 3rd Quarter Economic Indicators highlight increases in Pinellas County employment and consumer spending. Visit to view full reports and Quarterly Economic Indicators.

Veterans Florida Business Training Grant Program
The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program provides grant funding for customized, skills-based curriculum development and training to businesses in Florida’s targeted, high-growth and high-wage industries. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant for a 12-month maximum term per new employee. A business pays for pre-approved, direct training-related costs and is reimbursed by Veterans Florida, up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. Learn more in this
short video and visit for full details.

Explore the new Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center
The statewide online directory of agencies has been revamped to provide an improved browsing experience for all stages of entrepreneurship. Discover resources to assist you in developing a business idea, formulating an action plan, launching a start-up, and growing and optimizing an existing small business. Additionally, scroll down the portal to read start-up success stories from entrepreneurs located in Pinellas County.

Florida's Online Global Program
Globalize your website by making it local - with fully customized websites in your target markets. Enterprise Florida's Florida Online Global was created to help small to medium-sized companies expand internationally through an online globalization program to build and market country-specific websites. Choose between a Two Market Expansion or a Fully-Customized Multi-Market Web Presence. Qualifying participants will automatically receive a $6,000 reimbursable trade grant from Enterprise Florida to offset the cost of the website development. Learn more at

Foreign Trade Zone 193: The Best Kept Secret for Manufacturers and Distributors
Do you manufacture, assemble or process imports? Would you like to defer, reduce or eliminate duties paid on imported products? FTZ 193 can increase your profits and decrease your frustration. Learn more about FTZ 193 at

Join Raymond James and make a difference through Pinellas County Lunch Pals
Join the Pinellas County Schools/Raymond James partnership along with Nielsen, Power Design, Tech Data and many others, and offer your employees the opportunity to be Lunch Pals. Each company is matched with a school nearby. Lunch Pals are matched with students who can especially benefit from a relationship with a positive and caring adult. They meet each week for 30 minutes during the student's lunch time, on school grounds, when school is in session.  Pinellas County Schools provides orientation/training and materials to promote Lunch Pals to employees. Raymond James provides company support.
Click here to learn more about the program and become a Lunch Pal.  Contact Ron Diner, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships at Raymond James at (727) 567-5043 or to discuss the advantages of Lunch Pals for your organization and the major impact it can have on the economic vitality of Pinellas.

Pinellas County seeks input on US 19 corridor
Pinellas County is conducting economic, demographic and market analyses on the US 19 corridor from Curlew Road to just north of East Klosterman Road. This study will help inform the need for future action plans to address transportation, land use, economic and community-identified issues and opportunities in this portion of unincorporated Pinellas County. Residents are encouraged to visit the study's website at for more information and to submit ideas, questions or concerns about the corridor study. As the study progresses, updates and information will be added to the website, and there will be additional opportunities for community involvement. 

Free Pesticide Pick Up & Disposal for Pinellas companies, up to 750 lbs!
Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides.  Click here to learn more and see if your company is eligible.

Mechatronics Training Available to Local Manufacturers
A wide range of training opportunities is now available through the College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing, a partnership between local manufacturers, St. Petersburg College, and Polk State College. Find a listing of upcoming classes and other offerings, as well as additional information about the program and grant funding opportunities, at

Need help financing employee training? 
Florida's Incumbent Worker Training and Quick Response Training programs offer opportunities to help businesses seeking to add to their employees' skills. The two programs collectively provide a variety of options to suit a company's unique needs. Contact us at (727) 464-7332 to learn more about the programs, or visit

AMSkills, the American Manufacturing Skills Initiative, seeks Manufacturing Partners

Pinellas County's AMSkills program is seeking local manufacturers to partner in training initiatives for the next generation of manufacturing professionals.  This innovative program, using the German dual education model, will train apprentices tailored to employer partners' needs, and design programs to develop highly skilled employees who are prepared for long-term careers. Visit to learn more, and click here to contact the team and become a manufacturing partner.

Attention Pinellas businesses: Upcoming SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Solicitations
Find a full list of the numerous upcoming Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 1 opportunities at

Tampa Bay IT Apprenticeship Program
CareerSource Pinellas has partnered with Pinellas Technical College to provide tuition-free education, hands-on training, and IT industry-recognized certifications in four key occupations: Applications Developer (Software); Applications Developer (Web); Help Desk Technician; and Network Support Technician. Pinellas employers and workers can find more information on the program at

Target Sector Trade Grants to Help Grow Export Sales
Through an initiative from the State of Florida and Enterprise Florida Inc., event-specific grants are available on a reimbursable basis to eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and services providers in one of Enterprise Florida's target sectors: Aviation & Aerospace, Clean Energy, Homeland Security & Defense, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Professional Services, Marine Industry, or any other manufacturing industry. These grants will cover 50% of turn-key booth space costs; up to a maximum of $6,000.00.  Grants can be used for trade shows that Enterprise Florida participates in or for other trade shows in one of our target sectors. Click though to find more details and contact information.

Internship Portal for Pinellas Employers. An internship program was rated by employers as one of the most effective recruiting methods for hiring college students.  Find the perfect intern for your team from St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Eckerd College, CareerSource Pinellas or the Pinellas County Job Corps Center at

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