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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Oct. 21, 2016)

Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Hermine…
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened Business Recovery Centers (BRC) at The Florida SBDC at USF at Port Tampa Bay, 1101 Channelside Drive, #210, Tampa, Florida (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m) and the West Citrus Center, Citrus County, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 5.p.m).  These centers can help businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to help with business losses not covered by insurance. Information on SBA disaster loans may be obtained by calling (800) 659-2955 and (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or by going online. The Small Business Administration filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2016.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 28, 2017.

Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine may also apply for short-term, interest-free loans through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The bridge loan program helps bridge the gap for small businesses between the time impact occurs and when other resources become available, including insurance claims or federal assistance. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2016.  To complete an application by the Oct. 31 deadline, or for more information on the program, visit

Entrepreneurs: Apply to present at the 2016 Florida VentureTech Showcase, Nov. 1
The VentureTech showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event co-hosted by Space Florida and the Florida Venture Forum. The event will feature presentations by some of Florida's most promising growth-stage companies. Additionally, a cross section of investors will be in attendance. Learn more and apply at

Nov. 1
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Starting a Business
The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success. $10 Register:

Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Responding to RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs
Each bid proposal is unique... In order to stand out in the sea of competing firms and to get an insider's look into writing a business proposal that will generate more successful results; Gain real insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal. $20 Register:

Nov. 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.:
Sell to the Federal Government! This class will provide information on how to register with the Federal Government, how to located federal opportunities, and the steps necessary to access federal business certification programs. $20 Register:

Nov. 22, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Minority Certifications
Get Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process. $20 Register:

Nov. 29, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Selling to Pinellas County Government
Get an overview of the Pinellas County Purchasing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. Learn how to register to do business with County Government. Free registration:

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Intellitech Relocates to Pinellas Bringing Jobs & Manufacturing Technology
Intellitech, manufacturer of liquid filling and closure machinery used in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, has announced the completion of their relocation from Maryland to Pinellas County, Florida.  The company expects to bring 15 manufacturing and headquarters-related jobs to their new location at 11801 28th Street North, St. Petersburg, and to invest over $2 million in the region. 

"We're celebrating our 21st year in business, and this relocation will help to push Intellitech to our next level of growth," said Barbara Biller, President of Intellitech.  "Pinellas' medical device manufacturing and life sciences sectors make the City of St. Petersburg the ideal location for Intellitech to connect to both our suppliers and customers." 

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Redevelopment reigns in Pinellas in 2016 Creative reuse brings high quality projects

Large office and industrial projects are bringing new jobs and opportunities for Pinellas. Notable projects include:

·        G.E. Instrument Transformers 190,000-sq-ft manufacturing center in Clearwater

·        John Hopkins All Children's 255,000-sq-ft Research & Education building in St. Petersburg

·        BayCare Health Systems second headquarters building in Clearwater

·        Monin Gourmet Flavorings under-construction 100,000-sq-ft facility in Largo

More than 9,300 residential units are included in this latest development update. Hotel projects are growing with more than 3,400 completed, under construction or planned accommodations including the new Treasure Island Beach Resort and the Opal Sands in Clearwater Beach.

In education, a brand new state-of-the-art Largo High School opened its doors for classes in August, and USF St. Petersburg nears completion of its new College of Business. And there is more fun for Pinellas with a new BMX facility in Oldsmar, Splash Harbour Water Park in Indian Rocks Beach, Reload Shooting Range in Tarpon Springs and the under construction James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

Check out the interactive google map of these projects, click to browse the updates by city or to see them organized by type.  Visit to learn more.

2016 Pinellas County Economic Profile
Your guide to changing demographics, industry and economic data of our dynamic community. Each year Pinellas County Economic Development publishes this collection of data to ensure that entrepreneurs, businesses, developers, site selectors and financial institutions have a full picture of the evolving economy and workforce, as well as to the factors that contribute and influence changes to Pinellas' economic health. View the full 2016 Economic Profile 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

3D Digital Fabrication Training Available
This program from CareerSource Pinellas prepares individuals to enter the high growth manufacturing industry in entry-level engineering assistant positions. Students will learn how to move their designs from a model to a manufactured part via 3D printing. View a video about the program from WFTS
here. To learn more about the program, contact Huey Nguyen at (727) 608-2515,

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.

Help create new strategies to attract foreign investment in Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay region has been chosen by the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. to be part of a Global Cities Initiative that will focus on foreign direct investment in the area. The study will help regional partners and economic development organizations create new strategies to attract foreign investment that will grow and diversify the business climate in the Tampa Bay region. As part of this effort, researchers are seeking to interview senior managers in local foreign owned enterprises regarding the specifics of their location decisions. To learn more or participate in the Global Cities Initiative contact Brent Barkway at or (727) 464-7411.  Read more about the Global Cities Initiative in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Does your business have a disaster plan?
It's not too late! The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 through Nov. 30 and we want all Pinellas businesses to be prepared. You can find a wealth of business-focused preparedness topics at The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers a step-by-step guide to build a business emergency plan at And the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development is available for one-on-one consulting: schedule at an appointment at

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. 

Veterans Florida Business Training Grant
The Florida Veterans Employment and Training Services (FL VETS) Business Training Grant Program helps your business meet your workforce demands in a competitive environment by facilitating access to training and education in high-demand fields for veterans through matching training grants of up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. Learn more at

CareerSource Pinellas Offers Free Training to Earn Manufacturing Skills Certifications
Funded with a $250,000 grant awarded by the State of Florida, this pre-vocational training program provides no-cost training to eligible individuals for employment in entry level, high demand occupations with the potential for high wage careers in manufacturing. New classes begin monthly.  Visit to learn more.

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.   Check out the flyer, click here to learn more and see if your company is eligible.  For more information contact Shannon Turner at the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (877) 851-5285 or

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 Education Center  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.

Florida Manufacturers Get a Tax Break
More information is available at

Expand your export knowledge - Webinars from offers a full spectrum of webinars designed to assist growing businesses with topics related to foreign trade.  Learn about export compliance, NAFTA, classifying your commodity, taxes/tariffs, and more.  Click here for a list of current and archived webinars.

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

Raymond James. HSN. Bright House. Nielsen. Jabil. These are just a few of the largest private Pinellas employers in targeted industries.  Click here to view the full list.  

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