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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Sept. 13, 2017)

Sept. 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: How to do Business with Pinellas County Govt.
Get a general overview of the organizational structure, sourcing methods and tips for doing business with the Board County departments and online resources. Presented by the Board of County Commissioners Purchasing Department. Free registration: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=9/19/2017

Sept. 26
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Selling to the Federal Govt.
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: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=9/26/2017

Sept. 28: FEMA Ready Business Workshop
This free workshop will help business prepare for the hazards of hurricanes and inland flooding, and will feature the new Ready Business Hurricane and Inland Flooding Toolkits. Sept. 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Tampa. Click here to register.

October 6 is Manufacturing Day - here's how your business can participate...
Each year, on the first Friday in October, students across the nation tour manufacturing facilities and learn about the products made in their own back yard. The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) has line dup a number of events to mark the occasion for 2017:

·                  October 6: Manufacturing Day / Students' Tours 

·                  October 7: 3nd annual Manufacturing 5K Run Walk Paddle for Education 

·                  October 19: Made in Tampa Bay Expo 

·                   October 24: Manufacturing Job Fair 

Learn more and register for events at http://www.bama-fl.org/Manufacturing-Day.

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.

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 Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

The Penny Hoarder, Fastest-Growing Private Media Company in the U.S.
Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, and #25 on the overall list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Congratulations to the St. Petersburg-based team at The Penny Hoarder, and to all 23 fast-growing Pinellas companies on the Inc. 5000 list. Click here to see the Pinellas Inc. 5000 list.

Pinellas Q2 Unemployment Down, Job Growth Up
2nd Quarter Indicators show the County's unemployment rate dropping to 3.8% as 19,500 jobs were added and the labor force increased by 17,000 in the past year. Commercial real estate markets remain strong with rising rental rates and continued strong tenant demand, especially in the industrial market. The residential market continues to tighten with the Median Sales Price for a single family home at $248,450, up nearly 13 percent from one year ago.  Preliminary data for July 2017 indicates that Pinellas County's labor force exceeded 500,000 for the first time. 
Read the 2nd Quarter 2017 Economic Indicators.

Tampa Bay's Industrial Real Estate Rated a "Buy" by CoStar
The Tampa-St Pete-Clearwater MSA is one of only a handful of markets that's had above average cap rate and rent growth the past two years.  Page 43 of the State of the U.S. Industrial Market 2017 Q2, rates the region a "Buy." Learn more and read the entire report.

Learn More About the Penny for Pinellas
On Nov. 7, 2017, Pinellas County voters will decide on the renewal of the Penny for Pinellas 1-percent sales tax. This map is designed to show you how the County and our 24 cities would invest future Penny funds to continue building a better Pinellas. To learn more about what the Penny would do in your area, find your community or city on the map or scroll through the slide show for a visual tour of projects. For city projects, scroll to the bottom of the slide show or click the "31-42" to jump to cities.  Click here to start the tour.

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 http://www.veteransflorida.org/grant/ for full details.

Alternate US 19 Corridor Study
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 is conducting a corridor planning study along Alternate US 19 from Park Street North to the Pinellas/Pasco County Line in Pinellas County. Share your thoughts on Alternate US 19 via:

·                  User Survey

·                  Wikimapping Tool

·                  Project Website

Updated Tampa Bay Manufacturing Workforce Analysis
This updated report indicates that the category with the most anticipated 12-month vacancies is Production Technical Support, with over 200 projected openings.  Overall, respondents projected the need to hire nearly 2,000 employees over the next 12 months and more than 5,000 over the next 36 months.  Click here to learn more and view the entire update.

You can now get rides to/from PSTA bus routes for as little as $1.00!
PSTA's new county-wide service, DirectConnect, allows riders to get Uber, United Taxi or Wheelchair Transport rides to and from designated bus stops for as little as one dollar each way. The program is designed to make riding PSTA easier by offering affordable rides to and from certain stops throughout the county. PSTA will subsidize the DirectConnect rides up to $5, so some riders will pay about a dollar for their ride to/from the designated stop, while others, who are traveling farther, will pay a little more. Learn more at http://www.psta.net/directconnect/index.php.

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.
https://flvec.com/pinellas

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
http://ibtpartners.com/us/clients/state-economic-development-agencies/florida/.

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
www.pced.org/FTZ.

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 ron.diner@raymondjames.com 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
BBarkway@PinellasCounty.org or (727) 464-7411.  Read more about the Global Cities Initiative in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season - is your Pinellas business ready?
Now is the time for all Pinellas County businesses to plan and prepare! You can find tools and resources to develop a business disaster plan at
www.pced.org/disaster. Download the Pinellas County All Hazards Preparedness Guide. During an active storm, view EOC bulletins at http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin.htm.

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
www.pinellascounty.org/Plan/US_19.htm 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. 

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
http://bit.ly/CSPIN_Workforce_Training 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 CleanSweep@FreshFromFlorida.com.

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 https://www.polk.edu/corporate-college/caam/.

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 www.pced.org/incentives.

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 AMSkills.org 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 https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open.

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 https://www.careersourcepinellas.com/pages/ITApprenticeship.

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. 

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