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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Aug. 11, 2017)

Aug. 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Cash Flow Management
Understanding Cash Flow is the key to projecting and tracking your business success and it's the easiest way to do it. Learn to build your own simple cash flow statements that help you reach your goals or to borrow money from a bank. $20 Register:

Aug. 15 – 18: Tampa Bay MEDWeek
Join CEO Luncheon speaker Troy Taylor on Aug. 15 to kick off Florida Minority Enterprise Development Conference 2017 (MEDWeek). Mr. Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC, will discuss how the newest bottler to the Coca-Cola system has grown to employ 4,800 workers and earn annual revenues of over $1 billion. Additional panel discussions, seminars, workshops, business showcases, and receptions will be offered over the four-day conference. Learn more and register at

Aug. 22
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Improving Your Credit Score
Learn simple techniques for improving your personal and business credit scores and how they can help you grow your business. If your credit score is less than perfect, don't wait. The sooner you make these changes the sooner it can improve. If your credit score is already good, learn how it can help you and your business. Presented by the National Foundation for Debt Management. $20 Register:

Aug. 29
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Profit Mastery: Understanding your Financial Statements
Most businesses get financial statements from their accountant or accounting  program, but very few know how those statements can help you make changes to earn more money.  Learn what to look for to measure your business success and how to make adjustments to your business based on your financial statements. $20 Register:

Aug. 30, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Pinellas Finance Fair
This is your chance to talk one-to-one with 20 different Tampa Bay Area lenders in a trade show format without having to fill out any loan applications or guessing which lender is the best match. This event is free to entrepreneurs, business owners, or any interested business person, however registration is required. If you would like to develop a business plan, pitch, or summary page to share with lenders, contact one of our consultants as soon as possible to schedule an appointment at no charge. Lunch will be provided. Free registration:

Beginning Sept. 5: Co.Starters
Co.Starters is a 9-week facilitator-led program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the relationships, insights, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a thriving endeavor. Each week focuses on an essential element of business. Invited guest speakers include seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals from key occupations, such as: legal, accounting, sales, and marketing. Learn more about the program at

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.

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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26 Pinellas Companies named in Florida Trend's 350 Biggest Companies
Florida Trend released its 2017 list of Florida's 350 Biggest Companies and we are thrilled to see so many Pinellas County businesses represented. Tech Data (#2) and Jabil (#5) ranked among the top five Public Companies, and Bovie Medical, Creative Contractors, and US Ameribank made their first appearance in the top 350. Congratulations to all, and thank you for choosing Pinellas! View the Florida Trend 350 lists at

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 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

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.

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.

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 Download the Pinellas County All Hazards Preparedness Guide. During an active storm, view EOC bulletins 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. 

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.

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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