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As your Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Dec. 2, 2016)

Dec. 6, 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: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=12/6/2016

Dec. 7, 11:00 a.m. Webinar: Global ICT Opportunities: Is Your Company Missing Out?
Are you interested in increasing global sales or showcasing products and services in new markets? If yes, Enterprise Florida is here to help you! Join us for a webinar to learn more about how you can participate in two of the largest ICT events in Europe: Mobile World Congress and CeBIT. Click to register.

Dec. 8: Export Finance Workshop
Learn about the products, programs and services available to mitigate risks associated with export transactions, such as: letters of credit, documentary collections, working capital loans, foreign receivables insurance, and more. $25 registration includes breakfast. Click here to register.

Dec. 13, 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: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=12/13/2016

Dec. 20, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: SBA Loans & Services
Meet Robert Chavarria, SBA Senior Area Manager. Receive an overview of the Federal Small Business Administration's loans and services programs for small businesses. $20 Register: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=12/20/2016

March 6-18: Florida High Tech Corridor Career Expo
This event will bring together career center professionals from top colleges and universities to meet with high-tech businesses and discuss employment opportunities, hiring needs, and strategies to attract the best and brightest graduates in the country. Learn more and register your business as a participant at http://www.floridahightech.com/careerexpo/.

National Small Business Week Awards Nominations
National Small Business Week has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963. During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements. Business owners and advocates can self-nominate for the local awards, and winners of the State of Florida Small Business Person of the Year and the Florida Small Business Exporter of the Year awards will advance to the national competition and be recognized during the National Small Business Week Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC scheduled for April 30 - May 6, 2017. Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination.

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. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 28, 2017.

Pinellas County Business Events Extra, Dec. 2016
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Pinellas County Business News, Dec. 2016

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs166/1103746915784/archive/1126471801349.html 

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 Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Pinellas County and St. Petersburg partner with the Tampa Bay Innovation Center to create a New Downtown Business Incubator
Tampa Bay Innovation Center (TBIC), an innovation and entrepreneurship center for technology businesses, will partner with Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg to conceive and operate a major new business incubator. "We have enjoyed a close and productive relationship with Tampa Bay Innovation Center, and this collaboration with the TBIC team and the City of St. Petersburg is an opportunity to bring a new energy and significant resources to the Pinellas startup community," said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "Entrepreneurs are a crucial part of our economy. We're ready to begin working with our business community to design this space, recruit tenants and to discuss sponsorship and fund raising." As outlined in the request for Letter of Interest, the project includes a 40,000-50,000 square-foot mixed-use business incubator facility in the City of St. Petersburg that could potentially support research, innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the technology, life sciences, marine sciences and/or advanced manufacturing sectors. Click here to read the full release.

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.

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
www.pced.org/disaster. The Florida Division of Emergency Management offers a step-by-step guide to build a business emergency plan at http://www.flgetaplan.com/business.aspx. And the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development is available for one-on-one consulting: schedule at an appointment at www.pced.org/entrepreneurs.

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. 

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
http://www.veteransflorida.org/grant/.

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. Click though to find more details and contact information.

Florida Manufacturers Get a Tax Break
More information is available at
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/tip13a01-06.html

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 http://www.pced.org/?page=interns.

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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