Government Contracting Assistance
The Florida Small Business Development Center Network offers government contracting and procurement support services, including assistance with marketing, proposal preparation and contract administration assistance, to established Florida businesses. Our Government Contracting Assistance program also provides assistance with various small business program applications, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business verification process, and the Federal Woman Owned Small Business program. If you have an established business and want to sell to the government please contact us at (727) 453-7200.
Government Contracting Assistance Resources
Pinellas County’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program: The SBE is a sheltered market created for qualified vendors that allows small businesses to place bids for County purchases from $5,000 up to $25,000. The program is non-specific to gender or race and benefits all small businesses principally located in geographical Pinellas County with sales and staffing below the established thresholds.
Qualifications for inclusion in Pinellas County's SBE Program:
- The business serves a commercially useful function.
- The business is principally domiciled within the geographic boundaries of Pinellas County, Florida.
- Annual sales do not exceed a maximum three year average gross revenue of $2 million.
- The business does not exceed a maximum of fifty (50) employees.
To be considered, you must complete BOTH the vendor application below AND the SBE Program Application below:
Applications are accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development, The EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760.
Questions: Please email Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Senior Manager of Business Assistance at PCED, or phone (727) 453-7200.
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Working with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED), Sea Sub Systems Owner Anne LaMaire has had access to a team of experts, able to guide her through the intricacies of various business certification programs. “There are many intriguing government contract opportunities out there,” explains Yolanda Cowart, FSBDC Business Consultant, “and it can be overwhelming to sift through them all, looking for the best fits. I often first steer clients like LaMaire toward state and local government options, which are abundant and usually offer a simpler bidding process than many federal opportunities.” Read more here...
Doing Business with Pinellas County -
Take the Class at the Florida Small Business Development Center at PCED
The Small Business Development Center hosts regularly scheduled training seminars on Doing Business with Pinellas County. In this seminar participants receive information on what it takes to participate in the competitive process for County contracts and learn about the Pinellas County purchasing system. They also receive personal assistance from Pinellas County Purchasing staff to get registered to do business with County Government.
To be certified as a Small Business for Pinellas County, the business must be principally domiciled in Pinellas County. Employers with fewer than fifty full time employees and annual gross revenues of less than $2 million are eligible to participate in the SBE Program.