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Brent Barkway

Business Development Manager
(727) 464-7411  -- Bio –


Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

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The Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA),  will lead an export sales mission to the Dominican Republic on December 5-8, 2016 to cultivate export opportunities for local businesses in the Caribbean market.

"Working with our partners at the U.S. Commercial Service, we will offer clients selected to participate in this mission expert counseling on their market entry and expansion strategy and an opportunity to connect with trade partners during personalized, one-on-one matchmaking sessions," said Brent Barkway, International Business Development Manager at Pinellas County Economic Development.

Top sectors for U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic include air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; automobile parts and services; agricultural products; building products; hotel and restaurant equipment; medical equipment; renewable energy; printing and graphics arts equipment and supplies; safety and security equipment; and telecommunications equipment.

Registration for the Dominican Republic Trade Mission is now open.

Click here to peruse the trade mission brochure.

Contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 to discuss the
 opportunities for your company and reserve your spot for this trip.


Tampa Bay Export Alliance Costa Rica Trade Mission Generates $12.1M in projected export sales

"The trade mission to Costa Rica was one that allowed the Tampa Bay region to shine across sectors," said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development.  "We were encouraged to see companies in industries from pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to fuel management and authentic craft brewing joining us for this mission and finding a receptive market for their products and services."

Fourteen companies participated in the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Matching Service. The program provides customized one-on-one meetings with companies in Costa Rica. The Gold Key companies, which conducted more than 70 meetings with potential customers, reported 116 sales leads and $12.1 million in actual and expected export sales. Click to read more...

Learn more about our Export Trade Missions.  Take a look at Chile 2014



Pinellas County offers customized assistance for export planning and can serve as a single point of contact for international business programs available at Federal, State and local levels. We provide assistance with trade mission planning, including Gold Key matchmaking events, international marketing plans, and international trade show grants.   



TBEA Video Archive

TBEA Trade Mission to Canada, October 2015 ($4.1 million projected)

TBEA Trade Mission to Chile, December 2014 ($9 million projected)

 TBEA International Town Hall

Tampa Bay Market Assessment of the Brookings Tampa Bay Metropolitan Export Exchange Initiative:  
Explore more about Tampa Bay's Export challenges, how we can cooperate to compete, the region's export industries and top Tampa Bay export destinations.


Co-located Partner Resources for Export Assistance


Tampa Bay US Export Assistance Center
13805 58 Street N., Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760

Sandra Campbell, Director

Phone: (727) 893-3738
Fax: (727) 893-3839


Sandro Murtas, SBA Export Programs and Financing
Phone (727) 464-7177


Enterprise Florida

Max Stewart, Regional Manager International Trade Development
Phone:  (727) 453--7108

 Links to Trade Missions & International Events

Enterprise Florida Shanghai, China can help you export your products and conduct business. Contact David Giles Stiefel at or visit the website at

Target Sector Trade Event Grants are available from Enterprise Florida to qualified Florida companies to offset costs for some of these events. Click here to learn more.


Click here for a list of Enterprise Florida International Offices

Florida's Export Directory, List Your Company- Take advantage of this opportunity for increased international visibility. The Florida Export Directory partners with The Export Yellow Pages, the official export directory of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Foreign Trade Zones and Export Assistance

Foreign-trade zones (FTZs) continue to drive the U.S. economy by saving companies money and preserving jobs in the US manufacturing sector. Data contained in the newly released: "The Impact of the Foreign-Trade Zones on the 50 States & Puerto Rico" (Pinellas is on Page 26) indicates that FTZs play an even more important role in driving the economy. Learn more about Pinellas County's FTZs. Contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or for additional assistance.

Tampa-Panama Business Council
The recently formed Tampa chapter strives to promote business relationships between companies in Tampa Bay and Panama. Nearly 30 companies comprise the founding members of the Tampa-Panama Business Council, with most already doing significant business in Panama. Find more information about the Council at

Profit from United States Trade and Development Agency Projects

The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) assists in the economic growth, and pursues U.S. commercial interest, of developing and middle income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. The USTDA offers business opportunities abroad to domestic firms through contracts providing technical assistance or training, or conducting early investment analysis/feasibility studies. For more information about the USTDA and their current grant and contracting opportunities for US companies, visit


Industry Pages

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Manufacturing Organizations List PDF (56.22 KB) Administration 10/13/2015
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