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February Pinellas County Business News

This issue’s feature story is the release of our new logo and branding, which we are very excited to share with the world. Inside, you can also find information about upcoming events for small businesses, news about assistance available to businesses in need, and more.

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Woman Finds Her Passion in Real Estate, Giving Back

Client Pamela Bell has nothing but praise for the assistance provided by Kurt Forster and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at PCED. “I am telling you the SBDC was a godsend to me. I never would have known how to put everything together the way that it has.” Bell owns her own Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) and holds her license under Coastal Christies Property Group, LLC, which focuses on residential, investment, and commercial properties, including luxury.

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Success Stories

Woman Finds Her Passion in Real Estate, Giving Back

Client Pamela Bell has nothing but praise for the assistance provided by Kurt Forster and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at PCED. “I am telling you the SBDC was a godsend to me. I never would have known how to put everything together the way that it has.” Bell owns her own Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) and holds her license under Coastal Christies Property Group, LLC, which focuses on residential, investment, and commercial properties, including luxury.

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Hydro-Dyne Engineering Overcomes Challenges and Continues Growth with Assistance from PCED

For more than a decade, Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) has worked closely with local manufacturer Hydro-Dyne Engineering to help the company sustain its continued growth and success in Pinellas Park, Florida. Continually fostering a relationship with the company, PCED staff members have over the years been able to quickly identify and recommend solutions to challenges Hydro-Dyne has faced.

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Dumpster Business Thrives by Serving Small Businesses

When Kendal Lucas decided to start a new dumpster business, he accessed the expertise of the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) for guidance. Kurt Forster, Florida SBDC at PCED Center Manager, worked with Lucas to connect with a business forecaster, learn how best to acquire assets at a sustainable pace, and increase revenue by working with subcontractors. Moving forward, Lucas states that he is excited to continue using the Florida SBDC at PCED to gain more knowledge that will grow his business, especially with the Profit Mastery workshop and the guidance of Forster.

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Press Releases

Pinellas County Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of the ARK Innovation Center Business Incubator

CLEARWATER, Fla – The Pinellas County Commission on Monday, Dec. 18, held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the ARK Innovation Center, a new 45,000-square-foot business incubator located at 1101 4th St S. in St. Petersburg. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to explore the facility’s collaborative workspaces, offices, and event space before tenants settle in over the next few weeks. 

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PCED Named Tampa Bay Inno Awards Honoree

CLEARWATER, Fla – PCED was recognized as an Honoree in the Supporter category at the 2023 Tampa Bay Inno Awards. This accolade acknowledges PCED’s unwavering commitment to fostering a vibrant and innovative business ecosystem in Pinellas County.

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Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Cindy Margiotta, Dede Haggerty, and Suzanne Christman, posing for a photographed on a stage for being honored for the Deal of the Year.

PCED Wins 2023 Urban Deal of the Year Award for Brooker Creek South

ORLANDO, Fla – Pinellas County Economic Development was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Urban Deal of the Year Award for the Brooker Creek South project at the Florida Economic Development Council’s Foundation Conference Awards in Orlando on Tues., May 9.

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February Business News

This issue’s feature story is the release of our new logo and branding, which we are very excited to share with the world. Inside, you can also find information about upcoming events for small businesses, news about assistance available to businesses in need, and more.

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January Business News

Ring in the new year with our first newsletter of 2024! Inside, you’ll find stories about the ARK Innovation Center ribbon cutting ceremony, updates from our staff members’ outreach efforts, and much more.

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December Business News

The final 2023 issue of Pinellas County Business News is out now! Inside, you’ll find stories about recent business success, our award-winning Employment Sites Program, and more.

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Multimedia

Celebrate ARK Innovation Center’s Construction Progress

Pinellas County celebrated a milestone on January 20, 2023: the structural completion of the new ARK Innovation Center in St. Petersburg. Project partners celebrated by leaving their “mark” on a piece of Pinellas County history by signing the steel beam that will be used in the interior structure of the new business incubator.

Pinellas County Celebrates Opening of Brooker Creek South Industrial Facility

The Pinellas County Commission celebrated on Tues., Sept. 6, the completion of Brooker Creek South, the first industrial manufacturing building supported in part by Pinellas County’s Employment Sites Program (ESP). The developer, Harrod Properties, Inc., constructed the facility at 500 Brooker Creek Blvd, in Oldsmar’s thriving industrial market. The ribbon cutting was attended by Pinellas County Economic Development, the City of Oldsmar, Harrod Properties, and the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. The new tenants – Belac’s Chromalloy, Edmund Optics, and FDD, also joined in the celebration.

Pinellas County Celebrates SBDC Day

Learn how the SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development has helped businesses start up, create jobs, build or expand a business plan, grow capital, and obtain government contracts in Pinellas County, Florida.