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Reverse Trade Show, Oct. 13

The Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show is an exclusive event that allows you to “meet the buyers.” Meet directly with procurement staff who are responsible for purchasing the types of products or services that your company can provide. Registration is free.

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September 2023 Pinellas County Business News

In this issue, learn about assistance available to businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia, recent FL SBDC at PCED success stories, upcoming events designed to help your business grow, and catch up on news about PCED’s work.

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Success Stories

Permanent Jewelry Business Finds New Home in St. Petersburg

Entrepreneur Mariel McMurrey has successfully turned her passion for handmade jewelry and sustainability into a thriving small business: Sadie + Sky Permanent Jewelry. Knowing that her expertise in creating personalized pieces of jewelry wasn’t enough to launch a successful business, McMurrey reached out to the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development for business startup assistance with consultant Debra Schweikowsky. Schweikowsky helped McMurrey through business startup basics, such as setting up an Employer Identification Number (EIN), understanding quarterly sales tax, and thinking about the future of the business.

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Flavorful Puerto Rican Food Truck Gets its Start in St. Petersburg

Lynette Domenech and her husband are fulfilling their dreams of owning a business, the Loco Mofongo food truck, thanks to assistance from Debra Schweikowsky, business consultant with the the Florida SBDC at USF at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED). “She has helped me with financial information, with links and resources for permitting, licenses, all of the steps that I needed to follow to create my LLC and all of the business-related paperwork,” Domenech said.

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Firefighting Alert System Makes Waves Across the United States

Blake Richardson and Elezar Tonev, owners of EaseAlert, reached out to the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) for help in strategically growing their business. PTAC procurement specialist Yolanda Goodloe provided in-depth guidance on facilitating growth through government contracting.

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Press Releases

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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PCED Wins Award for Employment Sites Program

CLEARWATER, Fla – On Fri. May 5, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and Pinellas County Economic Development were announced as the recipients of the award for the Economy & Energy category of the Future of the Region Awards, for the County’s Employment Sites Program.

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PCED Debuts New Website

CLEARWATER, Fla – Pinellas County Economic Development has launched a newly re-designed website, The website serves as the backbone of PCED’s online presence to market Pinellas County as the Ideal Business Destination.

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September Business News

In this issue, learn about assistance available to businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia, recent FL SBDC at PCED success stories, upcoming events designed to help your business grow, and catch up on news about PCED’s work.

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August Business News

The August 2023 issue of Pinellas County Business News features stories about the upcoming Hispanic Business Conference, our award-winning Employment Sites Program, and opportunities for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and international growth.

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July Business News

The July 2023 issue of our monthly e-newsletter is out now! Read stories about, opportunities for international growth, services offered by FSBDC, and more.

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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.