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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (July 19, 2019)

July 26, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: QuickBooks workshop
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 registration:
https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=7/26/2019

July 30
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Responding to RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs workshop
Each bid proposal is unique... In order to stand out in the sea of competing firms and to get an insider's look into writing a business proposal that will generate more successful results; Gain real insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal. $20 registration:
https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=7/30/2019

Pier Marketplace Applications Available – Aug. 9 Deadline
Applications are now available for the Marketplace at the St. Pete Pier.™ The Marketplace is an area near the entrance of the new St. Pete Pier™ District that will showcase kiosk and tent vendors and their products and services. Seven market stalls and ten tents will initially be available to lease at this location. Find a link to information, including the application, on the Marketplace page of the Pier website or at The Greenhouse, at 440 2nd Avenue North, east of St. Petersburg City Hall. The application deadline is August 9 and initial selection will be made in the fall of this year. 

Aug. 12 – 15: Global Tampa Bay Export Sales Mission to Brazil
As the ninth-largest economy in the world, Brazil offers a diverse consumer base for U.S. exporters. As Florida's number one trading partner, Brazil received $14.7 billion in merchandise exports from Florida last year. Two weekly service connections to Brazil make the South American country Port Tampa Bay's largest market for exports.
Click here to view more details about this upcoming event, and contact Brent Barkway at bbarkway@pinellascounty.org for further information and to register.

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 Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Gateway Master Plan: tell us what you think!
You are invited to check out the Gateway Master Plan website and take a look at the draft recommendations, and then share what you think by taking the survey. Your input is needed to refine the strategies to better guide the area's growth towards a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future.

2008-2018 Pinellas County Sales
Visit www.PCED.org/interactive  to access this fresh content highlighting a decade of sales data in Pinellas County. 

Q1 2019 Economic Indicators
Pinellas County Economic Indicators for the first quarter of 2019 are now available in our Data Center. Highlights? Increases in labor force and consumer spending, and an 8.8% decrease in our unemployment rate.

Are you ready to take your manufacturing company to the next level?
Through the Manufacturers Business Growth Program, GrowFL provides access to resources, analysts, and tools to second-stage manufacturing and manufacturing-related companies. Who should apply? Companies that...

  • Are for-profit, privately-held manufacturing or manufacturing-related companies headquartered in Florida
  • Generate annual revenue or working capital between $750,000 and $100 million
  • Employ between 6 and 150 full-time employees
  • Provide products or services beyond the local area to regional, national, or global markets
  • Have an intent and desire to grow beyond second-stage

Learn more at https://www.growfl.com/floridamakes/.

Prepare your business for Hurricane Season and Beyond
We encourage all Pinellas businesses to develop a business continuity plan, and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development is here to help.
Click here to make an appointment with one of our counselors. You can also find tools and resources to help your business prepare at www.PCED.org/disaster. We keep this page updated throughout the year to provide valuable information and resources for our Pinellas business community.

Pinellas Employment by Occupation & Median Wage
Want to know the fastest-growing, highest earning jobs in Pinellas? We can help! The medical field is booming now, with Physician Assistant expected to be the fastest-growing profession in the county. Fields with computer and data-heavy occupations like operations research, information security, and software development follow close behind. The best paying job in Pinellas? Dentist! Find these details and more in our updated report, Pinellas Employment by Occupation and Median Wage.

Growing? Need Talent? PTC!
Pinellas Technical College has a network of 250 business and industry partners who advise and guide the programs to ensure  students are preparing for the workforce needs of Pinellas employers. Check out their new video, explore custom training, learn more, and post your job opening.

Pinellas County Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones are economically distressed census tracts designated by the U.S. Treasury Department. By investing in an Opportunity Zone, through a qualifying Opportunity Fund, investors can defer and/or reduce their federal capital gains tax liability. These tax benefits increase the longer investments are held. There is no cap on the amount of capital that can be invested and the Opportunity Zone incentives can be applied to a wide range of investments in real estate and operating companies.

Opportunities in Pinellas abound, from the massive redevelopment potential of Tropicana Field in Downtown St. Petersburg, to urban infill projects in the downtown areas of Clearwater, Largo and Tarpon Springs, to housing and mixed-use opportunities throughout all tracts. 

Learn more about the new Opportunity Zone Program by visiting
www.PCED.org/oz

Veterans Florida Business Training Grant Program
The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program provides grant funding for customized, skills-based curriculum development and training to businesses in Florida’s targeted, high-growth and high-wage industries. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant for a 12-month maximum term per new employee. A business pays for pre-approved, direct training-related costs and is reimbursed by Veterans Florida, up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. Learn more in this short video and visit http://www.veteransflorida.org/grant/ for full details.

Explore the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center
The statewide online directory of agencies has been revamped to provide an improved browsing experience for all stages of entrepreneurship. Discover resources to assist you in developing a business idea, formulating an action plan, launching a start-up, and growing and optimizing an existing small business. Additionally, scroll down the portal to read start-up success stories from entrepreneurs located in Pinellas County.
https://flvec.com/pinellas

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.

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.  Click here to learn more and see if your company is eligible.

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.

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.

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