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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Jan. 31, 2020)

Feb. 4
, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.:
Gaining Access to Pinellas County Government Contracting
Learn what it takes to contract or subcontract with Pinellas County. Gain insights to Pinellas County's sourcing methods, online resources, and tips for doing business with Pinellas County. Find out what it takes to become a Pinellas County Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and the benefits the program offers, as well as the new Contract Compliance Management System-B2Gnow software system being used to assist companies. Free registration at

Feb. 4
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Starting a Business
The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success. $10 registration at

Feb. 7: 2020 Business of Biotech
Join Moffitt Cancer Center at this annual event that attracts 450+ biotech executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and researchers from across the U.S. 2020 event highlights include Keynote Speaker Dr. Alice Jacobs, Physician, Entrepreneur, Inventor and Investor, morning and afternoon breakout sessions, and a networking lunch. Click here to register to attend Business of Biotech and here to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Feb. 8: Job-A-Palooza
Join with other local businesses for a one day event to showcase the abilities of youth with intellectual and developmental differences. Each company will set up a workstation, highlighting a job task that a potential employee would need to complete. Students, ages 14-21, will practice the task and then compete against others. Presented by The Arc Tampa Bay. View a flyer for the event here, and visit to register.

Feb. 11, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Best Marketing Strategies
Improve your sales and maximize your time with the right marketing strategies to fit your business and your personal style. Learn to combine marketing activities such as networking, event marketing, email and social media to move customers from awareness to raving fans of your products and services! $20 registration at

Feb. 11
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.:
Creating a Winning Capability Statement & 30-Second Business Pitch
Prime contractors and procurement agencies are interested in your company's capabilities. Learn the 5 key pieces of an effective capability statement and the skills needed to present a memorable 30 second business pitch to propel your business to the next level. $20 registration at

Due Feb. 14:
RFP for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Services

On Jan. 24, 2020, Pinellas County Government issued a Request for Proposals to provide Real Estate Brokerage Services. The deadline for questions regarding this RFP is February 14, and all questions must be submitted in writing to Jim Just at

Feb. 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Profit Mastery: Understanding Financials (Part 1)
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to help your business achieve financial success. Learn how to use your balance sheet and income statements and a few simple ratios to benchmark success and make decisions that will improve your bottom line. $20 registration at

Feb. 18
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Profit Mastery: Understanding Cash Flow (Part 2)
Understanding Cash Flow is the key to projecting and tracking your business success and it's the easiest way to do it. Learn to build your own simple cash flow statements that help you reach your goals or to borrow money from a bank. $20 registration at

Feb. 25
, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Minority Certifications
Get Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process. $20 registration at

Feb. 25
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Business Loans & Financials
Learn what it takes to get a business loan and how to make your application the best it can be! Includes a simple overview of financial statements and the 5 C's of credit. $20 registration at

Mar. 5: Tampa Bay Bank Tank
Meet dozens of different lenders from across the region who are ready to help finance your business! Bank Tank’s mission is to fuel businesses growth and expansion throughout Tampa Bay by providing business owners and entrepreneurs one stop to compare lending options in a no-pressure environment. Full details at

Due Mar. 5: RFN for Lealman Residential Redevelopment Projects
Pinellas County seeks statements of interest in response to a Request for Negotiations (RFN) for the development of residential properties in Lealman through a long-term ground lease. The objective is to redevelop these properties with a mix of well-designed housing types and tenancies ranging from single-family infill homes to multi-family apartments with the inclusion of affordable units.  For more information visit  Questions should be directed to and are due by Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. Statements of interest are due to Pinellas County Purchasing on March 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Visit Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Purchasing Department Bids to download details, attachments and plan holders.

Mar. 7: Florida Water Festival
Florida Water Festival is a unique learning opportunity for children and adults stressing the importance of protecting Florida's precious water resources. The Festival features fun and informative activities, enlightening displays explained by water experts, and interactive demonstrations. More information can be found at

Mar. 16 – 17: Tech Talent Forum
Learn best practices for on-campus recruiting and marketing your company's internship and job opportunities. Connect with gatekeepers from more than 50 institutions nationally recognized as top producers of STEM talent. Click here for full details and registration.

May 11 - 13 in St. Petersburg: 2020 Florida Economic Development Conference
Join economic, workforce and community development professionals from across the state at this annual event. Presented by Enterprise Florida. Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels. Learn more at

June 22-26: Costa Rica/Panama Trade Mission
Join us for our next export trade mission to San Jose, Costa Rica in June 2020. This mission can be combined with Enterprise Florida’s consecutive export trade mission to Panama the same week. Meet with customers and distributors in both markets within one trip.  Contact Brent Barkway at  or (727) 464-7411 for details.

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New in our Data center…
We've recently updated our Interactive Census Maps, which offer detailed insight into unemployment rates, household income, education, and population change in Pinellas County. You can find and explore these maps at

We've also added 2019 3rd Quarter Economic Indicators to our online Data Center. Visit to review economic data such as labor force, consumer spending, commercial real estate, and more.

Federal Medical Device Excise Tax Repealed
On December 19, 2019, the Federal government repealed the medical device excise tax - a 2.3% tax on a range of medical devices and products.  For more information about medical device manufacturing in Florida, please visit the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium at

Prepare your business for Hurricane Season and Beyond
You can find tools and resources to help your business prepare at We keep this page updated throughout the year to provide valuable information and resources for our Pinellas business community.

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

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.

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.  Learn more at

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

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

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

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 to learn more, and click here to contact the team and become a manufacturing partner.

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