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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (December 7, 2018)

 Dec. 11, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: How to Do Business with Pinellas County Government
Get a general overview of the organizational structure, sourcing methods and tips for doing business with the Board County departments and online resources. Presented by the Board of County Commissioners Purchasing Department. FREE registration:

Dec. 13: Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium Executive Briefing
Join the FMMC for this Executive Briefing featuring guest speaker Don Rosenkoetter, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of KynderMed. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, Salon D, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, FL, 33716. Full details and registration here.

Dec. 18, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.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:

2019 Florida Venture Capital Conference - Apply to Present
Is your Pinellas business a contender for venture capital? Apply to present at the Florida Venture Capital Conference, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of venture capitalists and private equity investors. Learn more and register at

Mar. 18 – 21: Panama Export Sales Mission
Join Global Tampa Bay on the upcoming export sales mission to Panama! Panama's open trade policies, zero tariffs, and dollar-based economy provide an ideal setting for foreign investment and global transactions. Participants can enjoy commercial briefings, one-on-one Gold Key meetings, a delegate seminar, tours, receptions, and more. For more information, and to see how your business can benefit from the mission, contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or, and visit our website at

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 Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

New in the Data Center...

3rd Quarter Economic Indicators are out now and can be viewed here. Labor force and consumer spending are up, and unemployment is down.

Our Interactive Data Center has been updated with new numbers and graphics! Take a look at changes in the Demographics, Industries, and Occupation pages, as well as fresh content on the main landing page, which features a Manufacturing Overview.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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


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