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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (February 22, 2019)

Feb. 2612:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Selling to the Federal Government
Sell to the Federal Government! This class will provide information on how to register with the Federal Government, how to located federal opportunities, and the steps necessary to access federal business certification programs. $20 registration: https://pinellas.obsres.com/economic/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=2/26/2019 

Mar. 1, 27: SPC Internship and Apprenticeship Workshops
Learn how your business can partner with St. Petersburg College (SPC) to host interns or apprentices. Meet representatives from SPC's Career Services team and learn how to use the school's platform for posting internships and jobs. Workshops will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • March 1: Clearwater Campus, Room ES 104
  • March 27, 2019 Tarpon Springs Campus, Room FA 132

Click here to register.

Pinellas County Business Events Extra, February 2019
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Pinellas County Business News, February 2019

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Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

iSOCRATES Announces Headquarters Relocation to St. Petersburg at Inaugural Digital First Friday
iSOCRATES, the global leader in programmatic media and marketing planning and execution, announced that the company will relocate its headquarters from Connecticut to St. Petersburg and expects to create 50 new jobs over the next five years. "With our global headquarters expansion, we expect to hire 10 employees here by the end of 2019 and eventually grow our U.S. staff to a team of at least 50," said William A. ("Bill") Lederer, Chairman and CEO of iSOCRATES. "We believe Tampa Bay - and St. Petersburg, in particular - is the perfect environment for our growing, innovative digital company." Click here to read more.

The 2019 Pinellas County Economic Profile...
...is your guide to the changing demographics, industry, and economic data of our dynamic community. Highlights from the report include:

  • Pinellas County has the lowest unemployment and largest labor force in over a decade
  • Overall poverty rates decreased from 13.3% to 12%
  • The childhood poverty rate fell from 19.7% to 15.8%
  • Pinellas County is now home to 38 craft breweries
  • Pinellas County's foreign exports grew almost $500 million from 2016 to 2017

Read the full 2019 Pinellas County Economic Profile here to learn more.

Pinellas Workforce Unemployment & Participation
Pinellas County's unemployment rate falls significantly below state and national measures: December data from the Department of Economic Opportunity reports Pinellas County at 3.1% unemployment, compared with Florida's 3.3%. Low unemployment is very good news for workers and job hunters, but creates challenges for businesses looking to relocate or expand. Low unemployment does not mean no workers are available, but instead that companies may have a more difficult time finding the right employees.

Learn more about Pinellas County workforce participation and unemployment patterns by reading the report here.

Business Recycling is Important to Pinellas Consumers
Results of the 2018 Pinellas Residential Recycling Survey are now available and respondents placed a high-level of importance on businesses recycling. Eight in ten people (81%) consider it important that the businesses they frequent have recycling services. Learn more and read the entire report here.

Pinellas County Solid Waste offers free waste assessments through their Cutting Waste at Work Program that can help businesses identify how to reduce, reuse and recycle their wastes. Contact sqg@pinellascounty.org for more information.

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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