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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (May 10, 2019)

May 13: Florida Medical Device Symposium – FDA Super Session
Join in on the Symposium's first day to hear from and network with key FDA officials and staff who lead all medical device inspectional and compliance activities covering eighteen states, from Florida to Minnesota. This interactive FDA session will cover a myriad of compliance and regulatory issues critical to the medtech industry, as well as lots of Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register at

May 14
, 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:

May 17
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Intro to Marketing
We can show you how to find more of the right customers and increase sales using the most cost effective marketing strategies. $20 registration:

May 21
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Gaining Access to Bids
This is an introduction to our vendor database for opportunities: The Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System-B2G workshop will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Free registration:

May 24, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: QuickBooks
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:

May 2812:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Minority Certifications
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:

May 31, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: SBA Loans & Services
Meet Charles Long to receive an overview of the Federal Small Business Administration's loans and services programs for small businesses. Free registration:

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 Tools, Announcements & Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Don't wait until Hurricane Season begins - prepare your business now!
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, but why wait? Prepare your business now! 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 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

The 2019 Pinellas County Economic Profile... 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.

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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