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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Sept. 21, 2020)

Sept. 22, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: How Much Is Your Company Worth? (virtual workshop)
How much do you want your company to be worth when it becomes time to exit the industry? A business valuation will tell you the current fair market value and it also provides the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that drive your successful growth. How do you measure your Key Performance Indicators? If you are not sure, then this seminar is for you. Free registration:

Until Sept. 30: Free and Discounted Trade Assistance Programs
The U.S. Commercial Service is temporarily reducing or eliminating the costs of several of their export and investment services, providing relief to U.S. businesses and economic development organizations affected by COVID-19. A list of virtual services can be found at, and the discounted rates are available at

Sept. 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: B2B Accelerator Innovation Showcase
Join the Tampa Bay Innovation Center to celebrate the start-ups that completed TBIC's most recent Accelerator Program. The 12-week program helped the founders of seven emerging B2B tech companies refine their ideas into actionable product and go-to-market strategies. Click here to register for this virtual event.

Oct. 16, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show
Unleash your business potential: engage in business opportunities with Pinellas County Government and local agencies. During our virtual tradeshow, you will meet Pinellas County buyers, contract administrators and procurement staff during a virtual meet and greet. This year’s event will be held virtually: visit to register.

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New Pinellas CARES programs expand help for local businesses
Pinellas CARES is now offering expanded grant funding for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic. In general, this includes those businesses that were required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business are most likely to qualify for this additional assistance. A detailed list of all program qualifications and a link to the online application can be found at:

Duke Energy Flexible Payment Arrangements for Businesses
As Duke Energy resumes standard billing and payment practices, business customers still facing financial challenges can request an extended payment arrangement by visiting: Business customers with more complex issues may speak to a customer care representative Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at (877) 372-8477.

Rise to Shine - Visiting Pinellas Safely and Responsibly
Visit St. Pete Clearwater (VSPC) has launched the Rise to Shine campaign to help residents and visitors with questions about how to visit Pinellas County responsibly while COVID-19 is a concern. Visit to learn more and complete a short interest form to become a part of this critical community initiative.

Prepare your business for Hurricane Season and Beyond
The 2020 Pinellas County Hurricane Preparedness Guide is out now: 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 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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