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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Sept. 13, 2019)

Sept. 17, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: How to Do Business with Pinellas County
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:

Sept. 19, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Pinellas Export Finance Forum
Learn about the products, programs and services available to aid U.S. exporters' financing needs. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Getting Paid - International Payment Methods
  • SBA Trade Financing
  • IC-DISC - Tax Incentives for Exporters Explained
  • Export Credit Insurance - Federal and Industry Options
  • Trade Grants & Export Marketing Plans

Learn more and register at

Sept. 19, 7:30 -9:30 a.m.: Veteran-Owned Business Breakfast Meeting
Learn how Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can utilize the Pinellas County Small Business Enterprise Program to increase your bottom line. Network with Veteran-Owned Small Business owners to discover information about federal contracts and procurement opportunities. Free registration:

Sept. 20
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Accounting & Tax Procedures
An overview of tax requirements needed satisfy IRS regulations and the generally accepted accounting procedures your business needs to manage your growth. Guest presenter John Gordos, Enrolled Agent. $20 registration:

Sept. 24, 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:

Sept. 27
, 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:

Oct. 4: Manufacturing Day
Join manufacturers from across the country who are hosting students and educators at their manufacturing facilities. Manufacturing Day is officially October 4th but you can plan an event or tour anytime during the month of October. Host a student tour at your manufacturing facility, sponsor student T-shirts for their tours, or donate to Manufacturing Month events. Learn more at

Nov. 6: Florida Aerospace Capital Forum
The Florida Venture Forum, in partnership with Space Florida invites you to attend the 2nd annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum on November 6, 2019 at the GuideWell Innovation Center at Lake Nona in Orlando. In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers a cash prizes totaling $100,000 ($50,000 to the Grand Prize Winner, $30,000 to 1st Runner-up & $20,000 to 2nd place) to eligible Florida companies or those companies seeking to relocate or establish presence in Florida. Learn more and register at

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Pinellas by the Numbers
The labor force is increasing and both the unemployed population and the unemployment rate continued to decrease. The labor force's expansion to over 504,000 is the largest recorded value in our records. Pinellas maintains the lowest unemployment rate in the Tampa Bay MSA and a lower unemployment rate than the U.S. and Florida. Pinellas is tied with Orange County for the lowest unemployment rate among major urban counties in Florida. Statewide, manufacturing employment has seen the strongest gains in the aerospace sector with 2,200 (+9.3%) jobs gained year over year. Find more information about Pinellas County's economy in our Data Center.

Updated Demographic and Business Summaries
Get the details you need to market your business effectively! Visit to view updated Demographic and Business Summaries for 26 Pinellas County communities and the Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater MSA.

Gateway Master Plan: tell us what you think!
You are invited to check out the Gateway Master Plan website and take a look at the draft recommendations, and then share what you think by taking the survey. Your input is needed to refine the strategies to better guide the area's growth towards a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future.

Prepare your business for Hurricane Season and Beyond
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.

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

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

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