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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (March 15, 2019)

March 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System, B2G
This is an introduction to the new Pinellas County Contract Compliance Management System, B2G, for vendors. This workshop will cover system functions including using the dashboard, system navigation and purpose by entering sub-contractors information, payments and reporting. Free registration:

March 22
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Search Engine Optimization
Learn how to generate more traffic to your website while maximizing the number of visitors, how to leverage engaging content to convert sales, and how to utilize your social media marketing to optimize your sites search engine. Presented by SEO Industry Expert, Chris Romero. $20 registration:

March 26, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.” Responding to RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs
Each bid proposal is unique... In order to stand out in the sea of competing firms and to get an insider's look into writing a business proposal that will generate more successful results; Gain real insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal. $20 registration:

Mar. 27: SPC Internship and Apprenticeship Workshop
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. The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Click here to register.

March 29, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Facebook for Business
Learn how to grow a community of Facebook followers to promote your business in ways that lead to increased sales! $20 registration:

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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

New in the Data Center: Updated Interactive Census Maps 
Updates have been made in our Data Center, including the data found in our Interactive Census Maps. Explore trends in population growth and density, education, and income levels. Zoom in and click around for more detailed information by census tract at

Gateway Master Plan Survey
The Gateway Master Plan will create a vision and an action-oriented redevelopment strategy, guiding the area's growth toward a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future. The plan will consider how transportation and land use can combine to support residents' quality of life, retain jobs and attract future investment. The master plan will also focus on building partnerships to guide future development and multi-modal connectivity, both regionally and throughout the district. Please take this short survey to share your priorities and ideas for the Gateway Master Plan. The survey is open through March 13, 2019.

Strength-based Strategic Planning done in six hours?! 
Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College specializes in the design, facilitation and documentation of highly interactive and dynamic strategic planning sessions. Their unique approach incorporates interactive technology, strength-based techniques, and real-time documentation to develop an actionable plan that produces tangible results. Give them a call today: Laurie Hill (727) 424-3429.

2020 Census Jobs
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Positions include variety of temporary jobs, such as census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application. The application includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. Learn more and apply at

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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