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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (Oct. 18, 2019)

Oct. 22, 12:00 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:

Oct. 23: SPC Tech Talk & Brew
Join St. Petersburg College's Apprenticeship Program at Webb's City Cellar by Green Bench Brewing on Oct. 23 for Tech Talk and Brew; click here for details and to register.

Oct. 25, 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:

Oct. 28: Suncoast Developers’ Guild Cohort XVI begins
Applications are being accepted. Students will spend 12 weeks learning the Front-End fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and will receive hands-on experience with best practices for modern JavaScript development by building complex interactive applications using a JavaScript library called React. Learn more at

Oct. 29
, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Doing Business with Fortune 500 Companies
This Florida State Minority Supplier Diversity Council (FSMSDC) workshop is designed to provide potential MBEs with critical information needed for the MBE Certification. Topics of discussion include benefits of certification, application process, required documents, fees, re-certification and our programs and services. $20 registration:

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

Nov. 15: Tech Talent Solutions
Add Tech Talent Solutions to your calendar on Nov. 15. SPC will partner with Tech Data to explore solutions to the talent pipeline shortage; click here for details and registration. 

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Pinellas IRB helps to fund NSU Tampa Bay's $200 Million Campus in Clearwater
The new 27-acre Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater houses the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences. The $200 million development was partially financed through a Pinellas County Industrial Revenue Bond facilitated by Pinellas County Economic Development and approved by the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners. The campus will accommodate 2,000 students enrolled in programs that include occupational and physical therapy, clinical mental health counseling, nursing and psychology, as well as 150 students enrolled in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. Learn more about Pinellas County's Industrial Revenue Bonds for manufacturers and non-profits at

Call for applicants: Tampa Bay Innovation Center's Entrepreneurship & Investment Challenge
The Tampa Bay Innovation Center is launching its' first Early Stage Startup Company Accelerator: The Entrepreneur & Investment Challenge. Participating entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses to regional venture capital firms and successful entrepreneurs. All firms will have a chance to compete for funding and collaboration space at the Tampa Bay Innovation Center for up to one year. Learn more and apply at

Pinellas Companies Recognized in Florida Trend
Each year Florida Trend ranks Florida's largest public and private companies in the state by revenue in the 350 Biggest Companies in Florida list.  Congratulations to all the Pinellas companies that made this list, and thank you for choosing Pinellas County for your business. You can find the Pinellas companies on Florida Trend's 350 list on our website here. To see the full list from Florida Trend, visit

Manufacturers: PTC needs input for Precision Measurement curriculum
Pinellas Technical College is in the process of designing a "Precision Measurement" short program.  This program is being built in response to community requests for specific types of training.  At this time the program is scheduled to include, scales, micrometers, dial indicators, as well as layout.  Pinellas Technical College is looking for input on program curriculum, format, and length.  Anyone interested in providing input, through a five minute conversation, should contact Jake Prokop, Director, at (727) 538-7167 x 2005 or

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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