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Pinellas Business Events & Deadlines (July 20, 2018)

Oct. 14 – 16: 2018 BioFlorida Conference
The 21st Annual BioFlorida conference will be held Oct. 14 - 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day event will include:

  • A program featuring scientific advancements and business achievements
  • General sessions with keynote speakers and 3 session tracks
  • BioPitch Competition giving emerging companies the opportunity to present their business plan and financing needs to investors
  • Several networking receptions and an Awards Ceremony
  • One-on-One Partnering
  • Opportunities to connect with leaders in the biopharmaceutical, medical technology and bioagricultural sectors

 Click here for more details, including sponsorship opportunities.

2019 Florida Venture Capital Conference - Apply to Present
Is your Pinellas business a contender for venture capital? Apply to present at the Florida Venture Capital Conference, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg, FL. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of venture capitalists and private equity investors. Learn more and register at

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New on Imports, Exports, & Trade Balances
Pinellas County exported $37.3 billion dollars in goods and services last year and imported $41.1 billion. Find out what we make and what we take in this new trade report.

Be Ready, Pinellas: 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Throughout the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, we will be here, sharing information and resources, to help Pinellas businesses prepare for and recover from any storms that may come our way. Now is the time to make sure you have a plan in place for your business and to assess potential risks! You can find tips and tools to make your business storm-ready at and

Arts and the Economy
Did you know that creative arts industries employ more than 16,000 workers in Pinellas County at more than 1,800 different business locations? And the average earnings for Pinellas arts employees are 20% more than in other industries? How about that arts industries contribute over $1.8 billion to the local economy? Learn more exciting ways the arts contribute to Pinellas County's economy in this
new report.

Pinellas Citizens invited to comment on Land Development Code update
Pinellas County is in the final stages of updating its Land Development Code and is inviting public input. The Land Development Code is composed of 10 chapters of regulatory guidance aimed at protecting the health, safety and welfare of county residents. The first major update since 1990 will reflect the changing conditions and character of the unincorporated county and establish a framework to incentivize economic investment, promote responsible growth and improve urban design. It addresses everything from zoning, site development, the natural environment and stormwater management to parking, sidewalks, lanscaping and energy efficiency. Interested citizens are encouraged to review the updated chapters and provide comments and/or suggested edits through the county's public engagement platform, Open Pinellas, at

Interactive Data Center
We've added a new section to our Data Center: Here, you can explore graphics on a wide range of topics, including Census Maps, Demographics, Historic Economic Data, Industries, Occupation, and Target Industries. Scroll, Click, Explore, and be sure to check back often for updates and new content!

2027 Industry and Occupation Forecast
Pinellas County will gain over 25,000 jobs in the next 10 years. Find out what industries and occupations are forecasted to lead the way in our new
2027 Industry and Occupation Forecast.

Explore our New Data Center Dashboard
Want quick, easy access to the latest data trends in Pinellas County? Look no further - has it covered! Simply add the Dashboard to your favorites and we'll keep it updated.

Pinellas: Hot Economy & Cool Trends
The 2018 Pinellas County Economic Profile is your guide to the changing demographics, industry and economic data of our dynamic community. Each year, Pinellas County Economic Development publishes this collection of data to ensure that entrepreneurs, developers, investors, site selectors, and financial institutions have a full picture of the evolving economy and workforce as well as the factors that contribute and influence changes to Pinellas County's economic health.
Click here to view the 2018 Economic Profile.

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 new 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

Join Raymond James and make a difference through Pinellas County Lunch Pals
Join the Pinellas County Schools/Raymond James partnership along with Nielsen, Power Design, Tech Data and many others, and offer your employees the opportunity to be Lunch Pals. Each company is matched with a school nearby. Lunch Pals are matched with students who can especially benefit from a relationship with a positive and caring adult. They meet each week for 30 minutes during the student's lunch time, on school grounds, when school is in session.  Pinellas County Schools provides orientation/training and materials to promote Lunch Pals to employees. Raymond James provides company support.
Click here to learn more about the program and become a Lunch Pal.  Contact Ron Diner, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships at Raymond James at (727) 567-5043 or to discuss the advantages of Lunch Pals for your organization and the major impact it can have on the economic vitality of Pinellas.

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

Tampa Bay IT Apprenticeship Program
CareerSource Pinellas has partnered with Pinellas Technical College to provide tuition-free education, hands-on training, and IT industry-recognized certifications in four key occupations: Applications Developer (Software); Applications Developer (Web); Help Desk Technician; and Network Support Technician. Pinellas employers and workers can find more information on the program at

Target Sector Trade Grants to Help Grow Export Sales
Through an initiative from the State of Florida and Enterprise Florida Inc., event-specific grants are available on a reimbursable basis to eligible small and medium-sized manufacturers and services providers in one of Enterprise Florida's target sectors: Aviation & Aerospace, Clean Energy, Homeland Security & Defense, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Professional Services, Marine Industry, or any other manufacturing industry. These grants will cover 50% of turn-key booth space costs; up to a maximum of $6,000.00.  Grants can be used for trade shows that Enterprise Florida participates in or for other trade shows in one of our target sectors. Click though to find more details and contact information.

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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