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Pinellas County’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program: 

The SBE Program is a sheltered market created for qualified vendors that allows small businesses to place bids for County purchases from $5,000 up to $100,000. The program is non-specific to gender or race and benefits all small businesses principally located in the geographical boundaries identified in eligibility below. The business must have been in business for at least six months. The definition of Small Business includes small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses. To be eligible for certification, the SBE must meet the criteria established and set forth under the SBE definition described above, in addition to the following:

1)     The business must be located in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, or Manatee counties. A current occupational license/tax receipt from at least one of Pinellas County’s 24 municipalities, Hillsborough, Pasco, or Manatee counties (A post office box is not acceptable as a business address).  Companies located in unincorporated Pinellas are exempt from this requirement.

2)     The business must serve a commercially useful function.

3)     The number of employees averaged over the previous three (3) years must not exceed 50 full-time employees.

4)     Annual Sales does not exceed the maximum 3-year average gross revenues of three (3) million dollars or less for businesses providing services or gross revenues not exceeding eight (8) million dollars for construction service providers.

5)     Participation in business development education and consultation to include workshop such as – Doing Business with Pinellas County, SBE Contract Compliance Software, Respond to Quotations, Pricing your Service, etc.

To be considered, you must complete BOTH the vendor application below AND the SBE Program Application below:

Applications are accepted
 between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development, The EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760.


Questions: Please email Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Senior Manager of Business Assistance at PCED, or phone (727) 453-7200.


Sea Sub Systems Finds New Ways to Grow in Pinellas 

Working with the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED), Sea Sub Systems Owner Anne LaMaire has had access to a team of experts, able to guide her through the intricacies of various business certification programs. “There are many intriguing government contract opportunities out there,” explains Yolanda Cowart, FSBDC Business Consultant, “and it can be overwhelming to sift through them all, looking for the best fits. I often first steer clients like LaMaire toward state and local government options, which are abundant and usually offer a simpler bidding process than many federal opportunities.” Read more here...

Government Contracting Assistance

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network offers government contracting and procurement support services, including assistance with marketing, proposal preparation and contract administration assistance, to established Florida businesses. Our Government Contracting Assistance program also provides assistance with various small business program applications, the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business verification process, and the Federal Woman Owned Small Business program. If you have an established business and want to sell to the government please contact us at (727) 453-7200.

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Doing Business with Pinellas County - 
Take the Class at the Florida Small Business Development Center at PCED

The Small Business Development Center hosts regularly scheduled training seminars on Doing Business with Pinellas County. In this seminar participants receive information on what it takes to participate in the competitive process for County contracts and learn about the Pinellas County purchasing system. They also receive personal assistance from Pinellas County Purchasing staff to get registered to do business with County Government.

To be certified as a Small Business for Pinellas County, the business must be principally domiciled in Pinellas County. Employers with fewer than fifty full time employees and annual gross revenues of less than $2 million are eligible to participate in the SBE Program.

Additional requirements: 


The FSBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. For disability accommodations please contact St. Petersburg College Security at (727) 791-2560  a minimum of five days in advance.

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