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FSBDC at Pinellas County

The Florida SBDC at PCED is located in the Office of Small Business and Supplier Diversity. This office collaborates with our community partners to connect local entrepreneurs to business resources and strategic solutions for expansion and growth.

Helping Businesses Grow & Succeed

For 45 years, the Florida SBDC Network has accelerated Florida’s economy by providing vital support to the state’s small business community. As the state’s premier provider of entrepreneurial and business development services, the Florida SBDC Network provides entrepreneurs with professional business consulting at no cost, management training, and information necessary to grow and succeed in a complex and competitive global environment. Florida SBDC at Pinellas County proudly serves all incorporated municipalities and unincorporated Pinellas County.

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Consulting Expertise

Consultant expertise is focused on areas vital to accelerating business growth, including:

  • Strategic market research
  • Market expansion and revenue growth
  • Business and strategic plan development
  • Access to capital and loan packing assistaance
  • Financial analysis and assessment
  • Accounting systems and financial literacy
  • Feasibility analysis and start-up assistance
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Workshops & Seminars

Florida SBDC at Pinellas County offers hundreds of training events, both in-person and online, each year. These training events provide current and practical information on business topics ranging from business basics to more advanced management skills. Our training goes in depth, ensuring that business owners and entrepreneurs are fully equipped with the insights they need to manage and grow a successful business.

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Specialized Services

In addition to our core service offerings of consulting, training, and information, specialized services are available to qualifying Florida businesses looking to accelerate market growth:

  • Growth acceleration
  • International Trade
  • Export Marketing Plan
  • Government Contracting
  • Business Continuation
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Ready to Grow & Succeed?

Get started on your path to success by scheduling an appointment today.

Consultations are available at no charge to your business.

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Connect with us.

Ready to grow your business? How can we help?

Contact: Kurt Forster, Senior Manager.

News & Success Stories

Networking Forum Creates Opportunities for Pinellas Defense Industry

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) hosted a Defense Networking Forum in partnership with The Maritime and Defense Technology Hub (The Hub), the Global Forensic Justice Center at Florida International University, and sponsors Alakai Defense and the Florida Defense Contractors Association. 

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PCED Business Visit Helps Three Companies Access Tools to Fuel Growth

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED)’s Yolanda Goodloe and Scott Talcott recently paid a business visit to RDM InnovationEaseAlert, and Glassed Out Engineering at their shared location in the City of Largo.  

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Corporate Restaurant Leader Opens Unique Eatery

Chris Wicks spent 34 years in corporate restaurant leadership before deciding that he wanted to take a step back from the corporate world. Five years ago, he decided to semi-retire and open a restaurant of his own in Safety Harbor.

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The FSBDCN 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.

The FSBDCN at Pinellas County Economic Development is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. 

State Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.]


Ready to grow your business? Let us help.
Kurt Forster, MA
Senior Manager
(727) 453-7200