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Read stories of how companies have utilized the expertise and resources offered by PCED to find success in Pinellas County.

Pinellas County Economic Development

Networking Forum Creates Opportunities for Pinellas Defense Industry

On April 27, 2023 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. The event was a success enjoyed by nearly 100 attendees.

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Tattoo Company Inks a Bright Future in Tarpon Springs

Lisa Adams, owner of Tarpon Springs Tattoo Co., started her business in Tarpon Springs in 2021. Matt Pack, senior artist and manager of the shop, says the town of Tarpon Springs has a lot to offer their unique business. “It has well-traveled, versatile people,” he said. “So, this is a diverse place that compliments all of our styles.” Shortly after launching the business, Adams reached out to the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) for business assistance. “The reason I reached out to the SBDC was mainly because this is a different kind of business and I wanted to – not having that experience of running a business this large – I wanted to get the best knowledge that I could,” she said.

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