Pinellas County Business News
March, 2017
USSOCOM Seeking Field Operations Solutions from Pinellas Businesses,
Mar. 22, 12:30-4:30 p.m. by Appt. Only
Does your company have a product or service that could help the efforts of USSOCOM? The USSOCOM Office of Small Business is seeking local businesses with new technologies or solutions to assist their warfighters in the field. Four one-hour time slots are available with Chris Harrington, Director of Small Business Programs at USSCOM, on March 22, between 12:30p - 4:30p.  Please be prepared to demonstrate your product or to concisely communicate the advantages. This appointment will assist you in the process of learning how to conduct business with USSOCOM.

Date:    Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Times: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Appointments: A prearranged appointment is required.  Respond via email by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, to, to make an appointment
NFSTC Offices, 8285 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite #125 Largo 33777

Commission Seeks Input on
Penny for Pinellas
Since it was first approved by voters, the Penny for Pinellas has helped to build a better Pinellas by supporting projects aimed at areas that matter most to our citizens. Before the referendum vote on Nov.7, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking citizen input on the most important areas to invest future  funds across  the community.  Citizens are invited to attend an open house to share their priorities for Penny funding.
  • Wed.,Mar.15, 6-8 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor
  • Mon.,Mar.20, 6-8 p.m. at Historic Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport
  • Wed., Mar.29, 6-8 p.m. at Pinellas County Extension, 12320 Ulmerton Rd., Largo

Learn more about the Penny for Pinellas and review the accomplishments map of projects.

Hydro-Dyne Engineering Recognized By The University Of Florida As One Of The Fastest-Growing Gator-Owned Companies In The World
Hydro-Dyne Engineering, a leading manufacturer of custom-engineered screening and grit removal equipment, was named to the University of Florida's 2017 "Gator100" for the second year in a row. The Pinellas company employs 85 people and is headquartered in a 110,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Clearwater, Florida.

"Our commitment to designing and manufacturing the world's finest lines of equipment for the protection of critical water and wastewater processes has enabled us to make continued investments in physical plant, manufacturing processes and most importantly, an exceptional team, to meet the growing demands of our industry," said Jay Conroy, President, Hydro-Dyne Engineering. "We are fortunate and honored to be recognized by the University of Florida alongside a number of other companies who are transforming markets and creating the future."
Congratulations to Hydro-Dyne, and thank you for doing business in Pinellas County for nearly 40 years!

Join the TBEA as a Delegate for the Business Development Mission to Germany, May 15-19, 2017
Germany is the 4th largest investor in Florida, impacting over 25,000 jobs. Direct flights on Lufthansa Airlines to Tampa Bay carried 113,491 passengers in 2016 with an economic impact of $47MM. Join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance on this mission as a delegate to help strengthen the ties that support Lufthansa's continued success in our region.  Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the Frankfurt region and take part in high level group activities, including events with Lufthansa Airlines executives and a formal reception at the Consul General's residence in Frankfurt.  There are limited delegate spots available for this mission. Click here to learn more  and contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or email  to reserve your spot.

May 23: Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar
This seminar will bring together experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide training on export filing requirements.  

Who should attend?  All those involved in the export process, such as: manufacturers and suppliers, export compliance managers, freight forwarders, exporting carriers, consolidators, U.S. customs brokers, and compliance software providers.

Learn more and register at

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) Council is Accepting Applications from Target Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs
Members of the PCED Council serve as a resource to advise, develop and implement strategies and programs to stimulate economic expansion, trade and investment for the benefit of the citizens of Pinellas. Our members are owners of businesses, CEOs, presidents, and other senior executives who have management or policy responsibility and have demonstrated dynamic and ongoing leadership in building the economy of Pinellas County.  Members are appointed from both large employers and small businesses in Pinellas target industries: advanced manufacturing; aviation & aerospace; business & financial services; information technology; and, life sciences & medical technologies.  The Pinellas Board of County Commissioners appoints members to the PCED Council for terms of two years.  If you meet the qualifications outlined above, have time available for quarterly breakfast meetings and would like to be considered for an appointment to PCED's Council, please visit  to learn more.

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Business Workshops
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development hosts a number of business workshops each month. Find a full schedule of upcoming workshops at

Pinellas County Economic Development | 727-464-7332 | |
13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760