Pinellas County Business News
January, 2018

Regional Workforce Assessment
  • Three distinct commuter sheds in Pinellas County: North, Central, and South Pinellas all have different commuting patterns with workers coming from all over the region.
  • Over half of employers surveyed plan to expand operations and hire more workers in the next year.
  • 80% of employers expect to give their workers a raise in 2018.
  • Employers see transportation issues as being one of their greatest challenges.
  • Employers report that the Professional Services workforce is fantastic and that there's a deep talent pool to hire from in the area.
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Jan. 16: Tampa Bay Job & Career Fair
Employers, apply today to find the perfect fit for your workforce needs! The Tampa Bay Times Job & Career Fair provides an opportunity for job-seekers and employers to meet in a single location. Full details and registration can be found at

Save the Dates: Trade Mission to Mexico City, April 10 - 13
Join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance April 10 - 13, 2018 for a trade mission to Mexico City. Watch for details, or contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or
T he   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. 
  • Unemployment and poverty rates are both trending down and incomes are going up.
  • Almost 40% of Pinellas residents are originally from the Midwest or Northeast.
  • Almost a quarter BILLION dollars is spent annually on arts and culture in Pinellas, supporting over 7,000 jobs.
Help is still available for businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. Learn more and apply at
Feb. 7: 2018 USFSP Job & Internship Fair
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg Career Center cordially invites you to register for the Spring 2018 Job and Internship Fair. If you're interested in filling full, part time, and internship positions, and meeting talented students the Job and Internship fair is the place to be. Registration is first come, first served, and may fill before the close date of Jan. 31. Learn more and register at
2018 Florida Defense Expo:
Feb. 20 - 21 in Orlando
This Florida Defense Contractors Association event provides an opportunity for representatives from the U.S. military, the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations serving our country to coordinate with businesses dedicated to providing high quality, safe, innovative defense-related products. The Expo includes business-to-business matchmaking and sponsorship opportunities. Learn more and register at
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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

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