Pinellas County Business News
January, 2019
January Workshops to Help Your Business Grow in Pinellas
Join the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development this month as we host three workshops designed to help local businesses benefit from doing business with Pinellas County Government. Registration is FREE for the following workshops:

January 8 and 22, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intro to the Pinellas Supplier Diversity Management System, B2G
This introduction to the new Pinellas County Supplier Diversity Management System will explain the vendor dashboard, system functions, sub-contractor payments and reporting.

January 15, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
How to Do Business with Pinellas County Government
A general overview of Pinellas County Purchasing, as well as online resources and tips for doing business with Pinellas County departments.  Click here to register

Be sure to visit to explore more topics and workshop dates in the new year!
Congratulations: Jamal Sowell

Jamal Sowell, Chief of Staff at Port Tampa Bay and a member of the Pinellas County Economic Development Council, has been recommended by Governor -elect Ron DeSantis to serve as the next President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, the economic development organization for the state of Florida.  He is a sixth-generation Floridian, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan.
Apply Now: March 18 - 21 Panama Export Sales Mission

This Global Tampa Bay Mission will include customized one-on-one meetings with potential buyers or distributors in Panama City, Panama. Grants up to 100% of the Gold Key registration fee will be available for eligible companies. Submit a Gold Key questionnaire now for the U.S. Commercial Service to research your company's potential in this Latin American market prior to registration. For more information, contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or, and visit our website at Click here to download the Panama Export Sales Mission overview.
New in the Data Center...

Updates to our Transportation and Education pages are now up at Explore data points such as vehicular traffic, port facts, degree fields, graduation rates, and more.

2019 USFSP Job & Internship Fair: Feb. 19
Does your business need to fill full-time, part-time, and/or internship positions? Want to network with talented students exploring employment opportunities? Register today for the 2019 University of South Florida St. Petersburg Job & Internship Fair, coming Feb. 19. Click here for more details and registration.
Congrats to Dr. Nancy Crews and CME!
Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Crews and her team at Custom Manufacturing & Engineering (CME) for being named a Company to Watch by Grow Florida. Founded in 1997 and located in Pinellas Park, Florida, CME employs a diverse group of engineering and manufacturing personnel. "This selection is a credit to our employees for their hard work and dedication to growing the company and giving back to the community," said Dr. Crews, CEO & President of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering. Learn more about this remarkable Pinellas-based company at
Jan. 8, 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Lunch Pals Summit: Being Your Best Mentor
Dr. Harold Shinitzky, author of A Champion's Mindset, will focus on helping children avoid at-risk behaviors, improve healthy decision-making, and be more successful in school. Bring a colleague, family member, or a friend, and your mentee's teacher will receive a $100 gift for classroom supplies. Learn more and RSVP here.
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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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13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760