Pinellas County Business News
July, 2017
Corporate Fitness Works - Thank You for Doing Business in Pinellas
Mark Woodard, Pinellas County Administrator, Commissioner Dave Eggers, Christine Hart, Vice President Corporate Fitness Works, Brenda Loube, President Corporate Fitness Works, Commissioner Kenneth Welch, Vice Chair, Commissioner Charlie Justice
On June 6th, Commissioner Kenneth Welch, Vice Chair of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners,  presented the Thank You for Doing Business in Pinellas award to Corporate Fitness Works of St. Petersburg. Brenda Loube, President and Co-Founder of Corporate Fitness Works, and Christine Hart, Vice President of Finance, received the award on behalf of the company. Corporate Fitness Works provides customized fitness and wellness solutions for corporations, government agencies, property management groups, universities, retirement communities and hospitals.  In 2016, the company was ranked by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the 20th fastest growing privately held company in Florida and the #1 fastest growing women-owned company in the state. 

Team Tampa Bay in NYC
Team Tampa Bay with Economic Developers from Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas, Hernando and Pasco Counties
Tampa Bay's economic developers continue to work collaboratively to market the advantages of the region. In June, representatives from Hillsborough, Polk, Pinellas, Hernando and Pasco counties met with site selectors in New York City to discuss opportunities in Tampa Bay for expanding and relocating employers. The goal was to convey a clear message that Florida and our region are open for business and there is no better location for growing employers.

EEI Wins 2017 Florida Sterling Award
EEI Manufacturing Services, located in Clearwater, Florida, was recently honored with a Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence award. The awards, recognizing high performing manufacturers in six categories, were announced and presented at the 2017 Governor's Sterling Awards Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on June 2 in Orlando.
Congratulations to EEI, and thank you for choosing to do business in Pinellas! Read more here.

Veterans Florida Business Training Grant

The Veterans Florida Business Training Grant program provides grant funding for customized, skills-based curriculum development and training to businesses in Florida's targeted, high-growth and high-wage industries. Funding is provided in the form of a performance-based reimbursable grant for a 12-month maximum term per new employee. A business pays for pre-approved, direct training-related costs and is reimbursed by Veterans Florida, up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. Learn more in this short video and visit for full details.
Pinellas County Transportation Working Group: July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Tampa Bay NEXT is seeking participants for the first Community Working Group for Pinellas County to engage in an ongoing conversation about Tampa Bay's transportation needs. Your voice, ideas and concerns will help inform regional transportation planning.

Thursday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.
Collaborative Labs, St. Petersburg College - the EpiCenter
13805 58 St. N.
Clearwater, FL 33760

Please RSVP to or (813) 975-NEXT
Congratulations to Yolanda Cowart, FSBDC Network Star of the Year!

Huge congrats to Pinellas County Economic Development's Yolanda Cowart, FSBDC Consultant. She was recognized as the Florida Star Business Consultant of the Year! Please visit today to learn how our consultants can get your business growing.
Pinellas County Commercial Recycling Survey

Please share your insights and concerns by completing this short 2017 Pinellas County Commercial Recycling Survey. Your information will help Pinellas County Solid Waste plan recycling programs and services to better serve you and other businesses and professionals. The survey will take three to five minutes to complete, and will be open until July 31.
Alternate US 19 Corridor Study

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7 is conducting a corridor planning study along Alternate US 19 from Park Street North to the Pinellas/Pasco County Line in Pinellas County. Share your thoughts on Alternate US 19 via:
Pinellas News
Pinellas unemployment unchanged; labor force grows
(Tampa Bay Newspapers)

Five Tampa Bay companies make the new Fortune 500 list
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Halfway through 2017, a closer look at six drivers of the Tampa Bay economy
(Tampa Bay Times)

Here's the next big thing for Jabil
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

St. Pete private equity firm close to a $5M deal
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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