Pinellas County Business News
May, 2017
Celebrate National Small Business Week with FREE business workshops!
April 30 - May 6, 2017 has been designated #SmallBusinessWeek and the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development is celebrating with no-cost business workshops:

  • Starting a Business
    May 2, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success.
  • Financing When it Counts
    May 3, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Need a loan to help with your Growing Business? Is your lack of cash flow is hindering your progress or restricting your ability to fulfill purchase orders? Tampa Bay BBIC can assist.
  • The Truth About Patents and Trademarks
    May 4, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Decoding the common myths and misunderstandings about patents and trademarks. Presented by Patent Attorney Chris Tanner.
Register for any or all of these workshops at

 2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium
On April 20-21, leaders from throughout Pinellas County gathered to discuss the future of Pinellas County and the economy at the 2017 Pinellas Economic Leadership Symposium. The event continued the dialogue begun at the 2014 Symposium and by Pinellas by Design. Attendees were updated on the progress of the economy and planning efforts. Site Selection Group unveiled the Pinellas Competitive Study - Compete Now. Speakers guided the audience in exploring best practices and practical solutions from communities around the nation. Explore the presentations at .
For Sale: Forty-Six Parcels, Dansville Area
Pinellas County is offering an opportunity to purchase and develop vacant residential land located in a non-evacuation area in mid-county. Forty-Six parcels ranging from .145 to .352 acres are being offered through a Request for Negotiation (RFN) process. This is a h igh and dry location close to the Intracoastal and Gulf of Mexico beaches, and walking distance to recreation center, parks, the Pinellas Trail and PSTA bus stop. It is a short drive to many amenities including Largo Mall, Largo Golf Course, Botanical Gardens, Cooperative Extension Center and Heritage Village. The area has A-rated elementary schools, and easy commuter access to Ulmerton Road.
The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (County) seeks statements of interest in response to this Request for Negotiations (RFN) to enter into negotiations to complete the sale and purchase of this property. Learn more at

September 2017: Tampa Bay Export Alliance Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia 
U.S. exports to Colombia have increased 15% since the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which immediately eliminated import tariffs on 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial products. Due to Colombia's close ties to the United States and Colombians' appreciation for the quality and reliability of U.S products, consumers in Colombia often favor U.S. products and services over those of foreign competitors, making the United States Colombia's largest trading partner. Watch for more details to come at
South St. Petersburg CRA Grant Applications, May 9 - June 16

The South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Plan calls for the use of tax increment financing to support private investment in the CRA through a competitive grant program. Through five programs, the City will provide a matching grant with a maximum cap to encourage commercial and multifamily housing rehabilitation and construction. Property owners and businesses located within the South St. Petersburg CRA are eligible to apply. Learn more at
May 8 - 9: Florida Medical Device Symposium
On May 8-9, 2017, Florida's medical device industry will convene in St. Petersburg, Florida for the annual Florida Medical Device Symposium - Florida's premier event for medical device manufacturing firms, featuring nationally recognized speakers, expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, company exhibits, legislative updates and quality networking opportunities. Registration is now open for attendees, and sponsorship and exhibit packages are available. Learn more at
May 18: Trends in Raising Capital Workshop, sponsored by the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development
The   Florida Venture Forum and the Angel Resource Institute   are collaborating to bring you   "Trends in Raising Capital"  Workshop, taught by the Angel Resource Institute's lead instructor, Troy Knauss on   May 18, 2017 from 2:30 P.M.- 5:30 P.M. at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort (National C Ballroom) in Orlando, Florida. Whether you are an early stage investor or an entrepreneur, having a strong understanding of the latest trends in the world of early stage equity investing can help ensure that your next deal is a good one. The Angel Resource Institute has developed a fact-driven workshop, Trends in Raising Capital, that strips away the opinions and anecdotes and gets straight to the point. Click here to register.

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